On This Day in History – May 21st – Almanac

On This Day in History – May 21st – Almanac


Today is Friday, May 21, the 141st day of 2021 with 224 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include German painter Albrecht Durer in 1471; King Philip II of Spain, who launched the Spanish Armada, in 1527; English poet/satirist Alexander Pope in 1688; paleontologist Mary Anning in 1799; French painter Henri Rousseau in 1844; French diplomat/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leon Bourgeois in 1851; architect Marcel Breuer in 1902; composer/barrelhouse piano player Thomas “Fats” Waller in 1904; singer Dennis Day in 1916; actor Raymond Burr in 1917; Hall of Fame football Coach Ara Parseghian in 1923; actor Peggy Cass in 1924; former baseball manager Bobby Cox in 1941 (age 80); singer Ronald Isley in 1941 (age 80); former U.S. Sen./comedian Al Franken, D-Minn., in 1951 (age 70); convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in 1960; actor Mr. T, born Lawrence Tureaud, in 1952 (age 69); former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in 1959 (age 62); actor Lisa Edelstein in 1966 (age 55); rapper The Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, in 1972; TV personality Noel Fielding in 1973 (age 48); singer Gotye, born Wouter “Wally” De Backer, in 1980 (age 41); British Olympic diver Tom Daley in 1994 (age 27); actor Keith L. Williams in 2007 (age 14).


On this date in history:

In 1832, the first Democratic Party national convention convened in Baltimore.

In 1856, Lawrence, Kan., was burned by pro-slavery forces.

In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

In 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed Bobby Franks, 13, of Chicago, in a “thrill killing” that was often called “the crime of the century.” They were given life sentences. Loeb was killed in prison; Leopold was paroled after serving 33 years.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris, completing the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic in 33 1/2 hours.

In 1932, five years to the day after Charles Lindbergh ended his historic flight, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from Newfoundland, Canada, to Ireland. She completed her flight in 13 1/2 hours.

In 1988, Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in an effort to consolidate power, sacked the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan after bloody nationalist demonstrations over the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh.

In 1960, the first of what would become a series of earthquakes that lasted through early June rattled just south of Santiago, Chile. The so-called Valdivia earthquake the next day was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded with a magnitude of between 9.4 and 9.6 on the richter scale. Up to 7,000 people died in the temblors.

In 1991, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated while campaigning.

In 2003, an earthquake near Algiers, Algeria, killed more than 2,200 people and injured another 10,000.

In 2019, Nepalese sherpa Kami Rita set the record for most number of successful climbs of Mount Everest — 24.

In 2019, Jokha Alharthi became the first Arabic writer to win the Man Booker International Prize for her novel Celestial Bodies.

In 2020, actor Lori Loughlin and husband fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with a college admissions cheating scandal. They each served jail time.


A thought for the day: “If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed.” — American author Deepak Chopra





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