Historical Events on 21st May

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143 - Earliest known date in Amer-pre Mayan king Harvest-Bergvorst installed
685 - Battle of Nechtansmere/Dun Nechtain: Picts beat Northumbrians
878 - Syracuse is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
879 - Pope John VIII gives blessings to duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of Croatian state.
996 - Pope Gregory V crowns his cousin Otto III as Holy Roman Emperor
1040 - King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency
1216 - French crown prince Louis enters England, having been invited by barons at war with King John.
1260 - Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire sends his envoy Hao Jing and two other advisors to the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong of Song; while attempting to negotiate with the Song in order to resolve their conflict, Hao Jing and his fellow emissaries are imprisoned by order of the high Chancellor of China, Jia Sidao.
1420 - Treaty of Troyes following Englsh victory at Agincourt: Henry V of England and his heirs would inherit the throne of France upon the death of King Charles VI of France
1471 - King Edward IV enters London
1502 - Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena
1526 - -Jun 8] Sermon of Bathe, Aargau: TC evangelical theology
1602 - Martha's Vineyard 1st sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)
1674 - General John Sobieski chosen King of Poland
1683 - West Indian Company sells 1/3 of Suriname
Key Figure of Medieval Rus Alexander NevskyKey Figure of Medieval Rus Alexander Nevsky 1725 - The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
1758 - Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.
1793 - Curacao Island Council forbids criticism of House of Orange
1804 - Lewis & Clark Expedition begins
1809 - Battle of Aspern-Essling: Austrian archduke Karl beats Napoleon
1819 - 1st bicycles (swift walkers) in US introduced in NYC
1832 - 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)
1840 - Captain William Hobson proclaims British sovereignty over New Zealand; the North Island by treaty and the South Island by 'discovery'
1846 - 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii
1854 - Frederic Mistral, Joseph Roumanille, and five other Provencal poets found Félibrige, a literary and cultural association
Provencal Poet Frederic MistralProvencal Poet Frederic Mistral 1856 - Lawrence, Kansas, is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces
1861 - Richmond, Va, is designated Confederate Capital
1863 - Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins
1864 - Gen David Hunter takes command of Dept of West Virginia
1864 - Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning.
1866 - 1st-class debut of G F Grace aged 15 years 159 days
1871 - -July 28] French regular troops attack Commune of Paris; 17,000 die
1878 - 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37.25
1879 - Battle of Iquiquw
1879 - War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.
1881 - American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton
Humanitarian Clara BartonHumanitarian Clara Barton 1881 - US Nation Lawn Tennis Association forms
1886 - 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45
1891 - Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds
1892 - Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan
1894 - 22-year-old French Anarchist Émile Henry is executed by guillotine. His last words were reputed to be "Courage, camarades! Vive l'anarchie!"
1897 - Yerkes Observatory 40" (1m) refractor used for 1st time
1898 - US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington, authorized
1904 - Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris
1904 - France recalls its ambassador to the Vatican to protest the Pope's attempt to discipline two French bishops; this is yet another incident driving France and the Catholic Church apart
1906 - Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
1906 - The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande, increasingly diverted to the US for irrigation
1907 - 32nd Preakness: G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 1:45.4
1908 - 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
1908 - Bill Burns pitching for Washington Senators has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
1911 - French troop enter Fez in Morocco to quell anti-European agitation
1914 - 39th Preakness: Andy Schuttinger aboard Holiday wins in 1:53.8
1914 - Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota
1916 - Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)
1917 - Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I
1917 - The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality
1918 - US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote
1920 - Mexican President Venustiano Carranza is executed by army generals after fleeing an armed rebellion in Mexico
1921 - Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
1922 - "On the Road to Moscow" is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize
1922 - Col Ruppert buys out Col Huston interest in NY Yankees for $1,500,000
1922 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Eugene O'Neill (Anna Christie)
1922 - Ruppert buys out Huston interest in Yankees for $15 million
1924 - Leopold & Loeb kidnap and kill Bobby Franks to demonstrate their supposed intellectual superiority by committing a "perfect crime".
1925 - Canadians allowed to sell beer
1925 - George Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Dolobran, becomes British High Commissioner in Egypt
1925 - Roald Amundsun leaves Spitsbergen with 2 seaplanes to North Pole
1926 - White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
Aviator Charles LindberghAviator Charles Lindbergh 1927 - Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after first solo air crossing of Atlantic
1929 - Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC
1929 - Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son" premieres in Paris
1930 - Max Bishop draws 8 walks in a doubleheader
1930 - NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive homers
1931 - Belgian government of Jaspar falls
1932 - 1st Curtis Cup: US wins, 5½-3½ at Wentworth Club (Wentworth, England)
1932 - 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland
1933 - Mount Davidson Cross lit by FDR via telegraph
1934 - Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens
1936 - Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals.
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman 1938 - Don Bradman scores 143 Austalia v Surrey, 198 mins, 11 fours
1940 - AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees
1940 - Allied counter attack at Atrecht, northern France
1940 - Reynaud forms French government
1941 - SS Robin Moore is first US ship sunk by a U-boat
1941 - German airforce occupies airport at Maleme, Crete
1941 - Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
1942 - Convoy PQ16 departs Great Britain for Russia
1943 - Fastest 9 inning AL baseball game (89 mins), White Sox beat Senators
1944 - Hitler begins attack on British/US "terror pilots"
1945 - Australian Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets
1945 - Nazi SS-Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler captured
1946 - Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
Baseball Player Joe DiMaggioBaseball Player Joe DiMaggio 1948 - NY Yank Joe DiMaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)
1950 - Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
1951 - The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition - a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School.
1952 - Bkln Dodgers score 15 runs in 1st inning & beat Cin Reds, 19-1
1952 - Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
1953 - French government of Mayer resigns
1954 - Amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated
1955 - "House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 165 performances
1955 - 1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset
1955 - WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay, WI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 - Jordan government of Said el-Mufti forms
1956 - US explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
1956 - WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, WI (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1957 - French government of Mollet resigns
1958 - Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
1958 - US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
1959 - "Gypsy" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
1959 - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Children's Petting Farm opens
1960 - 85th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6
1961 - Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery
1962 - 3 more Cleveland HR set AL record for most HR (26) over 8 games
1964 - 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)
1964 - Fire in Belgian resort kills 19
1964 - US begin intelligence flights above Laos
1966 - "Downtown" by Mrs Miller hits #82
1966 - "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 41 performances
1966 - 91st Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4
1966 - Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad AliHeavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali 1966 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
1966 - A "loyalist" group calling itself the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) issued a statement declaring war on the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
1967 - "Sing, Israel Sing" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 14 perfs
1967 - Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
1968 - Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
1968 - Paul McCartney & Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
1968 - USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
1968 - WEKW TV channel 52 in Keene, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 - Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
1969 - Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death: later commuted to life imprisonmnet
1969 - Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel
Baseball Player Hank AaronBaseball Player Hank Aaron 1969 - After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets
1969 - Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, aka Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
1970 - National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University
1970 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1971 - Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
1971 - National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1972 - "Heathen!" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance
1972 - "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 perfs
1972 - Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1972 - Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.
Painter MichelangeloPainter Michelangelo 1972 - The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) kidnaps and shoots dead William Best (19), a soldier in the Royal Irish Rangers stationed in Germany whilst on leave at home
1975 - Lowell W Perry confirmed as chairman of US Equal Opportunity Commission
1975 - Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart
1977 - "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 perfs
1977 - 102nd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
1977 - Albert Innaurato's "Gemini" premieres in NYC
1977 - Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19
1977 - SD Padres beat Mont Expos, 11-8, in 21 innings
1978 - 118 Unification church couples wed in England
1978 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1978 - Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
LPGA Golfer Nancy LopezLPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez 1979 - Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone
1979 - National Volksraad installed in Namibia
1979 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 1
1980 - "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America
1980 - Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy
1981 - Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France
1981 - Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA
1981 - Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1
1981 - Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral
1982 - British troops land on Falkland Islands
1983 - "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63
Reggae Musician Bob MarleyReggae Musician Bob Marley 1983 - 108th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
1983 - Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB, for mating for STS-7 mission
1983 - David Bowie's "Let's "Dance" single goes #1
1986 - Atlanta Brave Rafael Ramirez hits 4 doubles in a game
1986 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1987 - Military coup in Fiji under Lt. Col Sitivani Rabuka
1987 - Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama
1988 - "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35
1988 - "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99
1988 - 113th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2
1988 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1989 - 35th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez
1990 - Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68
Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al YankovicParody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic 1990 - Last episode of "Newhart" airs on CBS-TV
1990 - 43rd Cannes Film Festival: "Wild at Heart" directed by David Lynch wins the Palme d'Or
1991 - Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
1992 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
1992 - NJ senate overrides Governor Florio's veto & lowers sales tax to 6%
1993 - Dayanara Torres, 18, of Puerto Rico, crowned 42nd Miss Universe
1993 - Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor sentenced to life
1993 - Robin Smith scores 167 in England Texaco Trophy loss v Australia
1993 - Venezuela president Carlos Andres Perez fired
1994 - "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 16 perfs
1994 - 119th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4
1994 - Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning
1994 - South Yemen secedes from Yemen
LPGA Golfer Christa JohnsonLPGA Golfer Christa Johnson 1995 - Christa Johnson wins Star Bank LPGA Golf Classic
1996 - Blackout in many areas of Queens, NY
1996 - Ken Griffey Jr, 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs
1996 - Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens beats Yankees for his 200th win
1996 - The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.
1997 - Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
1998 - In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
1998 - Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power
1999 - All My Children star Susan Lucci finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history
2001 - French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
2nd President of Indonesia Suharto2nd President of Indonesia Suharto 2001 - The Enron Corporation's power generating venture in India, the Dabhol Power Company, serves formal notice that it will terminate its power supply contract and pull out

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