On This Day in History for May 21 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 148 of 148

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1972 Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

Painter 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 Albert Innaurato's "Gemini" premieres in NYC
  • 1977 Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19
  • 1978 118 Unification church couples wed in England
  • 1978 Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
  • 1979 Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone
  • 1979 National Volksraad installed in Namibia
  • 1980 Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy

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1981 Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1982 British troops land on Falkland Islands
  • 1983 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB, for mating for STS-7 mission
  • 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 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68
  • 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 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 South Yemen secedes from Yemen
  • 1996 Blackout in many areas of Queens, NY
  • 1996 Ken Griffey Jr, 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs
  • 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.

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1998 Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • 2001 French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
  • 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
  • 2003 An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2,000 people.
  • 2004 Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu's record from the previous year.
  • 2004 Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault
  • 2006 The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.
  • 2007 Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.
  • 2012 120 people are killed and 350 injured by a suicide bomb in Sana'a, Yemen
  • 2012 13 people are killed and 22 people injured after a bus falls 80 metres off a cliff in Albania
  • 2013 Microsoft announces the release of Xbox One
  • 2014 José Mário Vaz is elected President of Guinea-Bissau

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2014 Russian President Putin signs agreements with China in Beijing in relation to trade and infrastructure

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2014 Thai army declared martial law and closes down several news stations
  • 2016 Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportably killed by a US drone in Pakistan
  • 2016 EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo

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