What Happened on May 21

Significant Events

  • 1792 Mount Unzen on Japan's Shimabara Peninsula, erupts creating a tsunami, killing about 15,000; Japan's deadliest volcanic eruption
  • 1832 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)
  • 1871 -July 28] French regular troops attack Commune of Paris; 17,000 die
  • 1904 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
  • 1927 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after the first solo air crossing of Atlantic
  • 1932 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland
  • 2004 Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault
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Did You Know?

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

On May 21, 1999

Famous Weddings

  • 1553 Lady Jane Grey (15), later English queen for 9 days, marries Lord Guildford Dudley (18)
  • 1825 Prince Willem FK marries Louise AWA of Prussia
  • 1944 Actor Burgess Meredith (36) weds actress Paulette Goddard (33) at David O Selznick's Beverly Hills home
  • 1945 Director Akira Kurosawa (35) weds actress Yoko Yaguchi (23)
  • 1949 Film director David Lean (41) weds actress and producer Ann Todd (40) in London
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