Historical Events on May 21 (Part 2)

  • 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
  • 2005 130th Preakness: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 1:55.04
  • 2005 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev
  • 2005 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,876): Arsenal beats Manchester United, 5-4 on penalties after 0 – 0 (a.e.t.); Gunners' 10th title
  • 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%.
  • 2006 The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
  • 2007 Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.
  • 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, Moscow: Manchester United beats Chelsea, 6-5 on penalties after scores tied at 1-1 after extra time; first all-English final in the competition's history
  • 2011 136th Preakness: Jesús Castañón aboard Shackleford wins in 1:56.47
  • 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

Music History

2013 American singer-songwriter Carole King receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the White House in Washington, D.C.

  • 2013 Microsoft announces the release of Xbox One
  • 2014 José Mário Vaz is elected President of Guinea-Bissau

Agreement of Interest

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

  • 2014 Thai army declares martial law and closes down several news stations

Music History

2015 Flavor Flav is arrested near Las Vegas on charges including speeding and driving under the influence

Preakness Stakes

2016 141st Preakness Stakes: Kent Desormeaux aboard Exaggerator wins in 1 minute 58 seconds

FA Cup Final

2016 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Manchester United beats Crystal Palace, 2-1 (a.e.t.); Jesse Lingard scores 110' winner

  • 2016 Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportedly killed by a US drone in Pakistan
  • 2016 On same card, American boxer Jermell Charlo KOs John Jackson in 8th to claim vacant WBC super welterweight title, and Jermall Charlo beats Austin Trout on points to retain IBF version; first twins to hold world championships in same weight division

Event of Interest

2017 Barnum & Bailey Circus performs for the last time at the Nassau Coliseum in NYC after 146 years [1]

Music History

2017 BTS wins the Top Social Artist at the Billboard Awards, becoming the first K-pop group to win any Billboard Award

  • 2017 IPL Cricket Final, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run; Krunal Pandya 47 (38)
  • 2017 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Greystone G&CC: Defending champion Berhard Langer wins by 5 strokes from Scott Parel & Scott McCarron

Film & TV History

2018 Former US president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama sign deal with Netflix to produce films and series

  • 2018 Mushrooms have poisoned more than 800 in western Iran, killing 11
  • 2018 Teenager who started California's 2017 Eagle Creek Fire ordered to pay $36.6 million to cover damages by district judge
  • 2018 Truckers begin a 10 strike in Brazil, blocking roads in protest at the price of diesel leading to country-wide shortages

Event of Interest

2018 US Justice Department says it is expanding its internal investigation into whether FBI infiltrated Donald Trump's 2016 campaign

  • 2019 Austria's far-right Freedom Party resigns from the ruling coalition after two of their ministers are sacked for offering government contracts for political influence in a video

Election of Interest

2019 Indonesian President Joko Widodo confirmed as winning re-election, defeating Prabowo Subianto with 55.5% of the vote

  • 2019 More than 600 people, 75% children, identified as HIV in a month in Sindh province, Pakistan, thought to be due to use of infected needles
  • 2019 Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita sets a new record for the number of climbs of Mt Everest - 24
  • 2019 Oldest and most distant gravitational waves detected from collision of two black holes with first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered, 7 billion light years away
  • 2019 Omani author Jokha Alharthi is the first Arabic writer to win the Man Booker International Prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" with her translator Marilyn Booth
  • 2019 Protests across American cities defending abortion rights after several US states pass new abortion laws
  • 2019 Washington is the first US state to legalize human composting

Election of Interest

2022 Australian General Election: Scott Morrison's Coalition government defeated after nine years in power, Anthony Albanese's Labor Party wins the most seats

  • 2023 First female Arab astronaut Rayyanah Barnawi, from Saudi Arabia goes into space on Axiom Space's second private mission, with fellow Saudi Ali Alqarni and Americans, Peggy Whitson and John Shoffner [1]
  • 2023 Greek General Election: ruling conservative party New Democracy, led by PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis leads opposition Syriza party by 20% [1]
  • 2023 Iam Tongi wins season 21 of American idol - first person of Pacific Island descent to win [1]

PGA Championship

2023 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Brooks Koepka claims his third career PGA C'ship and fifth major title by 2 shots over Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler

  • 2023 Popocatépetl volcano eruption causes Mexican authorities to warn 3 million people living nearby to prepare for a possible evacuation [1]

Josh Freese Joins the Foo Fighters

2023 Rock band Foo Fighters introduce new drummer Josh Freese in a live stream event promoting new album and tour

G7 Summit

2023 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky makes a surprise appearance at G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, with world leaders also making a statement to condemn Chinese acts of "economic coercion" [1]