On This Day

Historical Events on May 21 (Part 2)

  • 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
  • 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

  • 2016 Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportedly killed by a US drone in Pakistan
  • 2016 141st Preakness Stakes: Kent Desormeaux aboard Exaggerator wins in 1 minute 58 seconds
  • 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
  • 2016 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Manchester United beats Crystal Palace, 2-1 (a.e.t.); Jesse Lingard scores 110' winner

Music History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 2018 Mushrooms have poisoned more than 800 in western Iran, killing 11

Historic Event

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

  • 2018 Teenager who started California's 2017 Eagle Creek Fire ordered to pay $36.6 million to cover damages by district judge

Film & TV History

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

  • 2018 Truckers begin a 10 strike in Brazil, blocking roads in protest at the price of diesel leading to country-wide shortages
  • 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

Election of Interest

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

  • 2019 Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita sets a new record for the number of climbs of Mt Everest - 24
  • 2019 Washington is the first US state to legalize human composting
  • 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
  • 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 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

Album Release

2021 Marvin Gaye' eleventh album "What's Going On" is released; considered the best album off all-time by critic surveys in Rolling Stone (2020); The Guardian (1997); and New Music Express (1985)