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Events and People Who Made History on May 21

2nd Century

143 - Earliest known date in Amer-pre Mayan king Harvest-Bergvorst installed

7th Century

685 - Battle at Nechtansmere: Picten beat Northumbrians

10th Century

996 - Pope Gregory V crowns his cousin Otto III German emperor

11th Century

1040 - King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency

13th Century

1216 - French crown prince Louis enters England

15th Century

1420 - Treaty of Troyes-French King Charles VI gives France to English
1471 - King Edwards IV enters London

16th Century

1502 - Portuguese Admiral Da Nova discovers St. Helena
1553 - English Lady Jane Grey marries Guildford Dudley

17th Century

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

18th Century

1793 - Curacao Island Council forbids criticism on House of Orange

19th Century

1804 - Lewis and Clark Expedition begins
1809 - Battle at Aspern-Essling: Austrian arch duke Karl beats Napoleon
1819 - 1st bicycles (swift walkers) in U.S. introduced in New York City
1825 - Prince Willem FK marries Louise AWA of Prussia
1832 - 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)
1840 - New Zealand became a British colony
1846 - 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii
1856 - Lawrence Kansas captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces
1861 - Richmond, Virginia is designated Confederate Capital
1863 - Siege on Port Hudson, Louisiana begins
1864 - General David Hunter takes command of Department of West Virginia
1866 - 1st-class debut of G F Grace aged 15 years 159 days
1878 - 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37
1879 - Battle of Iquiquw
1881 - American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton
1881 - U.S. Nation Lawn Tennis Association forms
1886 - 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45
1891 - Boxers Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds
1892 - Ruggiero Leoncavallo's opera "Pagliacci," premieres in Milan
1897 - Yerkes Observatory 40" (1m) refractor used for 1st time
1898 - U.S. Assay Office in Seattle, Washington authorized

20th Century

1904 - Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris
1906 - Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
1907 - 32nd Preakness: G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 1:45.4
1908 - 1st horror movie (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) premieres in Chicago
1908 - Bill Burns has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
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 Savings Time)
1917 - Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I
1918 - House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote
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 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Eugene O'Neill (Anna Christie)
1924 - Leopold and Loeb kidnap Bobby Franks for fun
1925 - Canadians allow to sell beer
1925 - George Lloyd of Dolobran becomes British High Director of Egypt
1925 - Roald Amundsun leaves Spitsbergen with 2 seaplanes to North Pole
1926 - White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
1927 - Lindburgh lands in Paris, after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic
1929 - Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, New York City
1929 - Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son," premieres in Paris
1930 - Max Bishop draws 8 walks in a doubleheader
1930 - New York Yankee Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive homers
1931 - Belgian government of Jaspar falls
1932 - 1st Curtis Cup: U.S., 5 -3
1932 - 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart, lands
1933 - Mount Davidson Cross lit by Franklin D. Roosevelt via telegraph
1934 - Oskaloosa Iowa, becomes 1st U.S. city to fingerprint its citizens
1938 - Bradman scores 143 Australia vs. Surrey, 198 minutes, 11 fours
1940 - Allied counter attack at Atrecht North-France
1940 - AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees
1940 - Reynaud forms French government
1941 - 1st U.S. ship sunk by a U-boat (SS Robin Moore)
1941 - German airforce occupies airport at Maleme Kreta
1941 - Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
1942 - Great Britain convoy PQ16 departs to Russia
1943 - Fastest 9 inning AL baseball game (89 minutes), White Sox beat Senators
1944 - Hitler begins attack on English/U.S. "terror pilots"
1945 - Australia Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets
1945 - German war criminal Heinrich Himmler captured
1945 - Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart wed
1948 - New York Yankees Joe Dimaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, home run)
1950 - Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
1952 - Brooklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in 1st inning and beat Cincinnati 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 - 1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset
1955 - "House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 165 performances
1955 - WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay, Wisconsin (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 - Jordan government of Said el-Mufti forms
1956 - U.S. explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
1956 - WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1957 - French government of Mollet resigns
1958 - Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
1958 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
1959 - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Children's Petting Farm opens
1959 - "Gypsy" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 702 performances
1960 - 86th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6
1961 - Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery
1962 - 3 more Cleveland home run set AL record for most home runs (26) over 8 games
1964 - 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)
1964 - Fire in Wegimond Belgium resort, kills 19
1964 - U.S. begin intelligence flights above Laos
1966 - 92nd Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4
1966 - "Downtown" by Mrs. Miller hits #82
1966 - Heavyweight Cassius Clay KOs Henry Cooper in London
1966 - Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart and hits #97
1966 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
1966 - "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 41 performances
1967 - Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1967 - "Sing, Israel Sing" closes at Brooks Atkinson New York City after 14 performances
1968 - Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
1968 - Nuclear-powered sub Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing and is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
1968 - Paul McCartney and Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
1968 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test (underground)
1968 - WEKW TV channel 52 in Keene, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting
1969 - After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over New York Mets
1969 - Robert Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death
1969 - Slovan Bratislava wins 9th Europe Cup II in Basel
1970 - National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State U
1970 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1971 - Chelsea wins 11th Europe Cup II in Athens
1971 - National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1972 - "Heathen!" opens and closes at Billy Rose Theater New York City for 1 performance
1972 - Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1972 - "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 39 performances
1975 - Borussia Monchengladbach wins 4th UEFA Cup at Enschede
1975 - Lowell W. Perry confirmed as chairman of Equal Opportunity Comm
1975 - Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart
1977 - 103rd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
1977 - Albert Innaurato's "Gemini," premieres in New York City
1977 - "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden New York City after 167 performances
1977 - Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19
1977 - San Diego 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
1979 - Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of San Francisco mayor Moscone
1979 - Elton John becomes 1st western rocker to perform live in U.S.S.R.
1979 - National Volksraad installed in Namibia
1979 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
1980 - Eintracht Frankfurt wins 9th UEFA Cup at Frankfurt
1980 - "Empire Strikes Back" premieres
1980 - Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from U.S. service acad
1981 - Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France
1981 - Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA
1981 - Stanley Cup: New York Islanders beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1
1982 - British troops lands on Falkland Islands
1983 - 109th Preakness: Donald Miller, Jr. on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
1983 - "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63
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 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1987 - Military coup in Fiji Islands under Lieutenant Colonel Sitivani Rabuka
1987 - Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama
1988 - 114th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2
1988 - "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35
1988 - "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99
1988 - Jane Powell weds Dickie Moore
1988 - U.S. 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
1990 - Last episode of "Newhart" airs on CBS-TV
1991 - Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
1992 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1992 - New Jersey senate overrides Governor Florio's veto and 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 vs. Australia
1993 - Venezuela president Carlos Andres Perez fired
1994 - 120th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4
1994 - "Best Little Whorehouse" closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 16 performances
1994 - Burger King spokesman Dan Cortese (26) weds Dee Dee Hemby (26)
1994 - Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)
1994 - Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning
1994 - South Yemen secedes from Yemen
1994 - Sushmita Sen, 18, of India, crowned 43rd Miss Universe
1995 - Chris Johnson wins Star Bank LPGA Golf Classic
1996 - Blackout in many areas of Queens, New York
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
1997 - Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time

21st Century

2003 - Earthquake kills at least 2,266 in northern Algeria


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