May 21 in History – What happened on 21 May in Past

21 May - Today in History - Important historical events happened on this day in India and World History

According to Gregory calendar, on May 21, the day number in a year is 141 and if it is a leap year then the day number is 142. May 21 has a special significance in India and world history, because many such incidents have occurred on this day which have been recorded forever in the pages of history. Let's know some such important events which will increase your general knowledge. The facts collected will be as follows: People born on this day, demise of famous people, war treaty, freedom of any country, invention of new technologies, change of power, important National and International Day etc.

May 21 in History - Top Historical Events

YearEvent / Incidence / Incident
879Pope John VIII officially recognised Croatia as an independentstate, and Branimir as its Duke.
996Pope Gregory V crowned Otto III as Holy Roman Emperor.
1216Prince Louis of France entered England.
1403King Henry III of Castile sent an embassy to the court of Timur(Tamerlane) to discuss the possibility of an alliance between Timur andCastile against the Ottoman Empire.
1502João da Nova of Portugal discovered the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
1674John III Sobieski, elected by the szlachta, became the monarch of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1725The Order of Alexander Nevsky was founded in Russia by Empress Catherine I.
1758Mary Campbell was kidnapped by Lenape from her home in Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War.
1819America's first bicycle fast walker) introduced in NYC.
1840New Zealand was declared a British colony.
1851Slavery ended in Columbia, South America.
1856A crowd of about 800 pro-slavery Americans ransacked the townof Lawrence, Kansas.
1863The Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Protestant denominationdistinguished by its emphasis on the imminent second coming (Advent) ofJesus, was founded in Battle Creek, Michigan, US.
1864American Civil War-The Union and Confederate armies fought to a draw at the Battle of Spot sylvania Court House, with nearly 32,000 casualties combined.
1881Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.
1881US Nation Lawn Tennis Association was established.
1881The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.
1894The Manchester Ship Canal, linking Greater Manchester in NorthWest England to the Irish Sea, officially opened, becoming the largestnavigation canal in the world at the time.
1904The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, theinternational sport governing body of association football, was foundedin Paris.
1904The International Football Federation (FIFA), the highest football football body, was established in Paris.
1911Mexican President Porfirio Díaz and the revolutionaryFrancisco Madero signed the Treaty of Ciudad Juárez to put an end tothe fighting between the forces of both men, and thus concluding theinitial phase of the Mexican Revolution.
1917300 acres were destroyed in the 1917 Great Atlanta fire in the United States.
1918The US House of Representatives allowed women to vote.
1924University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold,Jr. murdered a 14-year-old boy in a thrill killing out of a desire tocommit a perfect crime.
1927The United Kingdom recognized the sovereignty of King Abdul Aziz in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd on May 20, 1927 by signing the Treaty of Jeddah. Hejaz and Nejd were merged into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932.
1927Aboard the Spirit of St. Louis, American aviator Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight, flying from Roosevelt Field near New York City to Paris – Le Bourget Airport.
1929India's first air cargo service commenced between the then Calcutta (now Kolkata) and Bagdogra.
1937North Pole-1, Soviet and Russian manned stations, became the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean on May 21, 1937.
1946Manhattan Project physicist Louis Slotin accidentally triggered a fission reaction at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and gave himself a lethal dose of hard radiation, making him the second victim of a criticality accident in history.
1948Chiang Kai-shel became the first President of the Republic of China on May 20, 1948. He was the member of Kuomintang (KMT), The Chinese Nationalist Party, and served as the chairman of the National Military Council of the Republic of China for 20 years.
1961John Malcolm Patterson, Governor of Alabama in United States, declared martial law on May 21, 1961 in an attempt to restore the order following rae riots outbreak during American civil rights movement.
1979Riots erupted in San Francisco after formerSupervisor Dan White was only sentenced for voluntary manslaughter forthe assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and openly gay SupervisorHarvey Milk.
1981The Italian government released the membership list ofPropaganda Due, an illegal pseudo-Masonic lodge that had been implicatedin numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.
1991Assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi occurred on May 21, 1991during an election campaign in Sriperumbudur near Madras (Chennai) in Tamil Nadu. The assassination was carried out by the LTTE suicide bomber Thenmozhi Rajaratnam also known as Dhanu.
1991Former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. The LTTE, an organization of Tamil rebels angry at sending peace forces to Sri Lanka, launched a suicide attack on Rajiv.
1994Sushmita Sen won the 43rd Miss Universe Award.
1996The Lake Victoria ferry MV Bukoba sank on May 21, 2015 in Tanzania waters on Lake Victoria. 1000 People were killed in the disaster including Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri who was the second in command of Al-Qaeda.
1996Algerian Civil War-The remains of seven French Trappist monkswho had been kidnapped in Algeria nearly two months earlier were found.
1998Indonesian President Suharto resigned as a result of thecollapse of support for his three-decade-long reign.
2001French Taubira Law came into action on May 21, 2001, officially abolishing the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and considered it as crimes against humanity.
2005Kingda Ka, the world's tallest roller coaster, opened on May 21, 2005 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, United States. It was also the fastest roller coaster until Formula Rossa opened in November 2010.
2010The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched its spacecraft IKAROS on May 21, 2015 aboard on H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan. It was the first successful aircraft to demonstrate solar-sail technology in interplanetary space.
2012The earthquake in Italy killed 27 people.
2014The National September 11 Museum opened on May 21, 2014 to the public, commemorating the 9/11 attacks in 2001 by terrorist group Al-Qaeda.



Famous Birthdays of May 21:

YearName / Profession / Country
1967Blake Schwarzenbach / Singer / United States of America
1960Jeffrey Toobin / Lawyer / United States of America
1993Luke Garbutt / Footballer / United Kingdom
1981Edson Buddle / Footballer / United States of America
1936Günter Blobel / Academic / United States of America
1942John Konrads / Swimmer / Australia
1985Andrew Miller / Baseball Player / United States of America
1970Dorsey Levens / Footballer / United States of America
1966Lisa Edelstein / Actress / United States of America
1980Gotye / Writer / Australia
1948Denis MacShane / Politician / Scotland
1988Jonny Howson / Footballer / United Kingdom
1963Dave Specter / Guitarist / United States of America
1985Lucie Hradecká / Tennis Player / Czech Republic
1974Aditi Gowitrikar / Actress / India
1979Scott Smith / Artist / United States of America
1850Giuseppe Mercalli / Priest / Italy
1790William Cavendish / Politician / United Kingdom
1968Matthias Ungemach / Rower / Germany
1989Hal Robson-Kanu / Footballer / United Kingdom
1977Quinton Fortune / Footballer / South Africa
1948Leo Sayer / Writer / United Kingdom
1944Janet Dailey / Author / United States of America
1953Nora Aunor / Actress / Philippines
1912John Curtis Gowan / Academic / United States of America
1905Priyadarshini Pradhan / Model / India
1898Armand Hammer / Business Man / United States of America
1843Louis Renault / Educator / France
1924Peggy Cass / Actress / United States of America
1986Eder Sánchez / Race Walker / Mexico

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