Historical Events

21 May 1040
King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency
21 May 1420
Treaty of Troyes Henry V of England and his heirs would inherit the throne of France upon the death of King Charles VI of France
21 May 1502
Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena
21 May 1526
-Jun 8] Sermon of Bathe Aargau TC evangelical theology
21 May 1602
Marthas Vineyard 1st sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)
21 May 1758
Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.
21 May 1792
Mount Unzen on Japans Shimabara Peninsula erupts creating a tsunami killing about 15000 Japans deadliest volcanic eruption
21 May 1793
Curacao Island Council forbids criticism of House of Orange
21 May 1819
1st bicycles (swift walkers) in US introduced in NYC
21 May 1832
1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)
21 May 1840
Captain William Hobson proclaims British sovereignty over New Zealand the North Island by treaty and the South Island by discovery
21 May 1856
Lawrence Kansas is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces
21 May 1861
Richmond Va is designated Confederate Capital
21 May 1864
General David Hunter takes command of Department of West Virginia
21 May 1864
Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning.
21 May 1866
1st-class debut of G. F. Grace aged 15 years 159 days
21 May 1871
-July 28] French regular troops attack Commune of Paris 17000 die
21 May 1878
4th Kentucky Derby Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 237.25
21 May 1879
Battle of Iquique Chilean naval forces overcome Peruvian ships (War of the Pacific)
21 May 1886
14th Preakness S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 245
21 May 1891
Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds
21 May 1892
Ruggero Leoncavallos opera I Pagliacci premieres in Milan
21 May 1894
22-year-old French Anarchist mile Henry is executed by guillotine. His last words were reputed to be Courage camarades Vive lanarchie
21 May 1897
Yerkes Observatory 40 (1m) refractor used for 1st time
21 May 1898
US Assay Office in Seattle Washington authorized
21 May 1904
Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
21 May 1904
France recalls its ambassador to the Vatican to protest the Popes attempt to discipline two French bishops this is yet another incident driving France and the Catholic Church apart
21 May 1908
1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
21 May 1908
Bill Burns pitching for Washington Senators has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
21 May 1911
French troop enter Fez in Morocco to quell anti-European agitation
21 May 1914
39th Preakness Andy Schuttinger aboard Holiday wins in 153.8
21 May 1916
Britain begins Summer Time (daylight saving time)
21 May 1917
Leo Pinckney 1st American drafted during WW I
21 May 1906
Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
21 May 1906
The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande increasingly diverted to the US for irrigation
21 May 1907
32nd Preakness G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 145.4
21 May 1917
The Great Fire of Atlanta at least 10000 people were displaced but there was only one fatality
21 May 1918
US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote
21 May 1920
Mexican President Venustiano Carranza is executed by army generals after fleeing an armed rebellion in Mexico
21 May 1921
Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
21 May 1922
On the Road to Moscow is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize
21 May 1922
Col Ruppert buys out Col Huston interest in NY Yankees for 1500000
21 May 1922
Pulitzer prize awarded to Eugene ONeill for his play Anna Christie
21 May 1922
Ruppert buys out Huston interest in Yankees for 15 million
21 May 1924
Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb kidnap and kill Bobby Franks to demonstrate their supposed intellectual superiority by committing a perfect crime
21 May 1925
George Lloyd Baron Lloyd of Dolobran becomes British High Commissioner in Egypt
21 May 1925
Roald Amundsun leaves Spitsbergen with 2 seaplanes to North Pole
21 May 1926
White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
21 May 1929
Automatic electric stock quotation board installed NYC
21 May 1929
Sergei Prokovievs ballet Prodigal Son premieres in Paris
21 May 1932
1st Curtis Cup US wins 5-3 at Wentworth Club (Wentworth England)
21 May 1934
Oskaloosa Iowa becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens
21 May 1936
Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lovers severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japans most notorious scandals.
21 May 1940
AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees
21 May 1940
Allied counter attack at Atrecht northern France
21 May 1941
SS Robin Moor becomes the first US ship sunk by a U-boat during World War II
21 May 1941
German airforce occupies airport at Maleme Crete
21 May 1941
Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
21 May 1943
Fastest 9 inning AL baseball game (89 mins) White Sox beat Senators
21 May 1945
Australian Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lords by 6 wickets
21 May 1946
Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
21 May 1951
The opening of the Ninth Street Show otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition - a gathering of a number of notable artists and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde collectively know as the New York School.
21 May 1952
Booklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in their 1st inning to beat Cincinnati Reds 19-1
21 May 1952
Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
21 May 1954
Amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated
21 May 1955
House of Flowers closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 165 performances
21 May 1955
1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset
21 May 1955
WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay WI (ABCNBC) begins broadcasting
21 May 1956
US explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
21 May 1956
WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee WI (CBSABC) begins broadcasting
21 May 1958
Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
21 May 1958
US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
21 May 1959
Gypsy opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances
21 May 1959
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Childrens Petting Farm opens
21 May 1960
85th Preakness Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 157.6
21 May 1961
Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery
21 May 1962
3 more Cleveland HR set AL record for most HR (26) over 8 games
21 May 1964
1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)
21 May 1966
Time for Singing opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 41 performances
21 May 1966
91st Preakness Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 155.4
21 May 1966
Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits 97
21 May 1966
A loyalist group calling itself the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) issued a statement declaring war on the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
21 May 1967
Sing Israel Sing closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 14 performances
21 May 1968
Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
21 May 1968
WEKW TV channel 52 in Keene NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
21 May 1968
Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpion with 99 men reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
21 May 1969
Robert F. Kennedys murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death later commuted to life imprisonmnet
21 May 1969
Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winners Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel
21 May 1969
Civil unrest in Rosario Argentina aka Rosariazo following the death of a 15-year-old student.
21 May 1970
National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University
21 May 1971
Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winners Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
21 May 1971
National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga Tennessee
21 May 1972
Heathen opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance
21 May 1972
Lost in the Stars closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances
21 May 1972
The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) kidnaps and shoots dead William Best (19) a soldier in the Royal Irish Rangers stationed in Germany whilst on leave at home
21 May 1975
Lowell W Perry confirmed as chairman of US Equal Opportunity Commission
21 May 1975
Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart
21 May 1977
Fiddler on the Roof closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances
21 May 1977
102nd Preakness Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 154.4
21 May 1977
Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels kills 19
21 May 1977
San Diego Padres beat Mont Expos 11-8 in 21 innings
21 May 1978
Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
21 May 1979
Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of San Francisco mayor Moscone
21 May 1979
Stanley Cup Final Montreal Forum Montreal Quebec 4 consecutive titles for Montreal Canadiens beat NY Rangers 4-1 for a 4 games to 1 series win
21 May 1980
Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy
21 May 1981
Stanley Cup Final Nassau Coliseum Uniondale NY NY Islanders win back-to-back titles beat Minnesota North Stars 5-1 for 4 games to 1 series win
21 May 1983
Bang The Drum All Day by Todd Rundgren hits 63
21 May 1983
108th Preakness Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 155.4
21 May 1983
Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-7 mission
21 May 1985
Israel exchanges 1150 prisoners with the PFLP-GC in return for 3 Israeli soldiers
21 May 1986
Atlanta Brave Rafael Ramirez hits 4 doubles in a game
21 May 1987
Military coup in Fiji under Lt. Col Sitivani Rabuka
21 May 1988
113th Preakness Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 156.2
21 May 1990
43rd Cannes Film Festival Wild at Heart directed by David Lynch wins the Palme dOr
21 May 1991
Ethiopias Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
21 May 1992
NJ senate overrides Governor Florios veto & lowers sales tax to 6%
21 May 1993
Dayanara Torres 18 of Puerto Rico crowned 42nd Miss Universe
21 May 1993
Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor sentenced to life
21 May 1993
Robin Smith scores 167 in England Texaco Trophy loss v Australia
21 May 1994
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 16 performances
21 May 1994
119th Preakness Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 156.4
21 May 1994
Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning
21 May 1996
Ken Griffey Jr 26 is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs
21 May 1996
Youre Makin Me High single released by Toni Braxton (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 1997)
21 May 1997
Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
21 May 1998
In Miami Florida five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
21 May 1999
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
21 May 2001
French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
21 May 2001
The Enron Corporations power generating venture in India the Dabhol Power Company serves formal notice that it will terminate its power supply contract and pull out
21 May 2001
NHL Western Conference Final Colorado Avalanche beat St. Louis Blues 4 games to 1
21 May 2003
An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2000 people.
21 May 1281
Kublai Khans second invasion of Japan begins with an attack on Tsushima Island but meets fierce resistance his troops are forced to withdraw
21 May 1881
US National Lawn Tennis Association is established in NYC New York
21 May 1382
Earthquake centered on Dover Straits with estimated magnitude of 6.0 causes widespread damage including to Canterbury Cathedral
21 May 1502
Portuguese explorer Joo Da Nova discovers St Helena
21 May 1602
Marthas Vineyard 1st sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold
21 May 1832
1st US Democratic National Convention held in Baltimore
21 May 1861
Richmond Virginia is designated the Confederate Capital
21 May 1866
1st-class debut of cricketer Fred Grace aged 15 years 159 days at the Magdalen Ground Oxford
21 May 1891
Australian boxer Peter Jackson and future world heavyweight champion Jim Corbett fight a No Contest in 61 rounds at California Athletic Club San Francisco
21 May 1906
Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
21 May 1908
1st American horror movie silent film Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde premieres in Chicago
21 May 1921
Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co.
21 May 1922
Rollin Kirbys On the Road to Moscow is the 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize
21 May 1922
Colonel Jacob Ruppert buys out Colonel Tillinghast LHommedieu Hustons interest in NY Yankees for 1500000 to become sole owner
21 May 1925
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsun leaves Spitsbergen with 2 seaplanes for the North Pole
21 May 1929
Automatic electric stock quotation board installed in NYC
21 May 1932
1st Curtis Cup for Womens team amateur golf US wins 5-3 at Wentworth Club (Wentworth England)
21 May 1954
US Twenty-sixth amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated
21 May 1958
Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island
21 May 1959
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Childrens Petting Farm opens (Cleveland Ohio)
21 May 1961
Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery Alabama
21 May 1977
Electric Light Orchestra releases Telephone Line in the UK it would peak in the Top 10 in the UK and US
21 May 1983
Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating for STS-7 mission
21 May 2004
Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelus record from the previous year.
21 May 2004
Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault
21 May 2005
130th Preakness Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 155.04
21 May 1943
Fastest 9 inning AL baseball night game (89 mins) Chicago White Sox beat visiting Washington Senators 1-0
21 May 1955
WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay Wisconsin (ABCNBC) begins broadcasting
21 May 1980
US Coast Guard Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy
21 May 1994
MLB Cincinnati Reds bat out of order against Los Angeles Dodgers in 2nd inning
21 May 1996
Youre Makin Me High single released by Toni Braxton (Grammy Award - Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 1997)
21 May 1809
Battle of Aspern-Essling Austrian Archduke Charles beats Napoleon and his army. Napoleons first defeat in 10 years.
21 May 1940
AVRO chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees
21 May 1940
Battle of Arras British and French Allied forces counter attack south of Arras France winning time to reinforce and foritfy the Channel Ports
21 May 1944
WWII West Loch Disaster - explosion during munition loading kills at least 160 sailors injures nearly 400 destroys six ships and damages 3 piers and several buildings at Pearl Harbor U.S. Naval Base in Oahu Hawaii details were kept classified until the early 1960s
21 May 1968
Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs sets outfielder record of 695 straight MLB games
21 May 1982
WKRP in Cincinnati an ensemble TV sitcom created by Hugh Wilson and set in a struggling radio station 90th and final episode airs on CBS
21 May 1982
British troops land on Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic to repel Argentine military invasion
21 May 1988
New building for the National Gallery of Canada designed by Moshe Safdie opens in Ottawa Ontario [1]
21 May 1990
Last episode of Newhart airs on CBS-TV with a special twist of an ending
21 May 1992
New Jersey Senate overrides Governor Florios veto & lowers sales tax to 6%
21 May 1502
Portuguese explorer Joo Da Nova discovers the uninhabited Saint Helena island in the South Atlantic Ocean
21 May 1864
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House of the US Civil War ends inclusively with an estimated 32000 casualties on both sides
21 May 1940
Battle of Arras British and French Allied forces counterattack south of Arras France winning time to reinforce and foritfy the Channel Ports
21 May 1983
Bang The Drum All Day single by Todd Rundgren hits 63
21 May 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%.
21 May 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.
21 May 2007
Cutty Sark the last surviving tea clipper is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich England.
21 May 2012
120 people are killed and 350 injured by a suicide bomb in Sanaa Yemen
21 May 2012
13 people are killed and 22 people injured after a bus falls 80 metres off a cliff in Albania
21 May 2014
Jos Mrio Vaz is elected President of Guinea-Bissau
21 May 2014
Thai army declares martial law and closes down several news stations
21 May 2016
Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportedly killed by a US drone in Pakistan
21 May 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
21 May 2017
The Tradition Senior Mens Golf Greystone G&CC Defending champion Berhard Langer wins by 5 strokes from Scott Parel & Scott McCarron
21 May 2018
Mushrooms have poisoned more than 800 in western Iran killing 11
21 May 2018
Teenager who started Californias 2017 Eagle Creek Fire ordered to pay 36.6 million to cover damages by district judge
21 May 2018
Truckers begin a 10 strike in Brazil blocking roads in protest at the price of diesel leading to country-wide shortages
21 May 2019
Austrias 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