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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 21…

May 20, 2012

Monday, May 21.  Here’s what I found interesting that occurred today in history…

1856 – Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.

the gun wire

Mr. T

1863 – American Civil War: The Union Army succeeds in closing off the last escape route from Port Hudson, Louisiana, in preparation for the coming siege.

1881 – The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C..

1917 – The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 causes $5.5 million in damages, destroying some 300 acres including 2,000 homes, businesses and churches, displacing about 10,000 people and leading to only fatality (due to heart attack).

1924 – University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks in a “thrill killing“.

1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in DerryNorthern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.

1961 – American civil rights movementAlabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.

1976 – The Yuba City bus disaster occurs in Martinez, California, 29 people are killed which makes it the deadliest road accident in U.S. history.

1979 – White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.

1998 – In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

2005 – The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson TownshipNew Jersey.


1898 – Armand Hammer, American businessman and physician (d. 1990)

1916 – Harold Robbins, American novelist (d. 1997)

1917 – Raymond Burr, Canadian actor (d. 1993)

1951 – Al Franken, American comedian and politician, junior senator of Minnesota

1952 – Mr. T, American actor

1957 – Judge Reinhold, American actor

1960 – Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (d. 1994)

1972 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (d. 1997)


2000 – Sir John Gielgud, British actor (b. 1904)




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