21 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Albrecht Durer, 1471
  • King Philip II Spain, 1527
  • Alexander Pope, 1688
  • Armand Hammer, 1898
  • Horace Heidt, 1901
  • Robert Montgomery, 1904
  • Fats Waller, 1904
  • Harold Robbins, 1916
  • Raymond Burr, 1917
  • Dennis Day, 1917
  • Andrei Sakharov, 1921
  • Peggy Cass, 1925
  • Andrew Neil, 1949
  • Al Franken, 1951
  • Mr. T, 1952
  • Judge Reinhold, 1957

Died On This Day:

  • King Henry VI of England murdered, 1471
  • Hernando de Soto, 1542
  • John Garfield, 1952
  • Kenneth Clark, 1983
  • Rajiv Gandhi assassinated, 1991
  • Lash LaRue, 1996
  • Dame Barbara Cartland, 2000
  • Sir John Gielgud, 2000

Today's Events:

  • 1420 - Treaty of Troyes tries unsuccessfully to end the Hundred years' War.
  • 1502 - Uninhabited St. Helena Island discovered by Portuguese navigator João da Nova
  • 1553 - Lady Jane Grey forced to marry Lord Guildford Dudley.
  • 1634 - First production of Oberammergau Passion Play in Bavaria.
  • 1832 - First Democratic convention in Baltimore nominates Andrew Jackson/Martin van Buren.
  • 1863 - First general conference of Seventh Day Adventists in Washington Center, NH.
  • 1881 - American Red Cross organized by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
  • 1892 - 'I Pagliacci' opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo first performed at Teatro dal Verme in Milan.
  • 1901 - Connecticut enacts first speed limit law-12 miles per hour in country, 8 in city.
  • 1904 - F.I.F.A. (Fédération Internationale de Football) founded in Paris.
  • 1927 - Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris at 10:22 p.m. after 33 1/2 hours flight across Atlantic.
  • 1932 - Amelia Earhart becomes first woman, and second person, to make nonstop solo flight across Atlantic.
  • 1945 - Humphrey Bogart marries Lauren Bacall.
  • 1959 - Ethel Merman returns to Broadway in Jule Styne's 'Gypsy' with new lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
  • 1972 - Michelangelo's sculpture 'Pieta' victim of knife attack severing arm by mad Hungarian Lazlo Toth.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Feasts of St. Helen and St. Constantine
  • Godric

Holiday:

  • Zodiac: Taurus ends, Gemini begins

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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