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What Happened On This Day In History?


Monday, May 21th 2018

Today is the 141st day of 2018.  There are 224 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1832
The first Democratic National Convention got under way, in Baltimore.
1840
New Zealand was declared a British colony.
1881
Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
1892
The opera ''I Pagliacci,'' by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, was first performed, in Milan, Italy.
1924
Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a ''thrill killing'' committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two students at the University of Chicago.
1927
Charles A. Lindbergh landed his "Spirit of St. Louis" near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1956
The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1959
The musical ''Gypsy,'' inspired by the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, opened on Broadway.
1968
The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.)
1979
Former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk
1991
Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated during national elections by a suicide bomber.
1998
A student suspended from a Springfield, Ore., high school opened fire in the cafeteria, killing one and wounding 23.
1999
Susan Lucci, star of the ABC soap opera ''All My Children,'' won a Daytime Emmy Award for best actress for the first time in the 19th straight year she was nominated.

Notable Deaths

1542
Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.
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