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Today in History: May 21

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Today in History
May 21

996 Sixteen year old Otto III is crowned the Roman Emperor.
1471 King Henry VI is killed in the Tower of London. Edward IV takes the throne.
1506 Christopher Columbus dies.
1536 The Reformation is officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.
1620 Present-day Martha’s Vineyard is first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.
1790 Paris is divided into 48 zones.
1832 The Democratic party holds its first national convention.
1856 Lawrence, Kansas is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.
1863 The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins.
1881 The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton.
1927 Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris completing the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic.
1940 British forces attack German General Erwin Rommel‘s 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.
1941 The first U.S. ship, the S.S. Robin Moor, is sunk by a U-boat.
1951 The U.S. Eighth Army counterattacks to drive the Communist Chinese and North Koreans out of South Korea.
1961 Governor John Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery, Alabama.
1970 The U.S. National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
1991 In Madras, India, a suicide bomber kills the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.
Born on May 21
427 BC Plato, Greek philosopher.
1527 Philip II, king of Spain and Portugal.
1844 Henri Rousseau, French painter.
1856 Grace Hoadley Dodge, philanthropist, helped organize the YWCA.
1860 Willem Einthoven, physiologist, inventor of the electrocardiogram.
1867 Frances Densmore, ethnomusicologist.
1878 Glenn Hammond Curtiss, aviation pioneer.
1898 Armand Hammer, American entrepreneur and industrialist.
1902 Marcel Breuer, Hungarian-born architect.
1909 Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, artist.
1917 Raymond Burr, actor (Perry Mason).
1921 Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist.
1926 Robert Creeley, poet.
1944 Mary Bourke Robinson, first woman president of Ireland (1990-1997).