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May 21 Birthdays

Alexander Pope
1688–1744, English poet.

Albrecht Dürer
painter, engraver (1471)

Elizabeth Fry
prison reformer and philanthropist (1780)

Henri Rousseau
painter (1844)

Glenn Curtiss
inventor and aviation pioneer (1878)

Fats Waller
musician (1904)

Andrei Sakharov
human rights advocate (1921)

May 21 in History


Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River.


Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross.


Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis.


Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland).


The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.


In Hong Kong, approximately one million people took to the streets to show their support for students protesting for democratic reforms in China’s Tiananmen Square.


Rajiv Gandhi, former Indian prime minister, was assassinated by a suicide bomber.


Indonesian President Suharto resigned.


Susan Lucci finally won a Daytime Emmy on her 19th nomination.


Christine Todd Whitman announced her resignation as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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