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Notable Historical Events for May 21st

1972Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

1881American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

1944Hitler begins attack on British/US "terror pilots"

1933Mount Davidson Cross lit by FDR via telegraph

1927Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after first solo air crossing of Atlantic

1725The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

1988"Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

1981Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

1854Frederic Mistral, Joseph Roumanille, and five other Provencal poets found Félibrige, a literary and cultural association

1995chris johnson wins Star Bank LPGA Golf Classic

May 21st Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on May 21st

1904Fats Waller, [Thomas Wright], jazz singer/composer (Ain't Misbehavin')

120 BCAurelia Cotta, mother of Julius Caesar

1688Alexander Pope, London, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d.1744)

1952Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], Chicago, American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T)

1960Jeffrey Dahmer, West Allis Wisconsin, American serial killer (Milwaukee Cannibal)

1921Andrei Sakharov, Moscow, physicist, human rights worker (Nobel '75)

1940Tony Sheridan, Norwich, Norfolk, singer-songwriter and guitarist, (d. 2013)

1780Elizabeth Fry, Quaker minister/prison reformer/nurse

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Notable Weddings on May 21st

1994ABC Sports President Roone Arledge (62) weds third wife Gigi Shaw

1999NFL legend Deion Sanders (31) weds model Pilar Biggers in Paradise Island, Bahamas

1945Director Akira Kurosawa (35) weds actress Yoko Yaguchi (23)

1944Actor Burgess Meredith (36) weds actress Paulette Goddard (33) at David O Selznick's Beverly Hills home

May 21st Weddings
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Notable Deaths on May 21st

1542Hernando de Soto, dies while searching for gold, near Mississippi River

1935Jane Addams, a founder of ACLU (Nobel 1973), dies at 65

May 21st Deaths
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