On This Day..... May 21

 

MAY 21ST

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDERS DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • RAYMOND BURR (1917-1993)
  • RONALD ISLEY (1941, 76)
 
  • LEO SAYER (1948, 70)
  • AL FRANKEN (1951, 67)
 
  • MR. T (1952, 66)
  • JUDGE REINHOLD (1957, 61)
 
  • JEFFREY DAHMER (1960-1994)
  • ERIC NIES (1971, 47)
 
  • NOTORIOUS B.I.G. (1972-1997)
  • TOM DALEY (1994, 24)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1819, THE FIRST BICYCLES BEGIN USE IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1832, THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION IS HELD
  • IN 1881, CLARA BARTON OPENS THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
 
  • IN 1908, “DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE”, THE FIRST KNOWN HORROR MOVIE OPENS
  • IN 1914, THE GREYHOUND BUS COMPANY BEGINS SERVICE
  • IN 1917, THE GREAT FIRE OF ATLANTA LEAVES 10,000 PEOPLE HOMELESS
  • IN 1918, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVE WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE
  • IN 1924, BOBBY FRANKS IS KIDNAPPED AND KILLED BY LEOPOLD AND LOEB
 
  • IN 1927, CHARLES LINDBERGH LANDS IN PARIS AFTER BECOMING THE FIRST PERSON TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC SOLO IN “THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS”
  • IN 1932, AMELIA EARHART LANDS IN IRELAND AFTER BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC SOLO
  • IN 1936, SADA ABE IS ARRESTED IN TOKYO AFTER WANDERING THE STREETS FOR DAYS WITH HER DEAD LOVER’S SEVERED GENTIALS IN HER HANDS
 
  • IN 1941, THE SS ROBIN MOOR IS THE FIRST AMERICAN SHIP SUNK BY A U-BOAT IN WWII
  • IN 1945, HEINRICH HIMMLER IS CAPTURED IN WORLD WAR II
  • IN 1950, VIETNAMESE TROOPS IN HO CHI MINH ATTACK CAMBODIA
  • IN 1954, A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LOWER THE VOTING AGE TO 18 IS DEFEATED
  • IN 1959, “GYPSY” OPENS ON BROADWAY
 
  • IN 1969, SIRHAN SIRHAN, THE ASSASSIN OF ROBERT KENNEDY, IS SENTENCED TO DEATH
  • IN 1970, THE NATIONAL GUARD IS CALLED IN TO CALM RIOTS AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
  • IN 1970, NEIL YOUNG WRITE “OHIO” IN RESPONSE TO THE KENT STATE SHOOTINGS FOR CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG TO RECORD
  • IN 1971, MARVIN GAYE RELEASES “WHAT’S GOING ON”
 
  • IN 1972, VANDALS DAMAGE MICHAELANGELO’S PIETA IN ST. PETER’S BASILICA
  • IN 1977, STEVIE WONDER HITS #1 WITH “SIR DUKE”
 
  • IN 1979, DAN WHITE IS CONVICED OF MANSLAUGHTER IN THE MURDER OF SAN FRANCISCO’S MAYOR MOSCONE AND HARVEY MILK AFTER ATTEMPTING TO EMPLOY “THE TWINKIE DEFENSE”
  • IN 1980, GEORGE LUCAS RELEASES “STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK”
 
  • IN 1981, FRANCOIS MITTERAND BECOMES PRESIDENT OF FRANCE
  • IN 1981, BOB MARLEY RECEIVES A STATE FUNERAL IN JAMAICA
  • IN 1983, TODD RUNDGREN PEAKS AT #63 WITH “BANG THE DRUM ALL DAY”
  • IN 1983, DAVID BOWIE HITS #1 WITH “LET’S DANCE”
 
  • IN 1988, EU PEAKS AT #35 WITH “DOIN THE BUTT”
  • IN 1990, CBS AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “NEWHART”
 
  • IN 1992, MRITHI, THE RWANDAN MOUNTAIN GORILLA WHO CO-STARRED WITH SIGOURNEY WEAVER IN “GORILLAS IN THE MIST” IS SHOT AND KILLED IN A BATTLE BETWEEN RWANDAN POLICE AND DISSIDENTS
  • IN 1996, BOSTON RED SOX PITCHER ROGER CLEMENS GETS HIT 200TH WIN AGAINST THE NEW YORK YANKEES
  • IN 1996, TONI BRAXTON RELEASES “YOU’RE MAKIN ME HIGH”
 
  • IN 1998, A MAN ATTACKS FIVE MIAMI ABORTION CLINICS WITH BUTRYIC ACID
  • IN 1998, CINDY CRAWFORD MARRIES RANDY GERBER IN THE BAHAMAS
  • IN 1999, SUSAN LUCCI WINS A DAYTIME EMMY ON HER 19TH NOMINATION
 
  • IN 2003, MARIAH CAREY REFERES TO EMINEM AS A LITTLE GIRL WITH A 7TH GRADE CRUSH IN RESPONSE TO HIS THREATS TO USE A SAMPLE OF A DRUNKEN VOICEMAIL SHE LEFT HIM IN A SONG
  • IN 2008, LOU PEARLMAN IS SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR A SCAM THAT STOLE THE LIFE SAVINGS OF THOUSANDS OF ELDERLY INVESTORS
  • IN 2011, ADELE HITS #1 WITH “ROLLING IN THE DEEP”
  • IN 2013, MICROSOFT ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE XBOX ONE
 

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