About May 21

May 21, 2022 is the 141st day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 224 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 246 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 21

  • 293
    Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appoint Galerius as Caesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as the Tetrarchy.
  • 1349
    Dušan’s Code, the constitution of the Serbian Empire, is enacted by Dušan the Mighty.
  • 1502
    The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese explorer João da Nova.
  • 1554
    A royal Charter is granted to Derby School as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England, by Queen Mary I.
  • 1851
    Slavery is abolished in Colombia, South America.
  • 1863
    Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.
  • 1894
    The Manchester Ship Canal in England is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer Sir Edward Leader Williams.
  • 1927
    Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1932
    Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1934
    Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
  • 1937
    A Soviet station becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.
  • 1939
    The Canadian National War Memorial is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa.
  • 1951
    The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School.
  • 1961
    American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
  • 1979
    White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
  • 1981
    Irish Republican hunger strikers Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara die on hunger strike in Maze prison.
  • 1994
    The Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessful attempts to secede from Republic of Yemen; a war breaks out.
  • 1998
    In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
  • 2003
    An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2,000 people.
  • 2006
    The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.

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