About May 21

May 21, 2024 is the 142nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 224 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 253 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 21

  • 878
    Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
  • 1349
    Dušan’s Code, the constitution of the Serbian Empire, is enacted by Dušan the Mighty.
  • 1758
    Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.
  • 1809
    The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the French army led by Napoleon I of France sees the French attack across the Danube held.
  • 1851
    Slavery is abolished in Colombia, South America.
  • 1856
    Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.
  • 1871
    Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
  • 1879
    War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.
  • 1881
    The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
  • 1894
    The Manchester Ship Canal in England is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer Sir Edward Leader Williams.
  • 1917
    The Great Atlanta fire of 1917.
  • 1924
    University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks in a “thrill killing”.
  • 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.
  • 1936
    Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan’s most notorious scandals.
  • 1972
    Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth.
  • 1994
    The Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessful attempts to secede from Republic of Yemen; a war breaks out.
  • 1996
    The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.
  • 2005
    The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure.
  • 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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