This Day in History

Rock n roll pioneer Chuck Berry records his first hit Maybellene

21 May 1040

King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency

21 May 1420

Treaty of Troyes Henry V of England and his heirs would inherit the throne of France upon the death of King Charles VI of France

21 May 1502

Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena

21 May 1526

-Jun 8] Sermon of Bathe Aargau TC evangelical theology

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Charles Lindbergh competes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight

American pilot Charles A. Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget Field in Paris successfully completing the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight and the first ever ...

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make solo nonstop transatlantic flight

Five years to the day that American aviator Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to accomplish a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean female avia...

Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto dies in American wilderness

On the banks of the Mississippi River in present-day Louisiana Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto dies ending a three-year journey for gold that took him h...

Thousands of Jews die in Nazi gas chambers IG Farber sets up factory

On this day in 1942 4300 Jews are deported from the Polish town of Chelm to the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor where all are gassed to death. On the same...

American Red Cross founded

In Washington D.C. humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross an organization established to provide humanitarian...

Nazis kill unfit people in East Prussia

On this day in 1940 a special unit carries out its mission-and murders more than 1500 hospital patients in East Prussia.Mentally ill patients fr...

French troops occupy Fez sparking second Moroccan Crisis

Six years after the First Moroccan Crisis during which Kaiser Wilhelms sensational appearance in Morocco provoked international outrage and led to a st...

Military spokesman defends battle at Hamburger Hill

A U.S. military command spokesman in Saigon defends the battle for Ap Bia Mountain as having been necessary to stop enemy infiltration and protect the city of H...

Rookie golfer Nancy Lopez wins her first Coca Cola Classic

On May 21 1978 21-year-old rookie golfer Nancy Lopez defeats her childhood hero JoAnne Carner on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to win the Coca-Co...

Former president James Garfield s spine put on display

On this day in 2000 the bones of President James Garfields spine are on display for a final day at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washin...

Black Spanish explorer Estevan is reported killed

Word reaches Fray Marcos that Indians have killed his guide Estevan a black slave who was the first non-Indian to visit the pueblo lands of the American Southw...

Serialization of Colette s novel The Vagabond begins

French author Colette (born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette) begins to publish her novel The Vagabond in serial form.Colette had already achieved success as a writer ...

Soap star Susan Lucci wins first Emmy after 19 nominations

The streak is overSusan Lucci announces Shemar Moore of The Young and the Restless on this night in 1999 right before presenting the Dayt...

Huge earthquake hits Chile

On this day in 1960 the first tremor of a series hits Valdivia Chile. By the time they end the quakes and their aftereffects kill 5000 people and leave ano...

Long Island Lolita is arrested

Amy Fisher the so-called Long Island Lolita is arrested for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco on the front porch of her Massapequa New York home. Fi...

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