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5/21/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 21

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Today in History in 1832 the first Democratic National Convention was held in Baltimore, Maryland; and in 1927 Aviator Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris, France in the Spirit of St. Louis after his first solo air crossing of the Atlantic.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1832 - 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)
  • 1871 - -July 28] French regular troops attack Commune of Paris; 17,000 die
  • 1904 - Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris
  • 1918 - US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote
  • 1927 - Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after first solo air crossing of Atlantic
  • 1932 - 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland
  • 2004 - Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1688 - Alexander Pope, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d. 1744), born in London, England
  • 1904 - Fats Waller, [Thomas Wright], jazz singer/composer (Ain't Misbehavin')
  • 1923 - Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter
  • 1940 - Tony Sheridan, Norwich, Norfolk, singer-songwriter and guitarist, (d. 2013)
  • 1952 - Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

  • 1553 - Lady Jane Grey (16 or 17), later English queen for 9 days, marries Lord Guildford Dudley
  • 1825 - Prince Willem FK marries Louise AWA of Prussia
  • 1944 - Actor Burgess Meredith (36) weds actress Paulette Goddard (33) at David O Selznick's Beverly Hills home
  • 1945 - Director Akira Kurosawa (35) weds actress Yoko Yaguchi (23)
  • 1988 - Jane Powell weds Dickie Moore

Famous Deaths

  • 1542 - Hernando de Soto, dies while searching for gold, near Mississippi River
  • 1935 - Jane Addams, a founder of ACLU (Nobel 1973), dies at 65
  • 1987 - Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies at 57
  • 2005 - Howard Morris, American comic actor and director (b. 1919)

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