May 21: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1502 - The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese explorer João da Nova.
- 1881 - The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton inWashington, D.C..
- 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.
- 1937 - A Soviet station, North Pole-1, becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.
- 1972 - Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by avandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth.
- Famous Birthdays: Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis (French mathematician and engineer), Mary Anning (English paleontologist), Charles Albert Gobat (Swiss lawyer and politician, Nobel Prize laureate), Willem Einthoven (Indonesian-Dutch physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate ), Günter Blobel (Polish-American biologist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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