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MAY 21

Chile: Battle of Iquique/Navy Day
(Commemorates 1879 Battle of Iquique)
Chile Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C.
1527 Philip II (King of Spain and Portugal) Philip II Portugal Defeat of the Spanish Armada
1780 Elizabeth Fry (English Philanthropist, Social Reformer) English Political and Social Leaders Philanthropy
1796 Reverdy Johnson (Maryland-born Attorney, U.S. Senator) Reverdy Johnson U.S. Senate 1856: DRED SCOTT v. SANDFORD
1851 Leon Bourgeois (French Statesman, Promoter of the League of Nations; Awarded 1920 Nobel Prize for Peace) French Political & Social Leaders League of Nations 1920 Nobel Laureate for Peace
1856 Grace Hoadley Dodge (New York City-born Philanthropist) New York City  Political & Social Leaders Philanthropy
1944 Mary Bourke Robinson (First Female President of Ireland ) Irish Political & Social Leaders Women
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1471 Henry VI (King of England) British History British Monarchy Britannia
1894 Philip Cook (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War University of Georgia
1935 Jane Addams (Illinois-born Social Reformer) Jane Addams 1931 Nobel Laureate for Peace
1978 Moses Kotane (Leader of the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress) South African Political and Social Leaders South African History
1991 Rajiv Gandhi (Former Prime Minister of India: Assassination) Indian Political & Social Leaders Terrorism Asian History BBC
1471 King Henry VI of England Is Killed in the Tower of London British History British Monarchy Britannia
1536 The Reformation Begins When Geneva, Switzerland's City Fathers Vote to Remove the Roman Catholic Faith Switzerland Religion European History Geneva Foundation
1654 Swedish Colony Governor, Johan Classon Rising, Captures the Dutch Fort Casimir and Renames It Fort Trinity Sweden The Netherlands Delaware Colonial Delaware Forts State of Delaware
1696 King Louis XIV Orders France's Western Great Lakes Outposts Destroyed Louis XIV U.S. History State of Michigan
1758 Lenape Indians Abduct 10-year-old Mary Campbell From Her Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Home Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Lenape Indians Crime French and Indian War History Channel
1840 New Zealand Is Declared a British Colony New Zealand British History New York Times
1843 More Than 2,000 Persons Attend the Micasukie Methodist Camp Meeting Near Tallahassee, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Religion Florida Historical Society
1861 Confederate Congress Holds Last Meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, Voting to Move the Capital to Richmond, Virginia Montgomery, Alabama Richmond, Virginia American Civil War Alabama Archives University of Georgia
Confederate Congress Approves Act to Establish a Patent Office American Civil War Patents University of North Carolina
Confederate Troops Convert the Charlotte Mint into a Headquarters North Carolina Battle of Corinth U.S. Treasury
1862 The 4th Florida Infantry Regiment Leaves for Corinth, Mississippi Florida Corinth, Mississippi Battle of Corinth Florida Historical Society
1863 Union Begins 3-week Siege of New Orleans' Port Hudson New Orleans Siege of Port Hudsonr Forts History Channel
The U.S.S. Union Today Seized the British Blockade Runner Linnet West of Florida's Charlotte Harbor Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1864 President Lincoln Lifts Ban on Publication of New York Newspapers "World" and "Journal of Commerce" New York City President Abraham Lincoln Journalism First Amendment American Civil War Lincoln Logs
President Lincoln Requests More Troops from Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin to Support Sherman's March Indiana Iowa Wisconsin President Abraham Lincoln Sherman's March to the Sea Lincoln Logs
1874 President Grant's Daughter, Nellie, Is Wed in the White House U.S. Grant White House Galena State Historic Sites
1910 Louis Botha Becomes the First Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa South African Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts South African History
1911 French Troops Anger the Germans by Occupying the Moroccan City of Fez Morocco France Germany History Channel
1913 John F. A. Strong Is Appointed as the First Governor of the Alaska Territory Alaskan Government Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1927 Charles Lindbergh Lands in Paris Completing the First Solo Transatlantic Flight Paris Charles Lindbergh Aviation Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology & Society Writer's Almanac History Channel New York Times
1932 Amelia Earhart Lands in Ireland Completing First Female Solo Transatlantic Flight Ireland Amelia Earhart Aviation Historic Firsts National Postal Museum Center for the Study of Technology & Society History Channel
1940 Nazi's Murder 1,500 East Prussian Hospital Patients as "Unfit" Nazi Germany World War II History Channel
British Attack Rommel's 7th Panzer Division at Arras, France France World War II BBC
1941 First U.S. Ship (S.S. Robin Moor) Is Sunk by German U-Boat Nazi Germany Naval History World War II Mt. Holyhoke
1942 :2,200 Jews Are Taken to the Edge of Koritz, Poland and Shot Into Pre-Dug Pits Poland Nazi Germany The Holocaust NAAF Holocaust Memorial
German Conglomerate I.G. Farben Petroleum Factory at Opens Near Auschwitz Using Forced Jewish Labor Nazi Germany Business and Economics Slavery The Holocaust U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
1956 The United States Explodes the First Airborne Hydrogen Bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Nuclear Weapons Aviation Military History Historic Firsts New York Times
1960 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Is First in Two Days to Kill 5,000 in Chile Chile Earthquake Death History Channel USGS
1961 South Korean Military Junta Leader Lt. General Chang Do-yung Announces a Cabinet Has Been Established Korea Asian History
1968 U.S. Nuclear Submarine, Scorpion Sinks in the Atlantic: 99 die Naval Military History Nuclear Weapons New York Times
Separate Representation of Voters Amendment Act Strengthens South Africa's Apartheid System South African Government Apartheid Laws and Legal Resources South African History
1977 U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young (an African American) Visits South Africa The United Nations South Africa Andrew Young Apartheid South African History
1988 Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev Dismisses the Communist Party Leaders in Armenia and Azerbaijan Mikhail Gorbachev Armenia Azerbaijan Cold War History Channel
1989 1 Million Hong Kong Demonstrators Support Beijing Protesters for Democracy China Human Rights Asian History
1991 Suicide Bomber Assassinates Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi Indian Political Leaders Terrorism Death Asian History BBC
1998 After 31 Years, Indonesian President Suharto Resigns Indonesian Political and Social Leaders Asian History

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