This Day in History


  • 2016 My 54th Birthday
  • 2014 A mass stabbing spree occurred on a subway train near Jiangzicui Station, New Taipei City, Taiwan. 4 people were killed and 24 were injured.
  • 2011 The Judgment Day, which had been predicted to take place on this day, did not happen. The prophecy was made by American radio host Harold Camping.
  • 2007 Famous British clipper ship Cutty Sark, which had been closed for conservation work, caught fire. It burned for several hours and was severely damaged.
  • 2006 Died: Billy Walker, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his song “(I’d Like to Be In) Charlie’s Shoes”.
  • 2006 Died: Katherine Dunham, American dancer, choreographer, writer, educator, and activist who was an innovator in African-American modern dance.
  • 2005 The world’s tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, United States. Its height is 456 feet.
  • 1991 Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, fled the country. His escape ended the Ethiopian Civil War.
  • 1988 Died: Sammy Davis Sr., American dancer and occasional film actor. He is primarily remembered as the father of Sammy Davis Jr.
  • 1980 Born: Gotye (stage name of Wally De Backer), multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. His breakout single was Somebody That I Used to Know.
  • 1973 Born: Noel Fielding, English actor, stand-up comedian, DJ, musician and artist. He is best known for his role as Vince Noir on The Mighty Boosh.
  • 1972 Michelangelo’s statue Pietà St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City was seriously damaged by a mentally disturbed geologist named Laszlo Toth.
  • 1966 Born: Lisa Edelstein, American actress and playwright best known for her role as Doctor Lisa Cuddy on the Fox medical drama series House.
  • 1965 Died: Geoffrey de Havilland, British aviation pioneer and aircraft engineer. He is best known for having created the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito.
  • 1964 Died: James Franck, German physicist who was awarded the 1925 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with Gustav Herz, for their Franck–Hertz experiment.
  • 1962 Born: 21st May, Michael Flieger (MickFlieg) Famous English Blogger From Ashton Under Lyne Lancashire England UK  and famous for this Blog you are reading !
  • 1959 Born: Nick Cassavetes, American actor, film director, and screenwriter. His best known works as a director are The Notebook and Alpha Dog.
  • 1949 Died: Klaus Mann, German writer, the son of Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann. His most famous work is the 1936 novel Mephisto.
  • 1936 Born: Günter Blobel, German biologist who was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of signal peptides.
  • 1935 Died: Jane Addams, American social worker, social and political activist, public philosopher, sociologist, writer and leader in women’s suffrage.
  • 1934 Born: Bengt I. Samuelsson, Swedish biochemist who was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with two other scientists.
  • 1925 Died: Hidesaburō Ueno, Japanese agricultural scientist best known as the guardian of Hachikō, a dog who remained loyal to him even after his death.
  • 1921 Born: Andrei Sakharov, Soviet nuclear physicist, dissident, and human rights activist. He was awarded the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1904 The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA, International Federation of Association Football) was founded. It now consists of 209 men’s national football teams.
  • 1856 Pro-slavery activists attacked and ransacked the town of Lawrence, Kansas. The Sacking of Lawrence was part of the prelude to the American Civil War.
  • 1843 Born: Charles Albert Gobat, Swiss lawyer and politician who was awarded the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, sharing it with Élie Ducommun.
  • 1809 The Battle of Aspern-Essling began. It was part of War of the Fifth Coalition. The battle lasted for two days and resulted in the defeat of the French.
  • 1688 Born: Alexander Pope, English poet and translator who is best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.
  • 1639 Died: Tommaso Campanella, Italian philosopher, theologian, astrologer, and poet. His most famous book is The City of the Sun, early utopian work.
  • 1607 Died: John Rainolds, English academic and churchman who contributed to English translation of the Bible known as the King James Version.
  • 1502 Galician navigator João da Nova discovered the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. He named it so after Helena of Constantinople.
  • 1471 Born: Albrecht Dürer, German painter, printmaker, engraver, theorist and mathematician. He is considered the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance.
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