On This Day: May 21st

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

May 21st:

Special birthday alert! Dustyn is 35 as of today!!!! This blog is dedicated to him!

1932- After flying for 17 hours from Newfoundland, Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman

1792- Mount Unzen on Japan’s Shimabara Peninsula, erupts creating a tsunami, killing about 15,000; Japan’s deadliest volcanic eruption

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

1832- 1st US Democratic National Convention held in Baltimore

1846- 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii

1864- Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning.

1881- American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

1908- 1st American horror movie silent film “Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde” premieres in Chicago

1914- Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota

1917- Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WWI

1917- The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality

1918- US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote

My source and more facts at On This Day

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