Tuesday May 21, 2024
A date scroll with Latin text from “The Extremes of Good and Evil” by Cicero, written in 45 BC.

May 21: Day of the Week

May 21, 2024 was the 142nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 224 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

May 2024

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

May 21 Historical Event(s)

The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the French army led by Napoleon I of France sees the French attack across the Danube held.
Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.
The Manchester Ship Canal in England is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer Sir Edward Leader Williams.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is established through Royal Charter to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military forces.
The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School.
White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.
Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agree to merge into the Republic of Yemen.
Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.
The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.

Who were born on May 21?

Mary Anning, British fossil collector and paleontologist (d. 9 March 1847).
František Chvostek, Moravian physician (d. 1884)
Manuel Pérez y Curis, Uruguayan poet (d. 1920)
Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
Maurice André, French trumpeter
Leo Sayer, English singer and songwriter
Mohanlal, Indian actor
Marco Carta, Italian singer
Marie McCray, American adult actress
Park Gyuri, Korean singer/actress/disc jockey

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