May 21: Day of the Week
May 21, 2020 is the 142nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 224 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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.
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May 21 Historical Event(s)
- 878Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
- 1349Dušan’s Code, the constitution of the Serbian Empire, is enacted by Dušan the Mighty.
- 1502The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese explorer João da Nova.
- 1809The 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.
- 1863Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.
- 1871Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
- 1894The Manchester Ship Canal in England is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer Sir Edward Leader Williams.
- 1966The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
- 1996The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.
- 1998In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
Who were born on May 21?
- 1863Archduke Eugen of Austria, Austrian field marshal (d. 1954)
- 1921Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist (d. 1989)
- 1930Malcolm Fraser, Australian politician
- 1943Hilton Valentine, British guitarist (The Animals)
- 1947Jonathan Hyde, Australian-born actor
- 1957James Bailey, American basketball player
- 1960Vladimir Salnikov, Russian swimmer
- 1963Richard Appel, American writer
- 1980Chris Raab, American television personality
- 1994Tom Daley, English diver and Olympian
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