May 21: Day of the Week
May 21, 2019 was the 141st day of the year 2019 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 French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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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)
- 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.
- 1758Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.
- 1894The Manchester Ship Canal in England is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer Sir Edward Leader Williams.
- 1927Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
- 1951The 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.
- 1981Irish Republican hunger strikers Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara die on hunger strike in Maze prison.
- 1990Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agree to merge into the Republic of Yemen.
- 1991Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees Ethiopia, effectively bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end.
- 2001French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
Who were born on May 21?
- 1664Giulio Alberoni, Italian cardinal (d. 1754)
- 1860Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist; Nobel laureate (d. 1927)
- 1920Anthony Steel, British actor (d. 2001)
- 1921Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist (d. 1989)
- 1929Alice Drummond, American actress
- 1939Heinz Holliger, Swiss oboist, composer and conductor
- 1944Marcie Blane, American singer
- 1945Ernst Messerschmid, German astronaut
- 1969Pierluigi Brivio, Italian footballer
- 1986Mario Mandžukić, Croatian footballer
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