May 21: Day of the Week
May 21, 2021 is the 141st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 224 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.
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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.
- 996Sixteen-year-old Otto III is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
- 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.
- 1871Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
- 1879War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.
- 1936Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan’s most notorious scandals.
- 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.
- 1966The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
- 1990Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agree to merge into the Republic of Yemen.
- 1991Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.
Who were born on May 21?
- 1856José Batlle y Ordóñez, Uruguayan politician (d. 1929)
- 1863Archduke Eugen of Austria, Austrian field marshal (d. 1954)
- 1901Horace Heidt, American band leader (d. 1986)
- 1941Martin Carthy, English folk singer and guitarist
- 1945Ernst Messerschmid, German astronaut
- 1962Richard Caputo, American Author
- 1976Aditi Gowitrikar, Indian model, actress and physician
- 1976Deron Miller, American singer, guitarist and songwriter (CKY)
- 1977Michael Fuß, German footballer
- 1977Quinton Fortune, South African footballer
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