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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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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)
- 1674The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
- 1758Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.
- 1856Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.
- 1863American Civil War: The Union Army succeeds in closing off the last escape route from Port Hudson, Louisiana, in preparation for the coming siege.
- 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.
- 1934Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
- 1961American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
- 1990Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agree to merge into the Republic of Yemen.
- 1996The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.
- 2003An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2,000 people.
Who were born on May 21?
- 1832Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American educator (d. 1917)
- 1903Manly Wade Wellman, American writer (d. 1986)
- 1912John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (d. 1986)
- 1921A.S. Douglas, British computer scientist (d. 2010)
- 1951Al Franken, American comedian and politician, junior senator of Minnesota
- 1959Nick Cassavetes, American actor and director
- 1967Blake Schwarzenbach, American musician (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil)
- 1970Dorsey Levens, American football player
- 1981Edson Buddle, American footballer
- 1992Olivia Olson, American singer and actress
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