May 21: Day of the Week
May 21, 2018 was the 141st day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 224 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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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.
- 1554A royal Charter is granted to Derby School as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England, by Queen Mary I.
- 1871Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
- 1917The 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.
- 1927Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
- 1937A Soviet station becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.
- 1981Irish Republican hunger strikers Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara die on hunger strike in Maze prison.
- 1996The MV Bukoba sinks in Tanzanian waters on Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1,000.
- 2001French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
Who were born on May 21?
- 1688Alexander Pope, English poet (d. 1744)
- 1843Charles Albert Gobat, Swiss politician (d. 1914)
- 1878Glenn Curtiss, American aviation engineer (d. 1930)
- 1918Dennis Day, American singer and comedian (d. 1988)
- 1960Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (d. 1994)
- 1963Kevin Shields, American-born Irish vocalist and guitarist (My Bloody Valentine)
- 1972Alesha Oreskovich, American model
- 1981Maximilian Mutzke, German singer and drummer
- 1985Alexander Dale Oen, Norwegian swimmer
- 1988Park Gyuri, Korean singer/actress/disc jockey
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