On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Humanitarian Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C
Amelia Earhart lands in Ireland after a 15-hour trip, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
The musical Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman, opens on Broadway.
President Jimmy Carter declares a state of emergency at the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, which had been a dumping site for chemical waste.
David Bowie's post-disco single, “Let's Dance,” from the album of the same name, reaches No. 1.
After 19 nominations, Susan Lucci wins her first Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Erica Kane in the soap opera All My Children.
After being traded by the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez plays his first game against Texas as a Yankee.
Born on This Day
Born: May 21, 1952
Age: 61 years old
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1917 | 76 years old
Philosopher, Scholar, Poet / 1265 - 1320
Poet, writer, political thinker. Dante was a Medieval Italian poet and philosopher whose poetic trilogy, The Divine Comedy, made an indelible impression on both literature and theology.
1265 | 55 years old
Philosopher, Scholar, Poet
Serial Killer / 1960 - 1994
Notorious sex offender and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 men between from 1978 to 1991. He was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms, and then murdered by a fellow prison inmate in 1994.
Born: May 21, 1960
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Occupation: Serial Killer
1844 | 66 years old
Television Actor, Comedian, U.S. Representative, Radio Talk Show Host, Television Producer, Screenwriter / 1951 -
Al Franken is the junior senator of Minnesota who first gained notice as a comedian and political satirist during his long tenure on Saturday Night Live.
1951 | 62 years old
Television Actor, Comedian, ...
Died on This Day
Anthropologist, Activist, Choreographer, Journalist / 1909 - 2006Katherine Dunham was an American dancer, choreographer and anthropologist noted for her innovative interpretations of ritualistic and ethnic dances.
Died: May 21, 2006
Age: 96 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
Occupation: Anthropologist, Activist, ...
Explorer / 1500 - 1542
Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who participated in the conquests of Central America and Peru and discovered the Mississippi River.
1542 | 42 years old
Women's Rights Activist, Anti-War Activist, Philanthropist / 1860 - 1935
Jane Addams co-founded one of the first settlements in the United States, the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois, and was named a co-winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize.
1935 | 74 years old
Women's Rights Activist, ...
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