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This Day in History – May 21, 2011




0143 Earliest known date in America-pre Mayan king Harvest-Bergvorst installed 1602 Martha’s Vineyard 1st sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold) 1804 Lewis & Clark Expedition begins 1819 1st bicycles (swift walkers) in US introduced in NYC 1832 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore) 1840 New Zealand became a British colony 1846 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii 1861 Richmond VA is designated Confederate Capital 1881 American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton 1881 US Nation Lawn Tennis Association is formed 1891 Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds 1897 Yerkes Observatory 40″ (1 meter) refractor used for 1st time 1906 Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars 1908 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago 1917 Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WWI 1918 House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote 1921 Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley CO 1922 “On the Road to Moscow” is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize 1922 Colonel Ruppert buys out Colonel Huston interest in New York Yankees for $1,500,000 1927 Lindbergh lands in Paris France, after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic 1932 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands 1954 Amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated 1964 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay) 1968 US nuclear-powered sub (Scorpion), with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores 1969 Robert Kennedy’s murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death 1979 Elton John becomes 1st western rocker to perform live in the USSR 1980 “Empire Strikes Back” premeires 1980 Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy 1990 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,844.68 1990 Last episode of “Newhart” airs on CBS-TV; It was all a dream]]]]> ]]>

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