On This Day In History, 21 May

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World Events Today

  • The American Red Cross, was founded by Clara Barton, today in 1881
  • The Loyalist paramilitary group, the Ulster Volunteer Force, declared war on the Irish Republican Army, the IRA, today in 1966
  • Rajiv Ratna Gandhi, who took over as the Prime Minister of India from his mother Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1984, was himself assassinated today in 1991

Entertainment Events Today

  • FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the international governing body of football, was formed today in 1904
  • The American crime movie Pulp Fiction, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival today in 1994
  • Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in the UEFA Champions league final today in 2008, it was the first all-English final in the history of the competition

Family Events Today

  • The legendary American jazz pianist, composer and singer Thomas Wright Waller, better known as Fats Waller, whose hits included Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Honeysuckle Rose, was born today in 1904 in New York
  • Lawrence Tureaud, better known as the American actor Mr. T, who gained fame as B A Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team, was born today in 1952 in Chicago
  • Wouter De Backer, better known as the Belgian singer-songwriter Gotye, who sang Somebody That I Used to Know, was born today in 1980 in Bruges

Main Event Today

  • After taking off from New York the previous day, Charles Lindbergh in the Spirit of Saint Louis, landed near Paris today in 1927, the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Strawberries and Cream Day

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