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Sunday 21 May 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Saint Helena Day, celebrates the discovery of Saint Helena in 1502. (Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha)

Events

  • 1961 – American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
  • 1937 – A Soviet station, North Pole-1, becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.
  • 1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
  • 1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1904 – The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris.
  • 1881 – The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
  • 1871 – Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ends.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The Union Army succeeds in closing off the last escape route from Port Hudson, Louisiana, in preparation for the coming siege.
  • 1809 – The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the French army led by Napoleon I of France sees the French attack across the Danube held.

Births

  • 1992 – Hutch Dano, American actor
  • 1985 – Andrew Miller, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Craig Anderson, American ice hockey player
  • 1981 – Edson Buddle, American soccer player
  • 1981 – Josh Hamilton, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Scott Smith, American mixed martial artist
  • 1974 – Fairuza Balk, American actress
  • 1974 – Havoc, American rapper and producer
  • 1973 – Stewart Cink, American golfer
  • 1972 – The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper (d. 1997)
  • 1970 – Dorsey Levens, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1969 – George LeMieux, American lawyer and politician
  • 1969 – Pete Sandoval, Salvadoran-born American drummer
  • 1967 – Blake Schwarzenbach, American singer and guitarist
  • 1966 – Lisa Edelstein, American actress and playwright
  • 1963 – Dave Specter, American guitarist
  • 1963 – Richard Appel, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1962 – David Crumb, American composer and educator
  • 1960 – Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (d. 1994)
  • 1960 – Jeffrey Toobin, American lawyer and essayist
  • 1960 – Kent Hrbek, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1959 – Nick Cassavetes, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Jefery Levy, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Naeem Khan, Indian-American fashion designer
  • 1957 – James Bailey, American basketball player
  • 1957 – Judge Reinhold, American actor and producer
  • 1955 – Stan Lynch, American drummer, songwriter, and producer
  • 1954 – Marc Ribot, American guitarist and composer
  • 1952 – Mr. T, American actor and wrestler
  • 1951 – Al Franken, American actor, screenwriter, and politician
  • 1947 – Bill Champlin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1947 – Linda Laubenstein, American physician and academic (d. 1992)
  • 1945 – Richard Hatch, American actor, writer, and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1944 – Janet Dailey, American author and entrepreneur (d. 2013)
  • 1942 – Danny Ongais, American race car driver
  • 1941 – Bobby Cox, American baseball player and manager
  • 1941 – Ronald Isley, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1936 – Günter Blobel, Polish-American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1934 – Bob Northern, American horn player and bandleader
  • 1928 – Alice Drummond, American actress (d. 2016)
  • 1926 – Robert Creeley, American novelist, essayist, and poet (d. 2005)
  • 1924 – Peggy Cass, American actress, comedian, and game show panelist (d. 1999)
  • 1923 – Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach
  • 1923 – Armand Borel, Swiss-American mathematician and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1921 – Sandy Douglas, English computer scientist and academic, designed OXO (d. 2010)
  • 1920 – Bill Barber, American tuba player and educator (d. 2007)
  • 1919 – George P. Mitchell, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Dennis Day, American singer and actor (d. 1988)
  • 1917 – Raymond Burr, Canadian-American actor and director (d. 1993)
  • 1916 – Harold Robbins, American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1912 – John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist and academic (d. 1986)
  • 1912 – Monty Stratton, American baseball player and coach (d. 1982)
  • 1907 – John C. Allen, American roller coaster designer (d. 1979)
  • 1904 – Fats Waller, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1943)
  • 1904 – Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (d. 1981)
  • 1903 – Manly Wade Wellman, American author (d. 1986)
  • 1902 – Anatole Litvak, Ukrainian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1902 – Earl Averill, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1902 – Marcel Breuer, Hungarian-American architect and academic, designed the Ameritrust Tower (d. 1981)
  • 1901 – Horace Heidt, American pianist, bandleader, and radio host (d. 1986)
  • 1901 – Sam Jaffe, American film producer and agent (d. 2000)
  • 1898 – Armand Hammer, American physician and businessman, founded Occidental Petroleum (d. 1990)
  • 1898 – Carl Johnson, American long jumper (d. 1932)
  • 1898 – John McLaughlin, American painter and translator (d. 1976)
  • 1755 – Alfred Moore, American lawyer and judge (d. 1810)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Nick Menza, American drummer and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2015 – Fred Gladding, American baseball player and coach (b. 1936)
  • 2015 – Louis Johnson, American bass player and producer (b. 1955)
  • 2014 – Evelyn Blackmon, American businesswoman and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Johnny Gray, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Bob Thompson, American pianist and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Cot Deal, American baseball player and coach (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – David Voelker, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1953)
  • 2013 – Frank Comstock, American trombonist, composer, and conductor (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – Leonard Marsh, American businessman, co-founded Snapple (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Bill Stewart, American football player and coach (b. 1952)
  • 2006 – Billy Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 2006 – Katherine Dunham, American dancer, choreographer, and author (b. 1909)
  • 2006 – Spencer Clark, American race car driver (b. 1987)
  • 2005 – Howard Morris, American actor and director (b. 1919)
  • 2005 – Stephen Elliott, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2003 – Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentinian-Italian race car driver and businessman, founded De Tomaso (b. 1928)
  • 2003 – Frank D. White, American captain, banker, and politician, 41st Governor of Arkansas (b. 1933)
  • 2002 – Niki de Saint Phalle, French-American sculptor and painter (b. 1930)
  • 2000 – Mark R. Hughes, American businessman, founded Herbalife (b. 1956)
  • 1998 – Robert Gist, American actor and director (b. 1917)
  • 1996 – Lash LaRue, American actor and producer (b. 1917)
  • 1996 – Paul Delph, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1957)
  • 1995 – Les Aspin, American captain and politician, 18th United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1938)
  • 1988 – Sammy Davis, Sr., American actor and dancer (b. 1900)
  • 1973 – Vaughn Monroe, American singer, trumpet player, bandleader, and actor (b. 1911)
  • 1965 – Geoffrey de Havilland, English pilot and engineer, designed the de Havilland Mosquito (b. 1882)
  • 1952 – John Garfield, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1949 – Klaus Mann, German-American novelist, playwright, and critic (b. 1906)
  • 1935 – Jane Addams, American activist and author, co-founded Hull House, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1860)
  • 1911 – Williamina Fleming, Scottish-American astronomer and academic (b. 1857)
  • 1862 – John Drew, Irish-American actor and manager (b. 1827)
  • 1690 – John Eliot, English-American minister and missionary (b. 1604)
  • 1664 – Elizabeth Poole, English settler, founded Taunton, Massachusetts (b. 1588)
  • 1542 – Hernando de Soto, Spanish-American explorer (b. 1496)
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