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Tuesday, May 21th 2019

Today is the 141st day of 2019.  There are 224 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1832 The first Democratic National Convention got under way, in Baltimore.
1840 New Zealand was declared a British colony.
1881 Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
1892 The opera ''I Pagliacci,'' by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, was first performed, in Milan, Italy.
1924 Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a ''thrill killing'' committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two students at the University of Chicago.
1927 Charles A. Lindbergh landed his "Spirit of St. Louis" near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1956 The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1959 The musical ''Gypsy,'' inspired by the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, opened on Broadway.
1968 The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.)
1979 Former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk
1991 Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated during national elections by a suicide bomber.
1998 A student suspended from a Springfield, Ore., high school opened fire in the cafeteria, killing one and wounding 23.
1999 Susan Lucci, star of the ABC soap opera ''All My Children,'' won a Daytime Emmy Award for best actress for the first time in the 19th straight year she was nominated.

Died on this day

1542 Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.
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