Today in History - May 21

685 - Battle of Nechtansmere/Dun Nechtain - Picts beat Northumbrians

878 - Syracuse is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily

1502 - Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovered St Helena

1792 - Tsunami in Japan killing about 15,000

1804 - Lewis & Clark Expedition begins

1819 - 1st bicycle in US introduced in NYC



1832 - 1st Democratic National Convention at Baltimore

1846 - 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii

1863 - Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana

1864 - Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War (Circassian Day of Mourning)

1879 - Battle of Iquique - Chilean naval forces overcome Peruvian ships (War of the Pacific)

1881 - American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

1881 - US Nation Lawn Tennis Association forms

1898 - US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington, authorized

1904 - Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris

1906 - Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars

1917 - The Great Fire of Atlanta - at least 10,000 people were displaced

1918 - US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote

1921 - Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed

1922 - 'On the Road to Moscow' is 1st carton to receive a Pulitzer

1925 - Canadians allowed to sell beer

1934 - Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens

1956 - US explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll

1964 - 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations - Chesapeake Bay

1980 - Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy

1992 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

1994 - South Yemen secedes from Yemen

1998 - Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power

2013 - Microsoft announces the release of Xbox One

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