2021 May

May 21: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 21

May 21st is officially Memo Day as well as Rapture Party Day.

Today marks day 141 of the year, and we have 224 days left of the year.

People who were born on this day all share the Gemini zodiac sign.

Here you’re going to learn some interesting facts about this day, as well as the important, and strange events that happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1981, Bob Marley received a state funeral in Jamaica? He was considered one of the pioneers of reggae and a Rastafari icon.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 21st in history!

What Happened On May 21 In History?


French Taubira law officially recognized the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.


All My Children star Susan Lucci at last won a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history.


Bob Marley received a state funeral in Jamaica.

This special funeral combined elements of Ethiopian Orthodoxy and Rastafari tradition, both of which he held to. He was buried in a chapel near his birthplace with his guitar.

Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was vandalized.

OTD in 1972: Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was vandalized.
A man with a hammer attacked the statue, hitting it 15 times. He removed Mary's arm at the elbow, knocked off a chunk of her nose, and chipped one of her eyelids. Eventually he was restrained by bystanders.

Gypsy opened at Broadway Theater in NYC for 702 performances.

Source Playbill

The 9th Street Art Exhibition opened.

It was a gathering of several notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde.

Amelia Earhart landed near Londonderry in Northern Island, completing her solo transatlantic flight, making her the first woman to do so.


Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, landed in Paris after the first ever solo air crossing of Atlantic.


The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton, a pioneering American nurse.

OTD in 1881: The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton

Russia declared an end to the Russian-Circassian War.

After this, many Circassians were forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning. Over 1.5 million people were driven out, many of which died on the way out due to disease, hunger, and exhaustion.

Did you know that on this day, May 21st 1981, Bob Marley received a state funeral in Jamaica?