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Facts & Events That Happened Today In History

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Facts & Events That Happened Today In History

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Today is Tuesday, May 21, 2024. It’s the 142nd day of the year, and we’re on week 21.

Every day is special for some reason, and today is no different! Here you’ll find some interesting facts & events that happened today in history, as well as The Fact Site’s Fact of the Day!

Learn what special holiday falls on this day and how to celebrate it. You’ll also find out what famous people celebrate their birthdays today!

We update this page daily, so if you have a few minutes spare, check out these events & facts that all help to make today a special day!

Today’s Highlighted Events

The world is full of things happening – all day, every day. But here are some notable events that happened today in history.

OTD in 2013: Microsoft announced the release of the Xbox One.

2013

Microsoft announced the release of the Xbox One.

OTD in 1972: Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was vandalized.

1972

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

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

1881

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

These are just our highlighted events, but if you’d like to learn more about what happened on this day, you can check out the link below!

Today’s Famous Birthdays

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, you’re not the only one! Here are a few famous people that were also born on this day.

1994

Tom Daley

Tom Daley

Tom Daley is an British diver born on May 21, 1994, in England, UK. He is 30 years old today.

1980

Gotye

Gotye

Gotye is an Belgian-Australian singer born on May 21, 1980, in Bruges, Belgium. He is 44 years old today.

1970

Taylor Sheridan

Taylor Sheridan

Taylor Sheridan is an American screenwriter born on May 21, 1970, in Texas, USA. He is 54 years old today.

Today’s Quote

Throughout history, people have said some emotional, inspirational, and thought-provoking things, sometimes silly things too! But here’s what’s been said on this day in history.

2020

Marriage is a choice you make every day. It can be hard work, but when two people commit to seeing that work through, the rewards are as sweet as they come.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

American First Lady

Today’s Special Holiday

Every day has special holidays that are celebrated throughout the world, and today is no different! Here’s one of today’s special holidays you can participate in.

May 21: Rapture Party Day
International

Rapture Party Day

In 2001 a Christian radio host predicted that Rapture, the beginning of the end of times, would happen on May 21, 2011. When this didn’t happen, today was marked as a day to celebrate and spend your day doing things you’ve always wanted to do as if the world is going to end.

Today’s Shower Thoughts

Don’t you just love it when you’re taking your morning shower, and that little voice in your head asks, “how many balloons would it take to float a human?”

We all have these strange thoughts at random times – and here are our shower thoughts of the day.

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

At one point, 50% of the CDs produced worldwide had an AOL logo on them. The cost for the marketing campaign was in the billions – and it worked.

Fast Facts About Today

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 21
Day of week Tuesday
Week number Week 21
Day of year Day 142 of 2024
Decade 2020s
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Leap year 2024 is a leap year
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