11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 21st May

Elton John In 1975

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history.

1. 1471 - King Henry VI is killed in the Tower of London. Edward IV takes the throne

2. 1981 - Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross

3. 1927 - Charles Lindbergh becomes the first person to fly across the Atlantic (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis

4. 1932 - Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make a solo air crossing of the Atlantic

5. 1950 - Two people die and more are injured as violent storms and a tornado sweep through counties around London

6. 1950 - Juan Manuel Fangio wins the Monaco Grand Prix in an Alfa Romeo, the first of his 24-Grand Prix victories

7. 1966 - American Cassius Clay beats Britain's Henry Cooper in the sixth round at the Arsenal football ground, North London

8. 1975 - Elton John becomes the first Western pop star to play in the U.S.S.R

9. 1985 - Olympic Cyclist Mark Cavendish is born

10. 1991 - Rajiv Gandhi, the former Indian prime minister, is assassinated in a bomb attack in Tamil Nadu

11. 2005 – The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

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