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Historical Events - May 21
1819: Bicycle was first seen in New York City, USA.
1881: American Red Cross was established in Washington, D.C.
1904: The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was established in Paris.
1927: Charles Lindberg completed the world’s first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1929: India’s first air cargo service commenced between Calcutta (now Kolkata) and Bagdogra.
1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone.
1991: Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a suicide bombing in Madras (now Chennai).
1992: China successfully tested a 1,000-kiloton atomic bomb. It is the most powerful nuclear explosion in the world.
1994: Sushmita Sen won the 43rd Miss Universe Award.
Famous Birthdays -May 21
1916: Harold Robbins, an American author of popular novels.
1923: Armand Borel, a Swiss mathematician.
1931: Sharad Joshi, a Hindi poet, and writer.
1960: Mohanlal, an Indian actor, producer, playback singer, distributor, and philanthropist.
1971: Aditya Chopra is an Indian filmmaker.
Death Anniversaries - May 21
1509: Henry VII, the King of England and Lord of Ireland.
1686: Otto von Guericke, a German scientist, inventor, and politician.
1979: Janaki Devi Bajaj, an Indian independence activist.
1991: Rajiv Gandhi, the 6th Prime Minister of India.
2000: Mark R. Hughes, an American businessman.