May 21 is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 224 days remaining until the end of the year. There are many by great and memorable events that have occurred on on this day, these are just a few.

  • May 21 is also known as:
    • National American Red Cross Founders Day
      • The Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton who led the organization for 23 years.
      • The Red Cross offers assistance during times of need, some of their services include:
          • Helping the needy in the community
          • Communications services and comfort for military members and their families
          • The collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products
          • Educational programs on preparedness, health and safety
          • International relief and development programs
        • Celebrate this day by helping out in your community and seeing how you can help support the Red Cross
    • National Memo Day (When in doubt write it out)
      • A Memo is a usually brief written message from one person or department in an organization, company, etc., to another
      • Memos can be very helpful to pass along messages, however sometimes if they land in wrong hands they can be catastrophic
      • You can celebrate this day by using #NationalMemoDay to post on social media.
    • National Waitstaff Day
      • This day was created to show appreciation to everyone who helps make our dinning experience more enjoyable. Also a good day for restaurant owners and managers to show appreciation to their employees
      • Make sure to leave a large tip if you receive great service, and make sure your tell your waiter or waitress what a great job we did.
      • Celebrate this day by using #NationalWaitstaffDay to post on social media.
  • Historical Events:
    • On May 21 1856  Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.
    • On May 21 1863  The Union Army succeeds in closing off the last escape route from Port Hudson, Louisiana, in preparation for the coming siege.
    • On May 21 1864 The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ends.
    • On May 21 1871 French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting. By the close of “Bloody Week“, some 20,000 communards have been killed and 38,000 arrested.
    • On May 21 1881 The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
    • On May 21 1917 The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 causes $5.5 million in damages, destroying some 300 acres including 2,000 homes, businesses and churches, displacing about 10,000 people but leading to only one fatality (due to heart attack).
    • On May 21 1947  Joe DiMaggio and five of his New York Yankee teammates were fined $100 because they had not fulfilled contract requirements to do promotional duties for the team.
    • On May 21 1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released in theaters.
    • On May 21 1992 After 30 seasons Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate episode and last featuring guests (Robin Williams and Bette Midler) of The Tonight Show.
    • On May 1998 – Microsoft and Sega announced that they are collaborating on a home video game system.
    • On May 2012  A suicide bombing kills more than 120 people in Sana’a, Yemen.
    • On May The National September 11 Museum opens to the public.
  • Birthdays
    • Notorious BIG (1972-1997)
    • Mr. T (64)
    • Chris Benoit (1967-2007)
    • Parker Cannon (24)
    • Josh Hamilton (35)
    • Briana Banks (38)
    • Sarah Ramos (25)
    • Kano (31)
    • Leo Sayer (68)

 

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