TODAY IN HISTORY

May 21, 2009 

In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.

In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland.

In 1956, the United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll.

In 1979, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the slayings of Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk; outrage over the verdict sparked rioting.

Birthdays

R&B singer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 68 Rock musician Hilton Valentine (The Animals) is 66 Actor Richard Hatch ("Battlestar Galactica") is 64 Musician Bill Champlin (Chicago) is 62 Comedian, radio host-turned-politician Al Franken is 58 Actor Mr. T is 57 Actor Judge Reinhold is 52 Actor-director Nick Cassavetes

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