Today in History – May 21


1832 – The first Democratic Party national convention convened in Baltimore.

1856 – Lawrence, Kansas, was burned by pro-slavery forces.

1881 – The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.

1904 – The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris.

1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the U.S. to fingerprint all of its citizens.

1961 – Civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.

1992 – After 30 years Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate episode and last featuring guests (Robin Williams and Bette Midler) of The Tonight Show.