Monday, May 21, 2012

21st of May

It is the 141st day of the year, with only 224 days remaining.

1758 - Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape Indians during the French and Indian War.

1856 - Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.

1863 - The Union Army succeeds in closing off the last escape route from Port Hudson, Louisiana, in preparation for the coming siege.

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.

1881 - The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton.

1934 - Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.

1946 - Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

1972 - Michelangelo's Pieta, in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth.

2005 - The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure.

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