Today is Thursday, May 21st. It’s American Red Cross Founder’s Day, National Memo Day, National Notebook Day, National Strawberries and Cream Day, National Waiters and Waitresses Day, Chardonnay Day, National Talk Like Yoda Day, and Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day
There are 4 days until Memorial Day
There are 31 days until Father’s Day
There are 44 days until the 4th of July
Today is the day that…
— in 1881, The American Red Cross is founded by Humanitarian Clara Barton
— in 1914, The Greyhound Bus Company began operations
— in 1927, Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after the first solo air crossing of Atlantic
— in 1932, Amelia Earhart lands in Ireland, completing the first transatlantic solo flight by a woman
— in 1965, Ten years into the Rock Era, it looks like it’s here to stay. Time magazine reports on the rock revival with the cover story, “Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Sound of the Sixties.”
— in 1977, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album takes over the #1 spot in the US from the Eagles’ Hotel California.
— also in 1977, Stevie Wonder hits #1 in America with “Sir Duke,” a tribute to Duke Ellington
— in 1980, The second Star Wars movie (Episode V, chronologically) The Empire Strikes Back was released
— in 1981, Reggae legend Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral
— in 1983, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” single goes to #1
— also in 1983, ZZ Top release their video for “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” marking the first appearance of the Eliminator, Billy Gibbons’ 1933 Ford Hot Rod
— in 1992, MTV airs the first episode of The Real World, ushering in an era of so-called “reality TV”
— also in 1992, Bette Midler is Johnny Carson’s last guest on The Tonight Show (his final show, the following night, has no guests). She serenades him with “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road).”
— in 1999, All My Children star Susan Lucci finally won a Daytime Emmy on her 19th nomination
— in 2003, Ruben Studdard wins Season 2 of American Idol, beating out Clay Aiken
— in 2008, David Cook won “American Idol” in a landslide over David Archuleta.
— in 2010, U2 frontman Bono needed emergency spinal surgery after suffering an injury while preparing for a tour
— and in 2017, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed their final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, NY
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