Today in History (May 21)

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Today is Saturday, May 21, the 141st day of 2022. This is today in history.

Local news

  • In 2013, Residents and those from around the country took part in the 2nd Annual Unity Walk in Joplin.
  • In 2014, the Stained Glass Theatre announced they received $75,000 from the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri for renovations after the Tornado.
  • In 2016, Thousands lined the streets for Joplin’s Memorial Run.

World news

  • In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
  • 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 1941, a German U-boat sank the American merchant steamship SS Robin Moor in the South Atlantic after the ship’s passengers and crew were allowed to board lifeboats.


  • In 1955, Chuck Berry recorded his first single, “Maybellene,” for Chess Records in Chicago.
  • In 1972, Michelangelo’s Pieta, on display at the Vatican, was damaged by a hammer-wielding man who shouted he was Jesus Christ.
  • In 2000, death claimed actor Sir John Gielgud at age 96 and author Dame Barbara Cartland at age 98.


  • In 2012, President Barack Obama and other world leaders meeting in Chicago locked in place an Afghanistan exit path that would keep their troops fighting there for two more years.
  • In 2017, President Donald Trump, visiting Riyadh, implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish “Islamic extremism” emanating from the region.
  • In 2020, A Michigan judge sided with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a challenge by Republican lawmakers to her authority to order sweeping restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak.


R&B singer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 81. Musician Bill Champlin is 75. Singer Leo Sayer is 74. Actor Carol Potter is 74. Former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is 71. Actor Mr. T is 70. Music producer Stan Lynch is 67. Actor Judge Reinhold is 65. Actor-director Nick Cassavetes is 63. Actor Lisa Edelstein is 56. Actor Fairuza Balk is 48. Rock singer-musician Mikel Jollett (Airborne Toxic Event) is 48. Rapper Havoc (Mobb Deep) is 48. Rock musician Tony LoGerfo (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) is 39. Actor Sunkrish Bala is 38. Actor David Ajala is 36. Actor Ashlie Brillault is 35. Country singer Cody Johnson is 35. Actor Scott Leavenworth is 32. Actor Sarah Ramos is 31.

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