On this day

In 2011, Radio presenter Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on this date. PHOTO BY NEWYORK TIMES

On This Day: What happened on 21 May?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 2011, Radio presenter Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on this date. PHOTO BY NEWYORK TIMES

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 21 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 21 MAY

2017 | Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus held their final show at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

2012 | A bus accident near Himara, Albania killed 13 people and injured 21 others.

2011 | Radio presenter Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on this date.

2006 | The Republic of Montenegro held a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro; 55% of Montenegrins voted for independence.

2001 | The French Taubira Law was enacted, officially recognizing the slave trade and slavery in the Atlantic as a crime against humanity.

1998 | In Miami, five abortion clinics were attacked by a butyric acid attacker.

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BIRTHDAYS 

1974 | Indian model, actress, and physician, Mrs. World 2001, Aditi Gowitrikar. 

1986 | American drummer, Alexander Noyes. 

1960 | Russian swimmer, Vladimir Salnikov. 

1970 | American football player and sportscaster, Dorsey Levens. 

1969 | English footballer, Brian Statham. 

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS 

2015 | American bass player and producer, Louis Johnson, 60.

2012 | American singer-songwriter, Eddie Blazonczyk, 71.

2015 | English singer-songwriter, Twinkle, 67.

2014 | Iranian wrestler, Alireza Soleimani, 58.

2015 | Italian race walker, Annarita Sidoti, 46.

SPORTS 

2008 | On this day, Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties 6-5 in the UEFA Champion League final in Moscow after a 1-1 draw. 

ENTERTAINMENT 

2010 | On this day, “Shrek Forever After” was released in the United States for the first time. 

AFRICA FACT 

Zambia is the second-largest producer of copper in Africa after DR Congo and the seventh-largest country in the world.