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May 21 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 21. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 66 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 293
    Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appoint Galerius as Caesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as the Tetrarchy.
  • 878
    Syracuse, Sicily, is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
  • 879
    Pope John VIII gives blessings to Branimir of Croatia and to the Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of the Croatian state.
  • 996
    Sixteen-year-old Otto III is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1085
    The Swedish town of Helsingborg is founded.
  • 1349
    Dušan’s Code, the constitution of the Serbian Empire, is enacted by Dušan the Mighty.
  • 1403
    Henry III of Castile sends Ruy González de Clavijo as ambassador to Timur to discuss the possibility of an alliance between Timur and Castile against the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1502
    The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese explorer João da Nova.
  • 1554
    Queen Mary I grants a royal charter to Derby School, as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England.
  • 1674
    The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
  • 1725
    The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by Empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
  • 1758
    Ten-year-old Mary Campbell is abducted in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War. She is returned six and a half years later.
  • 1809
    The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the French army led by Napoleon I of France sees the French attack across the Danube held.
  • 1851
    Slavery is abolished in Colombia, South America.
  • 1856
    Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Union Army succeeds in closing off the last escape route from Port Hudson, Louisiana, in preparation for the coming siege.
  • 1863
    Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.
  • 1864
    Russia declares an end to the Russo-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated the Circassian Day of Mourning.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ends.
  • 1864
    The Ionian Islands reunite with Greece.

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