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This day in history

Tuesday, May 21, is the 141st day of 2013. There are 224 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: R&B singer Ron Isley (Isley Brothers) is 72. Actor Richard Hatch is 68. Singer Leo Sayer is 65. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) is 62. Actor Mr. T is 61. Actor Judge Reinhold is 56. Actor-director Nick Cassavetes is 54. Actress Lisa Edelstein is 47. Actress Fairuza Balk is 39. Rock singer Mikel Jollett (Airborne Toxic Event) is 39. Rapper Havoc (Mobb Deep) is 39.

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In 1471, King Henry VI of England died in the Tower of London at 49.

In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.

In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 33½ hours.

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 1956, the United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

In 1972, Michelangelo’s Pieta, on display at the Vatican, was damaged by a hammer-wielding man who shouted he was Jesus Christ.

In 1998, teen gunman Kip Kinkel opened fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., killing two students, a day after he had killed his parents. (Kinkel was sentenced to nearly 112 years in prison.)

In 2003, the most devastating earthquake to hit Algeria in two decades killed 2,200 people.

In 2012, a Yemeni man detonated a bomb during a rehearsal for a military parade, killing 96 fellow soldiers; Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen claimed responsibility.

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