May 21

This Day in History

2004

First Nile River Source-to-Sea Expedition Ends

In 2004 the first-ever expedition from the source of the Nile River to the sea set off from Lake Victoria in Uganda and arrived on 21 May at Rosetta on the shores of the Mediterranean. The journey was … (more...)

1972

Michelangelo’s "Pietà" Is Vandalised

On this day in 1972, a mentally disturbed geologist vandalised Michelangelo’s Pietà at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, while shouting “I am Jesus Christ!” Michelangelo’s Pietà is one of the world’s … (more...)

1936

Sada Abe Arrested for Strangling Lover

After wandering the streets of Tokyo for three days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her handbag, Sada Abe was arrested for strangling her lover on this day in 1936. The seventh of eight … (more...)

1927

Lindbergh lands in Paris

American pilot Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris, successfully completing the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight on this day and becoming an international hero in the process. Lindbergh was a dark … (more...)