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  • Virginia, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1945

    Desmond Doss

    Doss was evacuated

    Virginia, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1945

    Doss was wounded four times in Okinawa, and was evacuated on May 21, 1945, aboard the USS Mercy.




  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, U.S.
    Tuesday May 21, 1946

    Atomic Bomb

    Physicist Louis Slotin received a lethal dose of radiation

    Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, U.S.
    Tuesday May 21, 1946

    21 May 1946: While conducting further impromptu experiments on the third plutonium core at Los Alamos National Laboratory, physicist Louis Slotin received a lethal dose of radiation. He died on 30 May 1946.




  • Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1962

    Neil Armstrong

    Armstrong was involved in the "Nellis Affair"

    Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1962

    On May 21, 1962, Armstrong was involved in the "Nellis Affair". He was sent in an F-104 to inspect Delamar Dry Lake in southern Nevada, again for emergency landings. He misjudged his altitude, and did not realize that the landing gear had not fully extended. As he touched down, the landing gear began to retract; Armstrong applied full power to abort the landing, but the ventral fin and landing gear door struck the ground, damaging the radio and releasing hydraulic fluid. Without radio communication, Armstrong flew south to Nellis Air Force Base, past the control tower, and waggled his wings, the signal for a no-radio approach. The loss of hydraulic fluid caused the tailhook to release, and upon landing, he caught the arresting wire attached to an anchor chain, and dragged the chain along the runway.




  • Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
    Sunday May 21, 2000

    Dwayne Johnson

    Judgment Day (2000)

    Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
    Sunday May 21, 2000

    On May 21, at Judgment Day, The Rock faced Triple H in an Iron Man match with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. With the score tied at five falls each, and with seconds left on the time limit, The Rock was disqualified when The Undertaker attacked Triple H, thus giving Triple H the 6–5 win and the title.




  • U.S.
    Thursday May 21, 2009

    Xerox

    Burns became the first African American woman to head a company the size of Xerox

    U.S.
    Thursday May 21, 2009

    On May 21, 2009, it was announced that Ursula Burns would succeed Anne Mulcahy as CEO of Xerox. On July 1, 2009, Burns became the first African American woman to head a company the size of Xerox.




  • California, U.S.
    Tuesday May 21, 2019

    Willem Einthoven

    Einthoven's 159th birthday

    California, U.S.
    Tuesday May 21, 2019

    On 21 May 2019, on Einthoven's 159th birthday, he was honored with a Google Doodle.




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