spotlight Today In History, May 21: Amelia Earhart May 21, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Tuesday, May 21.Today's Highlight in History: 1932: Amelia Earhart On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland. AP 1868: Ulysses S. Grant In 1868, Ulysses S. Grant was nominated for president by the Republican national convention in Chicago. AP 1881: Clara Barton In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. AP 1924: Nathan Leopold Jr. & Richard Loeb In 1924, in a case that drew much notoriety, 14-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a "thrill killing" carried out by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb (Bobby's cousin). AP 1927: Charles A. Lindbergh In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 33 1/2 hours. AP 1945: Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall In 1945, actors Humphrey Bogart, 45, and Lauren Bacall, 20, were married at Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio (it was his fourth marriage, her first, and would last until Bogart's death in 1957). AP 1972: Michelangelo Pieta In 1972, Michelangelo's Pieta, on display at the Vatican, was damaged by a hammer-wielding man who shouted he was Jesus Christ. AP 1979: San Francisco In 1979, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the slayings of Mayor George Moscone (mahs-KOH'-nee) and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk; outrage over the verdict sparked rioting. (White was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison; he ended up serving five years and committed suicide in 1985.) AP 1991: Rajiv Gandhi In 1991, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated during national elections by a suicide bomber. AP 1998: Suharto In 1998, in the wake of deadly protests, Indonesian President Suharto stepped down after 32 years in power. AP 1998: Thurston High School In 1998, a teen gunman opened fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, killing two students, a day after he killed his parents. (The shooter was sentenced to nearly 112 years in prison.) AP 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: A day after the Senate voted to keep the Guantanamo prison camp open, President Barack Obama made his case for closing the facility, denouncing what he called "fear-mongering" by political opponents; Obama made his case moments before former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered his own address defending the Bush administration's creation of the camp. AP 2014: Barack Obama Five years ago: With outrage mounting over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared that misconduct alleged at VA hospitals would not be tolerated. AP 2014: China Russia Gas Deal Five years ago: China signed a $400 billion gas deal with Russia, binding Moscow more closely to Beijing amid international sanctions for Russian actions in Ukraine. AP 2014: Wendell Scott Five years ago: Wendell Scott became the first African-American driver to be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. AP 2018: Gina Haspel One year ago: Gina Haspel was sworn in as CIA director. AP 2018: Netflix Obamas One year ago: Netflix announced a multi-year deal with Barack and Michelle Obama; there were no details announced on what shows they would make. AP 2018: Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps One year ago: The U.S. Postal Service announced that it would soon issue its first scratch-and-sniff stamps, featuring illustrations of ice pops. AP 2018: Supreme Court One year ago: A divided Supreme Court ruled that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, finding that individual employees can be forced to use arbitration, not the courts, to air complaints about wages and overtime. AP 2018: Syria One year ago: Syria's military captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants after a month-long battle, bringing the entire capital and its suburbs under full government control for the first time since the civil war began in 2011. 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