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On this day: May 21

POSTED: 08:42 PM PDT May 20, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 20, 2013 

The American Red Cross is established, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart complete their historic trans-Atlantic flights, Bogey and Bacall get hitched, and Susan Lucci finally strikes Emmy gold, all on this day.

OTD May 21 - Charles Lindbergh
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1927: Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh had departed from Roosevelt Field on New York's Long Island the day before, flying nearly 3,600 statute miles over 33.5 hours in the single-seat, single-engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis. Besides winning the $25,000 Orteig Prize for making the flight, Lindbergh, a U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve officer, was also awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.

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