On this day: May 21

POSTED: 08:42 PM PDT May 20, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 20, 2016 

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 - White Night riots
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1979: In what became known as the White Nights riots, crowds riot at the San Francisco City Hall and the surrounding area following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. White, a fellow San Francisco supervisor, had been facing first-degree murder charges in the case, but his defense team argued that depression had made him incapable of premeditating the killings. The riots caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property damage to City Hall and the surrounding area, as well as injuries to police officers and rioters.


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