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 - Louis Slotin
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Los Alamos National Laboratory

1946: Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in an accident during an experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was rushed to the hospital and died of radiation sickness nine days later, becoming only the second ever victim of a nuclear chain reaction accident.


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