On this day: May 21

POSTED: 08:42 PM PDT May 20, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 20, 2014 

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 - Amelia Earhart
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Library of Congress

1932: Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart had departed from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, 14 hours and 56 minutes earlier. She received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government and the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society from President Herbert Hoover.

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