Historical Political Events for May 21

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Year Event
1506 Columbus died in relative obscurity in Spain, at Valladolid. He believed to the end of his days that he had discovered outlying parts of Asia, despite the conviction of other experts since 1493 that a new world had been discovered. (from The Encyclopedia of World History, 2001)
1804 The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory begins.
1871 Bloody Week, the Paris Commune.
1881 In Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons founded the American National Red Cross, an organization designed to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.
1951 Tibet concedes to Chinese takeover {pdf}. "Seventeen Point Agreement", which pledges ’national regional autonomy’ is signed by Tibet and Beijing on May 23.
1951 In SCHWEGMANN BROS. v. CALVERT CORP., 341 U.S. 384 (1951), State "fair trade" price-fixing laws are not binding on retailers, the Supreme Court rules. Price wars begin immediately and department stores are mobbed!
1956 The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb -- in the Pacific. There was some cost to the health of citizens in the fallout area.
2003 At the World Health Organization, representatives of 192 countries unanimously adopt the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which mandates within 5 years restrictions on tobacco advertising, promotion, more taxes, and etc.
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Quote of
the Day
The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.
    — H. L. Mencken
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