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Historical pages of the past that highlight May 21

CJ Coombs

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Amy Fischer and her triangle with the Buttafuocos

Thirty years ago on May 21, 1992, Amy Fischer who was nicknamed Long Island Lolita was arrested for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face at her front door in Massapequa, New York. Fischer, a 17-year-old, had been having an affair with Mary Jo's husband, Joey Buttafuoco. Although the victim survived, she has facial paralysis. Fischer's sentence was reduced to reckless assault and she regained her freedom at age 24 with the help of Mary Jo. The incident ran through tabloids and books and movies capitalized on this incident. In July 2021, A&E updated its true crime blog, What's Amy Fisher's Life Like Now?

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Clara Barton.Photo taken by a U.S. Army soldier, Public Domain in the U.S., Wikimedia Commons.

Humanitarian Clara Barton

On May 21, 1881, some 141 years ago, the American National Red Cross, more commonly known as the American Red Cross, came to life by founder, Clara Barton. Since then, what Clara helped to establish has traveled through time to aid countless victims of both wars and unexpected natural disasters. This non-profit organization is bold in providing emergency relief and assisting in educating how to be prepared for the same.

Pilot Charles A. Lindbergh

Ninety-five years ago, on May 21, 1927, a flight lands at Le Bourget Field in Paris. It was piloted by America Charles A. Lindbergh. Born on February 4, 1902, Lindbergh evolved into a pilot, military officer, writer and author, and inventor. He died on August 26, 1974, at age 72 in Hawaii. Lindbergh will always be remembered for making the first nonstop and solo flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris. In addition, in 1932, his infant son was kidnapped and murdered. He and his family escaped the media frenzy for seven years in Europe.

In 1932, he was the subject of international headlines again when his infant son, Charles Jr., was kidnapped, unsuccessfully ransomed, and then found murdered in the woods near the Lindbergh home. German-born Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted of the crime in a controversial trial and then executed. (Source.)

Pilot Amelia Earhart

Interestingly enough, five years after Lindbergh made his transatlantic flight, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to achieve this goal. Her plane landed in Ireland across the North Atlantic.

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Amelia Earhart, 1937.Underwood & Underwood, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Amelia was born in Atchinson, Kansas on July 24, 1897. On July 2, 1937, she disappeared in the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. During World War I, she was a military nurse in Canada. She also worked in Boston as a social worker. She was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by plane in 1928 and four years later, she would make that flight solo setting another record in history.

In 1935 she became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California. In 1937 she set out with a navigator, Fred Noonan, to fly around the world; they had completed over two-thirds of the distance when her plane disappeared without a trace in the central Pacific Ocean. Speculation about her fate has continued to the present. (Source.)

There are other significant events that occurred on this day in history. It's important to review history patterns and to see how people and events have evolved into the types of societies and cultures we have become. History helps us understand who we are and what we are.

Thank you for reading.

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