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This Day in History: May 21

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In 1832, the first Democratic National Convention began in Baltimore. The delegates endorsed President Andrew Jackson for reelection, which he won later that year. The last president nominated in Baltimore was Woodrow Wilson during 1912's convention at the Fifth Regiment Armory (above). (Brown Bros., handout photo)

1844: Artist Henri Rousseau was born in Laval, France.

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1881: Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

1927: Charles Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

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1956: The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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