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On this day: May 21

Published On: May 20 2013 11:42:10 PM EDT   Updated On: May 21 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Hernando De Soto
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1542: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, the first European documented to have crossed the Mississippi River, dies of a semitropical fever in the native village of Guachoya on the western banks of the Mississippi in either present-day Arkansas or Louisiana.

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