Monday 21 May 2018, 07:48:04
21 May 1471
: Henry VI, king of England from 1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471, dies at age 49 while imprisoned in the Tower for the second time, officially of melancholy on hearing news of the Battle of Tewkesbury and his son's killing, but more probably he is murdered at the orders of Edward IV, who reclaims the crown the next day.
21 May 1502
: Portuguese navigator João da Nova discovers the island of Saint Helena.
21 May 1792
: The Unzen volcano kills up to 15000 people in Japan's worst volcanic disaster when an earthquake causes a lava dome to collapse, triggering a massive avalanche|nat.
21 May 1865
: Christian Thomsen, Danish archaeologist who named the three ages of stone, bronze and iron, dies in Copenhagen at age 76.
21 May 1904
: The International Federation of Association Football FIFA is established.
Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.