1689

April 21, (NS) William III and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1980

Apr 21, At the Boston Marathon, Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line; but she was disqualified as a fraud when officials discovered she had jumped into the race about a mile from the finish.

2002       

Apr 21, The annual environmentalist Goldman Prize winners included: Gwich’in natives Jonathan Solomon, Sarah James and Norman Kassi for their work to prevent oil drilling in the Arctic Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge; Fatima Jibrell of Somalia for her resistance to the charcoal trade threatening the local rain forests; PsitCharnsnoh of Thailand for helping to restore coastal ecosystems; Jean La Rose of Guyana for organizing resistance to mining and logging on native Arawak lands; Alexis Massol-Gonzalez of Puerto Rico for converting a mining zone to a forest reserve; and Jadwiga Lopata of Poland for promoting eco-farming.
2003

Apr 21, In Cleveland Amanda Berry (16) went missing. In 2013 she and two other kidnapped women were found alive in a residential area just south of downtown. 3 brothers were arrested.
 2003

Apr 21, Muhammad Hamza al-Zubaydi (queen of spades), was captured by the Iraqi opposition. He was known as Saddam’s “Shiite Thug” for his role in Iraq’s bloody suppression of the Shiite Muslim uprising of 1991.

2005

Apr 21, Anna Ayala, the woman who claimed she found a finger in her bowl of Wendy’s chili on Mar 22 in San Jose, Ca., was arrested at her home in Las Vegas.
 2005

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Apr 21, In Vietnam 31 war veterans including 14 women and a driver were killed in a bus crash while en route to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

2006

Apr 21, Miss Kentucky was crowned Miss USA in the 55th annual pageant. Tara Elizabeth Conner (20) of Russell Springs, was crowned by Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina, who is Miss USA 2005.

2007

Apr 21, Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (b.1938), a 7-term congressman from Southern California, died of cancer.

2009

Apr 21, In Iran Roxana Saberi (31), dual American-Iranian citizen convicted on April 13 of spying for the United States, went on a hunger strike. She was sentenced to eight years in prison after a swift, closed door trial. Saberi ended her hunger strike on April 5 and waited for her appeal process to move forward.
2009

Apr 21, Japan’s highest court upheld the death sentence of a woman convicted of murdering four neighbors and sickening dozens more with arsenic-laced curry more than a decade ago. A district court had convicted Masumi Hayashi (47) in 2002 of deliberately lacing a pot of curry with arsenic and serving it to neighbors at a festival in July 1998 in Wakayama city.
 2012

Apr 21, In India 10 French nationals, including 6 women were thrown out of the Indian state of Bihar after they were alleged to be working with a charity linked to Maoist rebel fighters.
2014 

Apr 21, In Sri Lanka Naomi Coleman, a British tourist, was detained at Colombo’s airport after she arrived from India when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha seated on a lotus flower. She was sent before a magistrate, who ordered her deportation.
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