What happened on February 21? There are more than 274 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 21

February 21 In HistoryFebruary 21 is the 52nd day of the year 2021. There are 313 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 7th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Linesville, Pennsylvania 16424 sunrise occured at 07:07 AM and sunset occured at 06:03 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Pisces. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 345 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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February 21: A Day In History

In addition, it’s the first day of the astronomical winter.

Historical Events For February 21

  • 362
    Athanasius returns to Alexandria.
  • 1245
    Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery.
  • 1440
    The Prussian Confederation is formed.
  • 1543
    Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
  • 1613
    Mikhail I is elected unanimously as Tsar by a national assembly, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.
  • 1804
    The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
  • 1842
    John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
  • 1848
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Valverde is fought near Fort Craig in New Mexico Territory.
  • 1874
    The Oakland Daily Tribune publishes its first edition.
  • 1878
    The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 1885
    The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
  • 1913
    Ioannina is incorporated into the Greek state after the Balkan Wars.
  • 1916
    World War I: In France, the Battle of Verdun begins.
  • 1918
    The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • 1919
    Kurt Eisner, German socialist, is assassinated. His death results in the establishment of the Bavarian Soviet Republic and parliament and government fleeing Munich, Germany.
  • 1921
    Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country’s first constitution.
  • 1925
    The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
  • 1937
    Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile.
  • 1937
    The League of Nations bans foreign national “volunteers” in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1945
    World War II: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga.
  • 1947
    In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first “instant camera”, the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
  • 1948
    NASCAR is incorporated.
  • 1952
    “ভাষা আন্দোলন”, “Bengali Language Movement” occurred in East Pakistan(now Bangladesh).
  • 1952
    The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”.
  • 1958
    The Peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
  • 1965
    Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
  • 1970
    Swissair Flight 330: A mid-air bomb explosion and subsequent crash kills 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 1971
    The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • 1972
    President Richard Nixon visits the People’s Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.
  • 1972
    The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.
  • 1973
    Over the Sinai Desert, Israeli fighter aircraft shoot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 jet killing 108.
  • 1974
    The last Israeli soldiers leave the west bank of the Suez Canal pursuant to a truce with Egypt.
  • 1975
    Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.
  • 1995
    Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
  • 2004
    The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.

Who Were Born On February 21?

  • 1484
    Elector Joachim I of Brandenburg (d. 1535)
  • 1556
    Sethus Calvisius, German calendar reformer (d. 1615)
  • 1621
    Rebecca Nurse, English colonist executed during Salem witch trials (d. 1692)
  • 1675
    Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl, Bavarian politician (d. 1750)
  • 1703
    Shah Waliullah, Islamic Scholar and Reformer (d. 1762)
  • 1705
    Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (d. 1781)
  • 1721
    John McKinly, American physician (d. 1796)
  • 1723
    Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (d. 1808)
  • 1728
    Tsar Peter III of Russia, husband of Catherine the Great (d. 1762)
  • 1783
    Princess Catharina of Württemberg, Queen consort of Westphalia (d. 1835)
  • 1791
    Carl Czerny, Austrian composer (d. 1857)
  • 1794
    Antonio López de Santa Anna, Mexican president (d. 1876)
  • 1801
    John Henry Newman, English Catholic cardinal (d. 1890)
  • 1817
    Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish dramatist (d. 1893)
  • 1821
    Charles Scribner I, American publisher (d. 1871)
  • 1836
    Léo Delibes, French composer (d. 1891)
  • 1844
    Charles-Marie Widor, French composer (d. 1937)
  • 1860
    Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
  • 1860
    Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (d. 1927)
  • 1865
    John Haden Badley, English school founder (d. 1967)
  • 1867
    Otto Hermann Kahn, German millionaire (d. 1934)
  • 1875
    Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and longest-lived human on record (d. 1997)
  • 1876
    Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
  • 1878
    Mirra Alfassa, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1973)
  • 1880
    Waldemar Bonsels, German writer (d. 1952)
  • 1885
    Sacha Guitry, Russian dramatist (d. 1957)
  • 1888
    Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (d. 1965)
  • 1893
    Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)
  • 1893
    Celia Lovsky, Russian-born actress (d. 1979)
  • 1895
    Henrik Dam Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1900
    Madeleine Renaud, French theater actress (d. 1994)
  • 1903
    Anaïs Nin, French diarist (d. 1977)
  • 1903
    Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • 1903
    Raymond Queneau, French poet and novelist (d. 1976)
  • 1907
    W. H. Auden, English poet (d. 1973)
  • 1909
    Hans Erni, Swiss painter
  • 1910
    Carmine Galante, American gangster (d. 1979)
  • 1910
    Douglas Bader, British pilot (d. 1982)
  • 1910
    Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
  • 1913
    Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1914
    Ilmari Juutilainen, Finnish fighter pilot (d. 1999)
  • 1915
    Ann Sheridan, American actress (d. 1967)
  • 1917
    Lucille Bremer, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    John Rawls, American philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1924
    Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe 1980-1987; President of Zimbabwe 1987-present
  • 1925
    Sam Peckinpah, American director (d. 1984)
  • 1927
    Erma Bombeck, American humorist (d. 1996)
  • 1927
    Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer
  • 1927
    Pierre Mercure, French-Canadian musician and composer (d. 1966)
  • 1929
    James Beck, English actor (d. 1973)
  • 1929
    Roberto “Chespirito” Gómez Bolaños, Mexican actor
  • 1933
    Nina Simone, American singer (d. 2003)
  • 1934
    Rue McClanahan, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1935
    Jean Pelletier, French Canadian political operative
  • 1935
    Mark McManus, Scottish actor (d. 1994)
  • 1936
    Barbara Jordan, American politician (d. 1996)
  • 1937
    Gary Lockwood, American actor
  • 1937
    King Harald V of Norway
  • 1940
    John Lewis, American politician and civil rights activist
  • 1940
    Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • 1940
    Wong Jim, Hong Kong composer (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    Margarethe von Trotta, German actress and film director
  • 1943
    David Geffen, American record producer
  • 1945
    D'Anna Fortunato, American mezzo-soprano
  • 1945
    Paul Newton, British musician
  • 1945
    Walter Momper, German politician
  • 1946
    Alan Rickman, English actor
  • 1946
    Anthony Daniels, British actor
  • 1946
    Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
  • 1946
    Tyne Daly, American actress
  • 1946
    Vito Rizzuto, Sicilian-born alleged Mafia boss
  • 1947
    Johnny Echols, American musician
  • 1947
    Olympia Snowe, American politician
  • 1947
    Victor Sokolov, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
  • 1949
    Jerry Harrison, American musician
  • 1949
    Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer
  • 1951
    Vince Welnick, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (d. 2006)
  • 1951
    Wolfgang Frank, German footballer
  • 1952
    Jean Jacques Burnel, British musician
  • 1952
    Jeffrey Shaara, American novelist
  • 1953
    Christine Ebersole, American actress
  • 1953
    William Petersen, American actor
  • 1954
    Ivo Van Damme, Belgian athlete (d. 1976)
  • 1954
    Mike Pickering, English disc jockey and musician
  • 1955
    Kelsey Grammer, American actor
  • 1958
    Alan Trammell, baseball player and manager
  • 1958
    Jack Coleman, American actor
  • 1958
    Jake Burns, Irish singer
  • 1958
    Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer
  • 1959
    Emmett McAuliffe, American radio show host and lawyer
  • 1959
    José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • 1960
    Laurent Petitguillaume, French radio and television host
  • 1960
    Steve Wynn, American singer
  • 1961
    Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1961
    Christopher Atkins, American actor
  • 1961
    Martha Hackett, American actress
  • 1962
    Chuck Palahniuk, American writer
  • 1962
    David Foster Wallace, American writer (d. 2008)
  • 1962
    Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
  • 1963
    William Baldwin, American actor
  • 1964
    Huw Higginson, British actor
  • 1964
    Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)
  • 1964
    Mark and Scott Kelly, American astronauts and identical twin brothers
  • 1967
    Leroy Burrell, American runner
  • 1969
    Aunjanue Ellis, American actress
  • 1969
    Corey Harris, American musician
  • 1969
    Eric Wilson, American musician
  • 1969
    James Dean Bradfield, Welsh musician
  • 1969
    Tony Meola, American footballer
  • 1970
    Fat Pat, American rapper (Screwed Up Click) (d. 1998)
  • 1970
    Michael Slater, Australian cricketer
  • 1971
    Randy Blythe, American musician
  • 1972
    Seo Taiji, Korean musician
  • 1973
    Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer and TV host
  • 1973
    Heri Joensen, Faroese musician
  • 1973
    Jacob M. Appel, American bioethicist
  • 1973
    Justin Sane, American punk musician
  • 1974
    Iván Campo, Spanish footballer
  • 1974
    Roberto Heras, Spanish cyclist
  • 1975
    Troy Slaten, American actor
  • 1975
    Wish Bone, American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
  • 1976
    Michael McIntyre English Comedian
  • 1976
    Ryan Smyth, Canadian hockey player
  • 1977
    Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
  • 1977
    Kevin Rose, American television host and Internet entrepreneur
  • 1977
    Owen King, American writer and journalist
  • 1977
    Steve Francis, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Kim Ha Neul, South Korean actress
  • 1978
    Nicole Parker, American actress
  • 1978
    Park Eun-hye, South Korean actress
  • 1979
    Carly “Carlito” Colón, Puerto Rican professional wrestler
  • 1979
    Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress
  • 1979
    Lonnie Ford, American football player
  • 1979
    Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer
  • 1980
    Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 5th king of Bhutan
  • 1980
    Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver
  • 1980
    Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer
  • 1981
    Jun Kaname, Japanese actor
  • 1982
    Andre Barrett, American basketball player
  • 1982
    Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver
  • 1982
    Chantal Claret, American musician
  • 1983
    Braylon Edwards, American football player
  • 1983
    Franklin Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983
    Mélanie Laurent, French actress and director
  • 1984
    Andrew Ellis, New Zealand All Black rugby union player
  • 1984
    David Odonkor, German footballer
  • 1984
    Karina, Japanese model and actress
  • 1984
    Marco Paoloni, Italian footballer
  • 1985
    Bob Burton, American speedcuber
  • 1985
    Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer
  • 1985
    Jamaal Westerman, Canadian football player
  • 1985
    Jarrod Atkinson, Australian rules footballer
  • 1985
    Simon Cusden, English cricketer
  • 1986
    Charlotte Church, Welsh singer
  • 1986
    Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • 1987
    Ashley Greene, American model and actress
  • 1987
    Ellen Page, Canadian actress
  • 1987
    Enrique David Mateo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1988
    Matthias de Zordo, German javelin thrower
  • 1989
    Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer
  • 1989
    Jem Karacan, English-born Turkish footballer
  • 1989
    Josh Walker, English footballer
  • 1989
    Kristin Herrera, American actress
  • 1989
    Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress
  • 1990
    Mattias Tedenby, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 2001
    Isabella Acres, American actress

Who Died On February 21?

  • 1437
    King James I of Scotland (b. 1394)
  • 1471
    John of Rokycan, Czech Catholic archbishop
  • 1513
    Pope Julius II (b. 1443)
  • 1543
    Ahmed Gragn, Sultan of Adal
  • 1554
    Hieronymus Bock, German botanist (b. 1498)
  • 1595
    Robert Southwell, English Jesuit priest and poet
  • 1668
    John Thurloe, English Puritan spy (b. 1616)
  • 1677
    Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher (b. 1632)
  • 1715
    Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland (b. 1637)
  • 1730
    Pope Benedict XIII (b. 1649)
  • 1788
    Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer (b. 1723)
  • 1821
    Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (b. 1756)
  • 1824
    Eugène de Beauharnais, son of Napoleon’s wife, Josephine (b. 1781)
  • 1846
    Emperor Ninko of Japan (b. 1800)
  • 1862
    Justinus Kerner, German poet (b. 1786)
  • 1900
    Marthinus Nikolaas Ras, South African Gunmaker (b. 1853)
  • 1901
    George Francis Fitzgerald, Irish mathematician (b. 1851)
  • 1919
    Kurt Eisner, German socialist (assassinated), leader of socialist revolution of 1918 in Bavaria (b. 1867)
  • 1920
    Jacinta Marto, witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (b. 1910)
  • 1926
    Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1853)
  • 1934
    Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino, Nicaraguan revolutionary (b. 1895)
  • 1938
    George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (b. 1868)
  • 1941
    Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1891)
  • 1944
    Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (b. 1873)
  • 1945
    Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (b. 1902)
  • 1946
    José Streel, Belgian World War II collaborator (b. 1911)
  • 1949
    Tan Malaka, Indonesian nationalist activist and communist leader (b. 1894)
  • 1958
    Duncan Edwards, English footballer (b. 1936)
  • 1960
    Jacques Becker, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1906)
  • 1965
    Malcolm X, Black American civil rights leader (b. 1925)
  • 1966
    Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (b. 1895)
  • 1967
    Charles Beaumont, American writer (b. 1929)
  • 1968
    Howard Walter Florey, Australian-born pharmacologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1898)
  • 1972
    Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • 1972
    Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic Cardinal (b. 1884)
  • 1972
    Zhang Guohua, Chinese general and politician (b. 1914)
  • 1974
    Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player (b. 1930)
  • 1977
    Nolan Strong, a Detroit doo-wop singer with The Diablos (b. 1934)
  • 1978
    Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (b. 1901)
  • 1980
    Alfred Andersch, German writer (b. 1914)
  • 1981
    Erika Köth, German coloratura soprano (b. 1927)
  • 1982
    Gershom Scholem, German-born Israeli Jewish philosopher and historian (b. 1897)
  • 1982
    Murray the K, American impresario and disc jockey (b. 1922)
  • 1984
    Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
  • 1985
    Louis Hayward, British actor (b. 1909)
  • 1986
    Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (b. 1895)
  • 1987
    Noel Odell, English mountaineer, last person to see Mallory and Irvine alive (b. 1890)
  • 1989
    Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1991
    Dame Margot Fonteyn, English ballet dancer (b. 1919)
  • 1991
    Dorothy Auchterlonie, Australian academic, literary critic and poet (b. 1915)
  • 1991
    Nutan Behl, Indian actress (b. 1936)
  • 1994
    Johannes Steinhoff, German fighter pilot & NATO commander (b. 1913)
  • 1995
    Jorge José Emiliano dos Santos, Brazilian Football Referee (b. 1954)
  • 1996
    Morton Gould, American composer (b. 1913)
  • 1999
    Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)
  • 1999
    Ilmari Juutilainen, Finnish fighter pilot (b. 1914)
  • 1999
    Wilmer David Mizell, baseball player (b. 1930)
  • 2000
    Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (b. 1933)
  • 2002
    Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (b. 1939)
  • 2002
    John Thaw, English actor (b. 1942)
  • 2003
    Eddie Thomson, Scottish football player and coach (b. 1947)
  • 2004
    Guido Molinari, Canadian artist (b. 1933)
  • 2004
    John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
  • 2005
    Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • 2005
    Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Gérard Bessette, French-Canadian novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2008
    Sunny Lowry, first British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • 2011
    Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)

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