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21st of February 0362 EVENT Athanasius returns to Alexandria.
21st of February 1245 EVENT Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery.
21st of February 1440 EVENT The Prussian Confederation is formed.
21st of February 1543 EVENT Battle of Wayna Daga : A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
21st of February 1613 EVENT Mikhail I is elected unanimously as Tsar by a national assembly, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.
21st of February 1804 EVENT The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
21st of February 1842 EVENT John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
21st of February 1848 EVENT Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
21st of February 1862 EVENT American Civil War: Battle of Valverde is fought near Fort Craig in New Mexico Territory.
21st of February 1874 EVENT The Oakland Daily Tribune publishes its first edition.
21st of February 1878 EVENT The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
21st of February 1885 EVENT The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
21st of February 1913 EVENT Ioannina is incorporated into the Greek state after the Balkan Wars.
21st of February 1916 EVENT World War I: In France, the Battle of Verdun begins.
21st of February 1918 EVENT The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
21st of February 1919 EVENT Kurt Eisner, German socialist, is assassinated. His death results in the establishment of the Bavarian Soviet Republic and parliament and government fleeing Munich, Germany.
21st of February 1921 EVENT Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country's first constitution.
21st of February 1925 EVENT The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
21st of February 1937 EVENT Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman's Arrowbile.
21st of February 1937 EVENT The League of Nations bans foreign national "volunteers" in the Spanish Civil War.
21st of February 1945 EVENT World War II: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga.
21st of February 1947 EVENT In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
21st of February 1948 EVENT NASCAR is incorporated.
21st of February 1952 EVENT The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes identity cards in the UK to "set the people free".
21st of February 1958 EVENT The Peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
21st of February 1965 EVENT Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
21st of February 1970 EVENT Swissair Flight 330: A mid-air bomb explosion and subsequent crash kills 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zurich, Switzerland.
21st of February 1971 EVENT The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
21st of February 1972 EVENT President Richard Nixon visits the People's Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.
21st of February 1972 EVENT The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.
21st of February 1973 EVENT Over the Sinai Desert, Israeli fighter aircraft shoot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 jet killing 108.
21st of February 1974 EVENT The last Israeli soldiers leave the west bank of the Suez Canal pursuant to a truce with Egypt.
21st of February 1975 EVENT 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.
21st of February 1995 EVENT Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
21st of February 2004 EVENT The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.
21st of February 1484 BIRTHDAY Elector Joachim I of Brandenburg (d. 1535)
21st of February 1556 BIRTHDAY Sethus Calvisius, German calendar reformer (d. 1615)
21st of February 1621 BIRTHDAY Rebecca Nurse, English colonist executed during Salem witch trials (d. 1692)
21st of February 1675 BIRTHDAY Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl, Bavarian politician (d. 1750)
21st of February 1703 BIRTHDAY Shah Waliullah, Islamic Scholar and Reformer (d. 1762)
21st of February 1705 BIRTHDAY Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (d. 1781)
21st of February 1721 BIRTHDAY John McKinly, American physician (d. 1796)
21st of February 1723 BIRTHDAY Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (d. 1808)
21st of February 1728 BIRTHDAY Tsar Peter III of Russia, husband of Catherine the Great (d. 1762)
21st of February 1783 BIRTHDAY Princess Catharina of Wurttemberg, Queen consort of Westphalia (d. 1835)
21st of February 1791 BIRTHDAY Carl Czerny, Austrian composer (d. 1857)
21st of February 1794 BIRTHDAY Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Mexican president (d. 1876)
21st of February 1801 BIRTHDAY John Henry Newman, English Catholic cardinal (d. 1890)
21st of February 1817 BIRTHDAY Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish dramatist (d. 1893)
21st of February 1821 BIRTHDAY Charles Scribner I, American publisher (d. 1871)
21st of February 1836 BIRTHDAY Leo Delibes, French composer (d. 1891)
21st of February 1844 BIRTHDAY Charles-Marie Widor, French composer (d. 1937)
21st of February 1860 BIRTHDAY Karel Matej Capek-Chod, Czech journalist (d. 1927)
21st of February 1860 BIRTHDAY Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
21st of February 1865 BIRTHDAY John Haden Badley, English school founder (d. 1967)
21st of February 1867 BIRTHDAY Otto Hermann Kahn, German millionaire (d. 1934)
21st of February 1875 BIRTHDAY Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and longest-lived human on record (d. 1997)
21st of February 1876 BIRTHDAY Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
21st of February 1878 BIRTHDAY The Mother, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1973)
21st of February 1880 BIRTHDAY Waldemar Bonsels, German writer (d. 1952)
21st of February 1885 BIRTHDAY Sacha Guitry, Russian dramatist (d. 1957)
21st of February 1888 BIRTHDAY Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (d. 1965)
21st of February 1893 BIRTHDAY Andres Segovia, Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)
21st of February 1893 BIRTHDAY Celia Lovsky, Russian-born actress (d. 1979)
21st of February 1895 BIRTHDAY Henrik Dam Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
21st of February 1900 BIRTHDAY Madeleine Renaud, French theater actress (d. 1994)
21st of February 1903 BIRTHDAY Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
21st of February 1903 BIRTHDAY Raymond Queneau, French poet and novelist (d. 1976)
21st of February 1903 BIRTHDAY Anais Nin, French diarist (d. 1977)
21st of February 1907 BIRTHDAY W. H. Auden, English poet (d. 1973)
21st of February 1909 BIRTHDAY Hans Erni, Swiss painter
21st of February 1910 BIRTHDAY Douglas Bader, British pilot (d. 1982)
21st of February 1910 BIRTHDAY Carmine Galante, American gangster (d. 1979)
21st of February 1910 BIRTHDAY Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
21st of February 1913 BIRTHDAY Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
21st of February 1914 BIRTHDAY Ilmari Juutilainen, Finnish fighter pilot (d. 1999)
21st of February 1915 BIRTHDAY Ann Sheridan, American actress (d. 1967)
21st of February 1917 BIRTHDAY Lucille Bremer, American actress (d. 1996)
21st of February 1921 BIRTHDAY John Rawls, American philosopher (d. 2002)
21st of February 1924 BIRTHDAY Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe 1980-1987; President of Zimbabwe 1987-present
21st of February 1925 BIRTHDAY Sam Peckinpah, American director (d. 1984)
21st of February 1927 BIRTHDAY Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer
21st of February 1927 BIRTHDAY Pierre Mercure, French-Canadian musician and composer (d. 1966)
21st of February 1927 BIRTHDAY Erma Bombeck, American humorist (d. 1996)
21st of February 1929 BIRTHDAY Roberto "Chespirito" Gomez Bolanos, Mexican actor
21st of February 1929 BIRTHDAY James Beck, English actor (d. 1973)
21st of February 1933 BIRTHDAY Nina Simone, American singer (d. 2003)
21st of February 1934 BIRTHDAY Rue McClanahan, American actress (d. 2010)
21st of February 1935 BIRTHDAY Mark McManus, Scottish actor (d. 1994)
21st of February 1935 BIRTHDAY Jean Pelletier, French Canadian political operative
21st of February 1936 BIRTHDAY Barbara Jordan, American politician (d. 1996)
21st of February 1937 BIRTHDAY Gary Lockwood, American actor
21st of February 1937 BIRTHDAY King Harald V of Norway
21st of February 1940 BIRTHDAY Peter Gethin, British racing driver
21st of February 1940 BIRTHDAY John Lewis, American politician and civil rights activist
21st of February 1941 BIRTHDAY James Wong, Hong Kong composer (d. 2004)
21st of February 1942 BIRTHDAY Margarethe von Trotta, German actress and film director
21st of February 1943 BIRTHDAY David Geffen, American record producer
21st of February 1945 BIRTHDAY Paul Newton, British musician
21st of February 1945 BIRTHDAY Walter Momper, German politician
21st of February 1945 BIRTHDAY D'Anna Fortunato, American mezzo-soprano
21st of February 1946 BIRTHDAY Tyne Daly, American actress
21st of February 1946 BIRTHDAY Anthony Daniels, British actor
21st of February 1946 BIRTHDAY Alan Rickman, English actor
21st of February 1946 BIRTHDAY Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
21st of February 1946 BIRTHDAY Vito Rizzuto, Sicilian-born alleged Mafia boss
21st of February 1947 BIRTHDAY Victor Sokolov, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
21st of February 1947 BIRTHDAY Olympia Snowe, American politician
21st of February 1947 BIRTHDAY Johnny Echols, American musician
21st of February 1949 BIRTHDAY Ronnie Hellstrom, Swedish footballer
21st of February 1949 BIRTHDAY Jerry Harrison, American musician
21st of February 1951 BIRTHDAY Wolfgang Frank, German footballer
21st of February 1951 BIRTHDAY Vince Welnick, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (d. 2006)
21st of February 1952 BIRTHDAY Jean Jacques Burnel, British musician
21st of February 1953 BIRTHDAY William Petersen, American actor
21st of February 1953 BIRTHDAY Christine Ebersole, American actress
21st of February 1954 BIRTHDAY Ivo Van Damme, Belgian athlete (d. 1976)
21st of February 1954 BIRTHDAY Mike Pickering, English disc jockey and musician
21st of February 1955 BIRTHDAY Kelsey Grammer, American actor
21st of February 1958 BIRTHDAY Jake Burns, Irish singer
21st of February 1958 BIRTHDAY Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer
21st of February 1958 BIRTHDAY Alan Trammell, baseball player and manager
21st of February 1958 BIRTHDAY Jack Coleman, American actor
21st of February 1959 BIRTHDAY Jose Maria Cano, Spanish musician
21st of February 1959 BIRTHDAY Emmett McAuliffe, American radio show host and lawyer
21st of February 1960 BIRTHDAY Laurent Petitguillaume, French radio and television host
21st of February 1960 BIRTHDAY Steve Wynn, American singer
21st of February 1961 BIRTHDAY Christopher Atkins, American actor
21st of February 1961 BIRTHDAY Martha Hackett, American actress
21st of February 1961 BIRTHDAY Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
21st of February 1962 BIRTHDAY Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
21st of February 1962 BIRTHDAY Chuck Palahniuk, American writer
21st of February 1962 BIRTHDAY David Foster Wallace, American writer (d. 2008)
21st of February 1963 BIRTHDAY William Baldwin, American actor
21st of February 1964 BIRTHDAY Mark E. Kelly and Scott J. Kelly, American astronauts
21st of February 1964 BIRTHDAY Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)
21st of February 1964 BIRTHDAY Huw Higginson, British actor
21st of February 1967 BIRTHDAY Leroy Burrell, American runner
21st of February 1969 BIRTHDAY James Dean Bradfield, Welsh musician
21st of February 1969 BIRTHDAY Aunjanue Ellis, American actress
21st of February 1969 BIRTHDAY Corey Harris, American musician
21st of February 1969 BIRTHDAY Tony Meola, American footballer
21st of February 1969 BIRTHDAY Eric Wilson, American musician
21st of February 1970 BIRTHDAY Michael Slater, Australian cricketer
21st of February 1970 BIRTHDAY Fat Pat, American rapper (Screwed Up Click) (d. 1998)
21st of February 1971 BIRTHDAY Randy Blythe, American musician
21st of February 1972 BIRTHDAY Seo Taiji, Korean musician
21st of February 1973 BIRTHDAY Heri Joensen, Faroese musician
21st of February 1973 BIRTHDAY Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer and TV host
21st of February 1973 BIRTHDAY Justin Sane, American punk musician
21st of February 1973 BIRTHDAY Jacob M. Appel, American bioethicist
21st of February 1974 BIRTHDAY Roberto Heras, Spanish cyclist
21st of February 1974 BIRTHDAY Ivan Campo, Spanish footballer
21st of February 1975 BIRTHDAY Wish Bone, American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
21st of February 1976 BIRTHDAY Ryan Smyth, Canadian hockey player
21st of February 1976 BIRTHDAY Michael McIntyre English Comedian
21st of February 1977 BIRTHDAY Owen King, American writer and journalist
21st of February 1977 BIRTHDAY Steve Francis, American basketball player
21st of February 1977 BIRTHDAY Kevin Rose, American television host and Internet entrepreneur
21st of February 1977 BIRTHDAY Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
21st of February 1978 BIRTHDAY Park Eun-hye, South Korean actress
21st of February 1978 BIRTHDAY Nicole Parker, American actress
21st of February 1978 BIRTHDAY Kim Ha Neul, South Korean actress
21st of February 1979 BIRTHDAY Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer
21st of February 1979 BIRTHDAY Carly "Carlito" Colon, Puerto Rican professional wrestler
21st of February 1979 BIRTHDAY Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress
21st of February 1979 BIRTHDAY Lonnie Ford, American football player
21st of February 1980 BIRTHDAY Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver
21st of February 1980 BIRTHDAY Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player
21st of February 1980 BIRTHDAY Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 5th king of Bhutan
21st of February 1980 BIRTHDAY Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer
21st of February 1980 BIRTHDAY Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
21st of February 1981 BIRTHDAY Jun Kaname, Japanese actor
21st of February 1982 BIRTHDAY Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver
21st of February 1982 BIRTHDAY Chantal Claret, American musician
21st of February 1983 BIRTHDAY Franklin Gutierrez, Venezuelan baseball player
21st of February 1983 BIRTHDAY Braylon Edwards, American football player
21st of February 1983 BIRTHDAY Melanie Laurent, French actress and director
21st of February 1984 BIRTHDAY Andrew Ellis, New Zealand All Black rugby union player
21st of February 1984 BIRTHDAY David Odonkor, German footballer
21st of February 1984 BIRTHDAY Marco Paoloni, Italian footballer
21st of February 1984 BIRTHDAY Karina, Japanese model and actress
21st of February 1985 BIRTHDAY Jarrod Atkinson, Australian rules footballer
21st of February 1985 BIRTHDAY Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer
21st of February 1985 BIRTHDAY Jamaal Westerman, Canadian football player
21st of February 1985 BIRTHDAY Bob Burton, American speedcuber
21st of February 1985 BIRTHDAY Simon Cusden, English cricketer
21st of February 1986 BIRTHDAY Charlotte Church, Welsh singer
21st of February 1986 BIRTHDAY Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
21st of February 1987 BIRTHDAY Enrique David Mateo, Brazilian footballer
21st of February 1987 BIRTHDAY Ashley Greene, American model and actress
21st of February 1987 BIRTHDAY Ellen Page, Canadian actress
21st of February 1988 BIRTHDAY Matthias de Zordo, German javelin thrower
21st of February 1989 BIRTHDAY Kristin Herrera, American actress
21st of February 1989 BIRTHDAY Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer
21st of February 1989 BIRTHDAY Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress
21st of February 1989 BIRTHDAY Josh Walker, English footballer
21st of February 2001 BIRTHDAY Isabella Acres, American actress
21st of February 1437 DEATH King James I of Scotland (Born 1394)
21st of February 1471 DEATH John of Rokycan, Czech Catholic archbishop
21st of February 1513 DEATH Pope Julius II (Born 1443)
21st of February 1543 DEATH Ahmed Gragn, Sultan of Adal
21st of February 1554 DEATH Hieronymus Bock, German botanist (Born 1498)
21st of February 1595 DEATH Robert Southwell, English Jesuit priest and poet
21st of February 1668 DEATH John Thurloe, English Puritan spy (Born 1616)
21st of February 1677 DEATH Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher (Born 1632)
21st of February 1715 DEATH Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland (Born 1637)
21st of February 1730 DEATH Pope Benedict XIII (Born 1649)
21st of February 1788 DEATH Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer (Born 1723)
21st of February 1821 DEATH Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (Born 1756)
21st of February 1824 DEATH Eugene de Beauharnais, son of Napoleon's wife, Josephine (Born 1781)
21st of February 1846 DEATH Emperor Ninko of Japan (Born 1800)
21st of February 1862 DEATH Justinus Kerner, German poet (Born 1786)
21st of February 1900 DEATH Marthinus Nikolaas Ras, South African Gunmaker (Born 1853)
21st of February 1901 DEATH George Francis Fitzgerald, Irish mathematician (Born 1851)
21st of February 1919 DEATH Kurt Eisner, German socialist (assassinated), leader of socialist revolution of 1918 in Bavaria (Born 1867)
21st of February 1920 DEATH Jacinta Marto, witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (Born 1910)
21st of February 1926 DEATH Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1853)
21st of February 1934 DEATH Augusto Nicolas Calderon Sandino, Nicaraguan revolutionary (Born 1895)
21st of February 1938 DEATH George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (Born 1868)
21st of February 1941 DEATH Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Born 1891)
21st of February 1944 DEATH Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (Born 1873)
21st of February 1945 DEATH Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (Born 1902)
21st of February 1946 DEATH Jose Streel, Belgian World War II collaborator (Born 1911)
21st of February 1949 DEATH Tan Malaka, Indonesian nationalist activist and communist leader (Born 1894)
21st of February 1958 DEATH Duncan Edwards, English footballer (Born 1936)
21st of February 1960 DEATH Jacques Becker, French film director and screenwriter (Born 1906)
21st of February 1965 DEATH Malcolm X, Black American civil rights leader (Born 1925)
21st of February 1966 DEATH Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (Born 1895)
21st of February 1967 DEATH Charles Beaumont, American writer (Born 1929)
21st of February 1968 DEATH Howard Walter Florey, Australian-born pharmacologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Born 1898)
21st of February 1972 DEATH Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (Born 1891)
21st of February 1972 DEATH Eugene Tisserant, French Catholic Cardinal (Born 1884)
21st of February 1972 DEATH Zhang Guohua, Chinese general and politician (Born 1914)
21st of February 1974 DEATH Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player (Born 1930)
21st of February 1977 DEATH Nolan Strong, a Detroit doo-wop singer with The Diablos (Born 1934)
21st of February 1978 DEATH Mieczys?aw Zywczynski, Polish historian and priest (Born 1901)
21st of February 1980 DEATH Alfred Andersch, German writer (Born 1914)
21st of February 1982 DEATH Murray the K, American impresario and disc jockey (Born 1922)
21st of February 1982 DEATH Gershom Scholem, German-born Israeli Jewish philosopher and historian (Born 1897)
21st of February 1984 DEATH Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1905)
21st of February 1985 DEATH Louis Hayward, British actor (Born 1909)
21st of February 1986 DEATH Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (Born 1895)
21st of February 1987 DEATH Noel Odell, English mountaineer, last person to see Mallory and Irvine alive (Born 1890)
21st of February 1989 DEATH Alex Thepot, French footballer (Born 1906)
21st of February 1991 DEATH Nutan Behl, Indian actress (Born 1936)
21st of February 1991 DEATH Dorothy Auchterlonie, Australian academic, literary critic and poet (Born 1915)
21st of February 1991 DEATH Dame Margot Fonteyn, English ballet dancer (Born 1919)
21st of February 1994 DEATH Johannes Steinhoff, German fighter pilot & NATO commander (Born 1913)
21st of February 1995 DEATH Jorge Jose Emiliano dos Santos, Brazilian Football Referee (Born 1954)
21st of February 1996 DEATH Morton Gould, American composer (Born 1913)
21st of February 1999 DEATH Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Born 1918)
21st of February 1999 DEATH Wilmer David Mizell, baseball player (Born 1930)
21st of February 1999 DEATH Ilmari Juutilainen, Finnish fighter pilot (Born 1914)
21st of February 2000 DEATH Antonio Diaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (Born 1933)
21st of February 2002 DEATH Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (Born 1939)
21st of February 2002 DEATH John Thaw, English actor (Born 1942)
21st of February 2003 DEATH Eddie Thomson, Scottish football player and coach (Born 1947)
21st of February 2004 DEATH John Charles, Welsh footballer (Born 1931)
21st of February 2004 DEATH Guido Molinari, Canadian artist (Born 1933)
21st of February 2005 DEATH Gerard Bessette, French-Canadian novelist and poet (Born 1920)
21st of February 2005 DEATH Ara Berberian, American opera singer (Born 1930)
21st of February 2005 DEATH Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (Born 1929)
21st of February 2005 DEATH Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (Born 1929)
21st of February 2008 DEATH Sunny Lowry, first British woman to swim the English Channel (Born 1911)
21st of February 2008 DEATH Ben Chapman, American actor (Born 1928)
21st of February 2011 DEATH Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (Born 1926)

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