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What are the important events that happened on February 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 21 is the 52nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 313 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 8, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,793,920 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontadigon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 363 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,523 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 21: This Day In History

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

February 21 Historical Events

  • 1543
    Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
  • 1916
    World War I: In France, the Battle of Verdun begins.
  • 1952
    The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”.
  • 1973
    Over the Sinai Desert, Israeli fighter aircraft shoot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 jet killing 108.
  • 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.

Who were born on February 21?

  • 1880
    Waldemar Bonsels, German writer (d. 1952)
  • 1913
    Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1943
    David Geffen, American record producer
  • 1959
    Emmett McAuliffe, American radio show host and lawyer
  • 1973
    Jacob M. Appel, American bioethicist

Who died on February 21?

  • 1543
    Ahmed Gragn, Sultan of Adal
  • 1965
    Malcolm X, Black American civil rights leader (b. 1925)
  • 1987
    Noel Odell, English mountaineer, last person to see Mallory and Irvine alive (b. 1890)
  • 1995
    Jorge José Emiliano dos Santos, Brazilian Football Referee (b. 1954)
  • 1999
    Ilmari Juutilainen, Finnish fighter pilot (b. 1914)

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