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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, 413,232 hours 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

  • 1245
    Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery.
  • 1918
    The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • 1965
    Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
  • 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.

Who were born on February 21?

  • 1705
    Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (d. 1781)
  • 1794
    Antonio López de Santa Anna, Mexican president (d. 1876)
  • 1844
    Charles-Marie Widor, French composer (d. 1937)
  • 1964
    Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)
  • 1981
    Jun Kaname, Japanese actor

Who died on February 21?

  • 1715
    Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland (b. 1637)
  • 1730
    Pope Benedict XIII (b. 1649)
  • 1862
    Justinus Kerner, German poet (b. 1786)
  • 1980
    Alfred Andersch, German writer (b. 1914)
  • 2002
    Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (b. 1939)

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