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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

  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Valverde is fought near Fort Craig in New Mexico Territory.
  • 1918
    The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • 1925
    The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
  • 1972
    President Richard Nixon visits the People’s Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.
  • 1995
    Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

Who were born on February 21?

  • 1946
    Anthony Daniels, British actor
  • 1987
    Enrique David Mateo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1988
    Matthias de Zordo, German javelin thrower
  • 1989
    Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer
  • 2001
    Isabella Acres, American actress

Who died on February 21?

  • 1668
    John Thurloe, English Puritan spy (b. 1616)
  • 1986
    Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (b. 1895)
  • 1991
    Dame Margot Fonteyn, English ballet dancer (b. 1919)
  • 1995
    Jorge José Emiliano dos Santos, Brazilian Football Referee (b. 1954)
  • 2003
    Eddie Thomson, Scottish football player and coach (b. 1947)

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