What happened this day in history February 21

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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 313 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 8, 2021 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,613,865,600 seconds 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 345 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 2,984 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.
  • 1543
    Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
  • 1842
    John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
  • 1916
    World War I: In France, the Battle of Verdun begins.
  • 1937
    Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile.
  • 1945
    World War II: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on February 21?

  • 1821
    Charles Scribner I, American publisher (d. 1871)
  • 1910
    Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
  • 1914
    Ilmari Juutilainen, Finnish fighter pilot (d. 1999)
  • 1917
    Lucille Bremer, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1940
    Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • 1952
    Jean Jacques Burnel, British musician
  • 1977
    Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
  • 1978
    Nicole Parker, American actress
  • 1986
    Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • 1987
    Ellen Page, Canadian actress

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)
  • 1945
    Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (b. 1902)
  • 1966
    Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (b. 1895)
  • 1981
    Erika Köth, German coloratura soprano (b. 1927)
  • 1987
    Noel Odell, English mountaineer, last person to see Mallory and Irvine alive (b. 1890)
  • 1991
    Nutan Behl, Indian actress (b. 1936)
  • 1996
    Morton Gould, American composer (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2011
    Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)

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