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
Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery.
Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
World War I: In France, the Battle of Verdun begins.
Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile.
World War II: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga.
Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
Over the Sinai Desert, Israeli fighter aircraft shoot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 jet killing 108.
The last Israeli soldiers leave the west bank of the Suez Canal pursuant to a truce with Egypt.
Who were born on February 21?
Charles Scribner I, American publisher (d. 1871)
Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
Ilmari Juutilainen, Finnish fighter pilot (d. 1999)
Lucille Bremer, American actress (d. 1996)
Peter Gethin, British racing driver
Jean Jacques Burnel, British musician
Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
Nicole Parker, American actress
Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
Ellen Page, Canadian actress
Who died on February 21?
Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland (b. 1637)
Pope Benedict XIII (b. 1649)
Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (b. 1902)
Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (b. 1895)
Erika Köth, German coloratura soprano (b. 1927)
Noel Odell, English mountaineer, last person to see Mallory and Irvine alive (b. 1890)
Nutan Behl, Indian actress (b. 1936)
Morton Gould, American composer (b. 1913)
Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (b. 1929)
Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)
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