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1173Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury

1431Joan of Arc's first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy

1852George Bancroft becomes the American Geographical Society's first president

1874Benjamin Disraeli succeeds William Gladstone as British premier

1895NC Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass

1953F Crick & J Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule

1965Rights activist Malcolm X is shot dead by Nation of Islam followers at Audubon Ballroom in New York

1969Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Wash Senators

1972Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China

1975John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album

1982Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic

1985Tim Raines is awarded a $12 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator

1986Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 & suspended for 10 weeks

1989Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling

1991Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," premieres in NYC

2003Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

On This Day In History
Date Event
Feb 21, 362
Athanasius returns to Alexandria. 
Feb 21, 1173
Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury 
Feb 21, 1245
Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after having confessed to torture and forgery. 
Feb 21, 1431
Joan of Arc's first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy 
Feb 21, 1440
The Prussian Confederation is formed. 
Feb 21, 1564
Philip II routes cardinal Granvelle to Franche-Comte 
Feb 21, 1574
Spanish garrison of Middelburg Neth surrenders 
Feb 21, 1583
Groningen, Netherlands, begins using Gregorian calendar 
Feb 21, 1598
Boris Godunov crowned tsar 
Feb 21, 1613
Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov 
Feb 21, 1673
Michiel A de Ruyter appointed lt-admiral-general of Dutch fleet 
Feb 21, 1675
Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Gelderland 
Feb 21, 1764
John Wilkes thrown out of English House of Commons for "Essay on Women" 
Feb 21, 1777
British ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting US flag 
Feb 21, 1782
US congress resolves establishment of a US mint 
Feb 21, 1792
US Congress passes Presidential Succession Act 
Feb 21, 1795
Freedom of worship established in France under constitution 
Feb 21, 1797
Trinidad, West Indies, surrenders to British 
Feb 21, 1804
1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales 
Feb 21, 1828
1st American Indian newspaper in US, "Cherokee Phoenix," published 
Feb 21, 1842
1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Wash DC 
Feb 21, 1846
1st US woman telegrapher, Sarah G Bagley, Lowell, Mass 
Feb 21, 1852
George Bancroft becomes the American Geographical Society's first president 
Feb 21, 1853
US authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces 
Feb 21, 1857
Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US 
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