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1173Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury

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

1874Benjamin Disraeli succeeds William Gladstone as British premier

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

1989Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling

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

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

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

2014US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama

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

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

1982Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic

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

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

February 21st Historical Events
Date Event
362
Athanasius returns to Alexandria. 
1173
Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury 
1245
Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after having confessed to torture and forgery. 
1431
Joan of Arc's first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy 
1440
The Prussian Confederation is formed. 
1564
Philip II routes cardinal Granvelle to Franche-Comte 
1574
Spanish garrison of Middelburg Neth surrenders 
1583
Groningen, Netherlands, begins using Gregorian calendar 
1598
Boris Godunov crowned tsar 
1613
Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov 
1673
Michiel A de Ruyter appointed lt-admiral-general of Dutch fleet 
1675
Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Gelderland 
1764
John Wilkes thrown out of English House of Commons for "Essay on Women" 
1777
British ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting US flag 
1782
US congress resolves establishment of a US mint 
1792
US Congress passes Presidential Succession Act 
1795
Freedom of worship established in France under constitution 
1797
Trinidad, West Indies, surrenders to British 
1804
1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales 
1828
1st American Indian newspaper in US, "Cherokee Phoenix," published 
1842
1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Wash DC 
1846
1st US woman telegrapher, Sarah G Bagley, Lowell, Mass 
1852
George Bancroft becomes the American Geographical Society's first president 
1853
US authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces 
1857
Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US 
1857
US issues flying eagle cents 
1858
Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Mass) 
1861
Navaho indians elect Herrero Grande as chief 
1862
Confederate Constitution & presidency are declared permanent 
1862
Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, NM 
1864
-22] Battle at Okolona, Mississippi 
1864
1st US Catholic parish church for blacks dedicated, Baltimore 
1866
Lucy B Hobbs (Taylor) becomes 1st US woman to earn a DDS degree 
1874
Benjamin Disraeli succeeds William Gladstone as British premier 
1874
Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication 
1878
World's 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut) 
1882
NYC's 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours 
1883
2nd French government of Ferry begins 
1885
Washington Monument dedicated (Wash DC) 
1887
1st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn) 
1887
Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday 
1895
NC Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass 
1901
In Cuba, the constitutional delegates adopt a constitution much like that of the USA 
1902
Dr Harvey Cushing, 1st US brain surgeon, does his 1st brain operation 
1903
Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, DC 
1904
National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming Mich 
1907
SS Berlin sinks off Hoek van Holland Neth (142 dead) 
1909
John Galsworthy's "Strife," premieres in London 
1910
John Galsworthy's "Justice," premieres in London 
1911
Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto (Berceuse élégique) 
1914
White Wolf troops attack Zhanjiang China 
1914
In a secret meeting of civil and military leaders, Russian Foreign Minister Sazonov convinces them to support a plan for seizing the straits, controlled by Turkey, that block access to the Mediterranean 
1915
20th Russian Army corps surrenders 
1915
World's Fair in SF opens 
1916
Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties) 
1917
British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die 
1917
Train near Chirurcha, Romania, catches fire & explodes; hundreds die 
1918
Australians chase Turkish troop out of Jericho, Dutch Palestine 
1918
The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. 
1919
German National Meeting accepts Anschluss: incorporation of Austria 
1919
Revolutionary strike in Barcelona 
1920
Darius Milhaud & Jean Cocteau's ballet, premieres in Paris 
1921
Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country's first constitution. 
1922
Airship Rome explodes at Hampton Roads Virginia; 34 die 
1922
Great Britain grants Egypt independence 
1922
WHK-AM in Cleveland OH begins radio transmissions 
1923
Andre Charlot's musical "Rats," premieres in London 
1925
1st issue of "New Yorker" magazine published 
1925
Mass meeting of SPD's Reichsbanner Black-Red-Gold in Magdeburg 
1927
Franz Lehr's opera "Zarewitsch," premieres 
1930
Marc Connelly's "Green Pastures," premieres in NYC 
1931
Alka Seltzer introduced 
1931
Chicago White Sox & NY Giants play 1st exhibition night game 
1932
Andre Tardieu becomes premier of France 
1932
Camera exposure meter patented, WN Goodwin 
1934
Nicaraguan patriot Augusto Cesar Sandino assassinated by Natl Guard 
1937
Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman's Arrowbile. 
1937
The League of Nations bans foreign national "volunteers" in the Spanish Civil War. 
1939
Belgian government of Pierlot forms 
1941
Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general 
1942
US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn 
1942
US male Figure Skating championship won by Bobby Specht 
1943
Dutch RC bishops protest against persecution of Jews 
1943
German offensive at Western Dorsalgebergte Tunisia 
1944
"War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only) 
1945
Archbishop De Jong calls for help with war casualties 
1945
British Army captures Goch 
1945
US 10th Armour division overthrows Orscholz line 
1946
Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt 
1947
1st broadcast of 1st US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember" 
1947
1st instant developing camera demonstrated in NYC, by E H Land 
1947
Whipper Billy Watson beats Bill Longson, to become wrestling champ 
1948
NASCAR is incorporated. 
1950
WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting 
1951
SC House urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated 
1952
Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement) 
1952
Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition 
1953
"Maggie" closes at National Theater NYC after 5 performances 
1953
F Crick & J Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule 
1953
Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81 
1957
Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises 
1958
"Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 3 performances 
1958
Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote) 
1960
Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open 
1961
Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Physiker," premieres in Zurich 
1961
Gabon adopts constitution 
1961
Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km 
1962
Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen Neth 
1963
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1964
UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US 
1965
Rights activist Malcolm X is shot dead by Nation of Islam followers at Audubon Ballroom in New York 
1966
Indonesian president Sukarno dismisses General Nasution 
1968
150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West-Berlin 
1968
Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000 
1969
1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan (explodes) 
1969
Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Wash Senators 
1970
Jackson 5 make TV debut on "American Bandstand" 
1970
Pathet Lao conquerors Xieng Khuang & Muong Suy 
1971
Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic 
1971
Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117 
1971
The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna. 
1972
Michael Weller's "Moonchildren," premieres in NYC 
1972
Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China 
1972
The first session of the Widgery Tribunal, investigating the events of 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972), is held in Coleraine, County Derry 
1973
Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out 
1973
Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108 
1974
Israeli forces leave western Suez 
1974
Silver hits record $5.96½ an ounce in London 
1974
Yugoslavia adopts constitution 
1975
John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album 
1975
John Mitchell, HR Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman sentenced to 2½-8 yrs 
1976
"Rockabye Hamlet" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 7 perfs 
1976
Cardinal Willebrands installed as archbishop of Utrecht 
1977
74 Unification Church couples wed in NYC 
1979
Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km) 
1979
2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period 
1980
Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44 
1980
Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom) 
1981
"Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured 
1981
Charles Rocket clearly says "fuck" on Saturday Night Live 
1981
Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k) 
1981
NASA launches Comstar D-4 
1982
"Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 1604 perfs 
1982
"Little Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 36 performances 
1982
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic 
1983
Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m 7.1 s 
1983
NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak 
1985
Evert van Benthem wins 13th Friese 11 city skateing race 
1985
Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit) 
1985
Tim Raines is awarded a $12 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator 
1986
AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School 
1986
Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 & suspended for 10 weeks 
1987
Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Tsumura Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open 
1987
Syrian army marches into Beirut 
1988
Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20) 
1988
Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation 
1989
Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling 
1989
US bust Chinese ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1B st value) 
1989
US capture record 820 lbs of heroin ($1 B street value)[dup] 
1990
32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins 
1991
"Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 780 perfs 
1991
Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," premieres in NYC 
1991
USSR announces Iraq agrees to a proposal to end Persian Gulf War US calls the plan unacceptable 
1992
Kristi Yamaguchi of US wins Olympic gold medal in women's fig skating 
1993
43rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 135-132 (OT) at Salt Lake City 
1993
Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.15 m) 
1995
CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans 
1995
RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado 
1996
Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit 
1997
"Empire Strikes Back, special edition," premieres 
1997
STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands 
1998
Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open 
2001
43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins 
2003
Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO 
2004
The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome. 
2007
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. 
2009
29th Golden Raspberry Awards: The Love Guru wins 
2011
Thailand's GDP rose 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010 after a minor recession caused by GDP contractions of 0.4% in the second quarter and 0.3% in the third quarter of 2010, it is reported today 
2012
Yemen voters go to the polls for a presidential election where the only candidate on the ballot paper is vice-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi 
2013
83 people are killed and 250 are injured in a series of bombing attacks in Damascus, Syria 
2013
21 people are killed and 54 are injured in a bombing in Hyderabad, India 
2014
11 people are killed after a Libyan Air Force plan crashes in Tunisia 
2014
US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama 
2014
10 words from the 15th C Voynich manuscript have been decoded 
2016
Central African Republic elects former PM Touadera as president 
2016
Denny Hamlin Wins Daytona 500 With Late Surge 
2016
Michigan shooting spree leaves at least 6 dead 
2017
Trump Chooses HR McMaster as National Security Adviser 
2017
Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia 
2017
David Cassidy: Ex-Partridge Family idol says he has dementia 
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