February 21 Events in History - February 21 Birthdays - February 21 Deaths
2015 Turkey sends troops to Syria to rescue 40 guards and relocate remains from the tomb of Sulayman Shah, which is now surrounded by ISIS militants; the site is internationally recognized as Turkish territory
2014 President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama for the third time despite protests from China and warnings that the meeting could threaten diplomatic relations
2014 G-20 nations discuss ending stimulus efforts in economically advanced nations while planning ways to increase global trade and employment opportunities to achieve global GDP growth
2013 Egypt's government announces the country will hold parliamentary elections in April, 2013
2013 Scientists discover that bumblebees have the ability to sense electric fields around flowers, enabling them to identify specific flowers for pollination
2012 Adele, One Direction, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran are among the winners at the 2012 BRIT Awards for British popular music
2012 Euro zone finance ministers agree on a second bailout for Greece
2011 A professor from New York University has an experimental life-blogging camera removed from his head after his immune system rejected the implant
2011 A state of emergency due to snow is declared in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
2010 The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced foreign direct investment into China has risen for the sixth consecutive month, up $8.3 billion year-on-year
2001 43rd Grammy Awards, U2, Steely Dan, Macy Gray and Sting win major awards
1998 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1997 "Empire Strikes Back, special edition," premieres
1997 STS-82 (Discovery 22) lands
1996 Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit
1995 CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans
1995 RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado
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)
1992 Kristi Yamaguchi of U.S. wins Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating
1991 "Lost in Yonkers" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City for 780 performances
1991 Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," premieres in New York City
1991 U.S.S.R. announces Iraq agrees to a proposal to end Persian Gulf War U.S. calls the plan unacceptable
1990 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins
1989 Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling
1989 U.S. bust Chinese ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1 Billion street value)
1988 Actor Dudley Moore marries actress Brogan Lane
1988 Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20)
1988 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation
1987 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Tsumura Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1987 Syrian army marches into Beirut
1986 AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
1986 Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 and suspended for 10 weeks
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
1983 Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 minutes 7.1 seconds
1983 NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
1982 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 1604 performances
1982 "Little Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 36 performances
1982 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic
1981 "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
1981 Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)
1981 NASA launches Comstar D-4
1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44
1980 Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom)
1979 Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite and Corsa-B (550/580 km)
1979 2 Iowa girls High School basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
1977 74 Unification Church couples wed in New York City
1976 "Rockabye Hamlet" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 7 performances
1976 Cardinal Willebrands installed as archbishop of Utrecht
1975 John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album
1975 John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman sentenced to 2-8 yrs
1974 Israeli forces leave western Suez
1974 Silver hits record $5.96 an ounce in London
1974 Yugoslavia adopts constitution
1973 Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
1973 Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
1972 Michael Weller's "Moonchildren," premieres in New York City
1972 Richard Nixon becomes 1st U.S. president to visit China
1971 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
1971 Series of tornadoes cuts through Mississippi and Louisiana killing 117
1970 Jackson 5 make TV debut on American Bandstand
1970 Pathet Lao conquerors Xieng Khuang and Muong Suy
1969 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan (explodes)
1969 Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators
1968 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West-Berlin
1968 Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000
1966 Indonesia's president Sukarno fires General Nasution
1964 U.K. flies 24,000 rolls of Beatle wallpaper to U.S.
1963 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1962 Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen Netherlands
1961 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Physiker," premieres in Zurich
1961 Gabon adopts constitution
1961 Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km
1960 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
1958 "Portotino" opens at Adelphi Theater New York City for 3 performances
1958 Egypt-Syria as UAR elect Nasser president with 99.9 percent of the vote
1957 Dodgers (Ft. Worth) and Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
1953 "Maggie" closes at National Theater New York City after 5 performances
1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
1953 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
1952 Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
1952 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
1952 Liz Taylor's 2nd marriage to Michael Wilding
1951 South Carolina House urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated
1950 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting
1947 1st broadcast of 1st U.S. TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember"
1947 1st instant developing camera demonstrated in New York City, by E H Land
1947 Whipper Billy Watson beats Bill Longson, to become wrestling champ
1946 Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
1945 Archbishop De Jong calls for help with war casualties
1945 British Army captures Goch
1945 U.S. 10th Armour division overthrows Orscholz line
1944 "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (New York City only)
1943 Dutch RC bishops protest against persecution of Jews
1943 German offensive at Western Dorsalgebergte Tunisia
1942 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
1942 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Bobby Specht
1941 U.S. Senate accepts Omar Bradley's demotion to Brigadier-General
1939 Belgian government of Pierlot forms
1934 Nicaraguan patriot Augusto Cesar Sandino assassinated by National Guard
1932 Andre Tardieu becomes premier of France
1932 Camera exposure meter patented, W. N. Goodwin
1931 Alka Seltzer introduced
1931 Chicago White Sox and New York Giants play 1st exhibition night game
1930 Marc Connelly's "Green Pastures," premieres in New York City
1927 Franz Lehr's opera "Zarewitsch," premieres
1925 1st issue of "New Yorker" magazine published
1925 Mass meeting of SPD's Reichsbanner Black-Red-Gold in Magdeburg
1923 Andre Charlot's musical "Rats," premieres in London
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
1920 Darius Milhaud and Jean Cocteau's ballet, premieres in Paris
1919 German National Meeting accepts Anschluss: incorporation of Austria
1919 Revolutionary strike in Barcelona
1918 Australians chase Turkish troop out of Jericho, Dutch Palestine
1917 British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die
1917 Train near Chirurcha Romania catches fire and explodes; 100s die
1916 Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
1915 20th Russian Army corps surrenders
1915 World's Fair in San Francisco opens
1914 White Wolf troops attack Zhanjiang China
1911 Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto (Berceuse elegique)
1910 John Galsworthy's "Justice," premieres in London
1909 John Galsworthy's "Strife," premieres in London
1907 SS Berlin sinks off Hoek van Holland Netherlands (142 dead)
1904 National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming, Michigan
1903 Cornerstone laid for U.S. Army war college, Washington, D.C.
1902 Dr. Harvey Cushing, 1st U.S. brain surgeon, does his 1st brain operation
1895 North Carolina Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass
1887 1st U.S. bacteriology laboratory opens in Brooklyn
1887 Oregon becomes 1st U.S. state to make Labor Day a holiday
1885 Washington Monument dedicated in Washington D.C.
1883 2nd French government of Ferry begins
1882 New York City's 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours
1878 1st telephone book issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)
1874 Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier
1874 Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication
1866 Lucy B Hobbs (Taylor) becomes 1st U.S. woman to earn a DDS degree
1864 Battle at Okolona, Mississippi
1864 1st U.S. Catholic parish church for blacks dedicated, Baltimore
1862 Confederate Constitution and presidency are declared permanent
1862 Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, New Mexico
1861 Navaho indians elect Herrero Grande as chief
1858 Edwin T. Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)
1857 Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in U.S.
1857 U.S. issues flying eagle cents
1853 U.S. authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces
1846 1st U.S. woman telegrapher, Sarah G. Bagley, Lowell, Mass
1842 1st known sewing machine patented in U.S., John Greenough, Washington D.C.
1828 1st American Indian newspaper in U.S., "Cherokee Phoenix," published
1804 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales
1797 Trinidad, West Indies surrenders to British
1795 Freedom of worship established in France under constitution
1792 Congress passes President Succession Act
1782 U.S. congress resolves establishment of a U.S. mint
1777 English ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting U.S. flag
1764 John Wilkes thrown out of English House of Commons for "Essay on Women"
1675 Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Gelderland
1673 Michiel A de Ruyter appointed lt-admiral-general of Dutch fleet
1613 Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected Russian tsar
1598 Boris Godunov crowned tsar
1583 Groningen Netherlands begins using Gregorian calendar
1574 Spanish garrison of Middelburg Netherlands surrenders
1564 Philip II routes cardinal Granvelle to Franche-Comte
1431 England begins trial against Joan of Arc
1173 Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket Absp of Canterbury