Date History - On this day in history

What happened today in history

Born on this day - February 21st

1979 - Lonnie Ford, Arena Football League fullback/linebacker

1974 - Roberto Heras, Spanish cyclist

1969 - James Dean Bradfield, Welsh musician (Manic Street Preachers)

1962 - David Foster Wallace, American writer

1958 - Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer

1953 - William Petersen, American actor

1946 - Tyne Daly, American actress

1941 - James Wong, Hong Kong composer (d. 2004)

1934 - Rue McClanahan, American actress

1925 - Sam Peckinpah, American director (d. 1984)

1910 - Douglas Bader, British pilot (d. 1982)

1895 - Carl Peter Henrik Dam Danish biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1976)

1875 - Jeanne Calment, supercentenarian (d. 1997)

1821 - Charles Scribner, American publisher (d. 1871)

1721 - John McKinly, American physician and President of Delaware (d. 1796)

1556 - Sethus Calvisius, German calendar reformer (d. 1615)

Died on this day - February 21st

2004 - Guido Molinari, Canadian artist (b. 1933)

1994 - Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (b. 1948)

1967 - Charles Beaumont, American writer (b. 1929)

1938 - George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (b. 1868)

1824 - Eugène de Beauharnais, son of Napoleon's wife, Josephine (b. 1781)

1595 - Robert Southwell, English poet

1437 - King James I of Scotland (b. 1394)

Events on this day - February 21st

1995 - Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

1981 - Charles Rocket, portraying the gunshot victim in a Saturday Night Live parody of the "Who Shot J.R." plot on the program Dallas, said, "I'd like to know who the fuck did it," during the live feed of the "goodnights" segment. Afterward, everyon

1972 - The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.

1960 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro nationalizes all businesses in Cuba.

1948 - NASCAR is incorporated.

1916 - World War I: In France the Battle of Verdun begins.

1874 - The Oakland Daily Tribune publishes its first newspaper.

1613 - Mikhail I is elected unanimously as Tsar by a national assembly, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia .



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