Date History - On this day in history

Historical events for this day in history

Events on this day - February 21st

362 - Athanasius returns to Alexandria.

2004 - The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.

2003 - Over 100 concert goers in Rhode Island die in a fire during a performance of the rock band Great White.

2000 - David Letterman returns to The Late Show over a month after having an emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery.

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

1995 - Serkadji prison mutiny in Algeria; 4 guards and 96 prisoners killed in a day and a half.

1988 - Jimmy Swaggart, on his own televangelism program being taped in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, confesses that he is guilty of an unspecified sin and will be temporarily leaving the pulpit.

1986 - Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda for the Famicom in Japan.

1986 - Metallica released their 3rd album Master of Puppets.

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

1975 - Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.

1974 - The long-running Japanese comic strip "Sazae-san" publishes its final installment in the Asahi Shimbun.

1974 - The last Israeli soldiers leave the west bank of the Suez Canal in carrying out a truce with Egypt.

1973 - Over the Sinai Desert, Israeli fighter aircraft shoot down a Libyan Airlines jet killing 108.

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

1972 - President Richard Nixon visits the People's Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.

1971 - The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.

1970 - Swissair Flight 330: A mid-air bomb explosion and subsequent crash kills 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zürich, Switzerland.

1965 - Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.

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

1953 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson discover the structure of the DNA molecule.

1952 - The government of Winston Churchill abolishes Identity Cards in the UK to "set the people free".

1952 - Language Martyrs' Day, marking language-revolution in the then East Pakistan (currently, the independent state of People's Republic of Bangladesh).

1952 - In East Pakistan (Present Bangladesh) Police opened fire on a procession of students, who demended to establish Bangla as the State Language, killing four people and starting a country-wide protest which led to the independence of Bangladesh i

1948 - NASCAR is incorporated.

1947 - In New York City Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.

1937 - The League of Nations bans foreign national "volunteers" in the Spanish Civil War.

1937 - Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman's Arrowbile.

1925 - The New Yorker publishes its first issue.

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

1893 - Thomas Edison receives two U.S. patents for a "Cut Out for Incandescent Electric Lamps" and for a "Stop Device"

1885 - The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.

1878 - The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.

1875 - Jeanne Calment was born, going on to live for 122 years 164 days, the longest confirmed lifespan for any human being in history.

1874 - The Oakland Daily Tribune publishes its first newspaper.

1848 - Karl Marx publishes the Communist Manifesto.

1842 - John J. Greenough patents the sewing machine.

1804 - The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren ironworks in Wales.

1743 - The premiere in London of George Frideric Handel's oratorio, "Samson".

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

1543 - Battle of Wayna Daga - A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeated a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.

1440 - The Prussian Confederation is formed.

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