Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,060 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

Let us begin with what happened today in history. You may also enter a specific day using the form on the right sidebar. It is optional to input the year. If you do give a complete date with month, day and year then only events that happened on that specific date will be shown.

About February 21

February 21, 2024 is the 52nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 314 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Pisces is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 343 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

February 21: More About This Day

In addition, it’s the first day of the astronomical winter.

What Happened On February 21

  • 1804
    The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
  • 1842
    John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
  • 1885
    The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
  • 1918
    The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • 1919
    Kurt Eisner, German socialist, is assassinated. His death results in the establishment of the Bavarian Soviet Republic and parliament and government fleeing Munich, Germany.
  • 1945
    World War II: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”.
  • 1958
    The Peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
  • 1974
    The last Israeli soldiers leave the west bank of the Suez Canal pursuant to a truce with Egypt.

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