About February 21

February 21, 2020 is the 52nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 314 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 357 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

  • 362
    Athanasius returns to Alexandria.
  • 1245
    Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery.
  • 1543
    Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
  • 1613
    Mikhail I is elected unanimously as Tsar by a national assembly, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.
  • 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.
  • 1874
    The Oakland Daily Tribune publishes its first edition.
  • 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.
  • 1925
    The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
  • 1945
    World War II: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga.
  • 1948
    NASCAR is incorporated.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
  • 1970
    Swissair Flight 330: A mid-air bomb explosion and subsequent crash kills 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 1971
    The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • 1974
    The last Israeli soldiers leave the west bank of the Suez Canal pursuant to a truce with Egypt.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.

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