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.

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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 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

  • 1245
    Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery.
  • 1440
    The Prussian Confederation is formed.
  • 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.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Valverde is fought near Fort Craig in New Mexico Territory.
  • 1878
    The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 1918
    The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • 1925
    The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
  • 1937
    Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile.
  • 1945
    World War II: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga.
  • 1948
    NASCAR is incorporated.
  • 1952
    “ভাষা আন্দোলন”, “Bengali Language Movement” occurred in East Pakistan(now Bangladesh).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

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