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February 21 - Today in History
By Staff
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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1173 - Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket Absp of Canterbury
1431 - England begins trial against Joan of Arc
1513 - Julius II, [Giuliano dellea Rovere], Pope (1503-13), dies at 69
1564 - Philip II routes cardinal Granvelle to Franche-Comt
1574 - Spanish garrison of Middelburg Neth surrenders
1583 - Groningen Neth begins using Gregorian calendar
1598 - Boris Godunov crowned tsar
1613 - Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected Russian tsar
1648 - Christian IV, King of Denmark/Norway, dies
1673 - Michiel A de Ruyter appointed lt-admiral-general of Dutch fleet
1675 - Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Gelderland
1764 - John Wilkes thrown out of Engl House of Commons for "Essay on Women"
1777 - English ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting US flag
1782 - US congress resolves establishment of a US mint
1792 - Congress passes Pres Succession Act
1795 - Freedom of worship established in France under constitution
1797 - Trinidad, West Indies surrenders to British
1804 - 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales
1828 - 1st American Indian newspaper in US, "Cherokee Phoenix," published
1842 - 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington, DC
1846 - 1st US woman telegrapher, Sarah G Bagley, Lowell, Massachusetts
1853 - US authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces
1857 - Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US
1857 - US issues flying eagle cents
1858 - Edwin T Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)
1861 - Navaho indians elect Herrero Grande as chief
1862 - Confederate Constitution & presidency are declared permanent
1862 - Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, New Mexico
1864 - -22] Battle at Okolona, Mississippi
1864 - 1st US Catholic parish church for blacks dedicated, Baltimore
1866 - Lucy B Hobbs (Taylor) becomes 1st US woman to earn a DDS degree
1874 - Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier
1874 - Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication
1878 - 1st telephone book issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)
1882 - NYC's 24 hour race begins, winner with most mileage in 24 hours
1883 - 2nd French government of Ferry begins
1885 - Washington Monument dedicated (Washington, DC)
1887 - 1st US bacteriology laboratory opens (Brooklyn)
1887 - Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday
1895 - NC Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass
1902 - Dr Harvey Cushing, 1st US brain surgeon, does his 1st brain operation
1903 - Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, DC
1904 - National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming, Michigan
1907 - SS Berlin sinks off Hoek van Holland, Netherlands (142 dead)
1914 - White Wolf troops attack Zhanjiang China
1915 - 20th Russian Army corps surrenders
1915 - World's Fair in San Francisco opens
1916 - Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
1917 - British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die
1917 - Train near Chirurcha Romania catches fire & explodes; 100s die
1918 - Australians chase Turkish troop out of Jericho, Dutch Palestine
1919 - German National Meeting accepts Anschluss: incorporation of Austria
1919 - Revolutionary strike in Barcelona
1922 - Airship Rome explodes at Hampton Roads Virginia; 34 die
1922 - Great Britain grants Egypt independence
1925 - 1st issue of "New Yorker" magazine published
1925 - Mass meeting of SPD's Reichsbanner Black-Red-Gold in Magdeburg
1931 - Alka Seltzer introduced
1931 - Chicago White Sox and New York Giants play 1st exhibition night game
1932 - Andre Tardieu becomes premier of France
1932 - Camera exposure meter patented, WN Goodwin
1934 - Nicaraguan patriot Augusto Cesar Sandino assassinated by Natl Guard
1939 - Belgian government of Pierlot forms
1941 - US Senate accepts Omar Bradley's demotion to Brig-General
1942 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
1942 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Bobby Specht
1943 - Dutch RC bishops protest against persecution of Jews
1943 - German offensive at Western Dorsalgebergte Tunisia
1945 - Archbishop De Jong calls for help with war casualties
1945 - British Army captures Goch
1945 - US 10th Armour division overthrows Orscholz line
1946 - Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
1947 - 1st instant developing camera demonstrated in NYC, by E H Land
1947 - Whipper Billy Watson beats Bill Longson, to become wrestling champ
1951 - South Carolina House urges "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated
1952 - Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)
1952 - Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
1952 - Liz Taylor's 2nd marriage (Michael Wilding)
1953 - F Crick & J Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
1953 - Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
1957 - Dodgers (Ft Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
1958 - Egypt-Syria as UAR elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
1960 - Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
1961 - Gabon adopts constitution
1961 - Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km
1963 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 - UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatle wallpaper to US
1965 - Malcolm X, [Little], black Moslem leader, assassinated in NYC at 39
1966 - Indonesia's president Sukarno fires General Nasution
1968 - 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West-Berlin
1968 - Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000
1969 - 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan (explodes)
1969 - Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Wash Senators
1970 - Jackson 5 make TV debut on "American Bandstand"
1970 - Pathet Lao conquerors Xieng Khuang & Muong Suy
1971 - Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
1971 - Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117
1972 - Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
1973 - Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
1973 - Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
1974 - Israeli forces leave western Suez
1974 - Silver hits record $5.96� an ounce in London
1974 - Yugoslavia adopts constitution
1975 - John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album
1975 - John Mitchell, HR Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman sentenced to 2-8 yrs
1976 - Cardinal Willebrands installed as archbishop of Utrecht
1977 - 74 Unification Church couples wed in NYC
1979 - Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)
1979 - 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
1980 - Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44
1980 - Hanni Wenzel is 1st Liechtensteiner to win Olymp gold (giant slalom)
1981 - "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
1981 - Charles Rocket clearly says "fuck" on Saturday Night Live
1981 - Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)
1981 - NASA launches Comstar D-4
1982 - Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic
1983 - Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m 7.1 s
1983 - NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
1985 - Evert van Benthem wins 13th Friese 11 city skating race
1985 - Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit)
1985 - Tim Raines is awarded a $12 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator
1986 - AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
1986 - Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 & suspended for 10 weeks
1987 - Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Tsumura Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1987 - Syrian army marches into Beirut
1988 - Actor Dudley Moore marries actress Brogan Lane
1988 - Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20)
1988 - Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation
1989 - Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling
1989 - US bust Chinese ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1B st value)
1989 - US capture record 820 lbs of heroin ($1 B street value)[dup]
1990 - 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins
1991 - USSR announces Iraq agrees to a proposal to end Persian Gulf War US calls the plan unacceptable
1992 - Kristi Yamaguchi of US wins Olympic gold medal in women's fig skating
1993 - 43rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 135-132 (OT) at Salt Lake City
1993 - Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.15 m)
1995 - CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans
1995 - RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado
1996 - Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit
1997 - "Empire Strikes Back, special edition," premieres
1997 - STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands
1998 - Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open

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