What Happened on February 21

Significant Events

  • 1173 Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1431 Joan of Arc's first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy
  • 1613 Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov
  • 1916 World War I: Battle of Verdun begins, leads to an estimated 1 million casualties
  • 1922 Great Britain grants Egypt independence
  • 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
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World's 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)

On February 21, 1878

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