On This Day

What Happened on February 21, 2019

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 touches down on asteroid Ryugu on mission to collect rock samples
  • The Lunar Library, a 30 million page digital library launched on board Israel’s Beresheet Lunar Lander, aiming to be stored on the Moon

Famous Deaths

  • Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), dies from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma at 77
  • Stanley Donen, American film director and producer (Singin' in the Rain , Bedazzled, Damn Yankees), dies at 94