On This Day

What Happened on February 21

Important Events

  • 1173 Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1613 Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov
  • 1804 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for the 1st time, along the tramway of the Penydarren Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • 1916 World War I: Battle of Verdun begins with a German offensive, leads to an estimated 1 million casualties and becomes the longest battle of the entire war (9 months)
  • 1922 Britain declares Egypt a sovereign state
  • 1972 Richard Nixon becomes the first US President to visit China, normalizing relations between the countries in a meeting with Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing
More Historical Events

February 21 in Film & TV

  • 1990 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards
  • 2003 Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

February 21 in Music

February 21 in Sport

  • 1952 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition

Did You Know?

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto" in London

On February 21, 1848


Would You Believe?

World's 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)

On February 21, 1878

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