What Happened on February 21

Historical 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

Feb 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

Feb 21 in Sport

  • 1931 Chicago White Sox & NY Giants play 1st exhibition night game

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

Famous Weddings

  • 1807 US President Martin Van Buren (24) weds high school sweetheart Hannah Hoes (23) in Catskill, New York
  • 1952 English-American actress Elizabeth Taylor (19) marries for the 2nd time to English actor Michael Wilding (39); divorce in 1957
  • 1954 American actor Leonard Nimoy (22) weds American actress Sandra Zober; divorce in1987

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