What Happened on February 21

Significant 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, leads to an estimated 1 million casualties
  • 1922 Britain declares Egypt a sovereign state
  • 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule
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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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