On This Day

On This Day in History for February 21 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1968 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West Berlin
  • 1969 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazakhstan (explodes)
  • 1970 Jackson 5 make TV debut on "American Bandstand"
  • 1970 Pathet Lao conquers Xieng Khuang & Muong Suy
  • 1971 Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117
  • 1971 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • 1972 Michael Weller's "Moonchildren" premieres in NYC

Agreement of InterestNixon Meets Mao

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

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Richard Nixon meets Chairman Mao in Beijing
Richard Nixon meets Chairman Mao in Beijing
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  • 1972 The first session of the Widgery Tribunal, investigating the events of 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972), is held in Coleraine, County Derry
  • 1973 Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
  • 1974 Israeli forces leave western Suez
  • 1974 Silver hits record $5.96½ an ounce in London
  • 1974 Yugoslavia adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Watergate figures John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman sentenced to 2½-8 yrs for conspiracy and obstruction of justice

Nixon's White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman
Nixon's White House Chief of Staff
H. R. Haldeman
  • 1976 Cardinal Willebrands installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1977 74 Unification Church couples wed in NYC

  • 1979 Japan launches Hakucho X-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)
  • 1981 Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)
  • 1981 NASA launches Comstar D-4
  • 1983 Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m 7.1 s
  • 1985 Evert van Benthem wins his 13th Elfstedentocht, a long distance 11 city skating race
  • 1986 AIDS patient Ryan White returns to classes at Western Middle School
  • 1987 Syrian army marches into Beirut
  • 1988 Gustafson skates world record 10km (13:48.20)
  • 1988 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation
  • 1989 US bust Chinese drug smuggling ring, capturing a record 820 lbs of heroin worth $1 billion at street value
  • 1991 USSR announces that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable
  • 1995 RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado
  • 1996 Soyuz TM-23, launched into orbit
  • 1997 "Empire Strikes Back, special edition" premieres
  • 1997 STS 82 (Discovery 22) lands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Lahore Declaration signed between India's Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan's Navaz Sharif on use of nuclear weapons

10th Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
10th Indian Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • 2004 The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome
  • 2007 Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
  • 2011 Thailand's GDP rose 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010 after a minor recession caused by GDP contractions of 0.4% in the second quarter and 0.3% in the third quarter of 2010, it is reported today
  • 2012 Yemeni voters go to the polls for a presidential election where the only candidate on the ballot paper is vice-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi

  • 2013 83 people are killed and 250 are injured in a series of bombing attacks in Damascus, Syria
  • 2013 21 people are killed and 54 are injured in a bombing in Hyderabad, India
  • 2014 11 people are killed after a Libyan Air Force plan crashes in Tunisia

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

2014 US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2014 10 words from the 15th C Voynich manuscript have been decoded
  • 2014 Police in Kiev open fire on protesters: 27 killed and around 570 injured
  • 2016 Bombings in the Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus kill 140 people, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • 2017 Bodies of 87 African migrants wash ashore at Zawiya, Libya
  • 2017 Plane crashes into shopping centre in Essendon, Melbourne, Australia killing the five people on board

MyanmarLaykyun Sekkya

2018 Laykyun Sekkya, the world's third tallest statue at 116 meters (381 ft) depicting Gautama Buddha completed in Khatakan Taung, Myanmar

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The Laykyun Sekkya Buddha, Myanmar
The Laykyun Sekkya Buddha, Myanmar
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  • 2019 Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 touches down on asteroid Ryugu on mission to collect rock samples
  • 2019 The Lunar Library, a 30 million page digital library launched on board Israel’s Beresheet Lunar Lander, aiming to be stored on the Moon
  • 2021 Englishwoman Jasmine Harrison (21) becomes the youngest woman to row across an ocean arriving in Antigua as part of the Atlantic Challenge after 70 days, 3 hours, 48 minutes
  • 2021 First democratic transfer of power in Niger, the world's poorest country, as former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum wins Presidential election [1]
  • 2021 WHO pleads with Tanzania to start reporting COVID-19 cases amid fears of a hidden epidemic in the country

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 India's BJP party issues resolution country had "defeated COVID under the able, sensitive, committed and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, massive second wave hits two months later

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi

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