Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Saturday, February 21, 2004
Prime Minister Tony Blair is under pressure from British human rights groups and MPs because of the government's sweeping powers under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act, which have allowed the detention of 14 foreign terrorist suspects in the UK at what has been described as 'Britain's Guantanamo Bay'. //news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=493598
Friday, February 21, 2003
Michael Jordan makes NBA history when he scores 43 points for the Washington Wizards versus the New Jersey Nets, becoming the first player over 40 years old to score 40 or more points in a game, and leading the Wizards to a 89–86 win.
Monday, February 21, 2000
Sunday, February 21, 1999
The Albertinkatu shootings in Helsinki, Finland: Three men are killed and 1 wounded at a shooting range.
Wednesday, February 21, 1996
of Saudi Arabia announces his medical recovery in the national press and assumes power again from his brother, Crown Prince Abdullah
Friday, February 21, 1992
Tuesday, February 21, 1978
Friday, February 21, 1975
Wednesday, February 21, 1973
Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 (Boeing 727) is shot down by Israeli fighter aircraft over the Sinai Desert, after the passenger plane is suspected of being an enemy military plane. Only 5 (1 crew member and 4 passengers) of 113 survive.
Monday, February 21, 1972
The Soviet unmanned spaceship "Luna 20" lands on the Moon.
A Lufthansa plane is hijacked and taken to Aden. Passengers are released after a ransom of 16 million German marks is agreed.
Sunday, February 21, 1971
The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
Saturday, February 21, 1970
Construction begins on the Boğaziçi Bridge crossing the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
Sunday, February 21, 1965
frican-American Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated.
Thursday, February 21, 1963
Friday, February 21, 1958
Cuban rebels kidnap five-time world driving chion Juan Manuel Fangio, releasing him 28 hours later.
Thursday, February 21, 1952
In Dhaka, East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) police open fire on a procession of students, killing 4 people and starting a country-wide protest which leads to the recognition of Bengali as one of the national languages of Pakistan. The day is later declared International Mother Language Day by UNESCO.
Tuesday, February 21, 1950
liner RMS Aquitania
arrives at the scrapyard in Faslane
at the end of a 36 year career, the longest of any in the 20th Century.
Saturday, February 21, 1948
The stock car racing series Nascar is founded by Bill France Sr. and William France, Sr.
Friday, February 21, 1947
Wednesday, February 21, 1945
Tuesday, February 21, 1939
Sit-down strikes are outlawed by the Supreme Court of the United States.
The Golden Gate International Exposition opens in San Francisco, California.
March ndash The 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine ends.
Sunday, February 21, 1937
March ndash The first issue of "Detective Comics" is published in the United States. Twenty-seven issues later, "Detective Comics" introduces Batman. The magazine goes on to become the longest continually published comic book in American history it is still published .
The League of Nations Non-Intervention Committee prohibits foreign nationals from fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
Wednesday, February 21, 1934
Saturday, February 21, 1931
Saturday, February 21, 1925
Saturday, February 21, 1920
The island province of Marinduque in the Philippines archipelago is founded.
Thursday, February 21, 1918
Monday, February 21, 1916
Saturday, February 21, 1891
Saturday, February 21, 1885
Saturday, February 21, 1874
The "Oakland Daily Tribune" publishes its first newspaper.
Friday, February 21, 1862
Monday, February 21, 1848
Saturday, February 21, 1824
Monday, February 21, 1814
Great Stock Exchange Fraud in London.
Sunday, February 21, 1808
Tuesday, February 21, 1804
The Cornishman Richard Trevithick's newly-built Penydarren steam locomotive operates on the Merthyr Tramroad between Penydarren in Merthyr Tydfil and Abercynon in South Wales, following several trials since February 13, the world's first locomotive to work on rails.
ndash The 1804 Haiti Massacre
, an ethnic cleansing, eradicates the white population on Haiti it is not stopped until 22 April.
Monday, February 21, 1803
Edward Despard and six others are hanged and beheaded for plotting to assassinate King George III of the United Kingdom and to destroy the Bank of England.
Thursday, February 21, 1760
Thursday, February 21, 1743
George Frideric Handel's oratorio, "Samson" premieres in London .
Sunday, February 11, 1543 (Julianian calendar)
May ndash Nicolaus Copernicus
publishes "De revolutionibus orbium coelestium" in Nuremberg
. In it, he denies the geocentric model
and says all planets revolve around the sun. Copernicus dies on the 24th at the age of 70.
March ndash King Gustav Vasa
's troops crush the forces of Swedish
peasant rebel Nils Dacke
in battle, ending the uprising. Dacke escapes but is captured and killed in the summer.
Friday, February 12, 1440 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, February 20, 362 (Julianian calendar)
Athanasius returns to Alexandria and convenes a council at which he appeals for unity among Christians who differ in terminology, but emperor Julian orders Athanasius to leave Alexandria. He will remain in exile in Upper Egypt until after Julian's death next year.