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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Greek government debt crisis: Eurozone finance ministers reach an agreement on a second, 130-billion Greekbailout.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The United States Navy shoots down USA 193, a spy satellite in a decaying orbit, over the Pacific Ocean. //www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8UUFA002show_article=1 (AP via Breitbart.com) Officials believe the targeted hydrazine fuel tank was destroyed, and no longer poses a threat. //www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,331642,00.html (FoxNews.com) //dodvclips.mil/index.jsp?auto_band=xrf=svfr_story=FRd250959rf/ (U.S. DoD video)
A Santa Barbara Airlines Flight 518 is reported missing in Venezuela with 46 people on board. //afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i5ASDt26gu6-twig3Kx4hyWw6UGw (AFP via Google News)

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Early results from Iran's parliamentary elections show conservative candidates get victory over reformists. //www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=06732116-6501-40F2-840311BDA8B8F897title=Early%20Results%20Show%20Huge%20Victory%20for%20Conservatives%20in%20Iranian%20Election (VOA)
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 (The Independent)

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

UNESCO holds the inaugural celebration of International Mother Language Day.

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

King Fahd 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

The United Nations Security Council approves Resolution 743 to send a UNPROFOR peacekeeping force to Yugoslavia.

Tuesday, February 21, 1978

Electrical workers in Mexico City find the remains of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in the middle of the city.

Friday, February 21, 1975

Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney GeneralJohn N. Mitchell, and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, are sentenced to between 30 months and 8 years in prison.

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.
February 28 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon makes an unprecedented 8-day visit to the People's Republic of China and meets with Mao Zedong.
Aldershot bombing: An Official IRA bomb kills 7 in Aldershot, England.
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

An earthquake destroys the village of Barce, Libya, killing 900.
Female suffrage is enacted in Iran.
Juan Bosch takes office as the 41st president of the Dominican Republic.

Friday, February 21, 1958

Arturo Frondizi is elected president of Argentina.
A peace symbol is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom, commissioned by the Caign for Nuclear Disarmament, in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.
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

Cunard 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

In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first instant camera, his Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.

Wednesday, February 21, 1945

The last V-2-rocket is launched from Peenemünde.

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.
The United Kingdom and France recognize Franco's government.
Borley Rectory in England is destroyed by fire.

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

Augusto César Sandino is assassinated in Managua by the National Guard.

Saturday, February 21, 1931

Peruvian revolutionaries hijack a Ford Trimotor aeroplane and demand that the pilot drop propaganda leaflets over Lima.

Saturday, February 21, 1925

"The New Yorker" magazine publishes its first issue.

Saturday, February 21, 1920

The island province of Marinduque in the Philippines archipelago is founded.

Thursday, February 21, 1918

The last captive Carolina Parakeet (the last breed of parrot native to the eastern United States) dies at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Monday, February 21, 1916

WWI: The Battle of Verdun begins in France.

Saturday, February 21, 1891

Springhill, Nova Scotia suffers a serious mining disaster.

Saturday, February 21, 1885

Saturday, February 21, 1874

The "Oakland Daily Tribune" publishes its first newspaper.

Friday, February 21, 1862

American Civil War: Battle of Valverde fought near Fort Craig in New Mexico Territory.

Monday, February 21, 1848

Saturday, February 21, 1824

Chumash Revolt of 1824 begins against the Spanish presence in The Californias.

Monday, February 21, 1814

Great Stock Exchange Fraud in London.

Sunday, February 21, 1808

Finnish War: Russian troops cross the border into Finland without a declaration of war.

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.
February ndash The 1804 Haiti Massacre, an ethnic cleansing, eradicates the white population on Haiti it is not stopped until 22 April.
John Wedgwood founds the Royal Horticultural Society.ref name=Pocket On This Day
Thomas Charles is instrumental in founding the British and Foreign Bible Society.

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

26 ndash Seven Years' War ndash At the Battle of Carrickfergus in the north of Ireland, a force of French troops under the command of privateerFrançois Thurot captures and holds the town and castle of Carrickfergus before retiring the force is defeated (and Thurot killed) in a naval action in the Irish Sea on February 28.

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.
Battle of Wayna Daga: A joint Ethiopian-Portuguese force of 8,500 under Emperor Gelawdewos, defeats Imam Ahmad Gran's army of over 14,000, ending the Ethiopian–Adal War.

Friday, February 12, 1440 (Julianian calendar)

The Prussian Confederation is formed.

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.
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