A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on February 21st. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On February 21, 1245, the first known Bishop of Finland, Thomas, confessed to charges of forging a Papal letter and torturing a man to death, among other felonies, and was allowed to resign his post.
On February 21, 1945, while supporting the US invasion of Iwo Jima in the Pacific, the US aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3) was struck by 3 Japanese suicide planes known as Kamikaze.
On February 21, 1947, a new era in photography began with the demonstration of the first “instant” photos!
On February 21, 1965, former Nation of Islam officer and African American nationalist, Malcom X, was gunned down prior to making a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.
On February 21, 1973, the Israeli Defense Force sent American-built F-4 Phantoms to shoot down a Boeing 727 operated by Libyan Arab Airlines.
On February 21, 1975, the highest ranking culprits in the Watergate Scandal were sentenced, including former Attorney General John Mitchell, and White House aides John Ehrlichman and HR Haldeman.
Science fantasy action horror film fans had their chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Annihilation on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Regal Great Northern Mall Stadium 10+ in North Olmsted, Ohio!
On February 21, 2019, Chicago Police arrested television actor Jussie Smollett on a felony charge of “Disorderly Conduct,” for the action of filing a false police report claiming he had been the victim of hate crimes, including mailed threats and being physically assaulted.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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