February 21: Day of the Week
February 21, 2017 was the 52nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 313 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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February 21: This Day in History
In addition, it’s the first day of the astronomical winter.
February 21 Historical Event(s)
- 1848Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
- 1937The League of Nations bans foreign national “volunteers” in the Spanish Civil War.
- 1947In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first “instant camera”, the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
- 1948NASCAR is incorporated.
- 1958The Peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
- 1965Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
- 1970Swissair Flight 330: A mid-air bomb explosion and subsequent crash kills 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zürich, Switzerland.
- 1972The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.
- 1974The last Israeli soldiers leave the west bank of the Suez Canal pursuant to a truce with Egypt.
- 1995Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
Who were born on February 21?
- 1675Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl, Bavarian politician (d. 1750)
- 1817Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish dramatist (d. 1893)
- 1893Celia Lovsky, Russian-born actress (d. 1979)
- 1903Raymond Queneau, French poet and novelist (d. 1976)
- 1909Hans Erni, Swiss painter
- 1959Emmett McAuliffe, American radio show host and lawyer
- 1979Carly “Carlito” Colón, Puerto Rican professional wrestler
- 1980Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1983Franklin Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1985Bob Burton, American speedcuber
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