February 21: Day of the Week
February 21, 2016 was the 52nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 314 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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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.
February 21: This Day in History
In addition, it’s the first day of the astronomical winter.
February 21 Historical Event(s)
- 1543Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
- 1842John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
- 1916World War I: In France, the Battle of Verdun begins.
- 1921Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country’s first constitution.
- 1925The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
- 1937The League of Nations bans foreign national “volunteers” in the Spanish Civil War.
- 1958The Peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
- 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.
- 1975Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.
Who were born on February 21?
- 1728Tsar Peter III of Russia, husband of Catherine the Great (d. 1762)
- 1783Princess Catharina of Württemberg, Queen consort of Westphalia (d. 1835)
- 1865John Haden Badley, English school founder (d. 1967)
- 1876Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
- 1903Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
- 1910Douglas Bader, British pilot (d. 1982)
- 1961Martha Hackett, American actress
- 1964Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)
- 1977Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
- 1985Jamaal Westerman, Canadian football player
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