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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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)
- 1878The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
- 1885The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
- 1937Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile.
- 1937The League of Nations bans foreign national “volunteers” in the Spanish Civil War.
- 1945World War II: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga.
- 1948NASCAR is incorporated.
- 1952The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”.
- 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.
- 1972President Richard Nixon visits the People’s Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.
Who were born on February 21?
- 1860Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (d. 1927)
- 1893Celia Lovsky, Russian-born actress (d. 1979)
- 1942Margarethe von Trotta, German actress and film director
- 1947Johnny Echols, American musician
- 1958Jack Coleman, American actor
- 1961Christopher Atkins, American actor
- 1977Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
- 1983Braylon Edwards, American football player
- 1986Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
- 1990Mattias Tedenby, Swedish ice hockey player
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