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Sunday February 21, 2016

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.

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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)

  • 1543
    Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
  • 1842
    John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
  • 1916
    World War I: In France, the Battle of Verdun begins.
  • 1921
    Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country’s first constitution.
  • 1925
    The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
  • 1937
    The League of Nations bans foreign national “volunteers” in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1958
    The Peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
  • 1970
    Swissair Flight 330: A mid-air bomb explosion and subsequent crash kills 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 1972
    The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.
  • 1975
    Watergate 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?

  • 1728
    Tsar Peter III of Russia, husband of Catherine the Great (d. 1762)
  • 1783
    Princess Catharina of Württemberg, Queen consort of Westphalia (d. 1835)
  • 1865
    John Haden Badley, English school founder (d. 1967)
  • 1876
    Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
  • 1903
    Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • 1910
    Douglas Bader, British pilot (d. 1982)
  • 1961
    Martha Hackett, American actress
  • 1964
    Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)
  • 1977
    Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
  • 1985
    Jamaal Westerman, Canadian football player

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