February 21: Day of the Week
February 21, 2017 is the 52nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 313 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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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)
- 1245Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery.
- 1613Mikhail I is elected unanimously as Tsar by a national assembly, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.
- 1848Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
- 1913Ioannina is incorporated into the Greek state after the Balkan Wars.
- 1947In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first “instant camera”, the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
- 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.
- 1973Over the Sinai Desert, Israeli fighter aircraft shoot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 jet killing 108.
- 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?
- 1865John Haden Badley, English school founder (d. 1967)
- 1878Mirra Alfassa, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1973)
- 1885Sacha Guitry, Russian dramatist (d. 1957)
- 1893Celia Lovsky, Russian-born actress (d. 1979)
- 1903Anaïs Nin, French diarist (d. 1977)
- 1915Ann Sheridan, American actress (d. 1967)
- 1936Barbara Jordan, American politician (d. 1996)
- 1945Paul Newton, British musician
- 1964Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)
- 1969Eric Wilson, American musician
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