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 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.
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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)
- 1440The Prussian Confederation is formed.
- 1613Mikhail I is elected unanimously as Tsar by a national assembly, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.
- 1804The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
- 1848Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
- 1885The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
- 1952“ভাষা আন্দোলন”, “Bengali Language Movement” occurred in East Pakistan(now Bangladesh).
- 1970Swissair Flight 330: A mid-air bomb explosion and subsequent crash kills 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zürich, Switzerland.
- 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.
- 1995Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
- 2004The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.
Who were born on February 21?
- 1817Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish dramatist (d. 1893)
- 1903Raymond Queneau, French poet and novelist (d. 1976)
- 1910Carmine Galante, American gangster (d. 1979)
- 1924Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe 1980-1987; President of Zimbabwe 1987-present
- 1936Barbara Jordan, American politician (d. 1996)
- 1942Margarethe von Trotta, German actress and film director
- 1947Johnny Echols, American musician
- 1964Huw Higginson, British actor
- 1969Corey Harris, American musician
- 1973Justin Sane, American punk musician
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