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21 Feb
1437
King James I of Scotland was assassinated by his noblesKing James I of Scotland was assassinated by his nobles
582 years ago
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21 Feb
1613
Mikhail Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, marking the start of the Romanov dynasty’s 300-year rule. It came to an end with the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family by…Mikhail Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, marking the start of the Romanov dynasty’s 300-year rule. It came to an end with the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918
406 years ago
21 Feb
1741
English agriculturalist Jethro Tull died; he invented the seed drill and pioneered the planting of seeds in rowsEnglish agriculturalist Jethro Tull died; he invented the seed drill and pioneered the planting of seeds in rows
278 years ago
21 Feb
1801
English theologian Cardinal John Henry Newman was bornEnglish theologian Cardinal John Henry Newman was born
218 years ago
21 Feb
1826
Wig-maker and artist John Kay died in Edinburgh, aged 83Wig-maker and artist John Kay died in Edinburgh, aged 83
193 years ago
21 Feb
1842
John Greenough patented the first sewing-machine in the United StatesJohn Greenough patented the first sewing-machine in the United States
177 years ago
21 Feb
1846
Sarah G. Bagley of the Labor Reform Association became the first female telegrapher when she took charge at the newly opened telegraph office in Lowell, MassachusettsSarah G. Bagley of the Labor Reform Association became the first female telegrapher when she took charge at the newly opened telegraph office in Lowell, Massachusetts
173 years ago
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21 Feb
1848
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto, an analysis of the class struggle and the problems of capitalism. It is recognised as one of the world’s most…Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto, an analysis of the class struggle and the problems of capitalism. It is recognised as one of the world’s most influential manuscripts
171 years ago
21 Feb
1849
In the second British-Sikh war, the British inflicted a huge defeat on a force of 50,000 Sikhs under Shir Singh at the battle of Gujerat In the second British-Sikh war, the British inflicted a huge defeat on a force of 50,000 Sikhs under Shir Singh at the battle of Gujerat
170 years ago
21 Feb
1858
Businessman Edwin Holmes installed the first electric burglar alarm at his home in Boston, MassachusettsBusinessman Edwin Holmes installed the first electric burglar alarm at his home in Boston, Massachusetts
161 years ago
21 Feb
1866
Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in CincinnatiLucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati
153 years ago
21 Feb
1885
The Washington Monument was dedicated in the U.S. capitalThe Washington Monument was dedicated in the U.S. capital
134 years ago
21 Feb
1907
British poet W.H. Auden was born in YorkBritish poet W.H. Auden was born in York
112 years ago
21 Feb
1910
Sir Douglas Bader, Second World War fighter pilot, born LondonSir Douglas Bader, Second World War fighter pilot, born London
109 years ago
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21 Feb
1916
The Battle of Verdun, one of the bloodiest engagements of World War I, began when the Germans launched an all-out attack. The 10-month battle resulted in more than 250,000…The Battle of Verdun, one of the bloodiest engagements of World War I, began when the Germans launched an all-out attack. The 10-month battle resulted in more than 250,000 battlefield deaths with a further half million wounded
103 years ago
21 Feb
1941
Japan warned Britain against military movements in South-East Asia. By the end of the year Japan had invaded Malaya and landed in the PhilippinesJapan warned Britain against military movements in South-East Asia. By the end of the year Japan had invaded Malaya and landed in the Philippines
78 years ago
21 Feb
1949
The TV soap opera A Woman To Remember began in the United StatesThe TV soap opera A Woman To Remember began in the United States
70 years ago
21 Feb
1952
Actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Michael Wilding, the second of her eight husbandsActress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Michael Wilding, the second of her eight husbands
67 years ago
21 Feb
1958
Manchester United footballer Duncan Edwards died from his injuries 15 days after an air crash in Munich killed seven players from the dream team, nicknamed the Busby BabesManchester United footballer Duncan Edwards died from his injuries 15 days after an air crash in Munich killed seven players from the dream team, nicknamed the Busby Babes
61 years ago
21 Feb
1960
President Fidel Castro nationalized all private businesses in CubaPresident Fidel Castro nationalized all private businesses in Cuba
59 years ago
21 Feb
1965
Civil rights activist Malcolm X was shot dead as he was about to speak to a rally of several hundred followers in New YorkCivil rights activist Malcolm X was shot dead as he was about to speak to a rally of several hundred followers in New York
54 years ago
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21 Feb
1972
Richard Nixon became the first serving President of the United States to visit China, a key step in formally normalising relations and ending 25 years of separation between the two…Richard Nixon became the first serving President of the United States to visit China, a key step in formally normalising relations and ending 25 years of separation between the two countries
47 years ago
21 Feb
1976
American singer Florence Ballard, one of the original members of the Supremes, died in povertyAmerican singer Florence Ballard, one of the original members of the Supremes, died in poverty
43 years ago
21 Feb
1989
Two members of Winnie Mandela’s bodyguard were charged with murdering 14 year-old Stompie MoeketsiTwo members of Winnie Mandela’s bodyguard were charged with murdering 14 year-old Stompie Moeketsi
30 years ago
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