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21 February

1339 – Italy – Battle of Parabiago ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Parabiago

1437 – Scotland – James I assassinated. http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/the_stewarts/james_i_assassinated/

1513 – Rome – Pope Julius II died. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Julius_II

1543 – Ethiopia – Battle of Wayna Daga (Ethiopian Adal War).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Wayna_Daga

1613 – Russia – Mikhail I became Tsar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_I_of_Russia

1730 – Rome – Pope Benedict XIII died. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XIII

1804 – Wales – First self-propelling steam locomotive at Pen-y-Darren Ironworks. http://www.locos-in-profile.co.uk/Early_Locomotives/Early_1.html

1808 – Finland/Sweden – Finnish War began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_War

1862 – USA – Battle of Valverde ended (American Civil War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Valverde

1874 – USA – Oakland Daily Tribune first published. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_Tribune

1878 – USA – First telephone book issued in New Haven, Connecticut. http://www.oldtelephonebooks.com/pbnh.html


1916 – France – Battle of Verdun began (WWI). https://youtu.be/y79-PJt-YzE  WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/verdun.htm

1921 – Persia – Persian Coup D’état. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921_Persian_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat

1925 – USA – The New Yorker first published. http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1925-02-21#folio=CV1

1944 – Greece – Deutsche Lufthansa plane missing off Euboea, 16 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19440221-2

1945 – Philippines – Battle for the Recapture of Bataan ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bataan_(1945)

1946 – Canada – BOAC plane crashed at Charlottetown, PE, 1 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19460221-0


1947 – USA – First ‘instant camera’ the Polaroid Land Camera demonstrated in New York by Edwin Land. https://youtu.be/3XQlACNX-Qg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_H._Land

1952 – UK – Identity cards abolished. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3129302.stm  http://home.bt.com/news/on-this-day/february-21-1952-brits-bin-their-identity-cards-11363962863687

1952 – USSR – Aeroflot plane crashed near Ulyanovsk/Baratayevka Airport, 1 killed. http://home.bt.com/news/on-this-day/february-21-1952-brits-bin-their-identity-cards-11363962863687

1954 – Singapore – RAF plane crashed near Singapore-Changi RAF Station, 3 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19540221-0

1963 – Libya – Earthquake measuring 5.6Mw, epicentre in Marj, 300 killed.


1965 – USA – Malcolm X assassinated at Audubon Ballroom, New York. https://youtu.be/1OOaMfVsxIc WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X

1970 – Switzerland – Mid-air bomb explosion on Swissair Flight 330 and crashed near Würenlingen, 47 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19700221-1

1973 – Sinai Desert – Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 shot down near Isma’iliya, 108 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19730221-1

1980 – Australia – Advance Airlines plane crashed at Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW 13 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19800221-0


1995 – Canada – Steve Fossett became first person to cross Pacific Ocean in a balloon. http://youtu.be/Xb-2a5eWHbo http://www.balloonlife.com/publications/balloon_life/9504/fossett.htm


2006 – UK – Securitas Depot Robbery in Tonbridge, Kent. https://youtu.be/Sbq-bL2xGnU https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Securitas_depot_robbery


2008 – Venezuela – Santa Bárbara Airlines Flight 518 crashed near Mérida-A Carnevalli Airport, 46 killed. https://youtu.be/AFszsmz7aZQ WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20080221-0

2013 – India – Bomb blasts in Hyderabad, 17 killed.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/feb/22/hyderabad-bomb-india-islamist-militants

York

1907 – Wystan Hugh Auden born (Poet). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._H._Auden