On This Day in History, February 21

This date recognizes a delicious pastry that comes rolled up and dripping with a sweet topping. It’s National sticky bun day! Learn many more interesting things about this day.

Here are some significant events of February 21 that made it to the books of history.

  • 1764 – John Wilkes was thrown out of English House of Commons for “Essay on Women”.
  • 1848 – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published “The Communist Manifesto” in London.
  • 1852 – George Bancroft became the American Geographical Society’s first president.
  • 1922 – The Italian-built airship Roma crashed to the ground in Norfolk Virginia.
  • 1933 – Mariam A. Ferguson announced that February 26th through March 4th would be officially known as “Texas Week”.
  • 1965– Malcolm X was assassinated while delivering a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.
  • 1970– Henry Kissinger began secret peace talks with North Vietnamese representative Le Duc Tho at a villa outside Paris.
  • 1971– A twister was reported to have killed 73 people in the South.
  • 1972- A South Carolina professor was endorsed by the University of South Carolina school newspaper as a political candidate.
  • 1975– Watergate figures John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman & John D Ehrlichman were sentenced to up to 8 yrs imprisonment for conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
  • 1989– Pete Rose met with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss gambling.
  • 1994– Aldrich Ames, a man who had worked for the CIA at this time, was arrested.
  • 2003– Bill Maher’s political talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher” debuted on HBO.
  • 2004– The first European political party organization, the European Greens was established in Rome.
  • 2006- New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, and New Orleans U.S. seaports were sold to state-owned businesses in the United Arab Emirates.
  • 2012– Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine in Australia announced the discovery of a 12.76-carat pink diamond that was later named the Argyle Pink Jubilee.
  • 2014– The government of the United Kingdom announced the putting up of teams composed of anti-slavery specialists in United Kingdom airports in an attempt to stop human trafficking.
  • 2014– US President Barack Obama had a meeting with the Dalai Lama.
  • 2018-Laykyun Sekkya, the world’s third-tallest statue at 116 meters depicting Gautama Buddha, was completed in Khatakan Taung, Myanmar.
  • 2018– The Lunar Library was launched, aiming to be stored on the Moon.

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