February 21 in History
1848February 21, 1848:
Karl Max and Friedrich Engels’ “The Communist Manifesto” is published for the first time.
1916February 21, 1916:
World War I’s Battle of Verdun between France and Germany starts.
1921February 21, 1921:
Iran’s Qajar dynasty is overthrown by Reza Khan, who would later become known as Reza Shah Pahlavi.
1925February 21, 1925:
The New Yorker, the American weekly magazine, starts publication.
1948February 21, 1948:
The National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) is formed.
1952February 21, 1952:
Dick Button, the United States’ first figure skating Olympic gold medalist, returns to the Games four years later and picks his second gold medal.
1965February 21, 1965:
Malcolm X is assassinated in New York City by members of the Black Muslims.
1981February 21, 1981:
Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” peaks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1995February 21, 1995:
Steve Fossett, the American adventurer, flies solo in a balloon across the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first person to achieve this feat.
2003February 21, 2003:
The television talk show, “Real Time with Bill Maher” premieres on HBO.