On This Day: What happened on 21 February?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 21 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 21 FEBRUARY

2013 | At least 17 people were killed and 119 others injured in a series of bombings in the Indian suburb of Hyderabad.

1995 | Steve Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, and became the first person to make a single trip across the Pacific Ocean by balloon.

1975 | Watergate scandal: Former US Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman were sentenced to life in prison.

1974 | The last Israeli army left the western bank of the Suez Canal following an agreement with Egypt.

1973 | In the Sinai desert, Israeli warplanes shot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 and killed 108 people.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2011 | American author and screenwriter, co-founded Milestone Media, Dwayne McDuffie, 49.

1972 | French cardinal, Eugène Tisserant, 88.

2013 | Swedish footballer, Hasse Jeppson, 88.

2019 | American musician and actor, Peter Tork, 77.

1891 | American lieutenant and police officer, James Timberlake, 45.

BIRTHDAYS

1971 | Swedish golfer, Pierre Fulke.

1935 | American author, Richard A. Lupoff.

1949 | American illustrator, Frank Brunner.

1987 | Canadian actress, Ellen Page.

1980 | Fifth King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

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SPORTS

1995 | On this day, Arsenal fired manager George Graham after a Premier League investigation revealed that he had taken a £425,000 ‘bond’ from agent Rune Hauge when arranging the transfer of two players to Arsenal, John Jensen, and Pal Alderson, both of Hauge’s clients.

ENTERTAINMENT

2020 | In the United States, The Call of the Wildwas released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for the first time.

AFRICA FACT

Botswana is the world’s biggest producer of diamonds in terms of value and the second biggest in terms of production.

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