Events, Births and Deaths Happening on this Date

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Today is the 52nd day of 2024.  There are 313 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1866
Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati.
1878
The first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Company of New Haven, Conn.
1885
The Washington Monument was dedicated.
1916
The World War I Battle of Verdun began in France.
1925
The New Yorker magazine made its debut.
1947
Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.
1965
Former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot and killed by assassins identified as Black Muslims as he was about to address a rally in New York City; he was 39.
1972
President Nixon began his historic visit to China.
1973
Israeli fighter planes shot down a Libyan Airlines jet over the Sinai Desert, killing more than 100 people.
1975
Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.
1988
TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart tearfully confessed to his congregation in Baton Rouge, La., that he was guilty of an unspecified sin, and said he was leaving the pulpit temporarily. Reports linked Swaggart to an admitted prostitute, Debra Murphree.
1989
President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah Khomeini's death warrant against "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie "deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior."
1995
Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Notable Births

1893
Andres Segovia, the Spanish musician who established the guitar as an important concert instrument.
1903
Tom Yawkey, American sportsman and owner of the Boston Red Sox (1933-76)
1943
David Geffen, Recording executive
1946
Tricia Nixon Cox, Daughter of President Nixon
1955
Kelsey Grammer, Actor
1963
William Baldwin, Actor
1979
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Actress

Notable Deaths

1965
Former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot and killed by assassins identified as Black Muslims as he was about to address a rally in New York City; he was 39.