On This Day: February 21st

This is 52nd day of the year and 314 days remain in the year.

in history
Michael Romanov was elected czar of Russia, beginning the Romanov imperial line.
The first telephone book was issued (New Haven, Conn.).
Battle of Verdun, the longest and one of the bloodiest engagements of World War I, began.
Black nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated.
President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China.
Steve Fossett became the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean solo in a balloon.
It was confirmed that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was dead, allegedly murdered by Islamic militants.
Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement on a second, 130-billion bailout for Greece to help with the country's debt crisis.
February 21 Birthdays
W. H. Auden1907–1973, Anglo-American Poet.
Jennifer Love Hewittactress
Anais Ninauthor, diarist
Barbara Jordanlawyer, politician and educator
Constantin Brancusisculptor
Andres Segoviaguitarist
Otto Hermann Kahnbanker and patron of the arts
Robert Mugabepresident of Zimbabwe
Erma Bombeckwriter, humorist
Hubert de Givenchyfashion designer

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