On This Day In History, 21 February

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World Events Today

  • The Battle of Verdun, one of the longest battles of World War 1, with over 500,000 casualties, started today in 1916
  • El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as the human rights activist Malcolm X, was assassinated today in 1965
  • Richard Nixon, became the first President of the United States to visit China today in 1972

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Communist Manifesto, by the German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, was published today in 1848
  • NASCAR, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, was founded today in 1948
  • After taking off from South Korea and landing in Canada, Steve Fossett, became the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon today in 1995

Family Events Today

  • After sustaining injuries in the Munich Air Disaster two weeks prior, the young Manchester United star Duncan Edwards, died today in 1958 aged 21
  • The English actor John Thaw, most famous for his role as Inspector Morse, died today in 2002 aged 60
  • The American evangelist Billy Graham died today in 2018 aged 99

Main Event Today

  • The Washington Monument, an obelisk built to commemorate George Washington, the first President of the United States, was dedicated today in 1885

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Sticky Bun Day

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