#TodayInHistory – February 21

February 21 – Some important events on this day

1173 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury
1583 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Groningen, Netherlands, begins using Gregorian calendar
1613 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov
1804 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick’s, runs for the 1st time, along the tramway of the Penydarren Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
1821 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire begins
1828 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 1st American Indian newspaper in US, “Cherokee Phoenix”, published
1842 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington, D.C.
1848 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish “The Communist Manifesto” in London
1878 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ World’s 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut.

1916 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ World War I: Battle of Verdun begins.
At 7:12 a.m. on the morning of this day, a shot from a German Krupp 38-centimeter long-barreled gunโ€”one of over 1,200 such weapons set to bombard French forces along a 20-kilometer front stretching across the Meuse Riverโ€”strikes a cathedral in Verdun, France, beginning the Battle of Verdun, which would stretch on for 10 months, become the longest conflict of World War I and leads to an estimated 1 million casualties.

1922 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Britain declares Egypt a sovereign state
1972 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Richard Nixon becomes the first US President to visit China, normalizing relations between the countries in a meeting with Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing
1974 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Yugoslavia adopts constitution

2018 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Laykyun Sekkya, the world’s third tallest statue at 116 meters depicting Gautama Buddha completed in Khatakan Taung, Myanmar.

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