February 21st

2012
Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement on a second, 130-billion bailout for Greece to help with the country's debt crisis.
Greek government-debt crisis
2011
Deep cracks opened in Moammar Gadhafi's regime, with Libyan government officials at home and abroad resigning, air force pilots defecting and a major government building ablaze after clashes in the capital of Tripoli.
Libyan Civil War (2011)
2002
It was confirmed that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was dead, allegedly murdered by Islamic militants.
Daniel Pearl
1995
Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Canada.
Steve Fossett
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.".
The Satanic Verses controversy
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 a prostitute.).
Jerry Falwell
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.
Watergate scandal
1973
Israeli fighter planes shot down a Libyan Airlines jet over the Sinai Desert, killing more than 100 people.
Israeli Air Force
1972
U.S. President Richard Nixon embarks on his historic visit to China. The first visit of a U.S. President in China was an important step in normalizing relations between the two countries.
1972 Nixon visit to China
1965
Black nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated.
Malcolm X
1958
The peace symbol is designed by Gerald Holtom. The symbol was commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and combines the semaphore symbols for the letters N and D - an abbreviation of “Nuclear Disarmament”.
Gerald Holtom
1953
Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule.
Francis Crick
1947
Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.
Edwin H. Land
1925
The New Yorker magazine made its debut.
The New Yorker
1922
Great Britain grants Egypt independence.
Unilateral Declaration of Egyptian Independence
1916
Battle of Verdun, the longest and one of the bloodiest engagements of World War I, began.
Battle of Verdun
1907
Poet W.H. Auden was born in York, England.
W. H. Auden
1885
The Washington Monument was dedicated.
Washington Monument
1878
The world's first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut. The directory consisted of a single piece of cardboard and comprised 50 numbers.
Telephone directory
1848
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish “The Communist Manifesto”. “Das Kommunistische Manifest” outlined the sociopolitical worldview today called “Marxism” and was translated from German into over 100 languages.
The Communist Manifesto
1804
The world's first railway journey takes place in Wales. The first full-scale steam locomotive, built by Richard Trevithick, traveled from the Pen-y-darren ironworks near Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon.
Richard Trevithick
1613
Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov.
Michael I of Russia
1431
Joan of Arc's first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy.
Trial of Joan of Arc
1173
Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Thomas Becket