Today in History for 21st February 2021

Historical Events

1564 – Philip II routes Cardinal Granvelle to Franche-Comte
1963 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 – Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss and La killing 117
1974 – Israeli forces leave western Suez
1980 – Liechtenstein becomes the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion as Hanni Wenzel wins the women’s giant slalom at the Lake Placid Winter Games
1989 – Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling

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Famous Birthdays

1902 – Arthur D Nock, English/American historian (St Paul)
1910 – Douglas R S Bader, British pilot (WWII)
1915 – Ann Sheridan, American actress (They Drive by Night, Dodge City, Another World), born in Denton, Texas (d. 1967)
1939 – Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)
1961 – Abhijit Banerjee, American economist, 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics, born in Mumbai, India
1969 – James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales

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Famous Deaths

1471 – John of Rokycan, Czech Catholic archbishop
1595 – Robert Southwell, English Jesuit/poet, hanged
1899 – Sir George Bowen, British provincial governor and 5th Governor of New Zealand (1868-73), dies at 77
1996 – H. L. Gold, American sci-fi writer and editor, dies at 81
1999 – Gertrude B. Elion, American biochemist and drug researcher who developed groundbreaking leukemia and herpes drug treatments (Nobel 1988), dies at 81
2005 – Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (b. 1929)

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