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Thursday 21 February 2019 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Armed Forces Day in South Africa
  • Birthday of King Harald V in Norway
  • Carnival in Oruro, Bolivia (Carnaval de Oruro - each year on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday)
  • Day of Medical Assistant in Russia
  • Father Lini Day in Vanuatu
  • Maha Shivaratri in Sri Lanka (is a annual festival celebrated annually in honor of Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva")
  • Musikahan Festival (Tagum City, the Philippines)
  • National Sticky Bun Day in USA
  • The first day of the Birth Anniversary of Fifth Druk Gyalpo, celebrated until February 23. (Bhutan)

Events

  • 1995 – Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
  • 1975 – Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.
  • 1972 – United States President Richard Nixon visits the People's Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.
  • 1971 – The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • 1965 – Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.
  • 1958 – The CND symbol, aka peace symbol, commissioned by the Direct Action Committee in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
  • 1947 – In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
  • 1925 – The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
  • 1921 – Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country's first constitution.
  • 1896 – An Englishman raised in Australia, Bob Fitzsimmons, fought an Irishman, Peter Maher, in an American promoted event which technically took place in Mexico, winning the 1896 World Heavyweight Championship in boxing.
  • 1885 – The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
  • 1878 – The first telephone directory is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 1874 – The Oakland Daily Tribune publishes its first edition.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Valverde is fought near Fort Craig in New Mexico Territory.
  • 1842 – John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
  • 1828 – Initial issue of the Cherokee Phoenix is the first periodical to use the Cherokee syllabary invented by Sequoyah.
  • 1804 – The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
  • 1245 – Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after confessing to torture and forgery.

Births

  • 1991 – Devon Travis, American baseball player
  • 1985 – Jamaal Westerman, American football player
  • 1984 – James Wisniewski, American ice hockey player
  • 1983 – Braylon Edwards, American football player
  • 1982 – Andre Barrett, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Chantal Claret, American singer-songwriter
  • 1980 – Justin Roiland, American animator, writer and voice actor
  • 1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress and producer
  • 1979 – Jordan Peele, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1979 – Shane Gibson, American guitarist (stOrk and Jonathan Davis and the SFA) (d. 2014)
  • 1978 – Kumail Nanjiani, Pakistani-American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcast host
  • 1977 – Jonathan Safran Foer, American novelist
  • 1977 – Kevin Rose, American businessman and television host, founded Digg
  • 1977 – Owen King, American author
  • 1977 – Steve Francis, American basketball player
  • 1973 – Brian Rolston, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1970 – Eric Wilson, American bass player and drummer
  • 1969 – Aunjanue Ellis, American actress and producer
  • 1969 – Cathy Richardson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1969 – Tony Meola, American soccer player and manager
  • 1967 – Leroy Burrell, American runner and coach
  • 1964 – Mark Kelly, American captain, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1964 – Scott Kelly, American captain, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1963 – William Baldwin, American actor
  • 1962 – Chuck Palahniuk, American novelist and journalist
  • 1962 – David Foster Wallace, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 2008)
  • 1961 – Christopher Atkins, American actor and businessman
  • 1960 – Steve Wynn, American singer-songwriter
  • 1958 – Alan Trammell, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1958 – Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1955 – Kelsey Grammer, American actor, singer, and producer
  • 1953 – Christine Ebersole, American actress and singer
  • 1953 – William Petersen, American actor and producer
  • 1951 – Vince Welnick, American keyboard player (d. 2006)
  • 1949 – Frank Brunner, American illustrator
  • 1949 – Jerry Harrison, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1949 – Larry Drake, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1948 – Bill Slayback, American baseball player and singer (d. 2015)
  • 1947 – Johnny Echols, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1947 – Olympia Snowe, American politician
  • 1946 – Bob Ryan, American journalist and author
  • 1946 – Tyne Daly, American actress and singer
  • 1943 – David Geffen, American businessman, co-founded DreamWorks and Geffen Records
  • 1942 – Tony Martin, Trinidadian-American historian and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1940 – John Lewis, American activist and politician
  • 1938 – Bobby Charles, American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1936 – Barbara Jordan, American lawyer and politician (d. 1996)
  • 1935 – Richard A. Lupoff, American author
  • 1934 – Rue McClanahan, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1933 – Nina Simone, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2003)
  • 1927 – Erma Bombeck, American journalist and author (d. 1996)
  • 1927 – Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer, founded Givenchy
  • 1925 – Jack Ramsay, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2014)
  • 1925 – Sam Peckinpah, American director and screenwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1924 – Dorothy Blum, American computer scientist and cryptanalyst (d. 1980)
  • 1924 – Thelma Estrin, American computer scientist and engineer (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – John Rawls, American philosopher and academic (d. 2002)
  • 1921 – Richard T. Whitcomb, American aeronautical engineer (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (d. 1996)
  • 1917 – Tadd Dameron, American pianist and composer (d. 1965)
  • 1915 – Ann Sheridan, American actress (d. 1967)
  • 1914 – Jean Tatlock, American psychiatrist and physician (d. 1944)
  • 1914 – Zachary Scott, American actor (d. 1965)
  • 1912 – Arline Judge, American actress and singer (d. 1974)
  • 1907 – W. H. Auden, English-American poet, playwright, and composer (d. 1973)
  • 1903 – Anaïs Nin, French-American essayist and memoirist (d. 1977)
  • 1893 – Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (d. 1979)
  • 1892 – Harry Stack Sullivan, American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (d. 1949)
  • 1865 – John Haden Badley, English author and educator, founded the Bedales School (d. 1967)
  • 1821 – Charles Scribner I, American publisher, founded Charles Scribner's Sons (d. 1871)
  • 1788 – Francis Ronalds, British scientist, inventor and engineer (d. 1873)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Clark Terry, American trumpet player, composer, and educator (b. 1920)
  • 2015 – Robert O. Marshall, American businessman (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Cornelius Schnauber, German–American historian, playwright, and academic (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Héctor Maestri, Cuban-American baseball player (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Barney Rosset, American publisher (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – H. M. Darmstandler, American general (b. 1922)
  • 2011 – Bernard Nathanson, American physician and activist (b. 1926)
  • 2011 – Dwayne McDuffie, American author and screenwriter, co-founded Milestone Media (b. 1962)
  • 2008 – Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1999 – Gertrude B. Elion, American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1999 – Wilmer Mizell, American baseball player and politician (b. 1930)
  • 1996 – Morton Gould, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1913)
  • 1986 – Helen Hooven Santmyer, American novelist (b. 1895)
  • 1985 – Louis Hayward, South African-American actor (b. 1909)
  • 1974 – Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman, co-founded Tim Hortons (b. 1930)
  • 1972 – Bronislava Nijinska, Russian-American dancer and choreographer (b. 1891)
  • 1967 – Charles Beaumont, American author and screenwriter (b. 1929)
  • 1965 – Malcolm X, American minister and activist (b. 1925)
  • 1938 – George Ellery Hale, American astronomer and academic (b. 1868)
  • 1891 – James Timberlake, American lieutenant and police officer (b. 1846)
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