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February 21 Birthdays

W. H. Auden
1907–1973, Anglo-American Poet.

Otto Hermann Kahn
banker and patron of the arts (1867)

Constantin Brancusi
sculptor (1876)

Andres Segovia
guitarist (1893)

Anais Nin
author, diarist (1903)

Robert Mugabe
president of Zimbabwe (1924)

Hubert de Givenchy
fashion designer (1927)

Erma Bombeck
writer, humorist (1927)

Barbara Jordan
lawyer, politician and educator (1936)

Jennifer Love Hewitt
actress (1979)

February 21 in History


Michael Romanov was elected czar of Russia, beginning the Romanov imperial line.


The first telephone book was issued (New Haven, Conn.).


Battle of Verdun, the longest and one of the bloodiest engagements of World War I, began.


Black nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated.


President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China.


Steve Fossett became the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean solo in a balloon.


It was confirmed that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was dead, allegedly murdered by Islamic militants.


Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement on a second, 130-billion bailout for Greece to help with the country's debt crisis.

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