For those of you looking for a day to do great things February 21st is not a bad choice. February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 313 days remaining, 314 in leap years. The year is just getting started at this point and heres some things that happened on this day.

  1. 1743 - Originally based on the Book of Judges, "Samson" is one of George Frideric Handel's greatest dramatic works.
  2. 1804 - Choo, Choo! The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren ironworks in Wales.
  3. 1842 - Sew up that hole in your favorite pants today to celebrate John Greenough being granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
  4. 1848 - Karl Marx publishes the Communist Manifesto which lead to the overthrow of the bourgeoisie.
  5. 1875 - Try and out live this guy. Jeanne Calment was born, going on to live for 122 years 164 days, the longest confirmed lifespan for any human being in history.
  6. 1878 - The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut. Now you can call all your friends.
  7. 1885 - The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
  8. 1916 - The longest and bloodiest battle of WWI begins today.(Battle of Verdun).
  9. 1925 - The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
  10. 1937 - Up, up, and away! Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman's Arrowbile.
  11. 1947 - Shake it like a Polaroid picture because today the first "instant camera" was invented.
  12. 1948 - NASCAR is incorporated and becomes the largest motorsport in America.
  13. 1953 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson discover the structure of the DNA molecule. Now we are half way to solving crimes.
  14. 1965 - Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
  15. 1970 - Swissair Flight 330: A mid-air bomb explosion and subsequent crash kills 38 passengers and nine crew members near Z├╝rich, Switzerland.
  16. 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.
  17. 1981 - Charles Rocket, portraying the gunshot victim in a Saturday Night Live parody of the "Who Shot J.R." plot on the program Dallas, said, "I'd like to know who the fuck did it," during the live feed of the "goodnights" segment. Afterward, everyone except Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo was fired.
  18. 1986 - Metallica released their 3rd album Master of Puppets and sold over six million copies.
  19. 1988 - Jimmy Swaggart, on his own televangelism program being taped in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, confesses that he is guilty of an unspecified sin and will be temporarily leaving the pulpit
  20. 1995 - Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
  21. 2000 - Let the laughs begin. David Letterman returns to The Late Show over a month after having an emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery.
  22. 2003 - Over 100 concert goers in Rhode Island die in a fire during a performance of the rock band Great White.
  23. 2006 - New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg unveils a brand new sign on the corner of West 66th Street called Peter Jennings Way in honor of the late ABC News anchor Peter Jennings.