Daily Calendar for Friday, February 21, 2025


  • Jethro Tull (agriculturist, inventor of the horse-drawn seed drill) –
  • Malcolm X assassinated in NYC –
  • Dame Margot Fonteyn (ballerina) –
  • Bart Howard (songwriter known for writing Fly Me to the Moon) –
  • Billy Graham (evangelist) –
  • Peter Tork (musician, member of The Monkees) –


  • Anais Nin (novelist) –
  • W.H. Auden (poet) –
  • John Robert Lewis (American politician; civil rights leader) –
  • Alan Rickman (actor) –
  • William Petersen (actor) –
  • Kelsey Grammer (actor) –
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt (actress) –
  • Jordan Peele (comedian and actor) –
  • Corbin Bleu (actor) –


  • The half-cent denomination was discontinued in the United States –
  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio–
  • First telephone directory published, New Haven, Connecticut –
  • The Washington Monument was dedicated by President Arthur in Washington, D.C. It took 102 years to complete, beginning in 1783 when Congress proposed it. It was the largest man-made structure in the world at the time–
  • First issue of The New Yorker published–
  • Polaroid instant camera first demonstrated–
  • President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the U.S. when he visited China–
  • UFO sighted in Portland, Oregon–


  • Granville, North Dakota, experienced a spectacular chinook temperature swing. The temperature rose from -33F in the morning to 50F in the afternoon.–
  • Destructive ice storm began in areas of Wisconsin, lasting through February 23–
  • Twelve days of heavy rain and snow in California finally came to an end–
  • Two tornadoes hit the Sacramento, California, area–

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