We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 21st.
Today In …
1842 - The sewing machine was first patented by John Greenough.
1878 - The first U.S. telephone book was issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
1885 - The long awaited Washington Monument was dedicated. The monument, built in honor of George Washington is located in Washington, D.C.
1972 - President Richard Nixon became the first U.S. President to visit the People’s Republic of China.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
Christopher Atkins the actor probably best known for his role in “Blue Lagoon” was born in 1961.
William Baldwin one of Hollywood’s infamous Baldwin brothers who has starred in such movies as “Backdraft” and “Flatliners” was born in 1963.
Erma Bombeck humorist and author of the popular newspaper column was born in 1927.
Mary Chapin Carpenter the songstress behind such hits as “Shut Up and Kiss Me” and “You Win Again” was born in 1958.
Charlotte Church the renowned British songstress was born in 1986.
Tyne Daly the actress who starred in TV’s “Cagney & Lacey” and “Judging Amy” was born in 1946.
Anthony Daniels who is probably best known as C-3PO in the “Star Wars” movies was born in 1946.
David Geffen the famed producer was born in 1943.
Kelsey Grammer who is probably best known as Dr. Frasier Crane on TV’s “Cheers” and “Frasier” was born in 1955.
Jennifer Love Hewitt the star of TV’s “Ghost Whisperer” and the big screen’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was born in 1979.
Rue McClanahan who starred in the TV comedy “The Golden Girls” was born in 1934.
William Peterson who stars on TV’s “C.S.I.” and appeared in “Manhunter” was born in 1953.
Alan Rickman the actor who has starred in “Die Hard”, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, “Love Actually” and as Professor Snape in the “Harry Potter” movies was born in 1946.
Ann Sheridan the actress who starred in such movies as “The Man Who Came to Dinner” was born in 1915.
We Said Goodbye To…
Charles Beaumont writer for the TV series “The Twilight Zone” passed away in 1967 at the age of 38.
George Hale the famed astronomer passed away in 1938 at the age of 69.
Malcolm X the renowned activist was assassinated in 1965 at the age of 39.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
1953 - “KawLiga” by Hank Williams
1976 - “Good Hearted Woman” by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
1981 - “9 To 5” by Dolly Parton
1987 - “To Know Him Is To Love Him” by the Trio (Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt)
TV Moments In…
1988 - Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart admitted to wrongdoing on live TV.
Memorable Sports Moments In…
1948 - NASCAR was incorporated today.
In Print In…
1848 - “The Communist Manifesto” was published by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
1925 - “The New Yorker” was first published.