Today in History (Feb. 21)

Today is Monday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2022. This is today in history.

Local news

  • In 2017, Democrats pushed for teacher tenure as they introduced a new amendment for Kansas lawmakers to discuss.
  • In 2018, The Young Professionals Network collected suits, shirts, slacks and more to help students progress in their professional careers.
  • In 2019, a 47-year-old was struck while riding his bicycle on K-66 just west of Galena. Police pronounced the man dead on the scene.

World news

  • In 1964, the first shipment of U.S. wheat purchased by the Soviet Union arrived in the port of Odessa.
  • In 1995, Chicago adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean by balloon, landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • In 2019, teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike in the latest wave of teacher activism that had included walkouts in Denver, Los Angeles and West Virginia.

Entertainment

  • In 1911, composer Gustav Mahler, despite a fever, conducted the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in what turned out to be his final concert (he died the following May).
  • In 1985, Whitney Houston released her self-titled debut album.
  • In 1995, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band for the first time in seven years.

Politics

  • In 1965, minister and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom in New York.
  • In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing.
  • In 2020, a temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan took effect, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal the following week.

Birthdays

Movie director Bob Rafelson is 89. Actor Gary Lockwood is 85. Actor-director Richard Beymer is 83. Actor Peter McEnery is 82. Film/music company executive David Geffen is 79. Actor Tyne Daly is 76. Actor Anthony Daniels is 76. Tricia Nixon Cox is 76. Former Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, is 75. Rock musician Jerry Harrison (The Heads) is 73. Actor Christine Ebersole is 69. Actor William Petersen is 69. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 67. Singer/guitarist Larry Campbell is 67. Country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 64. Actor Kim Coates is 64. Actor Jack Coleman is 64. Actor Christopher Atkins is 61. Actor William Baldwin is 59. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., is 58. Rock musician Michael Ward is 55. Actor Aunjanue Ellis is 53. Blues musician Corey Harris is 53. Country singer Eric Heatherly is 52. Rock musician Eric Wilson is 52. Rock musician Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 49. Singer Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) is 45. Actor Tituss Burgess is 43. Actor Jennifer Love Hewitt is 43. Comedian-actor Jordan Peele is 43. Actor Brendan Sexton III is 42. Singer Charlotte Church is 36. Actor Ashley Greene is 35. Actor Elliot Page is 35. Actor Corbin Bleu is 33. Actor Hayley Orrantia is 28. Actor Sophie Turner is 26.

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