February 21st Holidays & Observances

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February 21st Holidays & Observances

Each day is full of surprisingly strange, funny, and sometimes very serious holidays and observance. Read below to find out what falls on today!

Card Reading Daytg
When: Always on February 21st.
What: After reading several other posts on “Card Reading Day” it remains unclear if it’s to learn more about Tarot cards, or a holiday made by the greeting card industry to promote sending cards. We will update if we learn more.

International Mother Language Day
When:  Annually on February 21st (starting in 2000)
What:
This holiday or observance day was made to to defend the rights to write in one’s mother language. It is a social movement meant to  promote peace and multilingualism.
History: This observance started in the year 2000. The reason for the date was because on February 21st, in 1952 students from the University of Dhaka, Jagannath College and Dhaka Medical College, demonstrated for the recognition of Bengali as one of the two national languages of East Pakistan, were brutally shot dead by police (then under Pakistan government) near the Dhaka High Court in the capital of present-day Bangladesh.

National Sticky Bun Day
When: Always on February 21st.
How to Observe: Eat a delicious cinnamon and glazed covered bun today.
History: Sticky buns, priorly known as schnecken, were believed to be brought to us by German settlers that came to Pennsylvania. It became known as a Philadelphia treat.

Interesting Historical Events that Happened on February 21st

  • 1431 Today was Joan of Arc’s first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy.
  • 1804 – The first self running locomotive on rails trip was taken in Wales.
  • 1848 – The Communist Manifesto was published by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
  • 1878 The world’s first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 1922 Great Britain grants Egypt independence.
  • 1925 – The first issue of “The New Yorker” was published.
  • 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule.
  • 1958 Gerald Holtom designed the first peace symbol.
  • 1916 World War I: Battle of Verdun started which lead to an estimated 1 million casualties
  • 1965 At age 39, Malcolm X was killed in New York City by assassins identified as Black Muslims.
  • 1972 U.S. President Richard Nixon made the first ever visit to China for political reasons.
  • 1988 TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart confessed to his congregation that he was guilty of sinning as news came out with his links to prostitutes.

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