Born on this day 21st February
1705 Edward Hawke
1801 John Henry Newman
1865 John Haden Badley
1888 Clemence Dane
1907 W. H. Auden
1910 Douglas Bader
1910 Eddie Waring
1929 James Beck
1933 Nina Simone
1935 Mark McManus
1937 Jilly Cooper
1940 Peter McEnery
1946 Alan Rickman
1946 Anthony Daniels
1952 Jean Jacques Burnel
1954 Mike Pickering
1962 Vanessa Feltz
1964 Jane Tomlinson
1964 Huw Higginson
1976 Michael McIntyre
1985 Simon Cusden
1986 Charlotte Church
Died on this day
1437 James I of Scotland
1741 Jethro Tull
1965 Malcolm X
2002 John Thaw
1959 Shirley Bassey reached No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘As I Love You’.
1974 Slade began a tour of Australia.
1976 The Four Seasons hit the No.1 spot in the UK with ‘December ’63 (Oh, What A Night)’.
1981 A reader’s poll in Sounds magazine declared Kate Bush the Number 1 Female Singer for 1980.
1987 Sly Stone of Sly and The Family Stone was jailed on drug charges.
1993 In Louisville, Kentucky, 2000 spectators watched 13 contestants compete for the title of champion wild turkey imitator.
1995 A man found a 40lb pike in a flooded bunker at Wetherby Golf Club in W. Yorkshire while he was searching for a ball. The fish was set free in a river.
People & Showbiz
1965 Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
1989 Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Edward was to visit Moscow as patron of the National Youth Theatre.
1994 Pop star Cliff Richard announced he was to play Heathcliff in a stage show based on Emily Bronte’s novel ‘Wuthering Heights’. He also said that he was training with a former Olympic runner to build up his physique.
1994 Actor Mark McManus best known as Scottish TV detective ‘Taggart’ was admitted to a Glasgow hospital after complaining of feeling ill earlier in the week.
1804 The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish the The Communist Manifesto.
1952 Identity cards in Britain were abolished.
1963 Five pound notes were issued in the UK showing Britannia without her helmet.
1964 Ten pound notes were issued in the UK for the first time since World War II.
1983 A report published in the UK claimed that mentally handicapped hospital patients were being subjected to brutal treatment in many hospitals.
1984 350 lorry drivers were stranded in France by the road haulier’s blockades, most of them in the valley leading to the Mont Blanc tunnel.
1985 The Under-Secretary of State at the Department of the Environment, Lord Avon, announced that the Government was to give the National Heritage Memorial Fund anextra £25 million to preserve Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire; Weston Park, Shropshire and Nostell Priory, Yorkshire.
1989 Two members of the Mandela Football Club, Winnie Mandela’s team of bodyguards, were charged with the abduction, assault and murder in Soweto of 14 year old Stompie Mocketsi.
1990 Beaches along a 15 mile stretch of the Sussex coast were closed following the discovery of 6 containers of potassium cyanide, washed ashore.