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On This Day in History - 21st February

Birthdays

1801John Henry Newman, English cardinal and writer
1907W.H Auden, English poet
1910Eddie Waring. Rugby league commentator
1924Robert Mugabe,, First Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
1934Nina Simone, American singer
1937Jilly Cooper, English novelist

Events

1804The first ever steam train to run on rails was demonstrated by Richard Trevithick
1931The 'New Statesman' was published for the first time
1938Malcolm X, black US muslim leader, was shot dead during a meeting
1960Cuban leader Fidel Castro nationalised all businesses in Cuba
1972US President Richard Nixon went on visit to China, to help improve relations
1984United States Marines began leaving Beirut airport, Lebanon
1985Isabel Peron resigned as head of Peronist party in Argentina