Historical Events for 21st February 2024

1797 – Trinidad, West Indies, a Spanish colony, surrenders to the British
1821 – Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire begins
1828 – 1st American Indian newspaper in US, “Cherokee Phoenix”, published
1916 – World War I: Battle of Verdun begins with a German offensive, leads to an estimated 1 million casualties and becomes the longest battle of the entire war (9 months)
1921 – Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country’s first constitution
1927 – Franz Lehár’s opera “Der Zarewitsch” premieres
1958 – Egypt-Syria as United Arab Republic elect Nasser president (99.9% vote)
1969 – Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators
1978 – Electrical workers accidentally discover the Aztec Templo Mayor, or High Temple, two blocks from Mexico City’s central square, the Zócalo
2015 – 35th Golden Raspberry Awards: “Saving Christmas” wins worst film

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