Events, February 21st

1804 – The first self-propelled locomotive on rails was demonstrated in Wales.

1842 – John J. Greenough patented the sewing machine.

1858 – The first electric burglar alarm was installed in Boston, Maine.

1878 – The first telephone directories issued in the U.S. were distributed to residents in New Haven, Connecticut. It was a single page of only fifty names.

1925 – The first issue of “The New Yorker” was published.

1947 – Edwin Land demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City. It was the first camera to take, develop and print a picture on photo paper all in about 60 seconds. The photos were black and white. The camera went on sale the following year. (Image:

1950 – The first International Pancake Race was held in Liberal, Kansas.

1968 – An agreement between baseball players and club owners increased the minimum salary for major league players to $10,000 a year.

1970 – The Jackson 5 made their TV debut on “American Bandstand”.

1995 – Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. He landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.

2000 – David Letterman returned to his Late Night show about five weeks after having an emergency quintuple heart bypass operation.


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