Today in history 2/21/2017

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2/21/2017:

Today in history, Michael Romanov (see picture below), a son of the Patriarch of Moscow, is elected Russian Tsar in 1631.

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Today in history, The British blockade of Toulon is broken by 27 French and Spanish warships attacking 29 British ships in 1744.

Today in history, The world’s first telephone book is issued by the New Haven Connecticut Telephone Company containing the names of its 50 subscribers in 1878.

Today in history, The Washington Monument is dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1885.

Today in history,  The Mukden campaign of the Russo-Japanese War, begins in 1905.

Today in history, The U. S. Eighth Army launches Operation Killer, a counterattack to push Chinese forces north of the Han River in Korea in 1951.

Today in historyRichard Nixon (see picture below) arrives in Beijing, China, becoming the first U.S. president to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the United States in 1972.

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