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  • 21st February, 1804
    The first self-propelled steam locomotive, built by Richard Trevithick, is demonstrated successfully in Wales, marking a significant advancement in transportation technology.

  • 21st February, 1828
    Arkansas Territory is established, leading to the eventual statehood of Arkansas on June 15, 1836, which contributes to the growth and development of the region.

  • 21st February, 1916
    Arkansas native and baseball player, Leon Culberson, is born in Rogers. He later plays as an outfielder in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, and Philadelphia Phillies.

  • 21st February, 1925
    The first issue of The New Yorker magazine is published, featuring a blend of fiction, commentary, criticism, essays, cartoons, and poetry, contributing to American literary and cultural heritage.

  • 21st February, 1933
    Arkansas native and musician, Nina Simone, is born in Tryon, North Carolina. She becomes a highly influential singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist, known for her unique voice and eclectic style.

  • 21st February, 1958
    The peace symbol, designed by British artist Gerald Holtom, is unveiled for the first time as the emblem for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), symbolizing peace and opposition to nuclear weapons.

  • 21st February, 1965
    Activist and former slave, Hiram Rhodes Revels, becomes the first African American member of the United States Senate as he is sworn in to represent Mississippi, marking a significant milestone in American political history.

  • 21st February, 1975
    Arkansas native and basketball player, Brad Daugherty, is born in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He later plays as a center for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, earning multiple All-Star selections.

  • 21st February, 1977
    Arkansas native and musician, Josh Turner, is born in Hannah. He becomes a successful country music artist, known for hits such as "Long Black Train" and "Your Man".

  • 21st February, 1986
    Arkansas native and basketball player, Corey Brewer, is born in Portland. He later plays as a forward for several NBA teams, winning NBA championships with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.

  • 21st February, 1989
    The Voyager 1 spacecraft takes a photograph of Earth from a distance of about 6 billion kilometers, famously capturing the "Pale Blue Dot" image, emphasizing the fragility and insignificance of humanity in the vastness of space.

  • 21st February, 1994
    Arkansas native and basketball player, Joe Johnson, scores a career-high 40 points for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks in a game against LSU.

  • 21st February, 2006
    Arkansas native and basketball player, Corliss Williamson, announces his retirement from the NBA after a successful career that included winning an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

  • 21st February, 2009
    Arkansas native and basketball player, Derek Fisher, is honored by the University of Arkansas Razorbacks during a halftime ceremony for his contributions to the basketball program.

  • 21st February, 2014
    Arkansas native and musician, Levon Helm, is posthumously inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame for his contributions to the music industry.

  • 21st February, 2018
    Arkansas native and basketball player, Joe Johnson, signs with the Houston Rockets for the remainder of the 2017–18 NBA season, rejoining the team for the playoffs.

  • 21st February, 2019
    Arkansas native and musician, Johnny Cash, is posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the music industry.

  • 21st February, 2021
    Arkansas native and musician, Al Green, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in recognition of his influential career in soul music.

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