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Today in History
Wednesday, February 21

2007Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
2004The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.
1995Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
1975Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.
1974The last Israeli soldiers leave the west bank of the Suez Canal pursuant to a truce with Egypt.
1973Over the Sinai Desert, Israeli fighter aircraft shoot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 jet killing 108.
1972President Richard Nixon visits the People's Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.
1972The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.
1971The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
1970Swissair Flight 330: A mid-air bomb explosion and subsequent crash kills 38 passengers and nine crew members near Z├╝rich, Switzerland.
 
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