February 21, 2021 – February 27, 2021 – Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week.This week features the Washington Monument in the U.S., Dolly the sheep, the spread of Covid-19 to Italy, Princess Diary, Pierre Auguste Renoir, tennis player Maria Sharapova and the liberation of Kuwait City by the Allied forces.
February 21, 1885: The Washington Monument was dedicated in the U.S. capital. The 169m-tall obelisk stands on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol
February 22, 1997: Scientists in Scotland reported successfully creating the first clone of an adult mammal, a sheep called Dolly, using the technique of somatic cell nuclear transfer
February 23, 2020: Italy, with one of the highest coronavirus rates outside China, placed almost 50,000 people in strict lockdown, with fines imposed for breaking regulations
February 24, 1981: Britain’s Prince Charles became engaged to Lady Diana Spencer. The marriage ended in divorce in 1996 and Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris a year later
February 25, 1841: Pierre Auguste Renoir, a leading French Impressionist painter who was renowned for capturing the movement of light and shadow, was born
February 26, 2020: Five-time Grand Slam tennis champion Maria Sharapova retired at age 32. Shoulder injuries took their toll and she never regained her form after a 15-month ban
February 27, 1991: Allied forces liberated Kuwait City as the Gulf War neared its end and U.S. President George H.W. Bush called a ceasefire for the following day