February 21 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2009: Tony's Terrific Hot Dogs closed.
- 2001: The Birmingham Thunderbolts lone season began.
- 2000: Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer Ron Casey died.
- 1997: Abortion clinic bomber Eric Robert Rudolph detonated a bomb outside the Otherside Lounge, a nightclub in Atlanta.
- 1994: Hithchiker Vickie Deblieux was picked up in Trussville by four teenagers who beat and kicked her to death and later mutilated her corpse.
- 1945: Marine Sergeant Ross Gray single-handedly cleared a mine field on Iwo Jima while taking enemy small arms fire, earning a Medal of Honor for his heroism.
- 1913: The dormant Oxmoor Furnaces were put back into blast to supply iron for World War I.
- 1899: 5 miners were killed in the 1899 Blocton No. 2 Mine explosion.
- 1887: Fire Chief B. O. Hargrove was born.
- 1883: The Elyton Land Company transferred the deed to Central Park to the City of Birmingham.