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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, February  21, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 21, 1965, former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death by three assassins as he gave a speech in New York.
 
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On this date in:
1848Former President John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. (He died two days later.)
1878The first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Co. of New Haven, Conn.
1885The Washington Monument was dedicated.
1907Poet W.H. Auden was born in York, England.
1916The World War I Battle of Verdun began in France.
1925The New Yorker magazine made its debut.
1947Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.
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1972President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China.
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1973Israeli fighter planes shot down a Libyan Airlines jet over the Sinai Desert, killing more than 100 people.
1975Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.
1988TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart tearfully confessed to his congregation in Baton Rouge, La., that he was guilty of an unspecified sin, and said he was leaving the pulpit temporarily. (Reports linked Swaggart to a prostitute.)
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1989President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah Khomeini's death warrant against "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie "deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior."
1995Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Canada.
2011Deep cracks opened in Moammar Gadhafi's regime, with Libyan government officials at home and abroad resigning, air force pilots defecting and a major government building ablaze after clashes in the capital of Tripoli.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Kelsey Grammer ("Fraiser") turns 62 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Richard BeymerActor ("West Side Story")78
David GeffenRecording executive74
Anthony DanielsActor (C-3PO in the "Star Wars" films)71
Alan RickmanActor71
Tricia Nixon CoxDaughter of President Nixon71
Olympia SnoweFormer U.S. senator, R-Maine70
Jerry HarrisonRock musician (Talking Heads)68
Christine EbersoleActress64
William PetersenActor ("C.S.I.")64
Mary Chapin CarpenterCountry singer59
Jack ColemanActor ("Heroes")59
Christopher AtkinsActor56
Ranking RogerRock singer (General Public, English Beat)56
William BaldwinActor54
Jennifer Love HewittActress ("Ghost Whisperer")38
Charlotte ChurchSinger31
Ellen PageActress ("Juno")30
Corbin BleuActor ("High School Musical")28
Actress Tyne Daly ("Cagney and Lacey") turns 71 years old today.
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