On this day: February 21

POSTED: 09:46 PM PST Feb 20, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 20, 2014 

The Washington Monument is dedicated, Alka-Seltzer is sold for the first time, the peace symbol is born, Malcolm X is assassinated, and Nixon heads to China, all on this day.

OTD February 21 - David Foster Wallace
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1962: Author David Foster Wallace, best known for the 1996 novel "Infinite Jest," is born in Ithaca, N.Y. He committed suicide at age 46 by hanging himself on Sept. 12, 2008.

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