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 - Land Camera
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Polaroid Corporation Collection

1947: In New York City, Polaroid Corporation co-founder Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera," the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America. The camera would be available for commercial sales less than two years later.

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