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 - Alan Rickman
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1946: Actor Alan Rickman, best known for his roles in the movies "Die Hard," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," the "Harry Potter" series, "Michael Collins," "Dogma" and Tim Burton's version of "Sweeney Todd," is born in London, England.

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