On this day: February 21

POSTED: 09:46 PM PST Feb 20, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 20, 2016 

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 - WH Auden
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1907: Poet W. H. Auden, regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, is born in York, England. Some of his best known poems include "Funeral Blues" ("Stop all the clocks"), "Musée des Beaux Arts," "Refugee Blues," "The Unknown Citizen" and "September 1, 1939." He died of heart failure at age 66 on Sept. 29, 1973.


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