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 - telephone directory
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1878: The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Conn. It actually consisted of only a single piece of cardboard and listed 50 businesses in New Haven that had a telephone.

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