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This Day In History: Feb. 21

This Day in History

1885: The Washington Monument is dedicated in Washington, DC.
1916: The Battle of Verdun begins in World War I when the Germans launch an offensive against France.
1925: The first issue of The New Yorker magazine is published.
1945: At the Chapultepec Conference, held in Mexico City, Mexico from Feb. 21 to March 8, North and South American countries agree to a mutual defense in World War II against aggression toward any one of them.
1961: The UN Security Council authorizes the UN to use force to prevent civil war in the Congo, and demands withdrawal of all foreign military personnel not under UN command.
1965: Civil rights leader Malcolm X is assassinated during a rally in New York City.
1972: Pres. Richard Nixon arrives in Beijing to begin an 8-day visit to China.
1994: Longtime CIA officer Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged with spying for the Soviet Union and Russia.
2002: 16 year-old Long Islander Sarah Hughes shocks the world by besting world champion Michelle Kwan to take the women's figure skating gold medal.

Today's Birthdays

1855: Alice Freeman Palmer, women's educator and college president (Colesville, NY; died 1902)
1903: Anaïs Nin, diarist/novelist (Neuilly, France; died 1977)
1907: W. H. Auden, poet (York, England; died 1973)
1921: John Rawls, philosopher (Baltimore, MD; died 2002)
1927: Erma Bombeck, humorist/writer (Dayton, OH; died 1996). Hubert de Givenchy, fashion designer (Beauvais, France).
1933: Nina Simone, singer (Tyron, MC; died 2003)
1936: Rue McClanahan, actress (Healdton, OH)
1943: David Geffen, entertainment executive (Brooklyn, NY)
1946: Alan Rickman, actor (Hammersmith, England)
1947: Tyne Daly, actress (Madison, WI)
1958: Mary Chapin Carpenter, singer/musician (Princeton, NJ)
1963: William Baldwin, actor (Massapequa, NY)
1979: Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress (Waco, TX)

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