Feb. 21: Malcolm X Assassinated

Feb 21, 2012 8:10pm

1965 Malcolm X Assassinated

On Feb 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated while addressing the Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.  He was shot by members of the Nation of Islam, a group that he had been suspended from a couple years earlier.

 

1972 President Nixon Meets Mao Zedong

During his visit to China, President Richard Nixon met with Mao Zedong before a dinner at the Great Hall in Peking.  Nixon’s week-long visit was part of an effort improve diplomatic relations with the communist nation.

The president was not received with fanfare from the public in China.  Tiananmen Square was quiet and nearly empty on the first day of his trip:

 

Famous Birthdays

1925 Sam Peckinpah

1946 Alan Rickman

1952 Jeff Shaara

1955 Kelsey Grammer

1958 Jack Coleman

1961 Christopher Atkins

1962 Chuck Palahniuk

1962 David Foster Wallace

1963 William Baldwin

1964 Mark Kelly

1977 Owen King

1979 Jennifer Love Hewitt

1986 Charlotte Church

1987 Ellen Page

1987 Ashley Greene

1989 Corbin Bleu

1989 Scout Taylor-Compton

 

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