On this day: February 21

Published On: Feb 20 2013 11:46:53 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 21 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Anais Nin
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1903: French author Anaïs Nin, remembered for her published journals and hailed by many critics as one of the finest writers of female erotica, is born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris. A great deal of her work, including "Delta of Venus" and "Little Birds," was published posthumously.

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