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.
1958: The peace symbol, commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is created by British professional designer and artist Gerald Holtom. The symbol is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters N and D, standing for "nuclear disarmament."
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