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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 - Alan Rickman
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1946: Actor Alan Rickman, best known for his roles in the movies "Die Hard," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," the "Harry Potter" series, "Michael Collins," "Dogma" and Tim Burton's version of "Sweeney Todd," is born in London, England.

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