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.
1933: Singer-songwriter, pianist and activist Nina Simone, a 15-time Grammy Award nominee over the course of her career, is born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina. Aspiring to become a classical pianist when starting out, Simone ended up fusing a wide range of music styles -- including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel and pop -- to create her signature sound. She also became heavily involved in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. She died of breast cancer at age 70 on April 21, 2003.
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