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.
1947: In New York City, Polaroid Corporation co-founder Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera," the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America. The camera would be available for commercial sales less than two years later.
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J.K. Nakata/United States Geological Survey
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