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.
1927: Humorist Erma Bombeck, who became famous for her newspaper column describing suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s, is born Erma Louise Fiste in Bellbrook, Ohio. Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became bestsellers. She died from complications of a kidney transplant at age 69 on April 22, 1996.
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