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Monday February 21 at a glance…



1933- Jazz singer Nina Simone (“Feelin’ Good”) was born in North Carolina. She passed away in 2003 at the age of 70.

1952- Elizabeth Taylor wed Michael Wilding. It was her second in a series of eight marriages.

1970- The Jackson Five made their debut on American Bandstand. They performed “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”

1992- After fulfilling the sentence for his 1991 indecent exposure charge, actor Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) produced a public service video warning kids about the dangers of taking illegal drugs.

1992- A Cleveland court dropped rape charges against Joseph Simmons, better known as “Run” of the rap group Run-DMC.

1997- The Beatles Anthology, Volume 3 was certified Gold, Platinum, and Multi Platinum 3x by the RIAA.

2003- Folk music singer/songwriter Tom Glazer died in Philadelphia at the age of 88. He is perhaps best known for the 1963 novelty song “On Top of Spaghetti.”


1792– Congress passed the Presidential Succession Act providing for the succession to the office of the President and Vice President in case of removal, death, resignation or disability.

1842- John J. Greenough of Washington, DC patented the sewing machine.

1887- Oregon became the first U.S. state to make Labor Day a holiday.

1902- Dr. Harvey Cushing, the first U.S. brain surgeon, performed his first brain operation.

1916- The longest and bloodiest battle of World War I – the battle of Verdun – began in France.

1925- The New Yorker magazine made its debut.

1931- Alka Seltzer was introduced.

1965- Black activist Malcolm X was shot and killed by assassins identified as Black Muslims as he was about to address a rally of several hundred followers in New York. He was 39. Malcolm X had broken from the Nation of Islam to found his own Organization of Afro-American Unity.


1931- The Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants became the first major league teams to meet in a night game.

1977- Former Green Bay Packers star Henry Jordan died. Jordan had the famous quote about his coach Vince Lombardi, “He treats us very fair – all the same – like dogs.”

1986- Rollie Fingers lost a chance to continue his career with the Cincinnati Reds when he refused to shave his trademark handlebar mustache to comply with the club’s policy

1989- Reds manager Pete Rose met with Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and Commissioner-elect Bart Giamatti to discuss his gambling habits.

2002- In Salt Lake City, U.S. figure skater Sarah Hughes jumped from fourth to first to win the gold after a near-flawless performance, leaving teammate Michelle Kwan to settle for a bronze.

2003- Michael Jordan became the first 40-year-old in NBA history to score 40 or more points, getting 43 in the Washington Wizards’ 89-86 win over the New Jersey Nets.

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