This Day in History: February 21

Malcolm X

1965 – Malcolm X assassinated. Malcolm X, who articulated concepts of racial pride and black nationalism in the United States, was assassinated this day in 1965 and became an ideological hero after the posthumous release of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Richard Nixon

1972 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon paid a state visit to the People’s Republic of China, ending a 21-year estrangement between the communist country and the United States.

damage from the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010ā€“11

2011 – After enduring more than five months of tremors, Christchurch, New Zealand, and its surrounding area were struck by a massive destructive aftershock (magnitude 6.3).

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