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MALCOLM X

On February 21, 1965: Activist Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom. He was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity when a man yelled and rushed forward to shoot him 21 times in the chest. Today, Malcolm has been called one of the greatest and most influential African-Americans in history.

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SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE

On February 21, 1947: Edwin Land demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City. It was the first instant developing camera, and produced a black and white photograph in 60 seconds. The camera went on sale the following year.

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NEW YORKER MAGAZINE

On February 21, 1925: The first issue of the New Yorker magazine was published. The cover illustration was of Eustace Tilley and the inside contained advertisements, parodies, and other humor pieces similar to today’s New Yorker.

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