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This Day in History for February 21

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1899 – Opel manufactures its first automobile.

1915 – Kiwanis International founded in Detroit.

1935 – The Wilderness Society is founded by conservationists.

1941 – 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, Texas.

1942 – Count Basie records “One O’Clock Jump”

1954 – USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames River in Connecticut.

1954 – 4th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 98-93 (OT); MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG.

1956 – “Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)” closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances.

1962 – Snow falls in San Francisco.

1967 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.

1968 – US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland.

1971 – “Alias Smith & Jones” premieres on ABC TV.

1977 – US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evadors.

1980 – Gold hits record $875 an ounce.

1983 – President Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid.

1987 – B.B. King and Muddy Waters are inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

1988 – US accepts immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children.

1991 – CBS News correspondent Bob Simon and four TV crew captured and held for 40 days by Iraqis in the Persian Gulf.

1999 – In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the US Coast Guard intercepts a ship carrying 4,300 kg of cocaine.

2017 – More than 2 million people protest worldwide in the ‘Women’s March’ against Donald Trump, with 500,000 marching in Washington, D.C.

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