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Today in History: Malcolm X is Assassinated, Peace Gets a Sign

By David McMillan

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In 1965, Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York

City by members of the Nation of Islam. Earlier this year, New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott revisited Spike Lee's eponymous 1992 biopic about the controversial leader.

In 1948, NASCAR is incorporated, giving birth to the popular culture of race-car driving. Watch as NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger takes Lenay from Red Bull First-Person out on the Hickory Motor Speedway for a driving lesson: 

And in 1958, the Peace Symbol is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom, commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. In 2008, teenager Trevor Dougherty maddogza organized a gathering of thousands to create a giant human peace sign as a call for world peace:


David McMillan