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TODAY IN HISTORY

Adv21 For release Friday, Feb. 21

1862: Nathaniel Gordon became the first and only American slave-trader to be executed under the U.S. Piracy Law of 1820 as he was hanged in New York.

1945: During the World War II battle of Iwo Jima, the escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea was sunk by kamikazes with the loss of 318 men.

1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing.

Adv21 For release Friday, Feb. 21 02/20/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 2:26pm]

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