John’s Believe It Or Not… February 21st

Fioravanti stands in front of the classroom blackboard with his hands on his hips. Picture was taken in August, 2006.

It’s Tremendous Tuesday! Did you know…

1965 Malcolm X assassinated. (In New York City, Malcolm X, an African American nationalist and religious leader, is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights.)

1885 Washington Monument dedicated. (The Washington Monument, built in honour of America’s revolutionary hero and first president, is dedicated in Washington, D.C. and three years later it was opened to the public, who were permitted to climb to the top of the monument by stairs or elevator. The monument was the tallest structure in the world when completed and remains today, by District of Columbia law, the tallest building in the nation’s capital.)

1948 NASCAR founded. (On this day in 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Racing–or NASCAR, as it will come to be widely known–is officially incorporated. NASCAR racing will go on to become one of America’s most popular spectator sports, as well as a multi-billion-dollar industry.)

1972 Nixon arrives in China for talks. (In an amazing turn of events, President Richard Nixon takes a dramatic first step toward normalising relations with the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC) by travelling to Beijing for a week of talks. Nixon’s historic visit began the slow process of the re-establishing diplomatic relations between the United States and communist China.)

1848 Karl Marx publishes Manifesto. (On February 21, 1848, The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, is published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary socialists known as the Communist League. The political pamphlet–arguably the most influential in history–proclaimed that “the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles” and that the inevitable victory of the proletariat, or working class, would put an end to class society forever.)


Look who was born on this date!

* Robert Mugabe in 1924. (Former Zimbabwean President who was one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white-minority rule. He was elected as Prime Minister, head of government, in 1980, and served in that office until 1987, when he became the country’s first executive head of state.)

* Alan Rickman in 1946. (Actor popularly known (esp. in the US) for playing the ‘baddie’ in Die Hard, he won a new audience in the Harry Potter movies.) 

* Scott Kelly in 1964. (American astronaut Kelly began a year-long mission to the International Space Station in March 2015. He has served previously on three different missions.)



Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

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