This Week in History

February 20, 1985

In a highly controversial vote, the Irish government defies the powerful Catholic Church and approves the sale of contraceptives throughout the country.

February 21, 1965

Malcolm X, an African-American nationalist and religious leader, is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity in New York City.

February 23, 1945

During the bloody Battle of Iwo Jima, U.S. marines take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag.


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