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On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.
Today’s Black History Month facts focus on Malcolm X and Barbara Jordan.
- On this day in 1917, jazz great Thelonious Monk was born
- On this day in 1936, the first black women elected to the house of Representatives Barbara Jordan was born.
- On this day in 1940, legendary singer Nina Simone was born
- On this day in 1961, Otis Boykin patented the electrical resistor. The device was used in all guided missiles and IBM computers
- On this day in 1965, activist Malcolm X was assassinated at the age of 39 in New York City.