Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1848 – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish ‘The Communist Manifesto’ (More info)

1878 – The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, CT (More info)

1948 – The National Association for Stock Car Racing, aka NASCAR, is officially incorporated (More info)

1965 – Malcolm X is assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City (More info)

1972 – President Richard Nixon arrives in China, becoming the first US president to visit to the world’s most populous nation (More info)