On This Day February 21
1976 – Paul Simon begins his third and final week on top of the Billboard Hot 100 With “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” The track, off his Grammy-winning “Still Crazy After All These Years” album, is the only No. 1 Simon has ever had as a solo act.
1990 – “Let the River Run,” by Carly Simon, wins Best Song and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards. The track is from the movie “Working Girl,” starring Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver.
1885 – The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated. The monument, built in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk, underwent two phases of construction: one private (1848-1854) and one public (1876-1884). When completed, it was the tallest structure in the world at 555 feet, 5-1/8 inches.
1948 – The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is officially incorporated and goes on to become one of America’s most popular spectator sports as well as a multi-billion-dollar industry.
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Starring Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro and Scott Glenn, and directed by David Westgor