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On March 21st, 1965, more than 3,000 civil rights
demonstrators led by the Reverend Martin
Luther King Junior began their march
from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
On this date:
In 1685, composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born
in Eisenach, Germany.
In 1790, Thomas
Jefferson reported to President Washington in New
York as the new secretary of state.
In 1804, the
French civil code, the "Code Napoleon,"
In 1806, Mexican
statesman Benito Juarez was born in Oaxaca.
In 1945, during
World War Two, Allied bombers began four days of
raids over Germany.
In 1946, the
United Nations set up temporary headquarters at
Hunter College in New York.
In 1960, some 70
people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa,
when police fired on demonstrators.
In 1963, the
Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco
Bay was emptied of its last inmates at the order
of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
In 1972, the
Supreme Court ruled that states may not require
at least a year's residency for voting
In 1979, the
Egyptian Parliament unanimously approved a peace
treaty with Israel.
Ten years ago:
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev increased
pressure on the breakaway republic of Lithuania,
ordering its citizens to turn in their guns.
Secretary of State James Baker met black
nationalist leader Nelson Mandela in Namibia.
Five years ago:
Thousands of Japanese police raided the offices
of a secretive religious group, Aum Shinri Kyo,
in connection with nerve-gas attacks on Tokyo
subways that killed 12 people and sickened
One year ago:
Israel's Supreme Court rejected a final effort to
have American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein returned
to the United States to face murder charges.
(Under a plea agreement with Israeli proseuctors,
Sheinbein was later sentenced to 24 years in
prison for the murder of Alfred Tello Junior. At
the Academy Awards, "Shakespeare in
Love" won seven Oscars, including best
picture and best actress for Gwyneth Paltrow;
Roberto Benigni won best actor for "Life is
Beautiful," while Steven Spielberg won best
director for "Saving Private Ryan."
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