Monday, March 21, 2016

Today in History: Monday, March 21, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On March 21, 1965, more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.
 
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On this date in:
1685Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.
1790Thomas Jefferson took office as America's first secretary of state.
1804The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was adopted.
1918Germany launched the Somme offensive during World War I, hoping to break through the Allied line before American reinforcements could arrive.
1960Police fired on black demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, killing some 70 people.
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1963Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates.
1985Police in Langa, South Africa, opened fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings, killing at least 21 demonstrators.
1987The album "The Joshua Tree" by U2 was released.
2000A divided Supreme Court ruled the government lacked authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug.
2006The social media website Twitter launched with the first tweet by co-founder Jack Dorsey.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson turns 31 years old today.
AP Photo/Genevieve Ross
NameProfessionAge
Timothy DaltonActor70
Eddie MoneyRock singer67
Roger HodgsonRock musician (Supertramp)66
Sabrina LeBeaufActress ("The Cosby Show")58
Gary OldmanActor58
Rosie O'DonnellActress, comedian54
RonaldinhoSoccer player36
Actor Matthew Broderick turns 54 years old today.
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