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Interesting historical events occurring on March 21…

March 20, 2012

March 21.  Here’s what we’ve got:

1413 – Henry V becomes King of England.

1788 – A fire in New Orleans leaves most of the town in ruins.

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Charles Lindberg

1913 – Over 360 are killed and 20,000 homes destroyed in the Great Dayton Flood in Dayton, Ohio.

1918 – World War I: The first phase of the German Spring Offensive, Operation Michael, begins.

1928 – Charles Lindbergh is presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight.

1933 – Construction of Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed.

1943 – Wehrmacht officer Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler by using a suicide bomb, but the plan falls through. Von Gersdorff is able to defuse the bomb in time and avoid suspicion.

1945 – World War II: Operation Carthage – British planes bomb Gestapo headquarters in CopenhagenDenmark. They also hit a school and 125 civilians are killed.

1945 – World War II: Bulgaria and the Soviet Union successfully complete their defense of the north bank of the Drava River as the Battle of Drava concludes.

1946 – The Los Angeles Rams sign Kenny Washington, making him the first African American player in the American football since 1933.

1952 – Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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1963 – Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.

1965 – Ranger programNASA launches Ranger 9 which is the last in a series of unmanned lunar space probes.

1965 – Martin Luther King, Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

1970 – The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by Mayor of San Francisco Joseph Alioto.

1980 – US President Jimmy Carter announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.

1980 – On the season finale of the soap opera Dallas, the infamous character J.R. Ewing is shot by an unseen assailant, leading to the catchphrase “Who shot J.R.?

1989 – Sports Illustrated reports allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling.

1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.


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Gary Oldman

1685 – Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (d. 1750)

1922 – Russ Meyer, American film director and producer (d. 2004)

1946 – Timothy Dalton, British actor

1949 – Eddie Money, American musician

1958 – Gary Oldman, English actor

1962 – Matthew Broderick, American actor


Nobody I felt compelled to mention…



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