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Calendar for March 21st, 2014

Every Year

  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

  • Independence Day (Namibia)

  • 1610s

  • Died 1617: Pocahontas (aka Rebecca Rolfe, funeral occurred on this date)

  • 1620s

  • 1621: Last Mayflower passenger came ashore at Plymouth, Massachusetts

  • 1680s

  • Born 1685: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer; Old Style date)

  • 1790s

  • 1790: Thomas Jefferson reported to President Washington in NY as the new Secretary of State

  • 1830s

  • Born 1839: Modest Mussorgsky (composer)

  • 1860s

  • 1868: Jane Croly organized first club for professional women, Sorosis, in New York City

  • Born 1869: Florenz Ziegfeld (theatrical producer)

  • 1870s

  • 1871: Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his famous expedition into Africa to locate the missing Scottish missionary, David Livingstone

  • 1910s

  • Died 1915: Frederick Winslow Taylor ("father of scientific management")

  • 1918: World War I Second Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest in history, began in France

  • 1920s

  • Born 1929: Jules Bergman (newsman)

  • Born 1929: James Coco (actor)

  • 1940s

  • 1946: United Nations established temporary headquarters in New York City, at Hunter College

  • Born 1946: Timothy Dalton (actor)

  • 1950s

  • 1952: DJ Alan Freed hosted the first rock-n-roll concert, Cleveland, Ohio. Reportedly, 25,000 people showed up, though only 10,000 seats were available

  • Born 1958: Gary Oldman (actor)

  • 1960s

  • 1960: Sharpeville Massacre took place in S. Africa when blacks besieged Johannesburg police station protesting law requiring all blacks to carry papers

  • Born 1960: Ayrton Senna (race car driver)

  • Born 1962: Rosie O'Donnell (comedienne & actress)

  • Born 1962: Matthew Broderick (actor)

  • 1963: The federal prison on Alcatraz Island, California, closed after 29 years of operation

  • 1965: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of civil rights demonstrators on a 50+ mile walk from Selma to Montgomery, AL, demanding voting rights for African Americans

  • 1980s

  • 1984: Soviet sub collided with USS Kitty Hawk

  • 1986: U.S. figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American woman to win the world's championship, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1989: After 33 years, Dick Clark announced he was stepping down as host of American Bandstand

  • 1990s

  • Died 1994: Macdonald Carey (actor)

  • 1994: Former NBA star Michael Jordan was dropped from the White Sox major league baseball roster and sent to minor league spring training camp

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Rabbi Israel Miller (leader of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany)

  • Died 2002: Herman Talmadge (governor & U.S. senator)

  • Died 2004: Ludmilla Tcherina (French-artist & ballet star)

  • Died 2004: Johnny Bristol (producer, songwriter, & singer)

  • Died 2005: Barney Martin (actor)

  • Died 2006: Bernard Lacoste (head of fashion company best known for its crocodile-crested polo shirts)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2014: James Rebhorn (actor)


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