1965 : President Johnson pledges to Congress and millions of American Homes that we shall overcome what he called "a crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice" that exists in this country by acting on legislation designed to remove every barrier of discrimination against citizens trying to register and vote.
1956 : The musical "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway. The play based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion from the mid 1930's and with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The stars of the musical Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins and Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle help to make the production was a smash hit.
1916 : President Woodrow Wilson sent thousands of American soldiers into Mexico today hoping to capture Pancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary.
1917 : Czar Nicholas II, ruler of Russia since 1894 , is forced to abdicate.
1919 : The American Legion has it's first meeting in Paris with about 1,000 officers and enlisted men attended to decide the organizations name. The next meeting takes place in St. Louis, Missouri two months later. The Legion served as a supportive group, a social club and a type of extended family for former service men and women and was also instrumental in creating the U.S. Veterans' Bureau, now known as the Department of Veterans Affairs.
1920 : An entire Texas town had gone up in flames. As a result, about 1,000 people were left homeless. Fortunately, no one had died in this disaster.
1929 : Following the forming of the Irish Free State, Scotland men and women believe they should have the same rights and have formed the Scottish National Party whose candidates will stand for election in the next British Parliament Elections demanding a free Scotland run by Scots.
1938 : On the same day of one of Hitler’s addresses to over seven million people, it is declared that Jews will not be allowed to vote. This event took place after Hitler’s return from his trip to Austria, and after Austria’s treasury was combined with Germany’s.
1948 : It was recorded that Britain was preparing to withdraw from Palestine by this day. However, the Jews and Arabs were still fighting profusely. Incidentally, 1948 was the year that Israel had become a parliamentary democracy.
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Born: Sylvester Stewart, March 15, 1943, Denton, Texas, United States
Known For : Founder and front-man for the sixties San Francisco soul and funk group "Sly & the Family Stone" who had a number of top ten hits in the late sixties and early 1970s including "Dance To The Music", "Everyday People", "Stand!", "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and "Family Affair". Like many groups from the era Sly & the Family Stone including Front man Sly Stone became involved in the illegal drug scene, primarily cocaine and PCP which caused the group to miss scheduled live performances and friction in the band and record companies. In 1987 he was arrested and convicted for cocaine possession and use. Whatever happened in his personal life should not take away from the talent which greatly influenced the sound of American pop music, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop music.1983 Girls Clothes
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1957 : A search took place in nine counties for the most photogenic girl. This person would represent the Golden Gate Bridge during the 20th Anniversary celebration.
1964 : Actress Elizabeth Taylor and actor Richard Burton were married for the first time getting divorced in June 1974 only to get married again in October 1975 which lasts less than 12 months.
1965 : Three artificial satellites were launched by the Soviet Union. These unmanned objects were reported as revolving around the earth approximately once every 106 minutes. Mayak radio transmitters were placed on board of these artificial space objects as well.
1966 : Racial rioting broke out again in the Watts area of Los Angeles.
1972 : This was considered one of the days of heaviest attack during the Vietnam War. U.S. destroyed a major North Vietnamese camp in two days, and 30 North Vietnamese ground troops were wiped out. Additional casualties occurred in the Central Highlands.
1974 : A high profile case involving British MPs, health authorities and civil servants and the architect John Poulson has ended with Poulson and the high ranking senior Scottish civil servant William George Pottinger both being jailed for five years for corruption after being found guilty of bribing public figures to win contracts.
1976 : The driver of a London Underground train is shot dead while chasing a gunman who detonated a bomb on his train.
1981 : The 147 passengers and crew of a Pakistan Airways Boeing 720 aircraft held hostage for nearly two weeks are released in Syria, this follows the Pakistan government releasing 54 political prisoners from prison.
1988 : Passengers were stuck in Seiken Tunnel, which just recently opened up in Tokyo just a couple of days before this time. This delay was caused by a power outage, during which time people were held up underground for three hours 460 feet underground.
1990 : The Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft is executed in Iraq after being convicted of spying, both Britain and the United Nations condemned the execution but has not cut diplomatic and trade relations with Iraq.
1990 : An announcement was made regarding the re-instatement of the Soviet airline Aeroflot service to Indonesia, after an eight-year ban. Spying allegations were the reason Indonesia did not allow flights from the Soviet Union prior to this time.
1990 : Mikhail Gorbachev was elected the first and only executive president of the Soviet Union.
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1991 : Four Los Angeles police officers are indicted for the beating of Rodney King.
1998 : The Movie Titanic surpassed Star Wars to become the highest grossing film in North American box offices.
2000 : A new Goodyear Blimp was launched, about a half a year after the previous Blimp had crashed. A woman described her experience while riding this airship for about 45 minutes. She said the ride was rougher than expected, but she also said it feels like an airplane (the buffeting).
2004 : Martha Stewart is forced to resign from the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia 10 days after she is convicted for insider trading.
2006 : The former Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, began his formal defense in his trial for crimes against humanity by saying that the court was a 'comedy.' The judge closed the hearing to the public when Hussein told the Iraqi people to 'resist [the] invaders.' Hussein and seven co-accused are being prosecuted for the deaths of 148 people in the Shi’ite village of Dujail, which followed a 1982 assassination attempt on him.
2006 : A stockpile of provisions that were made for the survival of residents if New York City had been hit by a nuclear attack has been found inside the masonry foundations of Brooklyn Bridge. City workers had been conducting a regular structural inspection of the bridge when they came across the cold-war-era hoard of water drums, medical supplies, survivor blankets, drugs and food in the 350,000 Civil Defense All Purpose Survival Crackers. These are said to been put there in the 1950s.
2007 : A new sanctions package has been created to put pressure on Iran's nuclear program. It has been agreed by the six countries handling the issue at the U.N. The package includes an arms embargo and economic penalties. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made a formal request to attend the Security Council's vote on the draft.
2011 : Rare protests erupt in the Syrian capital of Damascus with hundreds of people calling for democratic reforms in the country. Witnesses said that police did not use force to break up the protests but did arrest several people. Pro-government supporters reportedly helped to break up the protests later in the day by attacking the demonstrators.
2012 : Libya has reopened its stock exchange for the first time since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, after much internal conflict after a prolonged battle between the regime and rebels. The exchange features ten companies and trade on its first day was worth about three billion US dollars. The move was made to show the world that Libya is trying to regain its stability, especially in financial matters, and the exchange planned to expand by adding oil companies, telecoms, and property firms soon.
2013 : Republican senator Rob Portman from the US state of Ohio has announced that he has reversed his position on gay marriage. the Reversal of opinion came after his son came out as gay. Portman had previously voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act which strictly defined marriage as a commitment between a man and woman.
2014 : Thousands gathered in Moscow to protest against Russian intervention in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. The next day (March 16) citizens of Crimea voted in a referendum on whether or not to join Russia. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of joining Russia, however, critics say that the results could not be accurate as the region was currently being occupied by Russian troops and many boycotted the referendum in protest. The next day (March 17) the Crimean parliament officially applied to join Russia and Russian president Vladimir Putin recognized the region as a sovereign nation. The international community did not support or recognize any of these actions as legal.
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