March 21 – Today In History

March 21 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 21st.

Today In …

1871 - Henry Morton Stanley began his infamous search for David Livingstone.

1963 - Alcatraz, the legendary prison located in San Francisco, CA, closed its doors for the final time.

1965 - Martin Luther King Jr. lead the march of over 3,000 people from Selma to Montgomery, AL.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Philip Abbott the actor who starred in the TV series “The F.B.I.” was born in 1923.

Johann Sebastian Bach the renowned German composer was born in 1685.

Matthew Broderick who starred in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “The Producers” and “Strangers with Candy” was born in 1962.

Chris Candido of wrestling fame was born in 1972.

James Coco who appeared in “Only When I Laugh” and on daytime TV’s “Guiding Light” was born in 1930.

Timothy Dalton the actor who starred in the Bond films “Licence to Kill” and “The Living Daylights” as well as in the upcoming movie “Hott Fuzz” was born in 1946.

Kevin Federline a.k.a. K-Fed dancer/artist was born in 1978.

Al Freeman Jr. who appeared in “Malcolm X” and on TV’s “One Life to Live” was born in 1934.

Julio Gallo, who, with his brother Ernest, became renowned winemakers, was born in 1910.

Cynthia Geary the actress who starred on TV’s “Northern Exposure” was born in 1965.

Ananda Lewis the TV personality and host of MTV’s “Total Request Live” was born in 1973.

Rosie O’Donnell daytime TV host and actress was born in 1962.

Gary Oldman who starred in “Sid & Nancy”, “Dracula” and in the recent blockbusters “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Batman Begins” was born in 1958. (Visit my site for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Dracula movie goofs.)

Rose Stone a member of music’s Sly & the Family Stone was born in 1945.

Florenz Ziegfeld the theatrical producer of the infamous Ziegfeld Follies was born in 1869.

We Said Goodbye To…

Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury was burned at the stake in 1556 at the age of 67.

Leo Fender the legendary guitar manufacturer passed away in 1991 at the age of 81.

Barney Martin the actor best known for being Morty Seinfeld on TV’s “Seinfeld” passed away in 2005 at the age of 82.

Dean Paul Martin musician and son of Dean Martin was killed when his fighter jet crashed in 1987. He was 35.

Pocahontas the Colonial historic figure passed away in 1617 at the approximate age of 21.

Dack Rambo the actor who starred on TV’s “Dallas” passed away in 1994 at the age of 52.

Michael Redgrave who starred in “Secret Beyond the Door” and “Nicholas and Alexandra” passed away in 1985 at the age of 77.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1953 - “The Doggie in the Window” by Patti Page
1964 - “She Loves You” by the Beatles
1981 - “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon
1981 - On The Country Charts – “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” by Willie Nelson
1987 - “Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau

Musical Moments In…

1952 - The Moondog Coronation Ball was presented by Alan Freed. The event took place in Cleveland, Ohio and is considered to be one of the first rock ‘n’ roll concerts.

TV Moments In…

1980 - “Who Shot J.R.?” became the question on everyone’s mind when the season finale of TV’s “Dallas” aired.

1983 - The last episode of “Little House on the Prairie” aired.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1980 - The announcement was made by President Jimmy Carter that the U.S. would boycott the summer Olympics in Moscow.

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