On This Day: March 21st

This is 81st day of the year and 285 days remain in the year.

in history
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake as a heretic.
The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was officially put forth.
Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.
Police fired on demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, after which the African National Congress was banned. 25 years later, a march marking the anniversary was also disrupted by police fire.
Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay, a harsh maximum security jail which once housed gangster Al Capone, closed.
Martin Luther King, Jr., led the start of a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
The House of Representatives passes a bill that will overhaul the American health-care system. The bill, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will be sent to President Obama to sign into law.
March 21 Birthdays
Johann S. BachPronunciation: [sAbäs´tyän bäkh]
1685–1750, German composer and organist, born in Eisenach; one of the greatest and most influential composers of the Western world.
Benito Juarezstatesman
Florenz Ziegfeldtheatrical producer
Rosie O'Donnellcomedienne
Phyllis McGinleypoet
Jean Baptiste Joseph Fouriermathematician and physicist
Modest Mussorgskycomposer
Matthew Broderickactor

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