Today’s moment of history:
On March 21, 1965, civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began their third successful march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
In 1685, the composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.
In 1935, Persia officially changed its name to Iran.
In 1945, during World War II, Allied bombers launched a four-day raid on Germany.
In 1952, the Moondog Coronation Ball, which is considered the first rock and roll concert, took place at the Cleveland Arena.
In 1972, the Supreme Court in the Dan v. Bloomstein case ruled that states could not need at least a year of residence to receive the right to vote.
In 1990, Namibia became an independent state, as the former colony marked the end of 75 years of South African rule.
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In 1997, President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin concluded their summit in Helsinki, Finland, which was still at a standstill over NATO enlargement but was able to agree to reduce its nuclear arsenal.
In 2006, the social networking site Twitter was created with the sending of the first “tweet” of co-founder Jack Dorsey, who wrote: “just set up my twttr.”
In 2007, former Vice President El Gore emotionally returned to Congress when he asked committees of the House of Representatives and Senate to fight global warming; Skeptical Republicans have questioned the science behind his climate change documentary The Inconvenient Truth.
In 2012, the previously divided UN Security Council sent a strong and unified message to the Syrian government and its opposition, urging both sides to immediately implement the proposals of international envoy Kofi Annan to end the annual bloodshed in Syria. Noting the unprecedented punishment for a reward system aimed at key players in the opponent, the NFL fired New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for next season and indefinitely dismissed the team’s former defense coordinator; Commissioner Roger Goodell fined the Saints $ 500,000 and selected two drafts.
In 2016, exposing half a century of tension, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro pushed each other over human rights and the long-running U.S. economic embargo during an unprecedented joint press conference in Havana.
In 2017, U.S. and UK officials announced they were banning the use of laptops and tablets in the cabin of some international flights because of long-standing concerns about terrorists attacking jet liners. On the second day of the Senate approval hearing, Supreme Court candidate Neil Gorsach said he had made no promises to President Donald Trump or anyone else as to how he would vote on abortion or other issues. Chuck Boris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game,” and “The Gong Show,” died at his home in Palisades, New York, at the age of 87.
In 2019, President Donald Trump suddenly declared that the United States recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, which was a major shift in American policy.
In 2020, during a White House briefing, President Donald Trump doubled his support for the hydroxychloroquine malaria drug as a possible treatment for coronavirus, while Dr. Anthony Foci said the evidence was “anecdotal.”
In 2021, Miami Beach officials extended the emergency curfew at 8pm for at least another week; the move came after fights, shootings, destruction of property and dangerous crush began among huge crowds during the spring break.