On this day: March 21

POSTED: 11:38 AM PDT Mar 18, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 20, 2014 

Alcatraz prison closes, Martin Luther King Jr. marches toward Montgomery, the U.S. decides to boycott Moscow's Olympics, and Spielberg nabs his first Oscar, all on this day.

OTD March 21 - Ranger 9
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NASA

1965: NASA launches Ranger 9, which is the last in a series of unmanned lunar space probes. The probe was designed to transmit high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface in the minutes before it crashed into the moon's surface.

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