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.
1956: The movie "Rock Around the Clock," about a concert promoter (played by radio disc jockey Alan Freed) who brings rock 'n' roll to the masses, opens in theaters. The film stars Bill Haley and His Comets and is named after their hit song.
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