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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 -  Solomon Burke
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1940: Singer Solomon Burke, one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s, is born in Philadelphia, Pa. Over his 55-year career, Burke had 35 singles that charted in the U.S., including hits like "Cry to Me," "If You Need Me," "Got to Get You Off My Mind," "Down in the Valley" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love." In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He died on Oct. 10, 2010, at the age of 70 in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.

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