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.
1943: Wehrmacht officer Rudolf von Gersdorff plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler by using a suicide bomb, but the plan falls through when Hitler's planned 30-minute visit to a military museum in Berlin is cut short as a security precaution. Von Gersdorff was able to defuse the bomb in time and avoid suspicion.
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