On this day: March 21

POSTED: 11:38 AM PDT Mar 18, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 20, 2016 

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 - Steven Spielberg
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1994: Steven Spielberg wins his first Academy Awards, winning Best Director for "Schindler's List," which also won him an Oscar for Best Picture as one of the film's producers. The movie also dominated the night's awards, winning five more Oscars out of its 12 nominations in total.


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