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 - Selma to Montgomery
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1965: Martin Luther King Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. The marchers averaged 10 miles a day along U.S. Route 80, known in Alabama as the "Jefferson Davis Highway." Protected by 2,000 soldiers of the U.S. Army, 1,900 members of the Alabama National Guard under federal command, and many FBI agents and U.S. marshals, the marchers arrived in Montgomery on March 24, and at the Alabama State Capitol on March 25, where King delivered the speech "How Long, Not Long."

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