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 - Moondog Coronation Ball
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1952: Radio disc jockey Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, widely considered to be the first rock 'n' roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio. The crowd at Cleveland Arena was over capacity and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song. Despite the event being cut short, it proved to the music industry the widespread appeal of this new form of music.


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