Today is Tuesday, March 21st, the 80th day of 2017. There are 285 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
1952: The Moondog Coronation Ball, considered the first rock and roll concert, took place at Cleveland Arena.
1556: Thomas Cranmer, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake for heresy.
1685: Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.
1804: The French civil code, or the “Code Napoleon” as it was later called, was adopted.
1925: Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay (pee) signed the Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of the Theory of Evolution in public schools. (Tennessee repealed the law in 1967.)
1935: Persia officially changed its name to Iran.
1946: The recently created United Nations Security Council set up temporary headquarters at Hunter College in The Bronx, New York.
1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan began a four-day conference in Bermuda.
1963: The Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates and closed at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
1972: The Supreme Court, in Dunn v. Blumstein, ruled that states may not require at least a year’s residency for voting eligibility.
1981: Michael Donald, a black teenager in Mobile, Alabama, was abducted, tortured and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (A lawsuit brought by Donald’s mother, Beulah Mae Donald, later resulted in a landmark judgment that bankrupted one Klan organization.)
1997: President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin wrapped up their summit in Helsinki, Finland, still deadlocked over NATO expansion, but able to agree on slashing nuclear weapons arsenals.
2006: The social media website Twitter was established with the sending of the first “tweet” by co-founder Jack Dorsey, who wrote: “just setting up my twttr.”
Actress Kathleen Widdoes is 78.
Songwriter Chip Taylor (“Wild Thing”) is 77.
Folk-pop singer/musician Keith Potger (The Seekers) is 76.
Actress Marie-Christine Barrault is 73.
Singer-musician Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 72.
Actor Timothy Dalton is 71.
Singer Ray Dorset (Mungo Jerry) is 71.
Singer Eddie Money is 68.
Rock singer-musician Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) is 67.
Rock musician Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) is 66.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Russell Thompkins Jr. (The Stylistics) is 66.