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This Day in History: March 21

In 1965, more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by Martin Luther King Jr. began their march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. Above, King greets the crowd on North Gay Street during a visit to Baltimore the previous year. (Paul H. Hutchins, Baltimore Sun photo, 1964)

1685: Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.

1944: Charles Chaplin went on trial in Los Angeles, accused of transporting former protege Joan Barry across state lines for immoral purposes.

1963: The Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

1996: General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a settlement in a 17-day brake-factory strike that idled more than 177,000 employees and brought the automaker to a near standstill.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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