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.

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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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