This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1913, Gov. Walter E. Clark signed the first law of the first Alaska Legislature, providing for Women's Suffrage.

• In 1969, the city of Fairbanks was named an All-American City by editors of Look Magazine and the National Municipal League.

In the nation

• In 1790, Thomas Jefferson reported to President Washington in New York as the new secretary of state.

• In 1944, Charles Chaplin went on trial in Los Angeles, accused of transporting former protégé Joan Barry across state lines for immoral purposes. (Chaplin was acquitted, but later lost a paternity suit despite tests showing he wasn't the father of Barry's child.)

• In 1963, the Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

• In 1965, more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began their march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery.

• In 1994, "Schindler's List" won best picture at the 66th Academy Awards; Holly Hunter was named best actress for "The Piano" while Tom Hanks was named best actor for "Philadelphia." Actor Macdonald Carey died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 81.

• In 1999, at the Academy Awards, "Shakespeare in Love" won seven Oscars, including best picture and best actress for Gwyneth Paltrow; Roberto Benigni won best actor for "Life is Beautiful," while Steven Spielberg won best director for "Saving Private Ryan."

• In 2003, the House approved a $2.2 trillion budget embracing President Bush's tax-cutting plan.

In the world

• In 1685, composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.

• In 1804, the French civil code, or the "Code Napoleon" as it was later called, was adopted.

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