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March 7, ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma for the civil rights movement – ​​Chicago Tribune


Today is Thursday, March 7, the 67th day of 2024. There are 299 days left in the year.

Highlights of this day in history:

On March 7, 1965, a march of civil rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, was violently dispersed by state troopers and a sheriff’s squad in what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

On this date:

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a US patent for his telephone.

In 1911, President William Howard Taft ordered 20,000 troops to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border in response to the Mexican Revolution.

In 1916, Bavarian Engine Works (BMW) was founded in Munich, Germany, as an aircraft engine manufacturer.

In 1926, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone calls took place between New York and London.

In 1936, Adolf Hitler broke the Treaty of Versailles and the Pact of Locarno by ordering his troops to march into the Rhineland.


In 1975, the U.S. Senate revised the filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the two-thirds number of senators previously required.

In 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a parody that mocks an original work can be considered “fair use.” (The decision involved rap group 2 Live Crew’s parody of the Roy Orbison song “Oh, Pretty Woman.”)

In 1999, his films included “Dr. Strangelove,” “A Clockwork Orange” and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” died in Hertfordshire, England, at the age of 70, after having just finished editing “Eyes Wide Shut.”

In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; this appointment met with opposition from Democrats, prompting Bush to make a recess appointment.

In 2013, the UN Security Council unanimously voted for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test; Angry Pyongyang threatened a nuclear attack on the United States.

Peyton Manning announced his retirement after 18 seasons in the National Football League in 2016.

In 2017, the Indianapolis Colts released injured quarterback Peyton Manning, who played for the Denver Broncos.

In 2020, health officials in Florida said two people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus had died; The deaths were the first on the East Coast attributed to the epidemic.

In 2022, the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine deepened as Russian forces intensified their bombardment and food, water, heat and medicine became increasingly scarce in the country’s region, which Moscow condemned as a medieval-style siege to force surrender.

Today’s birthdays: International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Janet Guthrie 86. Actor Daniel J. Travanti 84. Entertainment executive Michael Eisner 82. Rock musician Chris White (The Zombies) 81. Rock singer Peter Wolf 78. Rock musician Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) 78. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann 72. R&B singer-musician Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers) 72. Rock musician Kenny Aronoff (BoDeans, John Mellencamp) 71. Actor Bryan Cranston 68. Actor Donna Murphy 65. Actor Nick Searcy is 65. Golfer Tom Lehman is 65. International Tennis Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl is 64. Actor Mary Beth Evans is 63. Singer-actor Taylor Dayne is 62. Actor Bill Brochtrup is 61. Author EL James is 61. Author Bret Easton Ellis is 60. Opera artist Denyce Graves 60. Comedian Wanda Sykes 60. Actor Jonathan Del Arco 58. Rock musician Randy Guss (Toad the Wet Sprocket) 57. Actor Rachel Weisz Actor Peter Sarsgaard 53. Actor Jay Duplass 51. Classical singer Sebastien Izambard (Il Divo) 51 Rock singer Hugo Ferreira (Tantric) 50. Actor Jenna Fischer 50. Actor Tobias Menzies 50. Actor Sarayu Blue 49. Actor Audrey Marie Anderson 49. Actor TJ Thyne 49. Bluegrass singer-musician Frank Solivan 47. Actor Laura Prepon 44. Actor Bel Powley is 32. Poet and activist Amanda Gorman is 26. Actor Giselle Eisenberg ( TV: “Life in Pieces”) is 17.


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