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21 Mar
1997
Briton Richard Pryce, who as a 16-year-old schoolboy in 1994 hacked into top-secret U.S. military computers, pleaded guilty in a London magistrates court on charges of gaining…Briton Richard Pryce, who as a 16-year-old schoolboy in 1994 hacked into top-secret U.S. military computers, pleaded guilty in a London magistrates court on charges of gaining access to information illegally. He was fined £1,200 and had his computer equipment confiscated
22 years ago
21 Mar
1997
The Rev. W. Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, died aged 85The Rev. W. Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, died aged 85
22 years ago
21 Mar
1996
Former finance minister Goran Persson became prime minister of SwedenFormer finance minister Goran Persson became prime minister of Sweden
23 years ago
21 Mar
1995
Actor Stephen Fry, who disappeared after unexpectedly quitting a play in London's West End in February, returned to Britain and checked into hospitalActor Stephen Fry, who disappeared after unexpectedly quitting a play in London's West End in February, returned to Britain and checked into hospital
24 years ago
21 Mar
1994
The last Italian soldiers ended their 15-month peacekeeping mission in SomaliaThe last Italian soldiers ended their 15-month peacekeeping mission in Somalia
25 years ago
21 Mar
1994
Steven Spielberg finally collected his first Oscars, scooping the top awards of Best Director and Best Film for Schindler’s ListSteven Spielberg finally collected his first Oscars, scooping the top awards of Best Director and Best Film for Schindler’s List
25 years ago
21 Mar
1993
British racing driver Nigel Mansell, reigning Formula One world champion, won his first IndyCar Grand PrixBritish racing driver Nigel Mansell, reigning Formula One world champion, won his first IndyCar Grand Prix
26 years ago
21 Mar
1992
A British Airways Concorde lost part of its rudder in mid-air over the Atlantic for the third timeA British Airways Concorde lost part of its rudder in mid-air over the Atlantic for the third time
27 years ago
21 Mar
1991
Leo Fender, pioneer of the electric guitar, died in Fullerton, CaliforniaLeo Fender, pioneer of the electric guitar, died in Fullerton, California
28 years ago
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21 Mar
1990
Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa, became independent after 75 years of South African rule. Sam Nujoma, head of the Marxist guerilla group SWAPO (South West African…Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa, became independent after 75 years of South African rule. Sam Nujoma, head of the Marxist guerilla group SWAPO (South West African People's Organisation) became the country’s first president
29 years ago
21 Mar
1989
Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke wept on television as he admitted to having an extra-marital affairAustralian Prime Minister Bob Hawke wept on television as he admitted to having an extra-marital affair
30 years ago
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21 Mar
1985
British actor Sir Michael Redgrave, father of an acting dynasty, died. Other family actors included his wife, Rachel Kempson, children Vanessa, Lynn and Corin Redgrave, and…British actor Sir Michael Redgrave, father of an acting dynasty, died. Other family actors included his wife, Rachel Kempson, children Vanessa, Lynn and Corin Redgrave, and grandchildren Natasha and Joely Richardson and Jemma Redgrave
34 years ago
21 Mar
1985
South African police fired on demonstrators at Uitenhage, killing 22, on the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville MassacreSouth African police fired on demonstrators at Uitenhage, killing 22, on the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre
34 years ago
21 Mar
1972
The rebuilt Waterloo Station opened in LondonThe rebuilt Waterloo Station opened in London
47 years ago
21 Mar
1965
Martin Luther King led an 8,000-strong crowd on a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in support of voting rights for black peopleMartin Luther King led an 8,000-strong crowd on a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in support of voting rights for black people
54 years ago
21 Mar
1963
Alcatraz, a harsh maximum security jail in San Francisco Bay which once housed gangster Al Capone, closed when the last 27 prisoners were transferred to other prisonsAlcatraz, a harsh maximum security jail in San Francisco Bay which once housed gangster Al Capone, closed when the last 27 prisoners were transferred to other prisons
56 years ago
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21 Mar
1960
South African police opened fire on a peaceful gathering of black demonstrators in Sharpeville, killing 69 people and injuring over 180, mostly women and children. The…South African police opened fire on a peaceful gathering of black demonstrators in Sharpeville, killing 69 people and injuring over 180, mostly women and children. The “Sharpeville Massacre” attracted global condemnation
59 years ago
21 Mar
1957
Following strained relations during the Suez crisis, the U.S. made guided missiles available to the UK but kept control of the warheadsFollowing strained relations during the Suez crisis, the U.S. made guided missiles available to the UK but kept control of the warheads
62 years ago
21 Mar
1952
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah became prime minister of the Gold Coast, the first African to be elected prime minister south of the SaharaDr. Kwame Nkrumah became prime minister of the Gold Coast, the first African to be elected prime minister south of the Sahara
67 years ago
21 Mar
1946
British government minister Aneurin Bevan announced proposals for a National Health ServiceBritish government minister Aneurin Bevan announced proposals for a National Health Service
73 years ago
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21 Mar
1945
British warplanes destroyed Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, killing over 70 Nazis. The raid also killed civilians, including 86 schoolchildren, in Denmark’s worst civilian…British warplanes destroyed Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, killing over 70 Nazis. The raid also killed civilians, including 86 schoolchildren, in Denmark’s worst civilian disaster of the war
74 years ago
21 Mar
1939
The Lithuanian port of Memel was ceded to GermanyThe Lithuanian port of Memel was ceded to Germany
80 years ago
21 Mar
1927
Nationalist Chinese forces under Chiang Kai-shek captured the city of ShanghaiNationalist Chinese forces under Chiang Kai-shek captured the city of Shanghai
92 years ago
21 Mar
1919
A pro-Soviet coup headed by Bela Kun overthrew the government of HungaryA pro-Soviet coup headed by Bela Kun overthrew the government of Hungary
100 years ago
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