ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MARCH 21
1880 - Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, American actor (d. 1971) is born
1906 - John D Rockefeller III, billionaire philanthropist (oil) is born
1927 - Disney's, Alice in the Alps - starring Margie Gay - is released
1929 - James Coco, Bronx NY, actor (Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death) is born
1933 - Hitler, Guring, Prince Ruprecht, Bruning & top army meet in Berlin
1934 - Al Freeman Jr, Tx, actor (One Life to Live, My Sweet Charlie), (d. 2012) is born
1935 - Persia officially renamed Iran
1939 - "God Bless America" was recorded by Kate Smith
1942 - Heavy German assault on Malta
1943 - Assassination attempt on Hitler fails
1943 - Massacre of the town of Kalavryta, Greece by German Nazi troops.
1944 - Gen Eisenhower postpones S France invasion until after Normandy
1945 - 1st Japanese flying bombs (ochas) attack Okinawa
1945 - During WW II Allied bombers begin 4-day raid over Germany
1946 - Timothy Dalton, actor (James Bond) is born
1947 - Pres Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
1948 - "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
1949 - Eddie Money, [Mahoney], Bkln, singer/guitarist (Take Me Home Tonight) is born
1950 - Peter Banks, rocker (Yes), (d. 2013) is born
1950 - Roger Hodgson, rock vocalist (Supertramp-It's Raining Again) is born
1951 - 2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea
1951 - Helena Antonaccio, playmate (June, 1969) is born
1951 - Russell Thompkins Jr, US soul singer (Stylistics-Sing Baby Sing) is born
1952 - Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever
1953 - Shotgun Johnson [Robert], rock drummer (KC & the Sunshine Band-Give it Up) is born
1955 - NBC-TV presented the first "Colgate Comedy Hour".
1955 - Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"
1956 - 28th Academy Awards - "Marty," Anna Magnani & Ernest Borgnine win
1957 - Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending," premieres in NYC
1957 - Sabrina Le Beauf, New Orleans La, actress (Sondra-Crosby Show) is born
1958 - Brad Hall, Santa Barbara California, comedian (SNL) is born
1958 - Gary Oldman, actor (Sid & Nancy, Criminal Law, State of Grace) is born
1961 - Kassie Wesley, Ky, actress (Evil Dead 2, Blair-One Life to Live) is born
1961 - Slim MacDonnell, Jim Phantom rock percussionist (Stray Cats) is born
1961 - Beatles' 1st appearance at the Cavern Club
1962 - Matthew Broderick, NYC, actor (WarGames, Biloxi Blues)
1962 - Rosie O'Donnell, comedienne (League of Their Own, Flintstones, Rosie)
1963 - Elliott Gould and Barbra Streisand were married.
1964 - Judy Collins made her debut in New York City's Carnegie Hall.
1964 - Beatles' "She Loves You," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
1965 - Martin Luther King Jr begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
1966 - Supreme Court reverses Mass ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene
1970 - Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
1970 - Faces, with new lead singer Rod Stewart, released their first LP, "First Step."
1970 - "ABC" by the Jackson Five was released.
1975 - Disneyland's Mission to Mars opens in Tomorrowland.
1975 - Disney's live-action adventure feature, Escape to Witch Mountain, is released.
1976 - Singer Claudine Longet, formerly the wife of Andy Williams, shot her boyfriend, world skiing champion Spider Sabich Sabich had tried to throw her and her three children out of his house. Longet was arrested for manslaughter.
1980 - President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
1980 - On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot
1982 - Donny Osmond starred in the title role on Broadway of "Little Johnny Jones."
1982 - Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard
1982 - Movie "Annie" premieres
1983 - Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
1984 - NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule
1984 - Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon
1984 - Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan
1985 - Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mr Arkadin), dies at 77
1987 - Robert Preston, actor (Harold Hill-Music Man), dies at 68
1987 - U2 releases the single "With or Without You".
1987 - Dean Martin, Jr. (Dino, Desi & Billy) dies in a plane crash while in the Air National Guard.
1989 - Dick Clark announced that he would no longer be hosting the show "American Bandstand." He had been the host for 33 years.
1990 - "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill NYC for 149 perfs
1990 - "Normal Life" starring Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV
1990 - "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli premieres on CBS-TV
1991 - Leo Fender, inventor (Fender guitar), dies
1992 - John Ireland, actor (Rawhide), dies of leukemia at 78
1994 - Dack Rambo, actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies from AIDs at 52
1994 - Lili Damita, wife of Errol Flynn (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 89
1994 - Macdonald Carey, actor (Days of Our Lives), dies of cancer at 81
1994 - 66th Academy Awards - "Schindler's List," Tom Hanks & Holly Hunter win
1994 - Dudley Moore arrested for hitting girlfriend
1994 - Wayne Gretzky ties Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals
1999 - Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
2005 - Barney Martin, American actor (b. 1923) dies