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21st March

1556 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake as a heretic.

1685 * Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer and organist.

1871 Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his search to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.

1935 * Brian Clough, English soccer player and manager.

1944 * Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor who became the fourth actor to play James Bond.

1960 In Sharpeville, South Africa, a demonstration became a massacre with police killing 56.

1960 * Ayrton Senna, (Brazil) three times world Formula 1 motor racing champion.

1963 Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay, a harsh maximum security jail closed.

1965 Martin Luther King, Jr., led the start of a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their 'Beds in Peace' demo at the Amsterdam Hilton.

1990 A Poll Tax demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London turned into a riot.

1999 The feat of flying a balloon non-stop around the world was achieved by Bertrand Picard and Brian Jones in Breitling Orbiter 3.

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