On this day: March 21

Published On: Mar 18 2013 01:38:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 21 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Alcatraz prison closes, Martin Luther King Jr. marches toward Montgomery, the U.S. decides to boycott Moscow's Olympics, and Spielberg nabs his first Oscar, all on this day.

OTD March 21 - Alcatraz
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1963: Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes. The facility, which first served as a military prison and then a federal prison since 1934, is now a museum and one of San Francisco's major tourist attractions.

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