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This day in history

Thursday, March 21, is the 80th day of 2013. There are 285 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer-musician Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 68. Actor Timothy Dalton is 67. Singer Eddie Money is 64. Actor Gary Oldman is 55. Actor Matthew Broderick is 51. Comedian-talk show host Rosie O’Donnell is 51. Rapper-TV personality Kevin Federline is 35.

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In 1685, composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.

In 1871, journalist Henry M. Stanley began his famous expedition in Africa to locate the missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone.

In 1960, about 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police fired on black protesters.

In 1965, civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began their third march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

In 1972, the Supreme Court, in Dunn v. Blumstein, ruled that states may not require at least a year’s residency for voting eligibility.

In 1985, police in Langa, South Africa, opened fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of Sharpeville; the reported death toll varied between 29 and 43.

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