Claudette Colvin arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to move to the back of the bus 60 years ago today (Mar 2 1955)

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(Wednesday, March 2, 1955; during the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68)) — Nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous act of defiance, Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old black high school student in Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested today after refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger.

Operation Rolling Thunder against North Vietnam begins 50 years ago this hour (Mar 2 1965)

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(Tuesday, March 2, 1965, 3:45 p.m. ICT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War)Operation Rolling Thunder, a gradual and sustained aerial bombardment campaign, began today as more than 100 U.S. jet aircraft bombed a North Vietnamese munitions depot and also provided air cover for 60 South Vietnamese bombers striking at a Communist naval base. Continue reading

John Lennon appears as presenter on annual Grammy Awards show 40 years ago this hour (Mar 1 1975)

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(Saturday, March 1, 1975, 10:00-11:30 p.m. EST) — At the 17th Annual Grammy Awards televised live tonight from Uris Theatre in New York City, former Beatle John Lennon presented the award for “Record of the Year” with Paul Simon.

Four Grammys given to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Hamlisch 40 years ago this hour (Mar 1 1975)

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(Saturday, March 1, 1975, 10:00-11:30 p.m. EST) — The blind singer-composer Stevie Wonder and composer Marvin Hamlisch each received four awards tonight at 17th Annual Grammy Awards at Uris Theatre in New York City.

Record of the Year went to a British-born singer Olivia Newton-John, for “I Honestly Love You.”

President Reagan terms Nicaraguan rebels ‘moral equal of founding fathers’ 30 years ago this hour (Mar 1 1985)

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(Friday, March 1, 1985, 9:35 p.m. EST) — U.S. President Ronald Reagan said tonight that the rebels seeking to overthrow the Nicaraguan Government were the ”moral equal of our Founding Fathers.”

In a speech to the annual conference of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, he renewed his call for Congressional approval of $14 million in aid for the rebels.

Grammys honor Sheryl Crow, Tony Bennett 20 years ago this hour (Mar 1 1995)

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(Wednesday, March 1, 1995, 8:00-11:00 p.m. EST) — A newcomer, Sheryl Crow, and a pop trouper, Tony Bennett, won the top awards at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards, which were presented tonight at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and telecast on CBS.

Tony Bennett’s MTV Unplugged, an album of standards featuring duets with such singers as K. D. Lang, was named album of the year. “This is the greatest moment in my whole musical career and the greatest moment in my life,” Bennett said. “It’s such a victorious feeling to sing good American music and have this happen.”

MTV Unplugged, produced by David Kahne, also won Bennett’s third consecutive award in the traditional pop album category. He won his very first Grammy Award for a 1962 recording, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (click here to watch several videos from tonight’s ceremonies).

‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’ opens in North America 30 years ago today (Mar 1 1985)

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(Friday, March 1, 1985)The Purple Rose of Cairo, a romantic fantasy comedy film about a movie character who steps off the screen and into the life of his biggest fan, opened today in three North American theaters, including the Beekman Theater in New York City.

Directed by Woody Allen, the film starred Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels and Danny Aiello.