This Day in History: March 15th

TDIH Mar. 15th
(AP Photo/Byron Rollins)
(AP Photo/Byron Rollins)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – LBJ pushes for equal voting rights, and Wilt Chamberlain scores a record-setting 4,000th point. Plus find out what the first domain name ever registered for the internet in this edition of, “This Day in History”.

On this day in 44 BC, on the Ides of March, Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death in the Roman Senate house by 60 conspirators, led by Marcus Brutus, among others.

On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson urged congress to pass legislation that would ensure everybody’s right to vote. On August 6th of that year, LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act, which made it illegal to impose restrictions on federal, state, and local elections that were designed to deny the vote to African-Americans.

On this day in 1985, the first Internet domain name was registered for Symbolics (symbolics.com).

On this day in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain, of the Philadelphia Warriors, became the first NBA player to score 4,000 points in a season.

On this day in 1972, The Godfather, a chronicling the lives of the Corleone Family, led by the powerful Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, was released in theaters.

"The Godfather."   (AP Photo)
“The Godfather.” (AP Photo)

On this day in 1820, Maine became the 23rd state as it was admitted into the Union.

On this day in 1892, the first escalator was patented by Jesse W. Reno in New York City.

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