March 21, 1925
After easily passing through the Tennessee House and Senate, the Butler Act was signed into law by Governor Austin Peay, making it a crime for a teacher in a state-supported public school to teach any theory that contradicts the Bible’s account of man’s creation. Six weeks later in Dayton, Tennessee, John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution at Rhea County High School.
March 21, 1965
In Alabama, more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began a successful march from Selma to Montgomery, the third of three such attempts that month.
March 21, 1976
After a David Bowie concert at the Community War Memorial arena in Rochester, New York, Iggy Pop and David Bowie were involved in a drug bust at their hotel room where the police found 182 grams (a little over 6.4 ounces) of marijuana. The pair spent the rest of the night in the Monroe County Jail and were released at about 7 a.m. on $2,000 bond each; charges later were dropped.
Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb combined for the week’s #10 song–“What Kind Of Fool”.
Boy George said in “Women’s World” magazine that he would never marry, settle down, or become a father.
Madonna released her fourth studio album, “Like A Prayer.”
Anne Murray was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
George Michael scored his fifth UK #1 album with “Patience”. After a slow start in the US, the LP would eventually climb to #12.
A lost David Bowie album called “Toy”, which went unreleased since 2001, mysteriously appeared on several file-sharing websites. The collection of mostly re-recorded tracks from Bowie’s early years had been locked in a dispute with Virgin Records.