Mikhail Gorbachev assumes leadership of the Soviet Union on March 11, 1985. In 1990, Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end the Cold War.
In a notorious incident, neighbors in Queens, New York fail to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she is stabbed to death in the street on March 13, 1964.
Levi Strauss Co. begins selling bell-bottom jeans on March 11, 1969.
The Cat in the Hat is published March 12, 1957. "It is the book I'm proudest of because it had something to do with the death of the Dick and Jane primers," Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) later writes.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton marry on March 15, 1964, after starring in the film Cleopatra. They divorce in 1974 and remarry the following year.
On March 16, 1968, some 100 U.S. Army soldiers enter the Vietnamese village of My Lai, alleged to be an enemy stronghold. Though drawing no fire, the soldiers kill as many as 500 men, women and children in what becomes known as the My Lai Massacre.
Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" starts a four-week run at No. 1 on March 16, 1968. Redding had died in a plane crash three months earlier, just three days after recording the song.
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