March 15 Peace Love Art Activism

March 15 Peace Love Art Activism

March 15 Peace Love Art Activism


Julian Bond

March 15 Peace Love Art Activism

March 15, 1960: Julian Bond, civil rights activist and future Georgia state senator, led more than 200 Atlanta area students in the first sit-in protest in Atlanta, challenging segregated public accommodations. They presented “An Appeal for Human Rights” to city officials. (BH, see Apr 1; Atlanta, see March 7, 1961)

Orangeburg, SC

March 15 Peace Love Activism

March 15, 1963: Tom Gaither, Student Council President at Claflin College, and South Carolina State College freshman Charles “Chuck” McDew together led nearly 1,000 students on a peaceful march in downtown in Orangeburg, S.C., to protest segregation and support the sit-ins. Police attacked them with tear gas and fire hoses. Hundreds of marchers were herded behind fences in one of the largest mass arrests in the civil rights movement. Two years later, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned their convictions. (see Apr 2)

Voting rights

March 15, 1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all. (Black History, see Mar 16; Voting Rights, see August 10, 1965)

Hosie Miller

March 15, 1965: in Newton, Georgia Cal Hall, a white farmer, shot Hosie Miller, a black farmer and Baptist deacon, during a livestock dispute. Miller died ten days later. Hall, claimed he killed Miller in self-defense, was charged at least three times in connection with Miller’s death, but grand juries declined to prosecute him each time. (see Mar 16)

Rodney King

March 15, 1991: Sgt. Stacey Koon and officers Laurence Michael Powell, Timothy Wind, and Theodore Briseno indicted by a Los Angeles grand jury in connection with the beating.  (BH, see Apr 24; King, see May 10)

March 15 Peace Love Art Activism

March 15 Music et al

The Beatles

March 15, 1963: in the US, the Beatles’ “Please Please Me” peaked at number 35 after four weeks on Chicago’s WLS “Silver Dollar Survey” chart. The song did not chart on any of the major national American surveys. (see Mar 22)


March 15 – April 11, 1969: “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

March 15, 1999: Paul McCartney and George Martin inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  (see Dec 30)

March 15 Peace Love Art Activism


My Lai Massacre

March 15, 1970: the Army pressed charges against 25 men, including Captain Eugene Koutoc (aggravated assault,) Colonel Oran Henderson (dereliction of duty, failure to report a war crime, perjury,) and Brigadier General George Young (dereliction of duty, failure to obey lawful regulations.) (next Vietnam see Apr 2; see My Lai for expanded story)

Irish Troubles

March 15, 1981:  Francis Hughes, an Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoner in the Maze Prison, joined Bobby Sands on hunger strike.  (Hughes obit from anphoblacht dot com) (see Irish Troubles for expanded story)

March 15 Peace Love Art Activism

Dissolution of the USSR & INDEPENDENCE DAY


Lithuania had declared it’s independence on March 11, 1990. On  March 15  the Soviet Union announced that Lithuania’s declaration of independence was invalid. (Dissolution, see May 4; ID, see Mar 21)

March 15 Peace Love Art Activism


March 15 Peace Love Art Activism

March 15, 1994: U.S. troops begin withdrawing from Somalia. They will complete the withdrawal on March 25. (NYT article)

March 15 Peace Love Art Activism


March 15, 2012: Scott Olsen’s attorney stated that Olsen was hit in the head by a beanbag projectile, not a teargas canister, fired by a policeman during the October protest. “The fact that it was a beanbag shot, which was not what we thought, puts it in a completely different light,” said Mark Martel, who is preparing to file a claim against Oakland. “If he was hit by a tear gas canister, that would just be stupid or negligent. But if it was a beanbag – those are meant to hit people, and it tells me that whoever did it, did it intentionally.” (see July 21, 2015)


March 15, 2017: since Confederate battle flag was no longer flying at the State Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina, the NCAA allowed tournament games to be held in South Carolina for first time in 15 years

                Since 2002, the N.C.A.A. had kept its championships out of states flying the flag. When the South Carolina Legislature passed a bill in 2015 ending the flag’s display on the statehouse grounds, the NCAA lifted that restriction.

                The timing proved fortuitous when, a year later, the N.C.A.A. imposed a similar championship ban on neighboring North Carolina because of a contentious law seen by its critics as anti-gay. Just like that, tournament games set to be held in Greensboro, N.C., this week needed a new home. Greenville was happy to step in. (LGBTQ & NC, see Mar 30)

Environmental Issues

March 15, 2017: President Trump traveled to Detroit to announce a rollback of stringent fuel economy standards for cars and trucks that were put in place by the Obama administration — a welcome message to American automakers but one that could slow the push for a new generation of efficient vehicles. (EI, & Emissions, see Mar 24)

March 15 Peace Love Art Activism

Immigration History

March 15, 2017: U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order, hours before it would have temporarily barred the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspended the admission of new refugees.

                In a blistering, 43-page opinion, Watson pointed to Trump’s own comments and those of his close advisers as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims and declared there was a “strong likelihood of success” those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.

                Watson declared that “a reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

                He lambasted the government, in particular, for asserting that because the ban did not apply to all Muslims in the world, it could not be construed as discriminating against Muslims. (Vox dot com article) (see Mar 16)

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