On March 7, 1965, 525 civil rights activists began
a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Just outside Selma,
heavily armed police and deputies broke up the march with billy
clubs and tear gas, injuring sixty-five people and hospitalizing 17
in a melee that became known as "Bloody Sunday."
After federal court protection had been secured,
3200 marchers started out again on March 21; by the time they
reached Montgomery on March 25, their numbers had swelled to 25,000.
Learn more about the Selma-to-Montgomery
March from the US National Parks Service, which
preserves the route as a National Historic Trail.
On March 7, 2007, the Britain's lower house of
Parliament, the House of Commons, voted to change the upper chamber,
the House of
Lords, to an elected body. Previously, appointments to the
House of Lords were based on noble birth.