This Day in Civil Rights History: Selma to Montgomery March (1965)

(Selma, Ala.) Civil Rights protesters begin a march to Montgomery in support of voting rights but are stopped at the Pettus Bridge by a police blockade. Fifty marchers are hospitalized after police use tear gas, whips, and clubs against them. The incident is dubbed “Bloody Sunday” by the media. The march is considered the catalyst for pushing through the voting rights act five months later. (Source)