What happened this day in history March 21

What are the important events that happened on March 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 21 is the 80th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 285 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 8, 2021 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,616,284,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘octacontagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 317 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,012 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 21: This Day In History

March 21st is the common date of the March equinox (although astronomically the equinox is more likely to fall on March 20 in all but the most easterly longitudes). In astrology, the day of the equinox is the first full day of the sign of Aries. It is also the traditional first day of the astrological year.

March 21 Historical Events

  • 1152
    Annulment of the marriage of King Louis VII of France and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
  • 1804
    Code Napoléon is adopted as French civil law.
  • 1918
    World War I: The first phase of the German Spring Offensive, Operation Michael, begins.
  • 1933
    Construction of Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed.
  • 1935
    Shah Reza Pahlavi formally asks the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran, which means 'Land of the Aryans.'
  • 1937
    Ponce Massacre: 18 people and a 7-year-old girl in Ponce, Puerto Rico, are gunned down by a police squad acting under orders of US-appointed Governor, Blanton C. Winship.
  • 1963
    Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.
  • 1965
    Ranger program: NASA launches Ranger 9 which is the last in a series of unmanned lunar space probes.
  • 1968
    Battle of Karameh in Jordan between Israeli Defense Forces and Fatah.
  • 1989
    Sports Illustrated reports allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling.

Who were born on March 21?

  • 1713
    Francis Lewis, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (d. 1803)
  • 1835
    Thomas Hayward, English cricketer (d. 1876)
  • 1863
    George Owen Squier, American inventor (d. 1934)
  • 1917
    Yigael Yadin, Israeli archeologist and politician (d. 1984)
  • 1934
    Al Freeman, Jr., American actor
  • 1946
    Ray Dorset, English musician (Mungo Jerry)
  • 1955
    Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Greek politician
  • 1964
    Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi international football star
  • 1976
    Rachael MacFarlane, American voice actress
  • 1990
    Ryann Krais, American heptathlete

Who died on March 21?

  • 1076
    Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1011)
  • 1556
    Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury (burned at the stake) (b. 1489)
  • 1795
    Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (b. 1714)
  • 1863
    Edwin Vose Sumner, American Civil War general (b. 1797)
  • 1915
    Frederick Winslow Taylor, American inventor (b. 1856)
  • 1936
    Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer (b. 1865)
  • 1975
    Joe Medwick, baseball player (b. 1911)
  • 2001
    Anthony Steel, English actor (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Drew Hayes, American writer and graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • 2011
    Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)

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