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
Annulment of the marriage of King Louis VII of France and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Code Napoléon is adopted as French civil law.
World War I: The first phase of the German Spring Offensive, Operation Michael, begins.
Construction of Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed.
Shah Reza Pahlavi formally asks the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran, which means 'Land of the Aryans.'
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.
Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.
Ranger program: NASA launches Ranger 9 which is the last in a series of unmanned lunar space probes.
Battle of Karameh in Jordan between Israeli Defense Forces and Fatah.
Sports Illustrated reports allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling.
Who were born on March 21?
Francis Lewis, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (d. 1803)
Thomas Hayward, English cricketer (d. 1876)
George Owen Squier, American inventor (d. 1934)
Yigael Yadin, Israeli archeologist and politician (d. 1984)
Al Freeman, Jr., American actor
Ray Dorset, English musician (Mungo Jerry)
Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Greek politician
Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi international football star
Rachael MacFarlane, American voice actress
Ryann Krais, American heptathlete
Who died on March 21?
Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1011)
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury (burned at the stake) (b. 1489)
Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (b. 1714)
Edwin Vose Sumner, American Civil War general (b. 1797)
Frederick Winslow Taylor, American inventor (b. 1856)
Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer (b. 1865)
Joe Medwick, baseball player (b. 1911)
Anthony Steel, English actor (b. 1920)
Drew Hayes, American writer and graphic artist (b. 1969)
Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
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