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 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 285 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 8, 2023 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 466,488 hours 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 326 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 3,742 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

  • 1556
    In Oxford, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer is burned at the stake.
  • 1788
    A fire in New Orleans leaves most of the town in ruins.
  • 1814
    Napoleonic Wars: Austrian forces repel French troops in the Battle of Arcis-sur-Aube.
  • 1928
    Charles Lindbergh is presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight.
  • 1945
    World War II: British troops liberate Mandalay, Burma.
  • 1945
    World War II: Bulgaria and the Soviet Union successfully complete their defense of the north bank of the Drava River as the Battle of Drava concludes.
  • 1960
    Apartheid: Massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa: Police open fire on a group of unarmed black South African demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180.
  • 1965
    Ranger program: NASA launches Ranger 9 which is the last in a series of unmanned lunar space probes.
  • 1989
    Sports Illustrated reports allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling.
  • 1997
    In a Tel Aviv, Israel coffee shop, a suicide bomber kills 3 and injures 49.

Who were born on March 21?

  • 1876
    Walter Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
  • 1895
    Zlatko Baloković, Croatian violinist (d. 1955)
  • 1906
    Jim Thompson, American designer and businessman (d. 1967)
  • 1927
    Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German politician
  • 1943
    István Gyulai, Hungarian sports executive (d. 2006)
  • 1961
    Lothar Matthäus, German footballer
  • 1962
    Mark Waid, American comic book writer
  • 1969
    Jonah Goldberg, American author and pundit
  • 1973
    Stuart Nethercott, English footballer
  • 1975
    Fabricio Oberto, Argentine basketball player

Who died on March 21?

  • 1181
    Taira Kiyomori, Japanese Feudal general (b. 1118)
  • 1656
    James Ussher, Irish Anglican archbishop (b. 1581)
  • 1734
    Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian (b. 1679)
  • 1751
    Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (b. 1706)
  • 1936
    Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer (b. 1865)
  • 1994
    Macdonald Carey, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1997
    W. V. Awdry, English children’s writer (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    Barney Martin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • 2011
    Loleatta Holloway, American singer (b. 1946)

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