About March 21

March 21, 2021 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.

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Aries is the sun 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.

March 21: More About This Day

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.

What Happened On March 21

  • 717
    Battle of Vincy between Charles Martel and Ragenfrid.
  • 1152
    Annulment of the marriage of King Louis VII of France and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
  • 1800
    With the church leadership driven out of Rome during an armed conflict, Pius VII is crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mâché.
  • 1814
    Napoleonic Wars: Austrian forces repel French troops in the Battle of Arcis-sur-Aube.
  • 1844
    The Bahá'í calendar begins. This is the first day of the first year of the Bahá'í calendar. It is annually celebrated by members of the Bahá'í Faith as the Bahá'í New Year or Náw-Rúz.
  • 1913
    Over 360 are killed and 20,000 homes destroyed in the Great Dayton Flood in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1918
    World War I: The first phase of the German Spring Offensive, Operation Michael, begins.
  • 1919
    The Hungarian Soviet Republic is established becoming the first Communist government to be formed in Europe after the October Revolution in Russia.
  • 1925
    Syngman Rhee is removed from office after being impeached as the President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
  • 1928
    Charles Lindbergh is presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight.
  • 1935
    Shah Reza Pahlavi formally asks the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran, which means 'Land of the Aryans.'
  • 1943
    Wehrmacht officer Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler by using a suicide bomb, but the plan falls through. Von Gersdorff is able to defuse the bomb in time and avoid suspicion.
  • 1945
    World War II: Operation Carthage – British planes bomb Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. They also hit a school and 125 civilians are killed.
  • 1960
    Apartheid: Massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa: Police open fire on a group of unarmed black South African demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180.
  • 1963
    Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.
  • 1989
    Sports Illustrated reports allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling.
  • 1990
    Namibia becomes independent after 75 years of South African rule.
  • 1994
    The last episode of the Australian TV series Mother and Son was broadcast.
  • 1999
    Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • 2006
    Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Khalifa and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport riot causing $1M in damage.

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