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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1871
    Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.
  • 1871
    Otto von Bismarck is appointed Chancellor of the German Empire.
  • 1919
    The Hungarian Soviet Republic is established becoming the first Communist government to be formed in Europe after the October Revolution in Russia.
  • 1933
    Construction of Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed.
  • 1945
    World War II: British troops liberate Mandalay, Burma.
  • 1946
    The Los Angeles Rams sign Kenny Washington, making him the first African American player in the American football since 1933.
  • 1952
    Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 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
    Martin Luther King, Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1965
    Ranger program: NASA launches Ranger 9 which is the last in a series of unmanned lunar space probes.
  • 1970
    The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by Mayor of San Francisco Joseph Alioto.
  • 1980
    On the season finale of the soap opera Dallas, the infamous character J.R. Ewing is shot by an unseen assailant, leading to the catchphrase “Who shot J.R.?”
  • 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.
  • 2002
    In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

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