March 21 Events in History - March 21 Birthdays - March 21 Deaths
2015 Negotiations continue between Iran and a group of six nations regarding limits on Iran's nuclear program, with the end of March approaching as an initial deadline; Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expresses optimism that an agreement will be reached
2014 Vladimir Putin ratifies laws today annexing Crimea, defying sanction threats by the U.S. and the E.U.
2014 Exxon Mobil takes the initiative among energy companies to disclose its plans for dealing with climate change in response to a 2013 shareholder resolution; the company's move may set a standard for other energy companies to follow
2013 The U.S. military used B-52 bombers in joint military drills with South Korea; in response, North Korea threatens to attack America's military bases in Japan
2013 Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard formally apologizes to people affected by forced adoptions during the 1950s through 1970s
2012 The Parliament of Greece votes in favor of an international bailout deal
2012 Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne reveals the 2012 British budget which cuts the top rate of income tax
2011 In Tripoli, the compound of leader Muammar Gaddafi is targeted with more bombing raids during the third night of international intervention in Libya
2011 The first full face transplant is performed by surgeons at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
2010 A suicide bomb attack in Geresh, Helmand Province, Afganistan kills ten people and injures 7
1999 71st Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony, Whoopi Goldberg hosts, Shakespeare in Love wins Best Picture, Roberto Benigni and Gwyneth Paltrow win lead acting awards
1997 Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov (Rus)
1997 Wrestlemania XIII
1996 "Night of the Iguana" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 68 performances
1995 New Jersey officially dedicates the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295
1995 New York City agrees to sell it's 2 owned radio stations (WNew York City AM and FM)
1994 66th Academy Awards - "Schindler's List," Tom Hanks and Holly Hunter win
1994 Anne P. Sidamon-Eristoff named chairwoman of Museum of National History
1994 Dudley Moore arrested for hitting girlfriend
1994 Wayne Gretzky ties Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals
1993 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament
1993 Pope John Paul II declares Duns Scotus, a saint
1993 South Africa White Wolves kill 5 year old black girl
1992 2nd WLAF season begins
1992 Pakistan scores 6-264 to overhaul New Zealand in exciting World Cup semi
1991 27 lost at sea when 2 U.S. Navy anti-submarine planes collide
1991 Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome
1991 Tatsumi Fujinami beats Ric Flair for NWA wrestling championship
1991 U.N. Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq
1990 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill New York City for 149 performances
1990 "Normal Life" starring Moon Unit and Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV
1990 "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli premieres on CBS-TV
1990 Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president
1989 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral
1988 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Randy Travis and Hank Williams, Jr.
1986 199.22 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
1986 Kania skates ladies world record 500 m (39.52 sec) and 3 km (4:18.02)
1986 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
1985 Arthur Ashe is named to International Tennis Hall of Fame
1985 Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South Africa, 19 killed
1984 Border scores 100* vs. WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
1984 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule
1984 Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon
1984 Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan
1983 Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled
1982 "Little Johnny Jones" opens and closes at Alvin Theater New York City
1982 Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard
1982 Movie "Annie" premieres
1982 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
1980 On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot
1979 Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel
1978 Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
1975 Ethiopia ends monarchy after 3000 years
1974 Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall
1973 Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHLer to score 500 goals
1972 U.S. Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote
1971 Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
1971 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1971 Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2"
1971 WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
1970 32nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Jacksonville 80-69
1969 John and Yoko stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam Hilton)
1969 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 "Royals" chosen as the name of new Kansas City AL franchise
1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London
1968 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases
1968 Portuguese socialist Mario Soares banished to Sao Tome
1966 Supreme Court reverses Mass ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene
1965 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1965 Martin Luther King, Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
1965 U.S. Ranger 9 launched; takes 5,814 pictures before lunar impact
1964 26th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Duke 98-83
1964 Beatles' "She Loves You," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 2 weeks
1964 UCLA completes undefeated NCAA basketball season (30-0)
1963 Alcatraz federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay closed
1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
1962 A bear becomes the 1st creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds
1962 Bekkers of Bosch makes TV speech in Netherlands for birth control
1962 Dutch RC bishop Beckers declares himself in favor of birth control
1962 Philadelphia retires pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36
1961 Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
1961 Beatles' 1st appearance at the Cavern Club
1960 Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa and outlaws ANC
1959 "Juno" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 16 performances
1959 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats West Virginia 71-70
1958 1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award
1958 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1957 Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending," premieres in New York City
1956 28th Academy Awards - "Marty," Anna Magnani and Ernest Borgnine win
1955 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desires Cyprus joining Greece
1955 Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"
1954 KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, Montana (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 NBA record 106 fouls and 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse)
1952 "3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 94 performances
1952 Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths
1952 31 storms crosses 6 states killing 340 in South-Central U.S.
1952 Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock and roll concert ever
1951 2,900,000 U.S. soldiers in Korea
1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage
1949 WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, Florida (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1948 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio
1947 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgens radiatur
1947 President Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
1947 Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, New Zealand vs. England at Christchurch
1946 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
1946 U.N. set up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx)
1945 1st Japanese flying bombs (ochas) attack Okinawa
1945 During WW II Allied bombers begin 4-day raid over Germany
1945 Dutch Resistance fighter Hannie Schaft arrested by Nazi police
1944 General Eisenhower postpones South France invasion until after Normandy
1943 Assassination attempt on Hitler fails
1943 British 8th army opens assault on Mareth line, Tunisia
1942 Convoy QP9 departs Great Britain to Murmansk
1942 Heavy German assault on Malta
1941 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
1939 Nazi-Germany demands Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland
1937 Ponce massacre, police kill 19 at Puerto Rican Nationalist parade
1935 Jean Anouilh's "Y avait un presonnier," premieres in Paris
1935 Persia officially renamed Iran
1934 Fire destroys Hakodate Japan, killing about 1,500
1934 Babe Didrikson pitches an inning in an A's-Dodgers exhibition game Walks 1, hits the next guy, 3rd guy hits into triple-play
1933 Hitler, Goring, Prince Ruprecht, Bruning and top army meet in Berlin
1931 KRO-broadcast studio initiated in Hilversum Holland
1931 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
1931 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
1927 Guomindang Army conquerors Shanghai as British marines flee
1925 Edinburgh's Murreyfield Stadium officially opens
1925 Iran adopts Khorshidi solar Hijrah calendar
1924 1st foreign language course broadcast on U.S. radio (WJZ, New York City)
1924 Mass Investors Trust becomes 1st mutual fund set up in US
1923 U.S. foreign minister Charles Hughes refuses U.S.S.R. recognition
1922 KGW-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
1921 Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St. New York City
1918 During WW I Germany launches Somme offensive
1917 1st female U.S. Navy Petty Officer is Loretta Walsh
1916 JP Van Limburg Stirum succeeds AWF Idenburg as Governor-General of Netherlands Indies
1914 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld
1914 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Norman M Scott
1913 Flood in Ohio, kills 400
1909 Moran and MacFarland (U.S.) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)
1907 U.S. invades Honduras
1899 British and French accord about West-Africa
1891 A Hatfield marries a McCoy, ends long feud in West Virginia it started with an accusation of pig-stealing and lasted 20 years
1890 Austrian Jewish communities are defined by law
1888 Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender," premieres in London
1885 2nd French government of Ferry resigns
1874 U.S. Grant's daughter Nellie marries in the White House
1871 Journalist Henry M. Stanley begins his famous expedition to Africa
1871 Otto von Bismarck elevated Furst
1868 1st U.S. professional women's club, Sorosis, forms in New York City
1866 Congress authorizes national soldiers' homes
1865 Battle of Bentonville ends, last Confederate effort to stop Sherman
1864 Battle at Henderson's Hill (Bayou Rapids) Louisiana
1863 Naval Engagement at Havana Cuba-USS Henrick Hudson vs BR Wild Pigeon
1860 U.S. extradition treaty with Sweden
1859 1st Zoological Society incorporates in Philadelphia
1859 Scottish National Gallery opens in Edinburgh
1859 Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1st in U.S., incorporated
1857 Earthquake hits Tokyo; about 107,000 die
1851 Yosemite Valley discovered in California
1844 Origin of Baha'i Era-Baha'i calendar starts here (Baha 1, 1)
1843 Preacher William Miller of Mass predicts the world will end today
1835 Charles Darwin and Mariano Gonzales meet at Portillo Pass
1826 Beethoven's Quartet #13 in B flat major (Op 130) premiered in Vienna
1824 Fire at Cairo ammunitions dump kills 4,000 horses
1804 French civil Code of Napoleon adopted
1791 Captain Hopley Yeaton of New Hampshire becomes 1st commissioned officer in Revenue Cutter Service
1790 Thomas Jefferson reports to President Washington in New York as Secretary of State
1788 Fire destroyed 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana
1788 Gustavus Vassa petitions Queen Charlotte, to free enslaved Africans
1702 Queen Anne Stuart addresses English parliament
1697 Czar Peter the Great begins tour through West-Europe
1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
1610 King James I addresses English House of Commons
1492 Alonzo Pietro, pilot, sailed with Columbus
1421 Battle of Beauge-French beat British
1349 3,000 Jews killed in Black Death riots in Efurt Germany