March 21 holidays in 2023

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - International
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination United states United nations observance
World Poetry Day - International
World Poetry Day United states United nations observance
World Down Syndrome Day - International
World Down Syndrome Day United states United nations observance
Harmony Day Australia Observance
National Common Courtesy Day - Weird
National Countdown Day - Weird
National Single Parents Day - Weird
National Fragrance Day - Weird
National California Strawberry Day - Weird
National French Bread Day - Weird
World Social Work Day - Weird
National Farm Rescuer Day - Weird
Nowruz Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
Benito Juárez's Birthday Memorial Mexico National holiday
International Day of Nowruz - International
International Day of Forests United states United nations observance
International Day of Forests - International
March equinox Multiple [Show] Season
March Equinox Multiple [Show] Season
Spring Equinox Japan National holiday
Nauryz Kazakhstan Public holiday
National Holiday "Nooruz" - Public holiday
Mother's Day Lebanon Observance
Mothers' Day Syria Observance
Independence Day Namibia Public holiday
Human Rights Day South africa Public holiday
Common Courtesy Day - Unofficial

Historical Events on March 21

  • 1814: At the Battle of Arcis-sur-Aube during the Napoleonic Wars, French forces are repelled by Austrian forces.
  • 1844: Today is the first day of the first year of the Bahá’í Calendar.
  • 1861: The Cornerstone Speech is given by Alexander Stephens.
  • 1913: Over twenty thousand homes and 360 people are killed during the Great Dayton Flood in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1918: The German Spring Offensive starts with Operation Michael during World War I.
  • 1925: Teaching human evolution is banned in Tennessee with the passage of the Butler Act.
  • 1943:  Wehrmacht officer Rudolf von Gersdorff attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler by using a suicide bomb but the plan fails. Fortunately, he was able to diffuse the bomb in time to avoid suspicion.
  • 1945: Mandalay, Burma is liberated by British forces during World War II.
  • 1945: Operation Carthage begins during World War II. During this operation, RAF planes bomb the Gestapo Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Unfortunately, they also accidentally hit a school and kill over a 120 people.
  • 1960: 180 people are wounded and 69 are killed when the police in South Africa fire on demonstrators. This event would become known as the Sharpeville Massacre.
  • 1963: The Federal Penitentiary Alcatraz in California is shut down.

Famous Birthdays on March 21

  • American candy maker and creator of the Mars Bar and M&M’s, Forrest Mars, Sr. is born in 1904.
  • American poet and author, Phyllis McGinley is born in 1905.
  • American captain and politician, 38th Governor of Wisconsin Patrick Lucey, is born in 1918.
  • English actor Gary Oldman is born in 1958.
  • American actor Matthew Broderick is born in 1962.
  • American actress and TV show host, Rosie O’Donnell is born in 1962.
  • American author Mark Waid is born in 1962.



Giving Tuesday


Ash Wednesday


Maundy Thursday

Easter Monday