March 21 holidays in 2023

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - International (Activity & Action, Awareness & Cause, United Nations)
World Poetry Day - International (Culture & History, Education & Reading, United Nations)
World Down Syndrome Day - International (Awareness & Cause, United Nations)
International Day of Forests - International (Nature & Environment, United Nations)
Harmony Day Australia Observance
Independence Day Namibia Public Holiday
Human Rights Day South Africa Public Holiday
National Common Courtesy Day - Unofficial (Activity & Action)
National Countdown Day - Unofficial (Weird & Obscure)
National Single Parents Day - Unofficial (Relationships & Family)
National Fragrance Day - Unofficial (Lifestyle)
National California Strawberry Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
National French Bread Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
World Social Work Day - Unofficial (Work & Occupation)
National Farm Rescuer Day - Unofficial (Work & Occupation)
Nowruz Multiple [Show] Multiple Types
March Equinox Multiple [Show] Season
International Day of Nowruz - International (Culture & History)
Spring Equinox Japan National Holiday
Nauryz Kazakhstan Public Holiday
National Holiday "Nooruz" - Public Holiday
Mother's Day Lebanon Observance
Mothers' Day Syria Observance

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.

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