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Tuesday March 21, 2017

March 21: Day of the Week

March 21, 2017 was the 80th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 285 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.

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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Aries is the zodiac 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.

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March 21: This Day in History

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.

March 21 Historical Event(s)

  • 1152
    Annulment of the marriage of King Louis VII of France and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
  • 1804
    Code Napoléon is adopted as French civil law.
  • 1857
    An earthquake in Tokyo, Japan kills over 100,000.
  • 1918
    World War I: The first phase of the German Spring Offensive, Operation Michael, begins.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on March 21?

  • 1768
    Joseph Fourier, French mathematician (d. 1830)
  • 1902
    Son House, American musician (d. 1988)
  • 1920
    Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki player and songwriter (d. 1970)
  • 1932
    Joseph Silverstein, American violinist and conductor
  • 1943
    Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
  • 1946
    Ray Dorset, English musician (Mungo Jerry)
  • 1962
    Rosie O'Donnell, American comedian and actress
  • 1963
    Ronald Koeman, Dutch footballer and football manager
  • 1969
    Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
  • 1976
    Tekin Sazlog, Turkish footballer

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