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21st of March 0717 EVENT Battle of Vincy between Charles Martel and Ragenfrid.
21st of March 1152 EVENT Annulment of the marriage of King Louis VII of France and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.
21st of March 1188 EVENT Emperor Antoku accedes to the throne of Japan.
21st of March 1413 EVENT Henry V becomes King of England.
21st of March 1556 EVENT In Oxford, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer is burned at the stake.
21st of March 1788 EVENT A fire in New Orleans leaves most of the town in ruins.
21st of March 1800 EVENT With the church leadership driven out of Rome during an armed conflict, Pius VII is crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mache.
21st of March 1801 EVENT The Battle of Alexandria is fought between British and French forces near the ruins of Nicopolis in Egypt.
21st of March 1804 EVENT Code Napoleon is adopted as French civil law.
21st of March 1814 EVENT Napoleonic Wars: Austrian forces repel French troops in the Battle of Arcis-sur-Aube.
21st of March 1821 EVENT Greek War of Independence: First revolutionary act in the monastery of Agia Lavra, Kalavryta.
21st of March 1844 EVENT The Baha'i calendar begins. This is the first day of the first year of the Baha'i calendar. It is annually celebrated by members of the Baha'i Faith as the Baha'i New Year or Naw-Ruz.
21st of March 1857 EVENT An earthquake in Tokyo, Japan kills over 100,000.
21st of March 1871 EVENT Otto von Bismarck is appointed Chancellor of the German Empire.
21st of March 1871 EVENT Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.
21st of March 1913 EVENT Over 360 are killed and 20,000 homes destroyed in the Great Dayton Flood in Dayton, Ohio.
21st of March 1918 EVENT World War I: The first phase of the German Spring Offensive, Operation Michael, begins.
21st of March 1919 EVENT The Hungarian Soviet Republic is established becoming the first Communist government to be formed in Europe after the October Revolution in Russia.
21st of March 1928 EVENT Charles Lindbergh is presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight.
21st of March 1933 EVENT Construction of Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed.
21st of March 1935 EVENT Shah Reza Pahlavi formally asks the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran, which means 'Land of the Aryans.'
21st of March 1937 EVENT Ponce Massacre: 18 people and a 7-year-old girl in Ponce, Puerto Rico, are gunned down by a police squad acting under orders of US-appointed Governor, Blanton C. Winship.
21st of March 1943 EVENT Wehrmacht officer Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler by using a suicide bomb, but the plan falls through. Von Gersdorff is able to defuse the bomb in time and avoid suspicion.
21st of March 1945 EVENT World War II: Operation Carthage : British planes bomb Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. They also hit a school and 125 civilians are killed.
21st of March 1945 EVENT World War II: Bulgaria and the Soviet Union successfully complete their defense of the north bank of the Drava River as the Battle of Drava concludes.
21st of March 1945 EVENT World War II: British troops liberate Mandalay, Burma.
21st of March 1946 EVENT The Los Angeles Rams sign Kenny Washington, making him the first African American player in the American football since 1933.
21st of March 1952 EVENT Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.
21st of March 1960 EVENT Apartheid: Massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa: Police open fire on a group of unarmed black South African demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180.
21st of March 1963 EVENT Alcatraz, a federal penitentiary on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes.
21st of March 1964 EVENT In Copenhagen, Denmark, Gigliola Cinquetti wins the ninth Eurovision Song Contest for Italy singing "Non ho l'eta" ("I'm not old enough").
21st of March 1965 EVENT Ranger program: NASA launches Ranger 9 which is the last in a series of unmanned lunar space probes.
21st of March 1965 EVENT 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.
21st of March 1968 EVENT Battle of Karameh in Jordan between Israeli Defense Forces and Fatah.
21st of March 1970 EVENT The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by Mayor of San Francisco Joseph Alioto.
21st of March 1980 EVENT US President Jimmy Carter announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.
21st of March 1980 EVENT 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.?"
21st of March 1989 EVENT Sports Illustrated reports allegations tying baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling.
21st of March 1990 EVENT Namibia becomes independent after 75 years of South African rule.
21st of March 1997 EVENT In a Tel Aviv, Israel coffee shop, a suicide bomber kills 3 and injures 49.
21st of March 1999 EVENT Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
21st of March 2002 EVENT 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.
21st of March 2006 EVENT Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Khalifa and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport riot causing $1M in damage.
21st of March 1521 BIRTHDAY Maurice, Elector of Saxony (d. 1553)
21st of March 1527 BIRTHDAY Hermann Finck, German composer (d. 1558)
21st of March 1685 BIRTHDAY Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (d. 1750)
21st of March 1713 BIRTHDAY Francis Lewis, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (d. 1803)
21st of March 1763 BIRTHDAY Jean Paul, German writer (d. 1825)
21st of March 1768 BIRTHDAY Joseph Fourier, French mathematician (d. 1830)
21st of March 1801 BIRTHDAY Maria Theresa of Tuscany, Queen of Sardinia (d. 1855)
21st of March 1806 BIRTHDAY Benito Juarez, Mexican statesman (d. 1872)
21st of March 1811 BIRTHDAY Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (d. 1891)
21st of March 1825 BIRTHDAY Alexander F. Mozhayskiy, Russian aviation pioneer (d. 1890)
21st of March 1835 BIRTHDAY Thomas Hayward, English cricketer (d. 1876)
21st of March 1839 BIRTHDAY Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (d. 1881)
21st of March 1854 BIRTHDAY Alick Bannerman, Australian cricketer (d. 1924)
21st of March 1863 BIRTHDAY George Owen Squier, American inventor (d. 1934)
21st of March 1869 BIRTHDAY Florenz Ziegfeld, American theater producer (d. 1932)
21st of March 1876 BIRTHDAY John Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
21st of March 1880 BIRTHDAY Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor (d. 1971)
21st of March 1882 BIRTHDAY Aleksander Keskula, Estonian politician and nationalist (d. 1963)
21st of March 1882 BIRTHDAY Bascom Lamar Lunsford, American lawyer, folklorist, and folk musician (d. 1973)
21st of March 1885 BIRTHDAY Pierre Renoir, French actor and director (d. 1952)
21st of March 1895 BIRTHDAY Zlatko Balokovic, Croatian violinist (d. 1955)
21st of March 1901 BIRTHDAY Karl Arnold, German politician (d. 1958)
21st of March 1902 BIRTHDAY Son House, American musician (d. 1988)
21st of March 1904 BIRTHDAY Forrest Mars Sr., American candymaker (d. 1999)
21st of March 1904 BIRTHDAY Nikolaos Skalkottas, Greek composer (d. 1949)
21st of March 1904 BIRTHDAY Jehane Benoit, Canadian culinary author (d. 1987)
21st of March 1906 BIRTHDAY Jim Thompson, American designer and businessman (d. 1967)
21st of March 1910 BIRTHDAY Julio Gallo, American vintner (d. 1993)
21st of March 1910 BIRTHDAY M S Khan, Bangladeshi intellectual (d. 1978)
21st of March 1913 BIRTHDAY George Abecassis, English race car driver (d. 1991)
21st of March 1914 BIRTHDAY Paul Tortelier, French cellist (d. 1990)
21st of March 1916 BIRTHDAY Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian shehnai maestro (d. 2006)
21st of March 1917 BIRTHDAY Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
21st of March 1917 BIRTHDAY Yigael Yadin, Israeli archeologist and politician (d. 1984)
21st of March 1918 BIRTHDAY Patrick J. Lucey, American politician
21st of March 1920 BIRTHDAY Georg Ots, Estonian singer (d. 1975)
21st of March 1920 BIRTHDAY Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki player and songwriter (d. 1970)
21st of March 1921 BIRTHDAY Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist (d. 1986)
21st of March 1922 BIRTHDAY Russ Meyer, American film director and producer (d. 2004)
21st of March 1923 BIRTHDAY Philip Abbott, American actor (d. 1998)
21st of March 1923 BIRTHDAY Nirmala Srivastava, Indian religious figure (d. 2011)
21st of March 1924 BIRTHDAY Dov Shilansky, Israeli politician (d. 2010)
21st of March 1925 BIRTHDAY Peter Brook, British stage director and producer
21st of March 1925 BIRTHDAY Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
21st of March 1927 BIRTHDAY Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German politician
21st of March 1929 BIRTHDAY Maurice Catarcio, American professional wrestler (d. 2005)
21st of March 1930 BIRTHDAY James Coco, American actor (d. 1987)
21st of March 1932 BIRTHDAY Walter Gilbert, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
21st of March 1932 BIRTHDAY Joseph Silverstein, American violinist and conductor
21st of March 1933 BIRTHDAY Michael Heseltine, English politician
21st of March 1934 BIRTHDAY Al Freeman, Jr., American actor
21st of March 1935 BIRTHDAY Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager (d. 2004)
21st of March 1936 BIRTHDAY Mike Westbrook, British jazz composer, bandleader and pianist
21st of March 1936 BIRTHDAY Ed Broadbent, Canadian politician
21st of March 1940 BIRTHDAY Solomon Burke, American singer (d. 2010)
21st of March 1942 BIRTHDAY Francoise Dorleac, French actress (d. 1967)
21st of March 1942 BIRTHDAY Kostas Politis, Greek basketball player and coach
21st of March 1943 BIRTHDAY Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
21st of March 1943 BIRTHDAY Vivian Stanshall, English musician (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) (d. 1995)
21st of March 1943 BIRTHDAY Istvan Gyulai, Hungarian sports executive (d. 2006)
21st of March 1944 BIRTHDAY Hideki Ishima, Japanese guitarist (Flower Travellin' Band)
21st of March 1944 BIRTHDAY Marie-Christine Barrault, French actress
21st of March 1945 BIRTHDAY Rose Stone, American musician (Sly & the Family Stone)
21st of March 1946 BIRTHDAY Ray Dorset, English musician (Mungo Jerry)
21st of March 1946 BIRTHDAY Timothy Dalton, British actor
21st of March 1948 BIRTHDAY Scott Fahlman, American computer scientist
21st of March 1949 BIRTHDAY Slavoj Zizek, Slovenian sociologist and cultural critic
21st of March 1949 BIRTHDAY Eddie Money, American musician
21st of March 1950 BIRTHDAY Roger Hodgson, English musician (Supertramp)
21st of March 1951 BIRTHDAY Russell Thompkins Jr, American singer (The Stylistics)
21st of March 1953 BIRTHDAY Paul Martin Lester, American educator, author, and photographer
21st of March 1955 BIRTHDAY Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Greek politician
21st of March 1956 BIRTHDAY Guy Chadwick, English guitarist, vocalist and songwriter (The House of Love)
21st of March 1956 BIRTHDAY Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian runner
21st of March 1958 BIRTHDAY Sabrina Le Beauf, American actress
21st of March 1958 BIRTHDAY Gary Oldman, English actor
21st of March 1959 BIRTHDAY Sarah Jane Morris, English singer
21st of March 1959 BIRTHDAY Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
21st of March 1959 BIRTHDAY Yuval Rotem, Israeli Ambassador
21st of March 1960 BIRTHDAY Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (d. 1994)
21st of March 1960 BIRTHDAY Benito de Leon, Filipino military officer
21st of March 1960 BIRTHDAY Robert Sweet, American drummer
21st of March 1961 BIRTHDAY Lothar Matthaus, German footballer
21st of March 1962 BIRTHDAY Matthew Broderick, American actor
21st of March 1962 BIRTHDAY Kathy Greenwood, Canadian actress
21st of March 1962 BIRTHDAY Mark Waid, American comic book writer
21st of March 1962 BIRTHDAY Rosie O'Donnell, American comedian and actress
21st of March 1963 BIRTHDAY Shawon Dunston, American baseball player
21st of March 1963 BIRTHDAY Shawn Lane, American musician (d. 2003)
21st of March 1963 BIRTHDAY Ronald Koeman, Dutch footballer and football manager
21st of March 1964 BIRTHDAY Jesper Skibby, Danish professional cyclist
21st of March 1964 BIRTHDAY Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi international football star
21st of March 1965 BIRTHDAY Xavier Bertrand, French politician
21st of March 1967 BIRTHDAY Jonas Berggren, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)
21st of March 1967 BIRTHDAY Adrian Chiles, British television and radio presenter
21st of March 1967 BIRTHDAY Maxim Reality, British MC (The Prodigy)
21st of March 1968 BIRTHDAY Cameron Clyne, Australian businessman
21st of March 1968 BIRTHDAY DJ Premier, American record producer
21st of March 1968 BIRTHDAY Greg Ellis, English actor
21st of March 1968 BIRTHDAY Scott Williams, American basketball player
21st of March 1968 BIRTHDAY Shin Seung Hun, South Korean ballad singer
21st of March 1968 BIRTHDAY Samantha Dorman, American model
21st of March 1969 BIRTHDAY Jonah Goldberg, American author and pundit
21st of March 1969 BIRTHDAY Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
21st of March 1970 BIRTHDAY Shiho Niiyama, Japanese voice actress (d. 2000)
21st of March 1970 BIRTHDAY Cenk Uygur, American radio talk show host
21st of March 1972 BIRTHDAY Chris Candido, American professional wrestler (d. 2005)
21st of March 1972 BIRTHDAY Large Professor, American hip hop artist
21st of March 1973 BIRTHDAY Vanessa Branch, British-American actress and model
21st of March 1973 BIRTHDAY Ananda Lewis, American model and television personality
21st of March 1973 BIRTHDAY Stuart Nethercott, English footballer
21st of March 1973 BIRTHDAY Jerry Supiran, American actor
21st of March 1974 BIRTHDAY Jose Clayton, Tunisian footballer
21st of March 1974 BIRTHDAY Laura Allen, American actress
21st of March 1974 BIRTHDAY Rhys Darby, New Zealand comedian
21st of March 1974 BIRTHDAY Edsel Dope, American singer (Dope)
21st of March 1975 BIRTHDAY Fabricio Oberto, Argentine basketball player
21st of March 1975 BIRTHDAY Vitaly Potapenko, Ukrainian basketball player
21st of March 1975 BIRTHDAY Justin Pierce, British actor (d. 2000)
21st of March 1975 BIRTHDAY Mark Williams, Welsh snooker player
21st of March 1975 BIRTHDAY Yacoub Al-Mohana, Kuwaiti film director
21st of March 1976 BIRTHDAY Tekin Sazlog, Turkish footballer
21st of March 1977 BIRTHDAY Charles Blackstone, American author
21st of March 1978 BIRTHDAY Charmaine Dragun, Australian news anchor (d. 2007)
21st of March 1978 BIRTHDAY Kevin Federline, American dancer; ex-husband of Britney Spears
21st of March 1978 BIRTHDAY Cristian Guzman, Dominican baseball player
21st of March 1978 BIRTHDAY Rani Mukherjee, Indian actress
21st of March 1978 BIRTHDAY Nick Baines, English keyboardist (Kaiser Chiefs)
21st of March 1980 BIRTHDAY Marit Bj?rgen, Norwegian cross-country skier
21st of March 1980 BIRTHDAY Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian international footballer
21st of March 1980 BIRTHDAY Lee Jin, South Korean actress
21st of March 1980 BIRTHDAY Deryck Whibley, Canadian guitarist and singer (Sum41)
21st of March 1981 BIRTHDAY Germano, Brazilian footballer
21st of March 1982 BIRTHDAY Aaron Hill, American baseball player
21st of March 1982 BIRTHDAY Jocie Kok, Chinese-Singaporean singer
21st of March 1982 BIRTHDAY Colin Turkington, British racing driver
21st of March 1983 BIRTHDAY Jean Ondoa, Cameroonian footballer
21st of March 1984 BIRTHDAY Tiago, Brazilian footballer
21st of March 1985 BIRTHDAY Ryan Callahan, American hockey player
21st of March 1985 BIRTHDAY Adrian Peterson, American football player
21st of March 1988 BIRTHDAY Erik Johnson, American ice hockey player
21st of March 1988 BIRTHDAY Lee Cattermole, English footballer
21st of March 1989 BIRTHDAY Nicolas Lodeiro, Uruguayan footballer
21st of March 1989 BIRTHDAY Rochelle Wiseman, English singer (The Saturdays)
21st of March 1989 BIRTHDAY Takeru Satoh, Japanese actor
21st of March 1990 BIRTHDAY Mandy Capristo, German singer (Monrose)
21st of March 1991 BIRTHDAY Luke Chapman, English footballer
21st of March 2004 BIRTHDAY Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg
21st of March 1063 DEATH Blessed Richeza of Lotharingia, venerated in Roman Catholicism, wife of King Mieszko II of Poland
21st of March 1076 DEATH Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (Born 1011)
21st of March 1181 DEATH Taira Kiyomori, Japanese Feudal general (Born 1118)
21st of March 1306 DEATH Robert II, Duke of Burgundy (Born 1248)
21st of March 1487 DEATH Nicholas of Flue, Swiss hermit and saint (Born 1417)
21st of March 1556 DEATH Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury (burned at the stake) (Born 1489)
21st of March 1617 DEATH Pocahontas, Native American, daughter of Powhatan (Born c.1595)
21st of March 1656 DEATH James Ussher, Irish Anglican archbishop (Born 1581)
21st of March 1676 DEATH Henri Sauval, French historian (Born 1623)
21st of March 1729 DEATH John Law, Scottish economist (Born 1671)
21st of March 1734 DEATH Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian (Born 1679)
21st of March 1751 DEATH Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (Born 1706)
21st of March 1762 DEATH Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (Born 1713)
21st of March 1772 DEATH Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, French cartographer (Born 1703)
21st of March 1795 DEATH Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (Born 1714)
21st of March 1801 DEATH Andrea Luchesi, Italian composer (Born 1741)
21st of March 1804 DEATH Louis-Antoine-Henri de Bourbon-Conde (executed) (Born 1772)
21st of March 1843 DEATH Guadalupe Victoria, first President of Mexico (Born 1786)
21st of March 1843 DEATH Robert Southey, English poet (Born 1774)
21st of March 1850 DEATH Miguel Pedrorena, American settler
21st of March 1863 DEATH Edwin Vose Sumner, American Civil War general (Born 1797)
21st of March 1881 DEATH Samuel Courtauld, American-born textile magnate (Born 1793)
21st of March 1884 DEATH Ezra Abbot, American bible scholar (Born 1819)
21st of March 1910 DEATH Nadar, French photographer (Born 1820)
21st of March 1915 DEATH Frederick Winslow Taylor, American inventor (Born 1856)
21st of March 1920 DEATH Evelina Haverfield British suffragette (Born 1867)
21st of March 1934 DEATH Franz Schreker, Austrian composer (Born 1878)
21st of March 1936 DEATH Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer (Born 1865)
21st of March 1945 DEATH Artur Nebe, German SS officer (Born 1894)
21st of March 1951 DEATH Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Born 1871)
21st of March 1958 DEATH Cyril M. Kornbluth, American writer (Born 1923)
21st of March 1970 DEATH Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (Born 1920)
21st of March 1975 DEATH Joe Medwick, baseball player (Born 1911)
21st of March 1980 DEATH Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (Born 1888)
21st of March 1980 DEATH Angelo Bruno, American mobster (Born 1910)
21st of March 1984 DEATH Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (Born 1963)
21st of March 1985 DEATH Sir Michael Redgrave, English actor (Born 1908)
21st of March 1987 DEATH Dean Paul Martin, American musician (Born 1951)
21st of March 1987 DEATH Robert Preston, American actor (Born 1918)
21st of March 1991 DEATH Leo Fender, American guitar manufacturer (Born 1909)
21st of March 1992 DEATH John Ireland, Canadian film actor and director (Born 1914)
21st of March 1992 DEATH Natalie Sleeth, American composer (Born 1930)
21st of March 1994 DEATH Macdonald Carey, American actor (Born 1913)
21st of March 1994 DEATH Dack Rambo, American actor (Born 1941)
21st of March 1994 DEATH Lili Damita, French actress (Born 1904)
21st of March 1997 DEATH W. V. Awdry, English children's writer (Born 1911)
21st of March 1998 DEATH Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (Born 1910)
21st of March 1999 DEATH Ernie Wise, British comedian (Born 1925)
21st of March 2001 DEATH Anthony Steel, English actor (Born 1920)
21st of March 2001 DEATH Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (Born 1915)
21st of March 2002 DEATH Herman Talmadge, American politician (Born 1913)
21st of March 2003 DEATH Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (Born 1924)
21st of March 2004 DEATH Ludmilla Tcherina, French ballet dancer and actress (Born 1924)
21st of March 2005 DEATH Bobby Short, American singer (Born 1924)
21st of March 2005 DEATH Barney Martin, American actor (Born 1923)
21st of March 2007 DEATH Drew Hayes, American writer and graphic artist (Born 1969)
21st of March 2007 DEATH Sven O. H?iby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (Born 1936)
21st of March 2007 DEATH Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (Born 1964)
21st of March 2008 DEATH Guillermo Jullian de la Fuente, Chilean architect (Born 1931)
21st of March 2009 DEATH Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (Born 1960)
21st of March 2010 DEATH Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (Born 1919)
21st of March 2011 DEATH Loleatta Holloway, American singer (Born 1946)
21st of March 2011 DEATH Gerd Klier, German footballer (Born 1944)
21st of March 2011 DEATH Ladislav Novak, Czech footballer (Born 1931)
21st of March 2011 DEATH Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (Born 1913)

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