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Historical Events in 2021

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  • Jan 1 Cuba's "day zero" unifies its two currencies by withdrawing the Cuban convertible peso (CUC), alongside steep increases in prices and salaries, effectively devaluing the remaining Cuban Peso for the first time since 1959 [1]
  • Jan 1 African Continental Free Trade Area, signed by 54 countries comes into effect, largely symbolically with full implementation expected to take years [1]
  • Jan 1 107th Rose Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #4 Notre Dame, 31-14; MVPs: DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama) & Patrick Surtain II (CB, Alabama)

Historic Event

Jan 2 US President Donald Trump says to Georgia's secretary of state Brad Raffensperger "I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” in recording released by the Washington Post

  • Jan 3 Welshman Gerwyn Price wins his first PDC World Darts Championship; beats Gary Anderson of Scotland, 7-3 at the Alexandra Palace in London
  • Jan 4 1st Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines given to the general public with 82 year old Brian Pinker in the UK first to be jabbed [1]
  • Jan 4 South Korea, already the country with world's lowest birth rate, records more deaths than births for the first time [1]

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 4 Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown for England following Scotland, as COVID-19 variant spreads rapidly with hospitalizations now higher than the first wave

  • Jan 5 Six Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, sign an agreement to ease the blockage with Qatar, in place since 2017
  • Jan 5 Daily new cases of COVID-19 top 60,000 in the UK as data reveals one in fifty in England had COVID-19 within the last week
  • Jan 5 In Georgia Senate run-off elections Raphael Warnock (D) defeats Kelly Loeffler (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) defeats David Perdue (R) to give Democrats control of the US Senate
  • Jan 5 86th Heisman Trophy Award: DeVonta Smith, Alabama (WR)
  • Jan 6 More than 50 pro-democracy activists rounded up and arrested in Hong Kong
  • Jan 6 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says country's five-year economic plan has failed at opening of a rare meeting of the Workers' Party
  • Jan 6 Supporters of President Donald Trump storm US Capitol in Washington during congressional certification of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's win, resulting in five deaths and prompting evacuation of lawmakers and vice-president Mike Pence

Historic Event

Jan 7 US Congress completes the ceremonial certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory late in the night after an earlier unprecedented breach of the Capitol by Trump supporters

  • Jan 7 Arizona is now the COVID-19 “hotspot of the world" according to local health officials with an average of 118.3 new cases per 100,000 people

Historic Event

Jan 7 Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla, becomes the world's richest man, worth $186 billion, overtaking Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

  • Jan 7 WHO warns Europe needs to do more to "flatten the steep vertical line" of COVID-19 cases and control the spread of the new variant, with 230 million already living under lockdown

Historic Event

Jan 7 Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blocks President Donald Trump from Facebook and Instagram till January 20, following suspension of his other social media accounts the previous day

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 8 Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declares a state of emergency for Tokyo and surrounding areas after COVID-19 cases surge to their highest level

  • Jan 8 Twitter bans US President Donald Trump permanently "due to the risk of further incitement of violence"
  • Jan 8 Storm Filomena hits Spain with 50cm (20 inches) of snow falling on Madrid, resulting in four deaths and leaving thousands stranded

Historic Event

Jan 8 US Speaker Nancy Pelosi demands President Donald Trump's resignation or he will face impeachment, while also calling for vice-president Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him

  • Jan 9 Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 crashes in the Java Sea just after take off from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 62 on board
  • Jan 9 China places two cities, Shijiazhuang and Xingtai, under lockdown after over 130 cases of COVID-19 reported
  • Jan 10 America records more than 3,000 deaths a day for the first time reaching 3,249, passing 375,000 deaths in total a day later
  • Jan 10 PGA of America pulls 2022 PGA Championship from Trump National GC at Bedminster, NJ, days after supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the US Capitol
  • Jan 11 Ireland becomes the country with the world's highest COVID-19 infection rate after a dramatic surge results in seven-day rolling average of 1,394 cases per million
  • Jan 11 US House Democrats introduce one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for encouraging his supporters to riot at the Capitol
  • Jan 11 College Football, National Championship, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida: #1 Alabama beats #3 Ohio State, 52-24
  • Jan 11 The king of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah declares a state of emergency over COVID-19 till 1 August, suspending parliament and giving the government new powers
  • Jan 12 India's Supreme Court puts on hold three controversial new farm laws that ignited weeks of protests by farmers in Delhi
  • Jan 13 President Donald Trump is impeached by the US House of Representatives voting 232-197, for “incitement of insurrection”, first time in history a US President is impeached twice
  • Jan 13 Deadliest air raid by Israel on Syria since 2018, when 10 soldiers and 47 allied fighters killed in attacks on military positions [1]
  • Jan 13 Irish PM Minister Micheal Martin issues apology for treatment of unmarried mothers and babies in church-run institutions 1920-1990s after report 9,000 children had died [1]
  • Jan 13 World's oldest known cave painting of an animal - a pig, 45,000 years old, discovered in Leang Tedongnge cave, island of Sulawesi, Indonesia [1]
  • Jan 14 Uganda elections re-elect President Museveni (in power since 1986), with main opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine disputing the result

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 14 Pope Francis, 84, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Jan 14 Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder charged and pleads not guilty to two counts of willful neglect of duty over the Flint water scandal that killed 12 people
  • Jan 14 Brazilian governor of Amazonas state Wilson Lima says their COVID-19 surge is now as bad as April 2020, with hospitals running out of oxygen and patients ventilated manually
  • Jan 14 US Secret Service takes control of Joe Biden's inauguration as 20,000 troops authorized to guard Washington D.C., more than those stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Somalia
  • Jan 15 Global death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic passes 2 million (true total likely much higher)
  • Jan 15 Dutch government led by PM Mark Rutte resigns after falsely accusing thousands of families of welfare fraud
  • Jan 15 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's island of Sulawesi kills at least 42 with hundreds injured
  • Jan 16 India begin the vaccination of its 1.3 billion people for COVID-19

Election of Interest

Jan 16 Armin Laschet is elected leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU), to replace long-serving leader Angela Merkel

  • Jan 16 10 Nepali climbers become the first to reach the summit of K2 in winter on the China-Pakistan border
  • Jan 17 Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is arrested immediately on his return to Russia after recovering from nerve-agent poisoning [1]
  • Jan 18 Brazil begins vaccinations for COVID-19 with the world's second-highest death toll at 209,000

Historic Event

Jan 19 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China is committing genocide in its repression of Uighurs and other Muslim people

  • Jan 19 The US death toll from COVID-19 passes 400,000
  • Jan 20 Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America and Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President, the first female, black or south Asian Vice President. Amanda Gorman recites "The Hill We Climb".
  • Jan 20 US President Joe Biden signs 15 executive orders on his first day in office to re-join the WHO, the Paris Climate Agreement, revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline and mandating masks on federal properties

Historic Event

Jan 21 Avril Haines is sworn in as the first female US Director of National Intelligence by VP Kamala Harris

  • Jan 22 Lloyd Austin confirmed as defense secretary by the US Senate, and the first black head of the Pentagon

Appointment of Interest

Jan 25 Janet Yellen is confirmed as the first female treasury secretary by the US Senate

  • Jan 26 Antony Blinken confirmed by US Senate as Secretary of State
  • Jan 28 Share trading app Robinhood, favored by Reddit, suspends trading of Gamestop amid huge surge in share price of the previously short listed stock by Wall Street

Historic Event

Jan 28 Bernie Sanders mittens worn to the inauguration raise $1.8 million for Vermont charities after images go viral

  • Jan 28 Mexico's COVID-19 death toll becomes the world's third highest, overtaking India's at 155,145 [1]
  • Jan 29 Johnson & Johnson's Janssen single-dose vaccine shown to be 66% effective in trials, with complete protection against hospitalization and death [1]
  • Jan 29 Novavax vaccine shows 89% efficacy in UK trials, including against UK variant [1]
  • Jan 29 "Proposal to Prevent the Feminisation of Male Adolescents" published by China's Education Ministry asks schools to use sports to cultivate masculinity [1]

Historic Event

Jan 31 Widespread protests in Russia against detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the government with 5,000 people arrested

Coup d'état

Feb 1 Military stage a coup in Myanmar, detaining civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi and declare a one-year state of emergency

  • Feb 1 Wildfires ignite on the outskirts of Perth, Australia, forcing evacuations amid five-day COVID-19 lockdown
  • Feb 1 Wisdom the albatross, the world's oldest known bird, hatches a chick at 70 at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge, North Pacific [1]
  • Feb 2 Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine deemed 91.6% effective according to analysis published in "The Lancet" [1]
  • Feb 2 Pete Buttigieg is the first openly gay person to be confirmed to a US cabinet post as transportation secretary
  • Feb 2 Alejandro Mayorkas is the first Latino and immigrant to be confirmed as head of the US Department of Homeland Security

Historic Event

Feb 2 Jeff Bezos announces he is stepping down as CEO of Amazon after 30 years, becoming executive chairman

  • Feb 2 Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny jailed for three and a half years in jail over alleged parole violations in Moscow
  • Feb 3 US and Russia extend their New START nuclear arms control treaty for five years, the last remaining nuclear arms deal between the two countries
  • Feb 3 US President Joe Biden signs executive orders to reunite immigrant families, setting up a new taskforce to address around 1000 remaining separated families [1]
  • Feb 3 Engineers at MIT announce they have engineered spinach to send emails when detecting explosive materials in groundwater as part of plant nanobionic research [1]
  • Feb 4 US President Joe Biden announces an end to US support for the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen's civil war
  • Feb 4 Denmark approves plans for world's first energy island in the North Sea to provide power to 3 million Europeans
  • Feb 4 International Criminal Court convicts Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen of war crimes and crimes against humanity including forced pregnancy in legal first [1]
  • Feb 4 First successful face and double hand transplant announced performed on 22 year-old Joe DiMeo in New York
  • Feb 5 Ocean life is being drowned out by human noise, especially shipping, construction, sonar and seismic surveys according to new research [1]

Super Bowl

Feb 7 Super Bowl LV, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominate defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9; MVP: Tom Brady, TB Bucs, QB; Brady's record 7th SB win

  • Feb 7 Himalayan glacier crashes into the Dhauliganga river, destroying a dam and causing a huge flood in Uttarakhand province, India, killing 26, leaving 150 missing
  • Feb 7 Sarah Thomas becomes the first woman to referee a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Feb 8 South Africa halts rollout of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after research into the South African variant showed no protection against mild and moderate illness
  • Feb 8 Martial law declared in Mandalay, Myanmar, amid continuing protests against the country's military coup
  • Feb 9 WHO team investigating origin of COVID-19 in Wuhan say it is "extremely unlikely" that it leaked from a local research lab [1]
  • Feb 9 US Senate Impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins in Washington D.C.
  • Feb 9 United Arab Emirates is the fifth entity to successfully orbit a probe around Mars, as probe Hope begins to study the planet's atmosphere.
  • Feb 10 17,000 year old couch shell discovered to be oldest known wind instrument, after being reassessed by archaeologists, originally found in Marsoulas cave, Pyrenees [1]
  • Feb 10 Astronomers confirm the planetoid named Farfarout as the most distant orbiting the Sun, almost four times more distant than Pluto [1]
  • Feb 11 World's second oldest person French nun Sister André' celebrates her 117th birthday after surviving COVID-19 in Toulon
  • Feb 11 US President Joe Biden rescinds the national emergency order used by Donald Trump to fund the border wall with Mexico
  • Feb 11 California's COVID-19 death toll overtakes New York's, reaching 45,496 amid first sign of falling infection numbers (Johns Hopkins)
  • Feb 11 UK Kent COVID-19 strain set "to sweep the world" and become the dominant strain globally according to UK scientist Sharon Peacock after strain detected in over 50 countries (later named Alpha)
  • Feb 12 Tokyo Olympics Chief Yoshiro Mori resigns after his comments that talkative women made meetings “drag on too long”
  • Feb 13 Former US President Donald Trump acquitted in second Senate impeachment trial on charge of incitement of insurrection after senators vote 57 to 43 in favor of conviction, less than the two thirds majority required for impeachment
  • Feb 13 Archaeologists announce discovery of oldest known beer factory in Abydos, Egypt, from early Dynastic period 3150 B.C.- 2613 B.C

Historic Event

Feb 13 Mario Draghi, former head of the European Central Bank, is sworn in as Italian Prime Minister ahead of a new coalition government

  • Feb 14 Guinea declares an Ebola epidemic after three deaths, its first deaths since 2016
  • Feb 14 63rd Daytona 500: Michael McDowell navigates through fiery, final-lap pileup to claim his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in his 14th season; race delayed by rain for 6 hours after huge Lap 14 crash
  • Feb 14 At least 60 people killed and hundreds missing after a boat capsizes on the Congo River carrying 700 people in western Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Feb 15 Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization
  • Feb 15 Major winter storm in the US stretches from Texas to Maine, over 3 million without power in Texas, goes on to kill 210 people
  • Feb 15 UK is the first European country to require travellers from COVID 'hotspots' to isolate in quarantine hotels, following other countries such as Australia, NZ and Singapore
  • Feb 16 US Winter storm continues with Dallas recording its lowest temperature in 70 years minus-2 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Feb 16 Athens and parts of Greece covered in unusual heavy snowfall
  • Feb 17 South Africa, Africa's worst-affected country begins COVID-19 vaccinations with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Cape Town
  • Feb 17 Texan senator Ted Cruz flies to Cancun, Mexico with his family amid a winter disaster in his state, igniting widespread condemnation
  • Feb 18 Facebook blocks users in Australia from accessing news sites in response to proposed new laws for tech companies to pay to show news content
  • Feb 18 Nearly seven million people required to boil their water in Texas as unusually harsh winter storm in the state continues
  • Feb 18 NASA's Perseverance rover successfully lands at Jezero Crater, Mars, on mission to find microfossils [1]

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Feb 20 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka of Japan wins her 4th major and second Australian title; beats American Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3

  • Feb 20 Bloodiest day of protests in Myanmar since its coup after security forces open fire, killing two people with 40 wounded in Mandalay
  • Feb 20 US President Joe Biden declares a major disaster in Texas as state struggles to cope with aftermath of a crippling winter storm

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 21 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia wins a record extending 9th Australian title; dominates Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2

  • Feb 21 Englishwoman Jasmine Harrison (21) becomes the youngest woman to row across an ocean arriving in Antigua as part of the Atlantic Challenge after 70 days, 3 hours, 48 minutes
  • Feb 21 First democratic transfer of power in Niger, the world's poorest country, as former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum wins Presidential election [1]
  • Feb 21 WHO pleads with Tanzania to start reporting COVID-19 cases amid fears of a hidden epidemic in the country

Historic Event

Feb 21 India's BJP party issues resolution country had "defeated COVID under the able, sensitive, committed and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, massive second wave hits two months later

  • Feb 22 US death toll from COVID-19 passes 500,000, higher than US deaths in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined
  • Feb 22 Influential French dance duo Daft Punk announce their split after 28 years
  • Feb 22 US President Joe Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris hold a candle-lighting ceremony to mark the 500,000 COVID-19 deaths outside the White House "We must not grow numb to the sorrow"

Historic Event

Feb 22 Wife of drug cartel boss "El Chapo" Emma Coronel Aispuro arrested in the US on drug trafficking charges and conspiring to free her husband from prison

  • Feb 23 Discovery of oldest Australian rock art, a 17,300-year-old painting of a kangaroo in Kimberley region, Western Australia, published in "Nature Human Behaviour" [1]
  • Feb 23 Covid-19 antibodies survey in Nigeria suggests 4 million people have had the virus in Lagos state alone, more than officially recorded for whole of Africa [1]

Sports History

Feb 23 Tiger Woods crashes his car driving south of Los Angeles, injuring both his legs

  • Feb 24 United Nations-backed COVAX initiative begins delivering vaccines to middle and low income countries with first AstraZeneca shipment to Ghana

Historic Event

Feb 25 Chinese President Xi Jinping claims the country has eradicated extreme poverty (earning less than US$620 a year), though many observers remain skeptical about the accuracy of Chinese data due to widespread corruption and lack of transparency [1]

  • Feb 25 More than 200 prisoners escape and 25 people are killed at Croix-des-Bouquets prison near Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Feb 26 Amnesty International Report says that Eritrean troops might have committed crimes against humanity, killing hundreds of civilians, in attack on Ethiopian city of Aksum 28-29 November [1]
  • Feb 26 Toymaker Hasbro announces that the Mr Potato Head brand name will be changed to be gender-neutral
  • Feb 27 US authorizes its third COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, a one-shot vaccine
  • Feb 28 Myanmar security forces open fire on protests around the country, killing at least 18, in bloodiest day since the military coup [1]
  • Feb 28 Hong Kong charges 47 with "conspiracy to commit subversion" in harshest implementation of its new security laws imposed by China

Golden Globes

Feb 28 78th Golden Globes: Best film "Nomadland" (drama), "Borat" (comedy), Best TV series "The Crown", Chadwick Boseman posthumously wins film Best Actor

  • Mar 1 Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is sentenced to three years for trying to bribe a judge

Historic Event

Mar 2 Six books by Dr. Seuss will cease publication because of racist and insensitive imagery according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises

  • Mar 2 Governors of Texas and Mississippi both announce they are lifting mask mandates and COVID-19 health measures despite CDC warnings of complacency

COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 2 Dolly Parton receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine she gave $1 million to help develop

  • Mar 3 Australian attorney general Christian Porter denies rape allegation involving 16-year-old girl in 1988
  • Mar 3 38 people shot and killed by security forces in anti-coup protests in Myanmar
  • Mar 3 US President Joe Biden criticizes lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by Texas and Mississippi as "Neanderthal thinking"
  • Mar 3 Great apes at San Diego Zoo reported given experimental COVID-19 vaccine designed for animals after earlier outbreak among the gorillas (San Diego, California) [1]
  • Mar 3 Sarah Everard is kidnapped, rapped and murdered by a UK policeman after being arrested under false pretenses in London
  • Mar 6 US Senate passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill the American Rescue Plan
  • Mar 6 On his first visit to Iraq, Pope Francis meets with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the Shiite cleric's home in Najaf

COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 6 Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Dharamsala , India and urges others to do so

Film & TV History

Mar 7 Oprah Winfrey interview with Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex broadcast on CBS, alleges Meaghan was made suicidal and subject to racist treatment by the palace

  • Mar 7 NY Governor Chris Cuomo says "no way I resign' amid accusations of sexual assault and his office concealing nursing home deaths
  • Mar 7 NBA All Star Game, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA: Team LeBron beats Team Durant, 170-150; MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks F
  • Mar 8 Explosions at a military base in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, likely from faulty storage of dynamite, kills at least 98 and injures over 400 [1]
  • Mar 8 US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says COVID-9 pandemic has had an "extremely unfair" effect on income and economic opportunities for women

Film & TV History

Mar 9 UK TV host Piers Morgan leaves ITV's "Good Morning" after 41,000 complaints made about him saying he did not believe Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's statement about her mental health

  • Mar 9 Brazil records its highest daily COVID-19 death toll to date of 1,972 deaths with 168,370 deaths overall

Historic Event

Mar 9 Queen Elizabeth II publicly expresses "concern" after Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex interview, saying allegations including of racism with be dealt with privately

  • Mar 9 China and Russia agree to build a research station on or around the Moon and collaborate on lunar missions, in move that could start another space race

Appointment of Interest

Mar 10 Merrick Garland confirmed as US Attorney General by US Senate

  • Mar 10 Video gaming platform Roblox goes public on the New York stock exchange, valued at $45 billion

Historic Event

Mar 11 British Prince William says the royal family is “very much not a racist family” in first public comments since interview by brother Harry and wife Meghan

  • Mar 11 Digital art work "Everydays: The First 5,000 Days" a digital college by Beeple, with a non-fungible token, sells for record $69.3 million in online auction by Christie's [1]
  • Mar 12 Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi imposes new COVID restrictions warning of a new wave as cases again exceed 25,000 a day
  • Mar 12 Researchers say world has likely reached 'peak twin' with more twin births than ever before - 1.6 million twins born per year (1 in 42) [1]
  • Mar 14 Myanmar opposition leader Mahn Win Khaing Than calls for a revolution "This is the darkest moment of the nation and the moment that the dawn is close," as protester death toll over 120
  • Mar 14 UK police officer charged with the death of Sarah Everard, who disappeared walking home in south London, and whose death sparked debate about violence against women

Grammy Awards

Mar 14 63rd Grammy Awards: Beyoncé breaks record for most Grammys won by a singer (28), Taylor Swift win Album of the Year and Billie Eilish Record of the Year

  • Mar 14 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: American Justin Thomas edges Lee Westwood of England by 1 stroke; Thomas wins $2.7m winner's share of the $15m purse
  • Mar 15 Mass March 4 Justice rallies held across Australia to protest against violence and discrimination towards women
  • Mar 15 Largest sandstorm in northern China in a decade engulfs Beijing turning air pollution levels hazardous
  • Mar 15 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine halted in Germany, France and Italy joining some other countries despite little evidence of unusual blood clotting
  • Mar 15 Vatican issues judgement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions, that God “does not and cannot bless sin”
  • Mar 15 Deb Haaland confirmed as US Secretary of the Interior by the Senate, 1st Native American to lead a cabinet agency
  • Mar 15 Armed attackers kill at least 58 people in the Tillabery region, southwest Niger, government declares three days of mourning
  • Mar 16 French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal win the Pritzker Prize for architecture
  • Mar 16 Israeli researchers reveal re-discovery of 2,000 year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, 1st found in 60 years, left by Jews fleeing Romans in "Horror Cave", Israel

Election of Interest

Mar 16 Declassified US intelligence report says Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized efforts to aid re-election of Donald Trump [1]

  • Mar 16 Gunman shots and kills eight people at three different spas in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 17 America's Cup, Auckland: Emirates Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli by 46s in race 10 for a 7-3 series victory and retain the cup
  • Mar 18 US House Judiciary Committee hearing begins on rise of violence and discrimination against Asian-Americans with report saying 3,800 hate incidents recorded over 12 months [1]
  • Mar 18 US Senate confirms William Joseph Burns as new CIA Director
  • Mar 18 US President Joe Biden agrees Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "killer" in ABC News interview. Putin responds "It takes one to know one" a day later.
  • Mar 19 Icelandic volcano Fagradalsfjall erupts for the first time in 800 years and after more than 50,000 earthquakes
  • Mar 20 Overseas spectators will not be allowed to attend the Tokyo Summer Olympics due to the pandemic Japanese organizers confirm
  • Mar 20 Severe one-in-a-hundred-year flooding in Sydney and the surrounding state of New South Wales prompts evacuation orders
  • Mar 21 Miami Beach imposes a state of emergency and a curfew as large crowds descend on the area for spring break
  • Mar 21 10 people shot dead at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, by 21 year-old gunman
  • Mar 21 45 crushed to death in a crowd paying respects to the late President John Magufuli at a stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Mar 22 Sanctions imposed on Chinese officials over rights abuses against Uighurs in China by EU, UK, US and Canada
  • Mar 22 Evanston, Illinois, votes to become first US city to pay reparations to Black residents for past discriminations and effects of slavery, giving $400,000 to each household
  • Mar 22 World's largest painting "The Journey of Humanity" by British artist Sacha Jafri sells in Dubai for $62m to raise funds for children's charities

Historic Event

Mar 23 First ever tweet by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey "just setting up my twttr" sells for $2.9 million in digitally autographed version

  • Mar 23 Cargo ship Ever Given gets stuck in the Suez Canal, Egypt, a 400m megaship it completely blocks the shipping canal

COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 23 Brazil's daily COVID-19 death toll passes 3,000 (3,251) for the first time (298,676 total deaths reported) as country's Supreme Court blocks President Jair Bolsonaro overturning local restrictions [1]

  • Mar 25 Renaissance masterpiece The Ghent Altarpiece (1432) by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck goes on display, after seven-year restoration, in St Bravo's Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium [1]
  • Mar 25 US President Joe Biden announces a new goal of 200 million vaccinations in his administration's first 100 days (previously 100 million)
  • Mar 25 Republican-led Georgia Senate passes restrictive changes to state voting. President Joe Biden calls it "Jim Crow in the 21st Century" and "a blatant attack on the Constitution".
  • Mar 26 Scotland beats France 27-23 at Saint-Denis to confirm Wales' 28th Six-Nations Rugby Championship title; Welsh also claim Triple Crown
  • Mar 27 114 people including children killed in one day by armed forces in Myanmar, with more than 420 killed since protests began against the military coup [1]
  • Mar 27 Iran and China sign major agreement guaranteeing Chinese investment of $400 billion and Iranian oil supply in return in Tehran [1]
  • Mar 27 Militants attack the town of Palma, northern Mozambique, killing dozens in an escalation of violence in the area