On This Day

On This Day in History for March 21 (Part 2)

Events in History


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1993 Pope John Paul II beatifies Duns Scotus, a philosopher-theologian of the Middle Ages

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1993 South Africa White Wolves kill 5 year old black girl
  • 1994 Anne P Sidamon-Eristoff named chairwoman of Museum of National History
  • 1994 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enters into force after being ratified by the required number of nations

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1995 New Jersey officially dedicates the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1995 NYC agrees to sell its 2 owned radio stations (WNYC AM & FM)
  • 1999 Swiss aviator Bertrand Piccard and British aviator Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
  • 2002 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.
  • 2002 Schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, England
  • 2004 In Malaysia, the 11th Federal and State elections are held, returning the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional to power with an increased majority.
  • 2006 Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Dubayy in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport join together and riot, causing $1M in damage.

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2006 First ever tweet sent out by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey "just setting up my twttr"

Tech Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey
Tech Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Twitter
Jack Dorsey
  • 2012 Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries are sentenced to 7,710 years in jail for their role in the Plan de Sanchez massacre in 1982
  • 2012 Greek Parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal
  • 2013 12 people are killed and 30 are injured by a car bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2013 42 people are killed and 84 are injured by a bombing in a mosque in Damascus, Syria

  • 2013 At least 45 people drown and 60 are missing after a Nigerian boat sinks off the shore of Gabon
  • 2013 24 people are killed and 100 are injured by a tornado and hail storm in southern China
  • 2013 A barter dispute loses control and results in 10 people being killed, 20 injured, and 4 mosques being burnt to the ground in Myanmar
  • 2013 The European Space Agency reveals new data that indicates that the universe is 13.82 billion years old
  • 2014 Russia formally annexes Crimea amid international condemnation

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2018 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg admits they "made mistakes" after data on 50 million users is harvested by Cambridge Analytica

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • 2018 Nigerian government confirms 101 out of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi returned
  • 2018 African trade deal agreed by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda
  • 2018 Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offers his resignation amid vote-buying scandal
  • 2018 Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi accepts plea deal for 8 months in prison after slapping Israeli officer
  • 2018 Suicide bomber kills 31 in crowd celebrating Persian New Year in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2018 Dave Patterson and John Hennessy win computings' Turing Award for RISC computer chips
  • 2018 Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt kills himself in chase with police in Austin, Texas

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2019 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons, 6 days after the Christchurch terrorist attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern

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2019 US President Donald Trump says US should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Twitter

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 Overloaded boat sinks in the Tigris river near Mosul, Iraq, drowning nearly 100

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2019 Levi Strauss & Company is traded publicly for the second time in its history on the New York stock exchange

Fashion Designer Levi Strauss
Fashion Designer
Levi Strauss
  • 2019 Governor of Missouri Mike Parson declares a state of emergency as flooding from Nebraska and Iowa flows downstream into the state
  • 2019 Former Brazilian President Michel Temer is arrested in São Paulo as part of a large corruption investigation
  • 2019 A huge blast from a chemical factory in Chenjiagang Chemical Industry Park in eastern China is so big it registers as an earthquake, kills 78 people and injuries 617
  • 2019 Bangladeshi woman with two uteruses safely gives birth to twins 26 days after giving birth to another child
  • 2020 Italy records record daily death toll of 793 for COVID-19 as the worldwide death tolls surpasses 12,000 with 299,000 known infections (Johns Hopkins figures)
  • 2021 Miami Beach imposes a state of emergency and a curfew as large crowds descend on the area for spring break
  • 2021 10 people shot dead at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, by 21 year-old gunman
  • 2021 45 crushed to death in a crowd paying respects to the late President John Magufuli at a stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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