March 21: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on March 21 throughout history. March 21st is the 80th day of the Gregorian calendar, as well as the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s third—and eventually successful—civil rights march and the establishment of Twitter.

The 21st of March falls under the sign of Aries. Matthew Broderick, Rosie O’Donnell, and Mark Waid all have March 21st birthdays. International Day of Forests, National Common Courtesy Day, National Fragrance Day, National French Bread Day, National Kick Butts Day, World Down Syndrome Day, and World Poetry Day are all celebrated on March 21st.


(March 21, 1963)
On this day in 1963, the United States federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, which had housed some of the most dangerous civilians, including Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the "Birdman of Alcatraz," was closed.


(March 21, 1965)
Martin Luther King Jr. leads 3,200 people from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in the third and eventually victorious civil rights march.

(March 21, 1980)
To protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, US President Jimmy Carter stated that the US would boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow.

(March 21, 1990)
After 75 years of South African rule, Namibia declares independence.

(March 21, 2006)
Twitter is established as a social media platform. "Just setting up my twttr," said Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey in the first public tweet.

(Died on March 21, 2021)
Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian secularist, feminist (b.1931).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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