March 21: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, March 21, 1963, Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay closed its gates for good?

March 21st is also known as Memory Day and Common Courtesy Day.

We’re now on the 80th day of the year, and have 285 days left.

This day in history has a dark side with thousands being executed due to discrimination, but it was also a great day for animals, literature and online social media.

Did you know that on this day in 1963, Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay closed its gates for good? The prison had operated for over 29 years.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about March 21st in history!

What Events Happened On March 21 In History?

2019 Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke shared her experience of fighting for her life after suffering two brain aneurysms during filming.

2019 A woman in Bangladesh gave birth to twins one month after giving birth previously.

It turned out that the mother had two uteruses.


2016 Aaron Carpenter swam with dolphins for the first time.

He tweeted saying, "I just rode a dolphin!!!!"

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2013 Europe’s Planck spacecraft found evidence that our universe is 13.8 billion years old.


2013 The world’s largest postage stamp was released.

OTD in 2013: The world's largest postage stamp was released.

The Mother of Emirates postage stamp entered the Guinness World Records after measuring 1.36 x 1.77 meters.

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2006 The first-ever Tweet was published on Twitter.

Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, wrote the first tweet. His first message was posted at 09:50 on this day and said, "just setting up my twttr."

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1990 After seventy-five years of South African rule, Namibia finally gained its independence.

1984 Central Park designated a section of its grounds as “Strawberry Fields” to commemorate John Lennon, who was shot dead in his nearby residence.

OTD in 1984: Central Park designated a section of its grounds as "Strawberry Fields" to commemorate John Lennon

1963 Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay closed its gates for good.

The choice came after 20 years of concerns about the costs to keep the prison running and how prisoners were treated.

1962 Glen Bell opened the very first Taco Bell restaurant, in Downey, California.

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1860 English Novelist George Eliot completed her famous book called “The Mill on the Floss.”

1859 The First Zoological Society in the US was formed in Philadelphia.

1349 Between 100 and 3000 Jews were killed in riots in The Erfurt Massacre in the town of Erfurt, Germany.

OTD in 1349: Between 100 and 3000 Jews were killed in riots in The Erfurt Massacre in the town of Erfurt

Jews were often blamed for Europe's Black Death, and many Jews set fire to their own homes, opting to die in the flames rather than being lynched by mobs.

Famous People Born On March 21

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Sonequa Martin-Green? See what other famous people were born on this day.

2000 Jace Norman

American Actor

Jace Norman
23 years old
Born In:
New Mexico, USA

1997 TINI

Argentine Singer

26 years old
Born In:
Buenos Aires, Argentina

1980 Ronaldinho

Brazilian Soccer Player

43 years old
Born In:
Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

1958 Gary Oldman

English Actor

Gary Oldman
65 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1986 Scott Eastwood

American Actor

Scott Eastwood
37 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1985 Sonequa Martin-Green

American Actress

Sonequa Martin-Green
38 years old
Born In:
Alabama, USA

Special Holidays On March 21

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

March 21: Memory Day

Memory Day

We were going to introduce you to today’s memorable holiday, but we can’t remember what it even is. Ah yes, that’s right, today is Memory Day! Why not celebrate by watching Finding Dory or playing memory games?

March 21: National Common Courtesy Day

National Common Courtesy Day

Without common courtesy, it’s safe to say that civilization would come crashing down. Maybe that’s a bit extreme, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important! Today, make it your goal to be kinder to your neighbors and hold doors for the people behind you.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Roughly 33% of cats are not affected by catnip. The euphoric reaction commonly associated with catnip is hereditary.

March 21 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on this day, your zodiac sign is Aries.

Aries like to be on the move and travel at a faster pace than most other people. This can sometimes make it difficult for most people to keep up.

All those born in the month of March have the Aquamarine birthstone. The aquamarine crystal is believed to bring peace, tranquility, and harmony while keeping one’s mind clear.

People born on this day were likely conceived on or around June 28th in the previous year.

The due date for babies conceived on March 21st, 2023, is around December 12th, 2023.

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