Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/March 21

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March 21: Good Friday (Western Christianity, 2008); Purim ends at sundown (Judaism, 2008); Naw-Rúz in the Bahá'í calendar, Benito Juárez Day in Mexico, World Poetry Day.

Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Template:*mp 1556Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer (pictured), one of the founders of Anglicanism, was burnt at the stake in Oxford, England for heresy. Template:*mp 1800Pius VII was crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mâché. Template:*mp 1804 – The Napoleonic code, the French civil code established under Napoleon, entered into force. Template:*mp 1960 – Police in Sharpeville, South Africa opened fire on a group of unarmed black demonstrators who were protesting pass laws, killing almost 70 people and wounding about 180 others. Template:*mp 1980 – The United States announced the boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. Template:*mp 1990 – Formerly known as South West Africa, Namibia gained independence from South Africa, with Sam Nujoma as its first President.

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