Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/March 21

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This is a list of selected March 21 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled March 21, 2019 featured article or the March 21, 2019 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Benito Juárez Day in Mexico; refimprove
World Poetry Day stub
1801 – The Battle of Alexandria was fought between British and French forces near the ruins of Nicopolis in Egypt. {{more footnotes}}
1804 – The Napoleonic Code, the French civil code established under Napoleon, entered into force, eventually strongly influencing the law of many other countries. unreferenced section, refimprove section
1943World War II: Wehrmacht officer Rudolf Christoph von Gersdorff attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler by suicide bombing, but had to abort the plan at the last minute. refimprove
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. Tagged with {{expand}}
1968War of Attrition: The Israel Defense Forces clashed with the combined forces of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Jordanian Army in the Battle of Karameh. neutrality issues
1980 – The United States announced the boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. date not in article, refimprove section


Template:*mp 1909 – The remains of the Báb, one of three central figures of the Bahá'í Faith, were interred by `Abdu'l-Bahá in Haifa, present-day Israe]. Template:*mp 1913 – Over 360 were killed and 20,000 homes destroyed in the Great Dayton Flood in Dayton, Ohio. Template:*mp 1937 – A police squad, acting under orders from Governor of Puerto Rico Blanton Winship, opened fire on demonstrators protesting the arrest of Puerto Rican Nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos, killing 17 people and injuring over 200 others. Template:*mp 1946 – The Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League signed Kenny Washington, making him the first African American player in the league since 1933. Template:*mp 1963 – The U.S. federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, California, was closed. Template:*mp 2002 – British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler was abducted on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

March 21: World Down Syndrome Day; Naw-Rúz (Bahá'í calendar); Mother's Day in the Arab world; Independence Day in Namibia (1990)

Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Template:*mp 630Byzantine emperor Heraclius restored the True Cross to Jerusalem. 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 1800 – After being elected as a compromise candidate after several months of stalemate, Pope Pius VII was crowned in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mâché. Template:*mp 1871 – Founder of the German Empire Otto von Bismarck was proclaimed as its first Chancellor. Template:*mp 1989 – An article in Sports Illustrated alleged that Pete Rose, the manager of the Major League Baseball team Cincinnati Reds, was involved in gambling. Template:*mp 2006 – A man using a hammer smashed the statue of Phra Phrom in the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, and was subsequently beaten to death by bystanders.

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