On This Day in History, March 21

March 21st marks World Poetry Day. The rhymes and creativity can brighten a dull day. A time to celebrate the works of all poets and especially that of famous people, like Maya Angelou and William Shakespeare e.t.c.

There are other significant events of March 21 in history. Take a look!

  • 1790 -Thomas Jefferson reported to U.S. President George Washington as the new secretary of state.
  • 1871 -Journalist Henry M Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa.
  • 1905 -Sterilization legislation was passed in the State of Pennsylvania.
  • 1907 -The first Parliament of Transvaal met in Pretoria.
  • 1918 -During World War I, the Germans launched the Somme Offensive.
  • 1935 -Incubator ambulance service began in Chicago, IL.
  • 1946 -The Los Angeles Rams signed Kenny Washington.
  • 1960 -About 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa when police fired upon demonstrators.
  • 1965 -More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by Martin Luther King Jr. began a march from Selma to Montgomery, AL.
  • 1972 -The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not require one year of residency for voting eligibility.
  • 1989 -Randall Dale Adams was released from a Texas prison after his conviction was overturned.
  • 1990 -Alan Bond sold Van Gogh’s “Irises” to the Gerry Museum.
  • 1991 -About 27 people were lost at sea after U.S. Navy anti-submarine planes collided.
  • 1994 -Wayne Gretzky tied Gordie Howe’s NHL record of 801 goals.
  • 1994 -Bill Gates of Microsoft and Craig McCaw announced a $9 billion plan that would send 840 satellites into orbit to relay information around the globe.
  • 2001 -Nintendo released Game Boy Advance.
  • 2002 -In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was charged with murder for his role in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • 2003 -It was reported that the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 235.27 (2.8%) at 8,521.97.
  • 2008 -With the increasing cost of crude oil, Airlines in the US and around the world felt the impact.
  • 2010 -A twenty-five-year-old man from Texas received a full face transplant, becoming the first to happen in the United States.

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