Holidays Calendar for March 21, 2016

The first day of spring equinox marks Nowruz, or Persian New Year. This is the first day of the year in the Persian calendar, that is why Nowruz is one of the most important secular holidays for many people.

March 21 is Independence Day in Namibia. This holiday celebrates the day, when Namibia gained independence from South African mandate in 1990.

On the third Monday in March, the Mexicans celebrate Benito Juárez Day. It is an annual public holiday dedicated to a Mexican politician who served as President of Mexico for five terms.


Human Rights Day is observed across the world on December 10. But there is no rule without an exception. South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day on March 21 in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre of 1960.

World Wood Day is an annual celebration held on March 21. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of wood in a sustainable world and its responsible use.

World Puppetry Day is annually celebrated on March 21. The idea to celebrate this holiday belongs to puppeteer Dzhivada Zolfagariho from Iran.

Color is one of the most influential phenomena in people's lives, and it's an important channel contributing to the perception of reality. All these laid foundation to celebration of International Color Day on March 21.

Education Freedom Day is a special international event launched by the Digital Freedom Foundation in 2013. It's annually observed on March 21.

March 21 is Harmony Day in Australia. This observance was created to show cohesion and inclusion in Australia and promote a cultural diversity.

March 21 is National French Bread Day. You can celebrate this day by baking French bread at home.

March 21 is the first day of spring in many countries. Poland has a special celebration for this day, that is called Truant's Day. This unofficial holiday is devoted to all people, who like truancy, i.e. to the students.

UNESCO declared World Poetry Day on March 21 in 1999. This holiday was created to promote reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry.

March 21 is International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This observance was established by the United Nations General Assembly to call on international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate racial discrimination around the world.

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. This observance was started by a medical geneticist, and later became one of the UN international days.

Celebration of Nowruz, Persian New Year, has a very long history. The holiday became so important for humanity, that the UN established International Day of Nowruz.

International Day of Forests is one of the “youngest” UN international days. It was established in 2012. It's annually celebrated on March 21 since 2013.

Mother's Day is annually celebrated around the world in every place. Different countries adopt the most significant date for their nation or religion, that is why this event has so many dates for celebration. Traditionally most countries of the Arab world celebrate Mother's Day on March 21.

Youth Day in Tunisia annually falls on March 21, right after Independence Day. This is a joyful and colorful holiday, that is devoted to those people, who will build and develop future economy of the country.

This Day in History

  • 2012 Mutinying Malian soldiers attacked several locations in the capital Bamako. They were displeased with the management of the Tuareg rebellion.
  • 2008 Died: Denis Cosgrove, prominent cultural geographer. He was born in England, went to school in Oxford and the University of Toronto and worked at UCLA.
  • 2005 16-year-old Jeffrey Weise killed his grandfather and his grandfather's girlfriend, and then shot and killed 7 people in Red Lake Senior High School, Minnesota.
  • 1998 Died: Galina Ulanova, Russian ballet dancer and ballet coach who is considered to be one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century.
  • 1991 Died: Leo Fender, American inventor best known for founding Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company. He designed guitars, bass guitars, amplifiers.
  • 1980 The TV series Dallas aired its "A House Divided" episode, which spawned the 8-month "Who shot J.R.?" hysteria. The murderer was revealed in "Who Done It?" episode.
  • 1980 Born: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho, Brazilian footballer who won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005.
  • 1978 Died: Louis Cottrell, Jr., American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist, bandleader and union leader. He was the leader of the Heritage Hall Jazz Band.
  • 1974 Died: Candy Darling, American actress who starred in two Andy Warhol's films and is known as a Warhol Superstar. She was a trans woman.
  • 1965 The third Selma to Montgomery protest march started. There were three marches altogether that led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
  • 1965 NASA launched Ranger 9, a lunar probe designed to achieve a lunar impact trajectory and to transmit high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface.
  • 1963 The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, one of the most famous prisons, closed. Today it is a museum and one of San Francisco's major tourist attraction.
  • 1962 Born: Rosie O'Donnell, American comedian, television personality, actress, author, and LGBT rights activist. Her talk show won multiple Emmy Awards.
  • 1962 Born: Matthew Broderick, American stage and screen actor. As of 2013, he is the youngest actor to win the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
  • 1960 Born: Ayrton Senna da Silva, Brazilian racing driver who one 3 Formula One world championship. He was killed in an accident in 1994 during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
  • 1958 Born: Gary Oldman, prominent English stage and screen actor, filmmaker and musician who is considered one of the cinema's greatest actors.
  • 1940 Born: Solomon Burke, American singer whose career spanned more than 50 years. He made a significant contribution to the development of soul music.
  • 1936 Died: Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer, conductor and music teacher. He was director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory from 1905 to 1930.
  • 1915 Died: Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and one of the first management consultants. He sought to improve industrial efficiency.
  • 1871 Welsh journalist and explorer Henly Morton Stanley began his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Stanley found him on November 10.
  • 1844 The Bahá'í calendar began. It is a solar calendar used by Bábism and the Bahá'í Faith. Years in the calendar begin at the vernal equinox.
  • 1843 Died: Robert Southey, prominent English poet who belonged to the Lake Group. He was poet laureate for 30 years from 1830 until his death.
  • 1839 Born: Modest Mussorgsky, Russian composer of the Romantic period. He belonged to the group known as "The Five" or "The Mighty Handful".
  • 1806 Born: Benito Juárez, Mexican lawyer and politician who served as the President of Mexico for five terms. He used liberal measures to modernize the country.
  • 1804 The Napoleonic Code (Code Napoléon) was adopted as the French civil code. It was not the first legal code in Europe, but one of the most important ones.
  • 1801 Born: Maria Theresa of Austria (born Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Tuscany), the wife of King Charles Albert of Sardinia.
  • 1768 Born: Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier, French mathematician and physician who is best known for investigating Fourier series and discovering the greenhouse effect.
  • 1729 Died: John Law, Scottish economist who served as Controller General of Finances of France under the Duke of Orleans. In 1716 he established the Banque Générale.
  • 1556 Died: Thomas Cranmer, English clergyman, leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury. He was burned as a heretic.
  • 630 The Byzantine Emperor Heraclius defeated the Sassanid Emperor Khosrau II and returned the True Cross, one of the holiest christian relics, to Jerusalem.