March 21st Holidays, Horoscope and History

March 21st Holiday List

  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says that The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a program of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.
  • International Day of Forests
    The International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012. Each year has a different theme so stop by to see each theme.
  • National California Strawberry Day
    As part of National Nutrition Month, National California Strawberry Day kicks off the strawberry season in California, the beginning of Spring!
  • National Common Courtesy Day
    Common courtesy is the act of treating someone with  respect and kindness. Everyday should be Common Courtesy Day but annually on March 21st this is observed. So be extra nice and self aware today as you interact with others.
  • National Day of Action on Syringe Exchange
    March 21st is the National Day of Action syringe exchanges. This practice allows intravenous drug users the chance to replace their used needles with clean ones to avoid hazardous paraphernalia conditions. This is to foster an environment compassion for someone the grip of addiction and to help  keep them safer and to limit the spread of illnesses.  To Read further to see why this is so important.
  • National Flower Day
    On some websites National Flower Day is listed. We couldn’t find much background other than a couple articles from florists. We are not sure if this was confused with National Plant a Flower Day which is March 12th. So if you know, leave us a message in the comments below!
  • National Fragrance Day
  • A scent can bring you back to a fond memory. The smell of a rainy day, your wife’s perfume, maybe the bakery down the road as you drive by on the way to work, a scent can take you back in time. What is your favorite scent?
  • National French Bread Day
    National French Bread Day is celebrated every March 21st. To celebrate why not try out a favorite or a new French Bread Recipe?
  • National Teenager Day
    Every March 21st we celebrate teens. Remember today’s youth holds tomorrow’s hope! Teens are difficult maybe, but they are going through a lot of changes and let’s hope the caterpillar emerges a butterfly!
  • National Single Parent’s Day
    In 1984, Janice Moglen collaborated with the organization, Parents Without Partners, and began a petition to have states declare recognition of Single Parent Day. The day of March 21st coincides with the inception of Parents Without Partners, which began on March 21, 1957. Proclamation 5166 was presented to, and signed, by President Ronald Reagan declaring March 21, 1984, as National Single Parent Day. So to observe this holiday, it would be nice to do something special to support someone you know who is a single parent. Help drive the kids to school, make them a meal, take them to lunch, take out their garbage. Just do anything that can help narrow down all the activities that a single parent has to do every day!
  • World Down Syndrome Day
    World Down Syndrome Day is marked each year on March 21, beginning in 2006. The 21st day of March was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.  Learn more at
  • World Poetry Day
    World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21 March, and was declared by UNESCO in 1999, “with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.” To observe today,  support a Poet by sharing their work.
  • World Puppetry Day
    World Puppetry Day was launched in 2003 by UNIMA. World Puppetry Day is a tool for the promotion of puppetry arts and a project allowing to unite the puppet actors of the same territory. Learn about each year’s events and messages here. 

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March 21st Horoscope Sign is Aries

Time period: March 21 – April 19
Ruling planet:
Symbol: Ram
Zodiac quality: Cardinal
Birthstones: Topaz, Aquamarine, Jasper, Heliotrope, Diamond
Spirit Color: Red
Flower: Thistle & honeysuckle
Romantic Compatibility: Sagittarius
Traits: Independent, passionate, competitive, perfectionists, honest, energetic, sexy but can be closed minded, uncompromising and honest to a fault.

March 21st Trivia

  • 1617 – Pocahontas is buried after dying during her trip to England. In March 1617, Pocahontas, her husband and son set sail for Virginia. But soon after she became gravely ill and was taken ashore at Gravesend, England. It is unsure of what made her so sick. Pocahontas was buried at St. George’s church in Gravesend. On her deathbed she said, “All must die. But ‘tis enough that my child liveth.” Her husband went on  to Virginia and her son stayed at England with relatives. He later became as successful tobacco farmer.  Learn more about here life here. Matthew Broderick in 2009
  • 1685 – Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer and organist is born in Eisenach, Germany.
  • 1915 – The #1 movie was Hello, Frisco! by Olive Kline & Reinald Werrenrath.
  • 1924 – Daily reading of the Bible becomes mandatory in Kentucky public schools.
  • 1946 – Timothy Dalton British actor, is born.
  • 1949 – Eddie Money, American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born.
  • 1952 – First Rock and Roll Concert “The Moondog Coronation Ball” is held at the Cleveland Arena.
  • 1958 – Gary Oldman, English actor, filmmaker, musician and author was born.
  • 1962 – Matthew Broderick, American actor is born.
  • 1962 – Rosie O’Donnell, American actress, producer, and talk show host was born.
  • 1963 – Alcatraz, a prison in San Francisco Bay,  closes after 29 years of operation.
  • 1968 – The #1 song was (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding.
  • 1970 – The creation of Earth Day is issued by entrepreneur, journalist, and activist Joseph McConnell, a native San Franciscan Joseph Alioto. On March 21st Mayor Joseph Alioto issued the first-ever Earth Day proclamation.  It ends up being celebrated every year on April 22.
    Alcatraz Island
    Alcatraz of San Francisco
  • 1981 – Last Recorded Lynching in the U.S. Members of the KKK beat and kill 19-year-old African-American Michael Donald and hung his body from a tree.
  • 984 – The #1 movie was Police Academy starring Steve Guttenberg.
  • 1986 – Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the World Figure Skating Championships.
  • 1989 – The #1 song was Lost in Your Eyes by Debbie Gibson.
  • 2000 – Pope John Paul II makes his first ever pontifical visit to Israel.
  • 2006 – The social media site Twitter is founded. Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 and launched in July of that year. By 2012, more than 100 million users posted 340 million tweets a day, and the service handled an average of 1.6 billion search queries per day.
  • 2020 – In the headlines: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order to 13 million state residents in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The mandate calls on residents to remain indoors except for essential outings like buying groceries.
  • The song, “What’s Next” by Drake is the #1 song on the Hot 100 Billboard. 

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