March 21 in History
1956March 21, 1956:
The film "Marty" wins 4 out of its 8 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted at the 28th edition of the ceremony.
1960March 21, 1960:
About 70 black South African demonstrators are killed by police in Sharpeville, Gauteng province, while protesting the country’s pass laws.
1963March 21, 1963:
The U.S. federal prison on San Francisco Bay's Alcatraz Island is closed.
1965March 21, 1965:
Martin Luther King, Jr. leads American civil rights activists to start a protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
1980March 21, 1980:
U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces the decision of the United States to boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union.
1990March 21, 1990:
Namibia officially becomes independent following 106 years of German and South African rule.
2000March 21, 2000:
“No Strings Attached”, the 4th studio album of American boy group NSYNC is released.
2013March 21, 2013:
A hail storm and a tornado in southern China kills 24 people and injures 100.
2016March 21, 2016:
The first public tweet is sent by Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey and it reads “just setting up my twttr.”
2017March 21, 2017:
The LA county sheriff’s department detains singer Wyclef Jean after he is wrongly identified as a suspect and handcuffed.
2018March 21, 2018:
The return of 101 out of 110 kidnapped schoolgirls from Dapchi in Nigeria is confirmed by the government.