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1957Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" premieres in NYC

199466th Academy Awards - "Schindler's List", Tom Hanks & Holly Hunter win

1993Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament

1941Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1973Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHLer to score 500 goals

1965Martin Luther King Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

1835Charles Darwin & Mariano Gonzales meet at Portillo Pass

1965Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

198823rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Randy Travis & Hank Williams Jr

1982Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament

1947Pres Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States

1871Otto Von Bismarck elevated to rank of Fürst (Prince)

1943Assassination attempt on Hitler fails

1994Wayne Gretzky ties Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals

1994Dudley Moore arrested for hitting girlfriend

1933Hitler, Guring, Prince Ruprecht, Bruning & top army meet in Berlin

1985Arthur Ashe is named to Intl Tennis Hall of Fame

1993Pope John Paul II declares Duns Scotus, a saint

199971st Academy Awards - "Shakespeare in Love", Roberto Benigni & Gwyneth Paltrow win

1995NJ officially dedicates the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295

March 21st Historical Events
Date Event
630
Byzantine emperor Heraclius restores the True Cross to Jerusalem. 
717
Battle of Vincy between Charles Martel and Ragenfrid. 
1188
Accession to the throne of Japan by emperor Antoku. 
1349
3,000 Jews killed in Black Death riots in Efurt Germany 
1413
Henry V becomes King of England. 
1421
Battle of Beauge-French beat English 
1492
Alonzo Pietro, pilot, sailed with Columbus 
1610
King James I addresses English House of Commons 
1681
3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London 
1702
Queen Anne Stuart addresses English parliament 
1788
Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana 
1788
Olaudah Equiano (aka Gustavus Vassa), a freed slave, petitions King George III and Queen Charlotte, to free enslaved Africans 
1791
Capt Hopley Yeaton of NH becomes 1st commissioned officer in USN 
1804
French civil Code of Napoleon adopted 
1821
First revolutionary act in Monastery of Agia Lavra, Kalavryta, Greek War of Independence. 
1824
Fire at Cairo ammunitions dump kills 4,000 horses 
1826
Beethoven's Quartet #13 in B flat major (Op 130) premiered in Vienna 
1835
Charles Darwin & Mariano Gonzales meet at Portillo Pass 
1844
Origin of Baha'i Era-Baha'i calendar starts here (Baha 1, 1) 
1844
The original date predicted by William Miller of Massachusetts for the return of Christ and the end of the world. 
1857
Earthquake hits Tokyo; about 107,000 die 
1859
Scottish National Gallery opens in Edinburgh 
1859
Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1st in US, incorporated 
1860
US extradition treaty with Sweden 
1863
Naval Engagement at Havana Cuba-USS Henrick Hudson vs BR Wild Pigeon 
1864
Battle at Henderson's Hill (Bayou Rapids) Louisiana 
1865
Battle of Bentonville ends, last Confederate effort to stop Sherman 
1866
US Congress authorizes national soldiers' homes 
1868
1st US professional women's club, Sorosis, forms in NYC 
1871
Journalist Henry M Stanley begins his famous expedition to Africa 
1871
Otto Von Bismarck elevated to rank of Fürst (Prince) 
1885
2nd French government of Ferry resigns 
1888
Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender" premieres in London 
1890
Austrian Jewish communities are defined by law 
1899
British & French accord over West Africa 
1907
US invades Honduras 
1909
Moran & MacFarland (US) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin) 
1909
Germany sends Russia a diplomatic notes requesting recognition of the Austrian annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and cessation of support to Serbia in the controversy 
1913
-26] Flood in Ohio, kills 400 
1914
US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld 
1914
US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Norman M Scott 
1916
JP Van Limburg Stirum succeeds AWF Idenburg as gov-gen of Neth Indies 
1917
Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy's 1st female Petty Officer 
1918
-28] During WW I Germany launches Somme offensive 
1921
Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC 
1922
KGW-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions 
1923
US foreign minister Charles Hughes refuses USSR recognition 
1924
1st foreign language course broadcast on US radio (WJZ, NYC) 
1924
Mass Investors Trust becomes 1st mutual fund set up in US 
1925
Edinburgh's Murreyfield Stadium officially opens 
1925
Iran adopts Khorshidi solar Hijrah calendar 
1925
The Butler Act, a Tennessee statue, is passed prohibiting the teaching of evolution 
1927
Guomindang Army conquerors Shanghai as British marines flee 
1931
KRO-broadcast studio initiated in Hilversum Holland 
1931
US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson 
1931
US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner 
1933
Hitler, Guring, Prince Ruprecht, Bruning & top army meet in Berlin 
1934
Fire destroys Hakodate Japan, killing about 1,500 
1934
Babe Didrikson pitches an inning in an A's-Dodgers exhibition game Walks 1, hits the next guy, 3rd guy hits into triple-play 
1935
Jean Anouilh's "Y avait un presonnier" premieres in Paris 
1935
Persia officially renamed Iran 
1937
Ponce massacre, police kill 19 at Puerto Rican Nationalist parade 
1939
Nazi-Germany demands Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland 
1941
Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title 
1942
Convoy QP9 departs Great Britain to Murmansk 
1942
Heavy German assault on Malta 
1943
Assassination attempt on Hitler fails 
1943
Massacre of the town of Kalavryta, Greece by German Nazi troops. 
1944
Gen Eisenhower postpones S France invasion until after Normandy 
1945
1st Japanese flying bombs (ochas) attack Okinawa 
1945
During WW II Allied bombers begin 4-day raid over Germany 
1945
Dutch Resistance fighter Hannie Schaft arrested by Nazi police 
1946
Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933 
1946
UN set up temporary HQ at Hunter (now Lehman) College (Bronx) 
1947
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fulgens radiatur 
1947
Pres Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States 
1947
Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, NZ v England at Christchurch 
1948
"Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio 
1949
WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting 
1951
2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea 
1951
Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage 
1952
"3 Wishes for Jamie" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 94 perfs 
1952
-22] Tornadoes in Ark, Tenn, Mo, Miss, Ala & Ky cause 343 deaths 
1952
31 storms crosses 6 states killing 340 in South-Central US 
1952
Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever 
1953
NBA record 106 fouls & 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse) 
1954
KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting 
1955
Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desires Cyprus joining Greece 
1955
Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums" 
1956
28th Academy Awards - "Marty", Anna Magnani & Ernest Borgnine win 
1957
Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" premieres in NYC 
1958
1st presentation of West Point's Sylvanus Thayer Award 
1958
USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test 
1959
"Juno" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 16 performances 
1959
21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats W Va 71-70 
1960
Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC 
1961
Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000) 
1961
Beatles' 1st appearance at the Cavern Club 
1962
A bear becomes the 1st creature to be ejected at supersonic speeds 
1962
Bekkers of Bosch makes TV speech in Neth for birth control 
1962
Dutch RC bishop Beckers declares himself in favor of birth control 
1962
Philadelphia retires pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36 
1963
Alcatraz federal penitentiary in SF Bay closed 
1963
David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London 
1964
26th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Duke 98-83 
1964
Beatles' "She Loves You" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks 
1964
UCLA completes undefeated NCAA basketball season (30-0) 
1965
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open 
1965
Martin Luther King Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama 
1965
US Ranger 9 launched; takes 5,814 pictures before lunar impact 
1966
US preme Court reverses Mass ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene 
1968
"Royals" chosen as the name of new KC AL franchise 
1968
Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London 
1968
Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases 
1968
Portuguese socialist Mario Soares banished to Sao Tomé 
1969
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1970
32nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Jacksonville 80-69 
1970
Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports. 
1971
Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown 
1971
Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic 
1971
Vermont seasonal snowfall totals 132.2" 
1971
WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1972
US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote 
1973
Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHLer to score 500 goals 
1974
Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall 
1975
Ethiopia ends monarchy after 3000 years 
1978
Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training) 
1979
Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel 
1980
On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot 
1982
"Little Johnny Jones" opens & closes at Alvin Theater NYC 
1982
Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard 
1982
Movie "Annie" premieres 
1982
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament 
1983
Only known typo on Time Magazine cover (control=contol), all recalled 
1984
Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings 
1984
NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule 
1984
Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon 
1984
Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan 
1985
Arthur Ashe is named to Intl Tennis Hall of Fame 
1985
Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed 
1986
199.22 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange 
1986
Kania skates ladies world record 500 m (39.52 sec) & 3 km (4:18.02) 
1986
Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million 
1987
PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million) 
1988
23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Randy Travis & Hank Williams Jr 
1989
1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral 
1990
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 149 perfs 
1990
"Normal Life" starring Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV 
1990
"Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli premieres on CBS-TV 
1990
Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president 
1991
27 lost at sea when 2 US Navy anti-submarine planes collide 
1991
Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome 
1991
Tatsumi Fujinami beats Ric Flair for NWA wrestling championship 
1991
UN Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq 
1992
2nd WLAF season begins 
1992
Pakistan scores 6-264 to overhaul NZ in exciting World Cup semi 
1993
Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament 
1993
Pope John Paul II declares Duns Scotus, a saint 
1993
South Africa White Wolves kill 5 year old black girl 
1994
66th Academy Awards - "Schindler's List", Tom Hanks & Holly Hunter win 
1994
Anne P Sidamon-Eristoff named chairwoman of Museum of Natl History 
1994
Dudley Moore arrested for hitting girlfriend 
1994
Wayne Gretzky ties Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals 
1995
NJ officially dedicates the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295 
1995
NYC agrees to sell its 2 owned radio stations (WNYC AM & FM) 
1996
"Night of the Iguana" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 68 perfs 
1997
Ice Dance won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus) 
1997
Wrestlemania XIII 
1998
Good Friday Agreement signed in Northern Ireland. 
1999
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon. 
1999
71st Academy Awards - "Shakespeare in Love", Roberto Benigni & Gwyneth Paltrow win 
2002
In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh along with three other suspects are charged with murder for their part in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. 
2002
British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. 
2004
In Malaysia, the 11th Federal and State elections are held, returning the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional to power with an increased majority. 
2006
Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Dubayy in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport join together and riot, causing $1M in damage. 
2012
Greek Parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal 
2012
Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries are sentenced to 7,710 years in jail for their role in the Plan de Sanchez massacre in 1982 
2013
12 people are killed and 30 are injured by a car bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan 
2013
42 people are killed and 84 are injured by a bombing in a mosque in Damascus, Syria 
2013
At least 45 people drown and 60 are missing after a Nigerian boat sinks off the shore of Gabon 
2013
24 people are killed and 100 are injured by a tornado and hail storm in southern China 
2013
A barter dispute loses control and results in 10 people being killed, 20 injured, and 4 mosques being burnt to the ground in Myanmar 
2013
The European Space Agency reveals new data that indicates that the universe is 13.82 billion years old 
2013
Martin Gould defeats Ali Carter to win the snooker 2013 Championship League 
2014
Russia formally annexes Crimea amid international condemenation 
2016
Obama Lands in Cuba for Historic Visit 
2016
North Korea fires short-range projectiles into sea 
2016
Obama cheered in Havana at start of historic visit to Cuba 
2017
FBI Is Investigating Trump's Russia Ties, Comey Confirms 
2017
Sesame Street Introduces Julia, a Muppet With Autism 
2017
FBI Says Tom Brady's Missing Super Bowl Jerseys Have Been Found 
2017
UK to Start 'Brexit' on March 29 by Invoking Article 50 
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