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MARCH 21

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Nowrooz (Noruz), the Persian New Year
(First day following the vernal equinox)
Afghanistan Iran Vernal Equinox AME Info
Lesotho: National Tree Planting Day
(Observed annually on March 21)
Lesotho Arbor Day
1768 Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (French Mathematician) Jean Baptiste Fourier Calculus
1877 Maurice Farman (French Aircraft Designer and Manufacturer) French Mathematicians and Scientists Aviation History
1932 Walter Gilbert (Massachusetts-born Molecular Biologist: 1980 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Walter Gilbert DNA 1980 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1915 F. W. Taylor (Pennsylvania-born Inventor, Pioneer in Industrial Management) Pennsylvania Business Leaders Inventors and Inventions Business New York Times Technology and Society
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1861 The Confederate States of America Establishes a Patent Office Patents and Trademarks American Civil War USPTO
1888 A Spring Flood in Cloquet, Minnesota Causes a Log Boom to Break, Destroying the Log Harvest Cloquet, Minnesota Flooding Trees Economics Minnesota Historical Society
1904 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Southeast Maine Is Largest in State's Recorded History Maine Earthquakes USGS
1925 Tennessee Governor, Austin Peay, Signs the Butler Bill Banning the Teaching of Evolution in Schools Tennessee Education Education Law & Legal Resources Scopes Monkey Trial University of Missouri Kansas City National Public Radio
1929 Present Coolidge Presents Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh Calvin Coolidge Aviation History Congressional Medal of Honor
1932 In Two Days, 33 Tornados Kill 359 People in 6 Southeast States Alabama Georgia Kentucky Mississippi South Carolina Tennessee Tornados Death The History Channel Alabama Archives
1936 The Worst Flood in the Massachusetts' Recorded History Devastates Springfield Springfield, Massachusetts Flooding Springfield, Massachusetts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1941 Eastern Standard Time Is Established as Only Standard Time Zone for the State of Georgia Georgia Government Law and Legal Resources Time Zones University of Georgia
1952 28 Tornados Ravage Arkansas and Tennessee: 204 Die Arkansas Tennessee Tornados Death NOAA
1953 A Tornado Kills One Person in St. Cloud, Minnesota St. Cloud, Minnesota Tornado Death Minnesota Historical Society
1958 15.6" of Snow Falls in New Castle County, Delaware New Castle County, Delaware Snow State of Delaware
USSR Conducts 650 kT Atmospheric Nuclear Test Soviet Union Nuclear Weapons Cold War Geoscience Australia
1965 NASA Launches Ranger 9 for March 24 Lunar Impact Landing Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1969 U.S. Conducts 100 kT Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons Cold War Geoscience Australia
1977 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 167 and Leaves 7,000 Homeless in Iran Iran Earthquakes Death USGS
1982 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Japan's Hokkaido Region Japan Earthquakes USGS
1999 Breitling Orbiter 3 Completes First Non-stop Around-the-world Balloon Flight Aviation History Historic Firsts Smithsonian Institution New York Times
2001 18" of Rain Fall on the Minnesota Twin Cities Minnesota Rain Minnesota Historical Society

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