Today in History - March 21

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2012        Mar 21, World Poetry Day. It was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Poetry_Day)(Econ, 11/24/12, p.68)

630        Mar 21, Heraclius restored the True Cross, which he had recaptured from the Persians.
    (HN, 3/21/99)

1349        Mar 21, Some 3,000 Jews were killed in Black Death riots in Efurt, Germany.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1361        Mar 21, Grand duke Kestutis was captured by the Knights of the Cross.
    (LHC, 3/21/03)

1474        Mar 21, Angela Merici, Italian monastery founder, saint, was born.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1547        Mar 21, Matthew Stryjkovski (d.c1592), the 1st author of a printed history of Lithuania, was born in Strykov, Poland.
    (LHC, 3/21/03)

1556        Mar 21, Former Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer (66), scheduled to denounce his errors and be burned at the stake, denounced his own confessions and was hustled off to be burned. He then put forth his hand and declared: “Forasmuch as my hand offended, writing contrary to my heart, my hand shall first be punished.”
    (WSJ, 9/12/96, p.A14)(MC, 3/21/02)

1609        Mar 21, Jan II Kazimierz, cardinal, King of Poland (1648-68), was born.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1610        Mar 21, King James I addressed the English House of Commons.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1617        Mar 21, Pocahontas (Rebecca Rolfe) died of either small pox or pneumonia while in England with her husband, John Rolfe. As Pocahontas and John Rolfe prepared to sail back to Virginia, she died reportedly from the wet English winter. She was buried at the parish church of St. George in Gravesend, England. In 2003 Paula Gunn Allen authored "Pocahontas "Medicine Woman, Spy, entrepreneur, Diplomat."
    (AP, 4/5/97)(HN, 5/5/97)(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.T12)(HN, 3/21/01)(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.M5)

1656        Mar 21, Armagh James Ussher (76), Archbishop (said world began 4004 BC), died. [see Feb 20]
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1685        Mar 21, Composer Johann Sebastian Bach (d.1750) was born in Eisenach, Germany, the youngest of eight children. 2nd source says Mar 21. He composed cantatas, sonatas, preludes, fugues and chorale preludes, and whose works included "Brandenburg Concerto" and "Well-Tempered Clavier."
    (AP, 3/21/97)(LGC-HCS.p.17)(HN, 3/21/99)

1697        Mar 21, Czar Peter the Great began a tour through West Europe. [see Mar 9]
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1702        Mar 21, Queen Anne Stuart addressed the English parliament.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1729        Mar 21, John Law, Scottish gambler and financier (57 or 58), died in Venice. An inventory of his wealth included 488 paintings with works by Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. His story was told in 2000 by Cynthia Crossen in “The Rich and How They got That Way.”
    (WSJ, 7/19/00, p.B4)(MC, 3/21/02)

1734        Mar 21, Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus (48), composer, died.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1768        Mar 21, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier (d.1830), French mathematician, physicist and Egyptologist, was born.
    (HN, 3/21/98)(WUD, 1994, p.561)

1780        Mar 21, The Marquis de Lafayette set sail for the US aboard the Hermione after persuading French King Louis XVI to provide military and financial aid to support George Washington’s troops.
    (SSFC, 4/19/15, p.A2)

1788        Mar 21, Almost the entire city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was destroyed by fire. 856 buildings were burned.
    (HN, 3/21/99)(MC, 3/21/02)

1790        Mar 21, Thomas Jefferson (46) reported to President Washington in New York as the new US Secretary of state.
    (AP, 3/21/97)(www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/private-banks-quotation)

1791        Mar 21, Captain Hopley Yeaton (1740-1812) of New Hampshire became the first commissioned officer of the US Revenue Cutter Service.
    (www.uscg.mil/history/WEBCUTTERS/Scammel_1791.html)(http://tinyurl.com/goke5)

1801        Mar 21, The Kingdom of Etruria was created by the Treaty of Aranjuez. It was made up a large part of modern Tuscany and its name from Etruria, the old Roman name for the land of the Etruscans. The first king (Louis I) died young in 1803. His underage son Charles Louis succeeded him and continued to 1807 when Napoleon dissolved the kingdom and integrated it into France.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Etruria)
1801        Mar 21, Andrea Lucchesi (59), composer, died.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1804        Mar 21, The French civil code, later called the "Code Napoleon," was adopted.
    (AP, 3/21/08)

1806        Mar 21, Lewis and Clark began their trip home after an 8,000 mile trek of the Mississippi basin and the Pacific Coast. [see Mar 23]
    (HN, 3/21/01)
1806        Mar 21, Benito Juarez, President of Mexico, was born in Oaxaca. He was Mexico's first president of Indian ancestry and fought against the French and their puppet emperor Maximilian.
    (AP, 3/21/97)(HN, 3/21/99)

1813        Mar 21, James Jesse Strang, King of Mormons on Beaver Is, MI. (1850-56), was born.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1826        Mar 21, Beethoven's Quartet #13 in B flat major (Op 130) premiered in Vienna.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1839        Mar 21, Modest Mussorgsky, composer (Boris Godunov, Night on Bald Mt), was born. [see Mar 9]
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1843        Mar 21, Robert W. Southey (b.1774), British poet laureate and historian, died. In 2006 W. A. Speck authored the biography “Robert Southey.”
    (WSJ, 8/12/06, p.P8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Southey)

1851        Mar 21, Yosemite Valley was discovered (by non-natives) in California. The 58 men of the Mariposa Battalion under Major James D. Savage were the first whites to enter Yosemite Valley. Their first view of the valley was from the plateau later named Mount Beatitude. They expelled Chief Tenaya and his band of Ahwahneechee Indians. Dr. Bunnell, a physician in the battalion, named the valley Yosemite to honor the local Indians. He did not realize that the word “yohemeti” meant “some of them are killers” and was an insult against the valley people.
    (SFEC, 5/18/97, Z1 p.4)(SFEC,12/28/97, Z1 p.1)(MC, 3/21/02)
1851        Mar 21, Emperor Tu Duc ordered that Christian priests be put to death.
    (HN, 3/21/99)

1858        Mar 21, British forces in India lifted the siege of Lucknow, ending the Indian Mutiny.
    (HN, 3/21/99)

1859        Mar 21, Zoological Society of Philadelphia, the 1st in US, was incorporated.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1859        Mar 21, The Scottish National Gallery opened in Edinburgh.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1864        Mar 21, Battle at Henderson's Hill (Bayou Rapids), Louisiana.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1865        Mar 21, The Battle of Bentonville, N.C. ended, marking the last Confederate attempt to stop. Union General William Sherman considered Judson Kilpatrick, his cavalry chief, 'a hell of a damn fool.' At Monroe's Cross Roads, N.C., his carelessness and disobedience of orders proved Sherman's point.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1866        Mar 21, The US Congress authorized national soldiers' homes.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1869        Mar 21, Albert Kahn, the architect who originated modern factory design, was born.
    (HN, 3/21/98)
1869        Mar 21, Florenz Ziegfeld, creator of the Ziegfeld Follies, was born. In 1974 Randolph Carter (d.1998 at 90) authored “The World of Flo Ziegfeld.”
    (HN, 3/21/98)(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A22)

1871        Mar 21, Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa to locate the missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone.
    (HNPD, 11/10/98)(AP, 3/21/02)
1871        Mar 21, Otto von Bismarck became the 1st Chancellor of the German Empire.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_von_Bismarck)

1885        Mar 21, Raoul Lufbery, French-born American fighter pilot of World War I, was born.
    (HN, 3/21/99)

1888        Mar 21, Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender," premiered in London.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1890        Mar 21, Austrian Jewish communities were defined by law.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1900        Mar 21, Paul Kletzki, Polish violinist, composer, conductor, was born.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1906        Mar 21, John D. Rockefeller III, billionaire philanthropist (oil), was born.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1906        Mar 21, Ohio passed a law that prohibited hazing by fraternities.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1907        Mar 21, US Marines arrived in Honduras to protect American lives and interests in the wake of political violence.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.E5)(AP, 3/21/07)

1908        Mar 21, Frenchman Henri Farman carried a passenger in a bi-plane for the first time.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1910        Mar 21, The U.S. Senate granted ex-President Teddy Roosevelt a pension of $10,000 yearly.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1912        Mar 21, Peter Bull, actor, author (Executioner, Tom Jones, Dr. Strangelove), was born.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1918        Mar 21, During World War I, Germany launched the 'Michael' Offensive in France, hoping to break through the Allied line before American reinforcements could arrive. It is better remembered as the First Battle of the Somme.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1356)(AP, 3/21/97)(HN, 3/21/99)

1920        Mar 21, Bruno Maderna, composer, was born.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1921        Mar 21, Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist, was born.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1921        Mar 21, Herbert Hoover, U.S. Secretary of Commerce opposed all trade with Russia.
    (HN, 3/21/98)
1921        Mar 21, "Big Jim" Colisimo, US gangster, was murdered by Al Capone.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1921        Mar 21, Lenin’s New Economic Policy (NEP) was promulgated by decree.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Economic_Policy)

1925        Mar 21, Peter Brook, director, was born in west London. In 2005 Michael Kustow authored “Peter Brook: A Biography.”
    (Econ, 3/19/05, p.89)
1925        Mar 21, Tennessee passed an anti-evolution law, which prohibited the teaching of evolution. [see Mar 13,23]
    (HNQ, 1/27/00)

1927        Mar 21, Kuomintang Army conquered Shanghai as British marines fled.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1928        Mar 21, VU, France’s first illustrated magazine, was launched and continued to May 29, 1940 running over 600 issues. Hungarian-born photographer Andre Kertesz worked there until he left for NYC in 1936.
    (Econ, 11/27/10, p.93)(www.thamesandhudson.com/9780500543832.html)
1928        Mar 21, Pres. Coolidge gave the US Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh. The Medal of Honor was not always awarded for "courage above and beyond" the call of duty.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1932        Mar 21, Joseph Silverstein, violinist (Denver Symphony Orch), was born in Detroit, Mich.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1933        Mar 21, Hitler, Goering, Prince Ruprecht, Bruning and other top army commanders met in Berlin.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1936        Mar 21, Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov (70), composer (Chopiniana), died.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1937        Mar 21, Ponce massacre: police killed 19 at a Puerto Rican Nationalist parade.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1939        Mar 21, Singer Kate Smith recorded “God Bless America” for Victor Records. She introduced the song on her radio program in 1938.
    (HN, 3/21/98)(SFC, 12/28/99, p.C5)
1939        Mar 21, In Egypt King Farouk arrived at Tanis for the opening of the coffin of the 21st Dynasty King Psusennes I, recently discovered by French archeologist Pierre Montet. It turned out that this coffin actually belonged to Sheshonq II of the 22nd Dynasty.
    (Arch, 5/05, p.21)
1939        Mar 21, Nazi Germany demanded Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1939        Mar 21, Ghandi called on the world to disarm, thinking that Hitler would follow.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1941        Mar 21, The last Italian post in East Libya fell to the British.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1942        Mar 21, Convoy QP9 departed Great Britain to Murmansk.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1942        Mar 20-21, There was a major German assault on Malta.
    (MC, 3/20/02)(MC, 3/21/02)

1943        Mar 21, British 8th army opened an assault on Mareth line, Tunisia.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1943        Mar 21, An assassination attempt on Hitler failed.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1944        Mar 21, Charles Chaplin went on trial in Los Angeles, accused of transporting former protegee Joan Barry across state lines for immoral purposes. Chaplin was acquitted, but later lost a paternity suit despite tests showing he wasn't the father of Barry's child.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
1944        Mar 21, Finland rejected a Soviet armistice.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1945        Mar 21, During World War II, Allied bombers began four days of raids over Germany.
    (AP, 3/21/97)
1945        Mar 21, A British bombing raid was made on Gestapo Headquarters in Denmark to thwart a planned German arrest of the leadership of the banned Freedom Council. A 2nd wave of bombers hit a school by mistake killing 86 students and 13 adults.
    (SFC, 9/23/02, p.B5)

1946        Mar 21, The United Nations set up temporary headquarters at Hunter College in New York City.
    (AP, 3/21/97)

1947        Mar 21, Pres. Truman signed Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to swear allegiance to the United States.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1951        Mar 21, Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall reports that the U.S. military has doubled to 2.9 million since the start of the Korean War.
    (HN, 3/21/00)

1952        Mar 21, The Moondog Coronation Ball was held at the Cleveland Arena. It was promoted by Alan Freed and was later cited as the 1st rock concert. The only band to perform was one led by Paul Williams, before fire marshals closed the show.
    (SFC, 10/7/02, p.A19)
1952        Mar 21, Some 31 storms crossed 6 states killing 340 in South Central US.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1952        Mar 21, A.J. Pieters, SS-Untersturmfuhrer, was executed.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1952        Mar 21, Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, was executed.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1954        Mar 21, Paul Selenyi (b.1884), Hungarian physicist, died in Budapest. He was the first to record images with an electrostatic marking process. This was the foundation for Chester Carlson’s Xerox copiers.
    (www.thehungarypage.com/sciencemathandtech.htm)

1955        Mar 21, Walter White (b.1893), African American leader, died. As executive secretary (1931-1955) he built the NAACP into America’s most influential civil rights organization. In 2008 Thomas Dyja authored “Walter White: The Dilemma of Black Identity in America.”
    (WSJ, 10/18/08, p.W8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Francis_White)
1955        Mar 21, Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desired Cyprus joining Greece.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1956        Mar 21, 50 years ago, "Marty" won best picture at the Academy Awards; its star, Ernest Borgnine, won best actor. Anna Magnani won best actress for "The Rose Tattoo."
    (AP, 3/21/06)

1957        Mar 21, Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 3/21/02)
1957        Mar 21, US President Eisenhower and British PM Harold Macmillan began a four-day conference in Bermuda.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
1957        Mar 21, Vice President Nixon returned to the U.S. after spending three weeks on a tour of Africa.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1958        Mar 21, Gary Oldman, actor (Sid and Nancy, Criminal Law, State of Grace), was born.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1960        Mar 21, California state officials dumped radioactive waste from civilian installations into the ocean about 50 miles off of San Francisco at a site that the Navy and other Atomic Energy contractors have been using since 1946. The waste was mixed with concrete, sealed in 55-gallon steel drums and dumped in about 7,500 feet of water.
    (SSFC, 3/21/10, DB p.46)
1960        Mar 21, Capt. John Eaheart (32), a US Marine Corps Reserve pilot, crashed in his F9F Cougar fighter jet and disappeared into Flathead Lake, Wyoming, near the home of his fiancée’s parents. His remains were found in 2006.
    (WSJ, 5/23/06, p.A1)
1960        Mar 21, A police massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa, left 69 black protestors dead as people gathered to protest the pass books that the apartheid government required them to carry at all times. The ANC was outlawed.
    (SFC, 12/5/96, p.C2)(SFEC, 2/9/97, Z1 p.7)(AP, 3/21/08)

1962        Mar 21, A female black bear was taken aboard a B-58 bomber out of Edwards Air Force Base in California, flown up to 35,000 feet at a supersonic speed of 850 miles per hour, and ejected from the bomber in a specially made capsule. She landed safely, and became the first living creature to survive a parachute jump from a plane flying faster than sound.
    (www.worldhop.com/Journals/J1/Bear1.html)
1962        Mar 21, Dutch RC Bishop Willem Bekkers declared himself in favor of birth control. The church in the Netherlands tried to promote a more liberal view of birth control. But their view did not prevail.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lpxof8)

1963        Mar 21, The Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last 27 inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.E4)(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A12)(AP, 3/21/97)(SSFC, 2/17/13, DB p.42)

1964        Mar 21, Beatles' "She Loves You," single went #1 and stayed #1 for 2 weeks.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1965        Mar 21, Martin Luther King Jr. led more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators on the 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery.
    (SFEC, 3/16/97, p.T1)(AP, 3/21/97)
1965        Mar 21, The U.S. launched Ranger 9, last in a series of lunar explorations.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1966        Mar 21, Supreme Court reversed Massachusetts ruling that Fanny Hill" is obscene.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1968        Mar 21, Israeli forces attacked a Palestinian base belonging to Fatah in the village of Al-Karameh in Jordan. Israeli forces engage in a battle with Palestinian fighters for the first time. On 24 March 1968, the Security Council adopted resolution 248 (1968), condemning the large scale and premeditated military actions by Israel against Jordan. The Karameh mission failed. Muki Betser, Israeli commando, was wounded. He later became commander of the Sayeret Matkal, Israel’s elite counter-terrorist unit.
    (SFC, 7/16/96, p.E5)(www.un.int/palestine/chron60.shtml)

1970        Mar 21, Marlen Haushofer (b.1920), Austrian writer died. Her 1962 novel “The Wall” was her only work translated into English.
    (WSJ, 4/25/09, p.W8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlen_Haushofer)

1971        Mar 21, Daniel Ellsberg obtained a copy of the Pentagon Papers, commissioned by then-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, from his former pentagon colleagues and showed it to Neil Sheehan, a young New York Times reporter, at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    (SFC, 7/7/96, BR p.6)(www.topsecretplay.org/index.php/content/timeline)
1971        Mar 21, Two US platoons in Vietnam refused their orders to advance.
    (HN, 3/21/98)(www.isreview.org/issues/09/soldiers_revolt.shtml)
1971        Mar 21, In Laos South Vietnamese Marines at FSB Delta, south of Route 9, came under intense ground and artillery attacks. During an attempted extraction of the force, seven helicopters were shot down and another 50 were damaged, ending the evacuation attempt.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Lam_Son_719)
1971        Mar 21, Sheik Mujibur Rahman (Mujeeb-ur Rehman), head of the Awami League, declared East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) independent of Pakistan. Pakistani Pres. Yahya Khan ordered the army in; several million East Bengali refugees fled to India. Rahman was the father of later PM Hasina Wajid.
    (WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Pakistan)

1972        Mar 21, The US Supreme Court, in Dunn v. Blumstein, ruled that states may not require at least a year's residency for voting eligibility.
    (AP, 3/21/08)

1973        Mar 21, Dean told Nixon: "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency."
    (http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/amia-l/2000/01/msg00043.html)

1975        Mar 21, Ethiopia ended its monarchy after 3000 years. In May the monarchy was formally abolished, and Marxism-Leninism was proclaimed the ideology of the state.
    (www.worldstatesmen.org/Ethiopia.html)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derg)
1975        Mar 21, As North Vietnamese forces advanced, Hue and other northern towns in South Vietnam were evacuated.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1979        Mar 21, The Egyptian Parliament unanimously approved a peace treaty with Israel.
    (AP, 3/21/99)

1980        Mar 21, President Carter announced to the U.S. Olympic Team that they would not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
    (www.cnn.com/resources/video.almanac/1980/index.html)

1983        Mar 21, The US signed the Strasbourg Treaty with European nations for the exchange of prisoners.
    (SFC, 11/9/99, p.A13)(http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/en/Treaties/Html/112.htm)

1984        Mar 21, A ground-breaking ceremony was held as part of NYC’s Central Park was named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon.
    (www.centralpark.com/pages/attractions/strawberry-fields.html)
1984        Mar 21, A Soviet submarine crashed into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1985        Mar 21, Michael Redgrave (b.1908), English actor, died. His films included Alfred Hitchcock's “The Lady Vanishes” (1938), “The Stars Look Down” (1939) and the film of Robert Ardrey's play “Thunder Rock” (1943).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Redgrave)
1985        Mar 21, Police in Langa (Uitenhage), South Africa, opened fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings; the reported death toll varied between 29 and 43.
    (AP, 3/21/08)(www.un.org/av/photo/subjects/apartheid.htm)

1987        Mar 21, Dean Paul Martin (Dino, b.1951), the son of singer Dean Martin, died when his National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed in a mountainous area of California, killing him and his RIO (Radar Intercept Officer), Ramon Ortiz. From then on the father became somewhat of a recluse until his own death in 1995.
    (SFEC, 9/8/96, DB p.40)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Paul_Martin)
1987        Mar 21, Actor Robert Preston (68), best-known for his portrayal of conman Prof. Harold Hill in the musical "The Music Man," died in Santa Barbara, Calif.
    (AP, 3/21/97)

1989        Mar 21, Randall Dale Adams, whose conviction for killing a police officer was overturned after the documentary "The Thin Blue Line" challenged evidence, was released from a Texas prison.
    (AP, 3/21/99)

1990        Mar 21, Secretary of State James Baker met black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela in Namibia.
    (AP, 3/21/00)
1990        Mar 21, Elkins, West Virginia, reported a record national low of minus 16 degrees.
    (SFC, 3/21/09, p.D10)
1990        Mar 21, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev increased pressure on the breakaway republic of Lithuania, ordering its citizens to turn in their guns.
    (AP, 3/21/00)

1991        Mar 21, Test results released in Los Angeles showed that Rodney King, the motorist whose beating by police was videotaped by a bystander, had marijuana and alcohol in his system following his arrest. President Bush denounced King’s beating as “sickening” and “outrageous.”
    (AP, 3/21/01)
1991        Mar 21, Two US Navy anti-submarine planes collided about 60 miles southwest of San Diego and 27 were lost at sea.
    (AP, 3/21/91)(www.vpnavy.com/vp50mem_04dec98.html)
1991        Mar 21, A UN Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq.
    (AP, 3/21/01)

1992        Mar 21, During a debate in Buffalo, N.Y., Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton sought to turn the tables on rival Jerry Brown by accusing the former California governor of hypocrisy on the issue of campaign contributions.
    (AP, 3/21/97)
1992        Mar 21, Pres. Bush and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl met at Camp David, Md.
    (AP, 3/21/97)

1993        Mar 21, Voters in France handed the Socialist government a devastating defeat in first-round parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 3/21/03)

1994        Mar 21, "Schindler's List" won best picture at the 66th Academy Awards; Holly Hunter was named best actress for "The Piano" while Tom Hanks was named best actor for "Philadelphia."
    (AP, 3/21/99)
1994        Mar 21, Actor Macdonald Carey died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 81.
    (AP, 3/21/99)
1994        Mar 21, Lili Damita (b.1904), French-born actress and first wife of Errol Flynn (Bridge of San Luis Rey), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_Damita)
1994        Mar 21, Bolivia’s Congress approved a new capitalization program.
    (WSJ, 2/14/97, p.A8)

1995        Mar 21, Thousands of Japanese police raided the offices of a secretive religious group, Aum Shinri Kyo, in connection with nerve-gas attacks on Tokyo subways that killed 12 people and sickened thousands. In ensuing weeks they found tons of chemicals used to make sarin nerve gas and evidence of biological weapons research.
    (SFC, 4/24/96, p.A-8)(AP, 3/21/00)

1996        Mar 21, The US decided to proceed with plans to deliver weapons to the Islamabad government in Pakistan. $368 mil has already been paid for a naval Orion aircraft and two types of missiles.
    (WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-1)
1996         Mar 21, General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a settlement in a 17-day brake-factory strike that idled more than 177,000 employees and brought the world's top automaker to a near standstill.
    (AP, 3/21/97)
1996        Mar 21, In Israel a suicide bomber killed himself and 3 Israeli women in Tel Aviv.
    (G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)

1997        Mar 21, President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin wrapped up their summit in Helsinki, Finland, still deadlocked over NATO expansion, but able to agree on slashing nuclear weapons arsenals.
    (AP, 3/21/02)
1997        Mar 21, In Chicago 3 white teenagers attacked and severely injured a 13-year-old black boy. Lenard Clark (13) was left brain damaged. The suspects, Frank Caruso (18), Victor Jasas (17), and Michael Kwidzinski (19) were released on bonds of $150,000 with charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and a hate crime. Caruso was convicted in 1998 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. The other 2 pleaded guilty to reduced charges and were let off with probation and community service.
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A7)(SFC, 10/20/98, p.A6)
1997        Mar 21, In Columbia Gerardo Bedoya, executive editor of El Pais, was assassinated in Cali. He was a former congressman and Columbian representative to the EU.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.A11)
1997        Mar 21, In Tel Aviv, Israel, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up on a terrace of an outdoor restaurant and killed 3 Israeli women and injured 46.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/02)
1997        Mar 21, Rebel leader John Garang prepared to attack Juba and claimed that the entire southern Sudan was under their control. Government information minister Tayeb Ibrahim Mohamed Kheir claimed that Ugandan forces were involved with the rebels.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.C1)

1998        Mar 21, Six members of the SF-based Peaceworkers group were arrested and sentenced to 10 days in jail in Kosovo for not reporting their presence to police. 3 were from the Bay Area. They were released Mar 23.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/23/98, p.A11)(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 21, It was reported that Chinese researchers had discovered heavy industrial pollution in the snow around the North Pole.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A9)   
1998        Mar 21, In Germany Christina Nytsch (11) was found raped and murdered in woods 8 miles from her home in Struecklingen. In April Police began collecting saliva from 18,000 local men to test for a DNA match. Police found a match and arrested a suspect in Elisabethfehn in May, 1998. The man, a father of 3 children, confessed to another rape of an 11-year-old girl in Jan, 1996.
    (SFC, 4/10/98, p.A18)(SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A24)
1998        Mar 21, In Nigeria Pope John Paul II arrived in Abuja and began urging the military government to respect human rights and release political prisoners. He pressed the military regime to release dozens of prisoners, including prominent opposition figures and journalists.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A2)(AP, 3/21/99)
1998        Mar 21, Maciej Slomczynski, Polish translator, died at age 77. He made Polish translations of Shakespeare’s complete works, Joyce’s “Ulysses” and works by Faulkner, Swift and Milton.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.B2)

1999        Mar 21, At the Academy Award Oscar ceremonies "Shakespeare in Love" won 7 awards and "Saving Private Ryan" won 5 with Steven Spielberg as best director. Roberto Benigni won best actor for "Life Is Beautiful" and Gwyneth Paltrow won best actress for "Shakespeare in Love." Steven Spielberg won best director for "Saving Private Ryan."
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/00)
1999        Mar 21, Balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones landed their Breitling Orbiter 3 north of Mut, Egypt, a day after setting their around the world record.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A21)
1999        Mar 21, It was reported that the Space Laser Energy group, SELENE, proposed to transmit energy to satellites by 2004.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.D1)
1999        Mar 21, In Alaska an avalanche killed at least 4 snowmobilers at the Turnagain Pass in Chugach National Forest.
    (WSJ, 3/23/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 21, In Chechnya one person was killed as a bomb exploded in the motorcade of Pres. Maskhadov.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 21, On the 2nd day of Serb attacks against Kosovo, envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Pres. Milosevic with serious threats of NATO air strikes.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 21, In Finland the ruling social Democrats under Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen lost 12 seats but kept 51 in the 200-member Eduskunta. The Center Party gained 4 seats with voter frustration over unemployment.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 21, In Indonesia at least 96 immigrant Madura were killed by ethnic Malay, Dayak and Bugis men on the island of Borneo.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 21, Israel's Supreme Court rejected a final effort to have American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein returned to the United States to face murder charges. Under a plea agreement with Israeli prosecutors, Sheinbein was later sentenced to 24 years in prison for the murder of Alfred Tello Jr.
    (AP, 3/21/00)
1999        Mar 21, In Northern Ireland masked men beat a 13-year-old boy with baseball bats at Newtownards.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 21, In Malaysia soldiers began killing the pig population to control an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 21, In Turkey the Kurdish New Year began with unrest and police arrested 1,500 people across the country with the southeast under a virtual state of siege. A pipeline explosion halted the flow of oil from Iraq.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/22/99, p.A1)

2000        Mar 21, Pres. Clinton began a 5 day stay in India. India rejected his call for further curbs in the nuclear program.
    (SFC, 3/21/00, p.A14)(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A11)
2000        Mar 21, A divided Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the FDA lacked authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug, throwing out the Clinton administration’s main anti-smoking initiative.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/01)
2000        Mar 21, A US Federal Judge ruled that Elian Gonzalez should be returned to his father in Cuba.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A3)
2000        Mar 21, The US Federal Reserve raised short term interest to 6%.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A1)
2000        Mar 21, NATO acknowledged that depleted uranium rounds were used during the 1999 Kosovo war whenever American A-10 ground attack aircraft engaged armored vehicles.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A14)
2000        Mar 21, In Colombia rebel bombings caused a blackout in most of Bogota and large portions of the central and northeast regions.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A12)
2000        Mar 21, Croatia handed over Mladen Naletilic, a Bosnian Croat indicted in 1998 on 17 counts of war crimes, to the UN tribunal. Naletilic commanded a gang of convicts who terrorized Muslims in southwestern Bosnia between 1993-1994.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A12)
2000        Mar 21, Holland announced that it would give the Jewish community $180 million for injustices suffered after returning from Nazi death camps. Another $114 million was set for Dutch victims of Japanese WW II prison camps in Indonesia and $14 million for Dutch Gypsies persecuted by the Nazis.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A12)
2000        Mar 21, In Iraq a mortar attack on a Baghdad apartment building killed 4 people and injured 38. Persian agents were blamed.
    (SFC, 3/23/00, p.D2)
2000        Mar 21, Israel withdrew from 6.1% of the West Bank.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A10)
2000        Mar 21, Pope John Paul II landed in Tel Aviv and began his official visit to Israel with a welcome from Pres. Ezer Weizman. It was the first official visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to Israel.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/01)
2000        Mar 21, In Taiwan the Parliament ended a 51-year-old ban on direct trade, transport and postal links between several of its offshore islands and mainland China.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A11)

2001        Mar 21, The US State Dept. ordered the expulsion of 5 suspected Russian spies and informed Moscow that as many as 50 intelligence officers using diplomatic cover would have to leave over the next few months.
    (SFC, 3/22/01, p.A1)
2001        Mar 21, The Supreme Court ruled that hospitals cannot test pregnant women for drug use without their consent.
    (AP, 3/21/02)
2001        Mar 21, In Vermont a flock of 234 sheep were seized by federal agents over fears of infection with a version of mad cow disease. The sheep had originated in Belgium in 1996.
    (SFC, 3/22/01, p.A3)
2001        Mar 21, Space shuttle Discovery glided to a predawn touchdown, bringing home the first residents of the international space station.
    (AP, 3/21/02)
2001        Mar 21, The Taiwan United Daily News reported that a senior Chinese colonel had defected to the US.
    (SFC, 3/23/01, p.D4)
2001        Mar 21, In Guatemala the highest court ordered former dictator Efraim Rios Montt and 5 ruling-party lawmakers to give up their congressional posts to face impeachment charges.
    (SFC, 3/23/01, p.D2)
2001        Mar 21, In Israel Yitzhak Mordecai, a former defense minister, was convicted for sexual assault and harassment of two women.
    (SFC, 3/22/01, p.A12)
2001        Mar 21, Pres. Vicente Fox arrived in California for his 1st foreign trip as President of Mexico. He appealed to Gov. Davis to allow Mexicans in California greater access to doors of opportunity.
    (SFC, 3/21/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/22/01, p.A1)
2001        Mar 21, In Macedonia the government rejected a rebel cease-fire and planned to proceed with its military offensive.
    (SFC, 3/22/01, p.A10)
2001        Mar 21, In Pakistan the military rulers arrested at least 20 opposition leaders. 1,600 people have been jailed in the last 3 days.
    (WSJ, 3/22/01, p.A1)
2001        Mar 21, Russia’s Mission Control took command of the Mir space station and prepared it for its final descent into the South Pacific.
    (SFC, 3/22/01, p.A10)

2002        Mar 21, Alexei Yagudin won the men's title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan.
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2002        Mar 21, President Bush began a four-day trip to Latin America.
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2002        Mar 21, Marjorie Knoller, whose two huge dogs mauled neighbor Diane Whipple to death in their San Francisco apartment building, was convicted in Los Angeles of murder and involuntary manslaughter; her husband, Robert Noel, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. A judge later threw out the murder conviction against Knoller, replacing it with manslaughter, but the murder conviction was reinstated by an appeals court.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2002        Mar 21, Herman Talmadge (88), former Georgia governor and U.S. senator died in Hampton, Ga.
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2002        Mar 21, In Britain schoolgirl Milly Dowler (13) was kidnapped in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Her body was found 6 months later in nearby woods. As police pursued leads in the case the British tabloid News of the World hacked into Dowler’s cell phone, listened to messages, and deleted some to make room for more. In 2010 Levi Bellfield (41), a former nightclub bouncer, appeared in court accused of kidnapping and murdering the teenager. On June 23, 2011, Bellfield was convicted and jailed for life.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)(http://tinyurl.com/ykyb7la)(SFC, 7/6/11, p.A5)
2002        Mar 21, It was reported that Georgian fighters expected to use their US training against secessionists in Abkhazia, which was unofficially protected by Russia.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 21, In Jerusalem Mohammed Hashaika (22) blew himself up on King George St. and killed 3 Israelis. Truce talks were cancelled.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A9)(WSJ, 3/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 21, In Italy a tour bus traveling from Lucca to Florence collided with a truck and at least 3 Americans were killed.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 21, A local Spanish official was shot to death by gunmen in the Basque region. Police suspected the ETA.
    (WSJ, 3/22/02, p.A1)
2002        Mar 21, In Diyarbakir, Turkey, thousands of Kurdish youths battled Turkish police after authorities banned the celebration of Nowruz, the Zoroastrian New Year.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A10)
2002        Mar 21, A UN meeting on poverty, despair and violence opened in Mexico City.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A13)

2003        Mar 21, The House approved a $2.2 trillion budget embracing President Bush's tax-cutting plan.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2003        Mar 21, A young man from LA visiting Las Vegas hit pay dirt, a world record $39 million on a slot machine.
    (AP, 3/22/03)
2003        Mar 21, A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed in Kuwait and killed 12 British and 4 US soldiers. US Marines captured the strategic port in the southern Iraqi city of Umm Qasr.
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2003        Mar 21, In the 3rd day of Operation Iraqi Freedom the "shock and awe" air campaign began. 2 days of US air attacks killed 4 civilians in Baghdad and left some 242 injured.
    (SSFC, 3/23/03, p.W10)(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.W12)
2003        Mar 21, North Korea condemned the US-led war on Iraq and said American war games in South Korea were pushing the divided peninsula "to the brink of a nuclear war."
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2003        Mar 21, A South African commission that investigated the crimes of the era recommended that the government pay compensation totaling $348 million to more than 21,000 victims of apartheid-era abuses.
    (AP, 3/21/03)
2003        Mar 21, In Yemen police clashed with anti-war demonstrators trying to storm the US Embassy, leaving a policeman and protester dead.
    (AP, 3/21/03)

2004        Mar 21, The White House disputed assertions by President Bush's former counterterrorism coordinator, Richard A. Clarke, that the administration had failed to recognize the risk of an attack by al-Qaida in the months leading up to Sept. 11. Clarke's assertions were contained in a new book, "Against All Enemies," that went on sale the next day.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2004        Mar 21, Zaha Hadid (53), a Baghdad-born designer, became the third Briton to win the Pritzker Prize in Architecture, and the 1st woman to win the prize in its 25-year history.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Robert Snyder (88), documentary film maker and author, died. He was the son-in-law of futurist Buckminster Fuller.
    (SFC, 3/22/04, p.B4)
2004        Mar 21, Afghan aviation minister Mirwais Sadiq was assassinated in the western city of Herat.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Tony Saca, former sportscaster and Arena Party candidate, easily won El Salvador's presidential race, promising to continue the direction of one of the most pro-U.S. governments in the hemisphere.
    (AP, 3/22/04)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.38)
2004        Mar 21, French voters delivered a rebuke to PM Jean-Pierre Raffarin's reform plans in the 1st round of regional elections. The elections, held every six years, are for regional leaders responsible for some infrastructure projects, job training, school construction and other tasks.
    (AP, 3/22/04)
2004        Mar 21, Ludmila Tcherina (79), French ballerina and Oscar-winning actress, The Tales of Hoffman (1950), died.
    (AP, 3/22/04)
2004        Mar 21, In western Iraq insurgents fired a rocket at U.S. troops, killing two soldiers, while in Baghdad rockets fired toward the U.S.-led coalition headquarters killed two Iraqi civilians and injured a U.S. soldier.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Four Hamas militants and a Palestinian woman were killed in fighting with Israeli troops, the sixth day of Israel's new offensive in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Elections were held in Malaysia. An Islamic leader implied that those who backed government candidates would go to hell. Malaysia's secular government won a sweeping victory in two Muslim-dominated states and looked headed for a nationwide rout of the fundamentalist Islamic opposition.
    (WSJ, 3/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Pakistani forces agreed to allow a 25-member tribal council free passage into a battle zone in an effort to negotiate a peace deal with local elders sheltering hundreds of al-Qaeda fighters. Up to 6,000 Pakistani forces were engaged with some 500 foreign militants, in the Wana area of South Waziristan. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) was suspected to be involved.
    (AP, 3/21/04)(SFC, 3/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 21, In the Republic of Congo a train derailed 90 miles south of Brazzaville, killing 31 people and injuring scores of others.
    (AP, 3/23/04)
2004        Mar 21, Spain's incoming Socialist government rejected an offer for dialogue from the Basque separatist group ETA.
    (AP, 3/21/04)

2005        Mar 21, Pres. Bush in the early hours signed an emergency bill called the “Palm Sunday Compromise” to permit the reinsertion of a feeding tube to keep Terri Schiavo alive in Florida.
    (SFC, 3/21/05, p.A1)
2005        Mar 21, The US State Department said the US is suspending about $2 million in military assistance to Nicaragua because President Enrique Bolanos has not followed through on a promise to destroy surface-to-air-missiles.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, Barry Diller's electronic commerce company IAC/InterActiveCorp announced that it is buying online search engine Ask Jeeves Inc. for $1.9 billion and taking aim at the Internet's advertising market leaders.
    (Econ, 3/26/05, p.66)
2005        Mar 21, Justin Mendoza of Daly City was shot and killed outside the Café Cocomo nightclub in SF. In 2008 Gerry Phongboupha (25) was convicted of 1st degree murder and other charges in connection to Mendoza’s murder.
    (SFC, 4/16/08, p.B5)
2005        Mar 21, In northern Minnesota Jeff Weise (17) gunned down five students, a teacher and a guard at Red Lake High School. The teen's grandfather and his grandfather's wife also were found dead, and the boy killed himself.
    (AP, 3/22/05)(SFC, 3/22/05, p.A1)
2005        Mar 21, Bobby Short (80), Cabaret singer who embodied the NYC style and sophistication, died. He was a fixture at his piano in the Carlyle Hotel for more than 35 years.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, The BBC announced plans to cut almost 4,000 jobs to save hundreds of millions of pounds, as the world's biggest public broadcaster undergoes a major shake-up.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, In Estonia PM Juhan parts (38) resigned after lawmakers said they had no confidence in his justice minister, Ken-Marti Vaher, due to an anti-corruption plan. Pres. Arnold Ruutel had 2 weeks to nominate a new prime minister.
    (SFC, 3/22/05, p.A3)
2005        Mar 21, Iceland's Parliament awarded citizenship to chess champion Bobby Fischer.
    (AP, 3/23/05)
2005        Mar 21, India’s PM Manmohan Singh vowed to do whatever is necessary to sustain economic growth of between 7 and 8 percent to help the 260 million Indians living in poverty.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, India’s foreign ministry in New Delhi said very young and elderly Pakistanis visiting India will receive visas on arrival from April 1.
    (Reuters, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, A top security official said Indonesia plans to formally outlaw the al-Qaida-linked terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, a move that will make it easier for authorities to arrest and prosecute militants in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, Insurgent attacks across Iraq left seven civilians and three Iraqi soldiers dead.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, Iraqi officials at the morgue in the southeastern city of Kut said the facility received the bodies of six slain Iraqi army soldiers, five collected together, one separately.
    (AP, 3/22/05)
2005        Mar 21, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators reached agreement on handing over control of the West Bank town of Tulkarem to Palestinian security forces.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, South Korea news reported that North Korea said it has increased its nuclear arsenal to help prevent a US attack.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, It was reported that measles in Nigeria had killed 529 people this year.
    (WSJ, 3/21/05, p.A1)
2005        Mar 21, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan proposed a new Human Rights Council, a smaller body that would meet year-round.
    (http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2005/sgsm9772.doc.htm)

2006        Mar 21, Pres. Bush said that the war in Iraq might outlast his presidency. Bush predicted American forces would remain in Iraq for years and that it would be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But defying critics and plunging polls, Bush declared, "I'm optimistic we'll succeed."
    (SFC, 3/22/06, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/07)
2006        Mar 21, President Bush welcomed Liberia’s Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the White House, calling Africa's first democratically elected female head of state "a pioneer."
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Sgt. Michael J. Smith, an Army dog handler at Abu Ghraib, was convicted at Fort Meade, Md., of abusing prisoners. Smith was later sentenced to 179 days in prison.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2006        Mar 21, Twitter, an Internet service that allows users to send short messages in response to the question: “What are you doing,” was co-founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. The company had begun as a side project at Odeo, an ailing podcasting business bankrolled by Evan Williams. By 2011 tweets per day exceeded 230 million.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter)(Econ, 10/1/11, p.68)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.84)
2006        Mar 21, Afghan security forces attacked a group of suspected Taliban rebels after they crossed the border into Kandahar from neighboring Pakistan, killing at least 17 of them. 4 suspected Taliban rebels were killed by Afghan military forces in neighboring Uruzgan province.
    (AFP, 3/22/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A18)
2006        Mar 21, An earthquake hit the northeast Algerian town of Laalam east of Algiers killing at least four people and injuring 53.
    (AFP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Argentina's naval chief said he has ordered all in-country intelligence operations by the navy to be temporarily suspended while officials probe reports of spying at the southern Admiral Zar naval air base.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Troops began delivering aid to an estimated 7,000 people who lost their homes to the cyclone that battered Australia's northeastern coast.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, The WHO said 5 people had died of bird flu in Azerbaijan, raising the worldwide death toll from the H5N1 strain to 103.
    (SFC, 3/22/06, p.A4)
2006        Mar 21, Royal Dutch Shell said it paid $465 million Canadian dollars for the rights to explore 219,000 acres in Alberta’s oil sands.
    (WSJ, 3/22/06, p.A14)
2006        Mar 21, In Chile 13 retired army officers were indicted on homicide charges for their participation in the Caravan of Death under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The new warrants were issued against officers who were serving at regiments visited by the Caravan and allegedly helped the repression by participating in illegal executions and burials.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Chinese President Hu Jintao and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on to deepen energy cooperation, as Russian gas giant Gazprom said it would look to meet some needs of oil and gas-hungry China.
    (Reuters, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, The Ecuadorian government declared a state of emergency in four provinces to curb nine days of Indian protests against a proposed free-trade deal with the US.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, The EU said it would pay for half of a 16 million euro ($19 million) international promotion campaign to sell European-produced foods such as fruits, cheese and wine in 11 countries, including the United States, China, Japan and Canada.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Some 30% of French people consider themselves at least somewhat racist, according to a report submitted to the government, prompting concerns that racism is becoming socially acceptable.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Insurgents stormed a jail around dawn in the Sunni majority town of Muqdadiya, killing 19 police and a courthouse guard in a prison break that freed 33 prisoners and left 10 attackers dead.
    (AP, 3/21/06)(SFC, 3/22/06, p.A13)
2006        Mar 21, Israel reopened the Gaza Strip's main cargo crossing to alleviate a food shortage in the area.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Israel indicted two West Bank Palestinians on charges of belonging to al-Qaida and plotting to carry out a double bombing for the group in Jerusalem, the first time Palestinians have been formally linked to the terror network.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Japanese police found three bodies inside a parked van in what is believed to be the latest example of a recent trend of group suicides.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, A Kadhafi Foundation official said Libya is to return properties confiscated in the mid-1970s and pay compensation to their former owners, under a cabinet decree.
    (AFP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Algimantas Dailide, an 85-year-old man deported from Florida, went on trial in his native Lithuania on charges of helping Nazis round up Jews during World War II. Dailide was convicted on March 27 of helping Nazis murder Jews during World War II, but the judge said the man was too frail to serve prison time.
    (AP, 3/21/06)(AP, 3/27/06)
2006        Mar 21, Nepalese soldiers hunted down communist rebels in the northern mountains as insurgents, some on motorbikes, attacked police stations. The day of violence left at least 33 people dead.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Nigeria launched its first census for 15 years. Residents remained indoors on government orders on the first day of the controversial census.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, In Peru Victor Polay (54), the leader of the Tupac Amaru guerrilla group, was sentenced to 32 years in prison in a civilian retrial. The group grabbed the world's attention nearly 10 years ago with a takeover of the Japanese ambassador's residence.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, The UN appealed for nearly $327 million in aid to help starving people in southern Somalia, which is suffering its worst drought in a decade.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, Sweden's foreign minister resigned, accused of lying about shutting down a far-right Web site that solicited cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, In Thailand demonstrators seeking the resignation of PM Thaksin Shinawatra brought their protests to Bangkok's commercial district.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, More than 100,000 Turkish Kurds celebrated the ancient spring festival of Newroz with dancing, singing and calls for political reform and the release of jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
    (AP, 3/21/06)
2006        Mar 21, An international audit concluded there are tens of thousands of dead voters listed on Venezuela's voter rolls, but the country's top electoral official said that those errors are being fixed and do not amount to significant flaws.
    (AP, 3/21/06)

2008        Mar 21, Former Vice President Al Gore made an emotional return to Congress as he pleaded with House and Senate committees to fight global warming; skeptical Republicans questioned the science behind his climate-change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."
    (AP, 3/21/08)
2007        Mar 21, An industry trade group said US mortgage applications fell last week for the first time in four weeks, reflecting a drop in demand for home refinancing even as interest rates hovered near recent lows.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Texas investigators said Timothy Wayne Shepherd (27) confessed to strangling Tynesha Stewart (19) because he was angry she had begun a new relationship. Shepherd had dismembered and burned her body on a patio grill.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Afghanistan Dutch ministers urged the Afghan government to step up its presence and development in the troubled south, where Taliban insurgents are most entrenched, saying NATO cannot do it alone.
    (AFP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, Sonia Falcone, former Miss Bolivia (1988), was ordered to leave the United States after pleading guilty to employing four illegal immigrants as household servants at her $10.5 million mansion in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
    (www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/86326?source=rss&dest=STY-86326)
2007        Mar 21, Britain's leader-in-waiting Gordon Brown unexpectedly cut income tax along with business taxes in his 11th and probably final budget before he takes over from British PM Tony Blair as expected.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, PM Tony Blair said Britain would urge the EU to impose tougher sanctions on Zimbabwe, describing the situation there as "appalling, disgraceful and utterly tragic."
    (AFP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, The World Trade Organization (WTO) said Canada should dismantle "significant" trade barriers it uses to protect its wheat, dairy and other agricultural producers.
    (Reuters, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, The EU and the UN eased their diplomatic boycott of the Palestinian government, holding talks with non-Hamas ministers.
    (Reuters, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, French President Jacques Chirac endorsed the presidential bid of Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy despite their long rivalry.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Guatemala a top human rights official said a newly created international council of experts will oversee and protect extensive police archives exposing atrocities committed during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Indonesia 3 Islamic militants were found guilty of decapitating three Christian schoolgirls in 2005 and dumping their bloodied heads in nearby villages. They were sentenced to between 14 and 20 years.
    (AP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 21, US troops killed five insurgents and destroyed a bomb-making factory north of Baghdad. In Sunni dominated west Baghdad they found arms caches including nitric acid and chlorine. Dozens more were detained after fierce clashes in a Sunni-dominated province west of the capital. Scattered violence killed at least nine people. A claim by the US military that insurgents used children in a weekend suicide attack raised concerns about new tactics being adopted by insurgents. Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a postgraduate female student at Basra University, Tuhfa Jaafar al-Bachay. Two US soldiers and a Marine were killed in combat.
    (AP, 3/21/07)(AP, 3/22/07)(WSJ, 3/22/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 21, Tens of thousands of Israeli workers launched an open-ended general strike that crippled the country's airports, seaports, railways, government offices, banks, the stock exchange and many other services. The strike by public service workers ended after just eight hours, when the Israeli government agreed to pay back wages.
    (AP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In southern Nepal a fierce gunbattle near Gaur between former communist rebels and ethnic rights activists, the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF), left 29 dead, mostly Maoists, and 35 wounded.
    (AP, 3/22/07)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.51)
2007        Mar 21, A Nigerian Senate committee ruled that President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, Atiku Abubakar, acted "illegally" in the management of a petroleum fund and recommended them for prosecution. 5 people were killed in clashes over land in Ikare-Akoka in the southwestern state of Ondo.
    (AFP, 3/21/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)
2007        Mar 21, Thousands of protesters urged President Pervez Musharraf to quit over his removal of Pakistan's top judge, as the new acting chief justice flew back home and into the eye of the storm. In northwestern Pakistan fighting between local and Uzbek militants escalated, and the death toll from three days of clashes rose to at least 70.
    (AP, 3/21/07)(AFP, 3/21/07)
2007        Mar 21, In Somalia masked men believed to be Islamic militants dragged the corpses of two soldiers through the streets of Mogadishu and set their bodies on fire during fierce battles with government forces trying to consolidate their control. Medical officials at Mogadishu's three hospitals said they had recorded at least seven dead and 36 wounded by early afternoon. One fire-fight left 15 people killed. Un estimates said 40,000 of Mogadishu’s 2 million residents had fled the city.
    (AP, 3/21/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.54)

2008        Mar 21, Two companies that provide workers for the State Department said they fired or otherwise punished those who improperly accessed the passport records of the three major presidential candidates. The security breaches touched off demands for a congressional investigation.
    (AP, 3/22/08)
2008        Mar 21, The California Academy of Science named David Mindell (55), a human evolutionary researcher at the Univ. of Michigan as the institution’s new science chief. The new academy building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park was due to open in 6 months.
    (SFC, 3/22/08, p.B1)
2008        Mar 21, Daniel Wortham (39), a plumber in Washington state, was killed by his daughter (16) and her boyfriend, Edmund Washington (17), after returning home from work. Prosecutors later said Jackie Wortham and her boyfriend used a baseball bat, knife, wrench and a 3-foot-long sword in the murder. In 2009 Jackie Wortham (18) was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nysn3y)(SFC, 9/17/09, p.A7)
2008        Mar 21, In southern Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew himself up near a busy shrine in Kandahar, killing two policemen. International forces helping the Afghan government lost three soldiers in two separate bombings in the south.
    (AP, 3/21/08)(AP, 3/23/08)
2008        Mar 21, A regulator said China will shut down or punish dozens of video-sharing Web sites for carrying content deemed pornographic, violent or a threat to national security under rules that tighten Internet controls. China’s government stepped up its manhunt for protesters in last week's riots in the capital of Tibet, as thousands of troops converged on foot, trucks and helicopters to Tibetan areas of western China.
    (AP, 3/21/08)
2008        Mar 21, The Democratic Republic of Congo banned the ethnic-based religious and political sect Bundu dia Kongo (BDK), a shadowy separatist sect, following a 3-week police offensive against its western strongholds which UN investigators say killed dozens of people.
    (Reuters, 3/22/08)
2008        Mar 21, The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to restart peace talks on reunifying their ethnically split island, and to open a crossing in the heart of the divided capital.
    (AP, 3/21/08)
2008        Mar 21, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a modest cut in France's nuclear arsenal, to less than 300 warheads, and urged China and the United States to commit to no more weapons tests.
    (AP, 3/21/08)
2008        Mar 21, Iraqi security forces clashed with Shiite militia fighters southeast of Baghdad for a second day. At least two police officers and two gunmen had died in the fighting in the city of Kut when factions of the Mahdi Army militia attacked security checkpoints.
    (AP, 3/21/08)
2008        Mar 21, In Indian Kashmir two boys, aged five and 14, were killed when a hand grenade they mistook for a toy exploded.
    (AP, 3/21/08)
2008        Mar 21, In Mali 5 civilians, including a child, were reported killed, again when their vehicle hit a mine near Tinzaouatene. 29 soldiers were taken prisoner when a convoy of wounded soldiers heading for Kidal was intercepted by rebels.
    (AFP, 3/23/08)
2008        Mar 21, In Myanmar a man set himself on fire at Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon's most famous landmark in a political protest against the military junta. He died of his injuries in April.
    (www.mysinchew.com/node/8895)(WSJ, 4/23/08, p.A1)
2008        Mar 21, Pakistani troops shut down three FM radio stations and arrested eight employees after the stations aired a speech by a pro-Taliban cleric.
    (AP, 3/21/08)
2008        Mar 21, In Moscow firefighters found the body of Channel One correspondent Ilyas Shurpayev (32) in his apartment with stab wounds and a belt around his neck. He was a native of the mostly Muslim Dagestan province and had worked in Russia's violence-ridden North Caucasus, which includes Dagestan and war-scarred Chechnya. Dagestan. On March 31 officials said that two men from Tajikistan have admitted robbing and killing Shurpayev.
    (AP, 3/21/08)(AP, 3/31/08)
2008        Mar 21, In Spain a car bomb exploded at a police barracks in the northern Rioja region following a warning from the Basque separatist organization ETA, injuring one person.
    (AFP, 3/21/08)
2008        Mar 21, In Turkey unrest erupted when celebrations marking Newroz day, or the Kurdish new year, degenerated into demonstrations in favor of the armed separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara lists as a terrorist group.
    (AFP, 3/22/08)
2008        Mar 21, In Venezuela a riot broke out between prison gangs at the San Fernando de Apure lockup. 9 inmates were left dead and 20 more wounded.
    (SSFC, 3/23/08, p.A3)

2009        Mar 21, In Oakland, Ca., Lovelle Mixon (26), a parolee with an "extensive criminal history," opened fire at a routine traffic stop killing Sgt. Mark Dunakin (40) and gravely wounding Officer John Hege (41). Hours later he gunned down Sgt. Ervin Romans (43) and Sgt. Daniel Sakai (35), 2 members of a SWAT team searching for him. SWAT team members returned fire, killing Mixon. Officer Hege was pronounced dead the next day. It was later reported that Mixon had robbed and raped 2 women a gunpoint earlier the same day. In 2011 the city of Oakland paid Douglas Laughlin, a former KGO-TV cameraman, $175,000 under a civil suit filed against police who had attacked him and broken his camera as he tried to film the arrival of the ambulance carrying one of the wounded officers.
    (AP, 3/22/09)(SFC, 3/23/09, p.A1)(SFC, 5/5/09, p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/11, p.C2)
2009        Mar 21, The attorney general of Connecticut said that he is asking AIG why documents appear to show the company paid $53 million more in bonuses to its financial products division than previously reported. a busload of activists representing working- and middle-class families paid visits to the lavish homes of American International Group executives to protest the tens of millions of dollars in bonuses awarded by the struggling insurance company after it received a massive federal bailout.
    (AP, 3/21/09)(AP, 3/22/09)
2009        Mar 21, In Afghanistan 2 separate bombings killed 11 people near the volatile eastern border with Pakistan, marring a festive day throughout the country as citizens celebrated the Persian new year. A bomb detonated by remote control killed five people near a shrine in the country's eastern Khost province as they celebrated Nowruz. North of Khost in Nangarhar province, a suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a police checkpoint, killing six people, including five civilians and one policeman. In southern Afghanistan NATO killed Maulawi Hassan, a senior Taliban commander, and nine other suspected militants, while the coalition and its Afghan allies suffered an equal number of deaths in separate attacks in the same area.
    (AP, 3/21/09)(AP, 3/23/09)
2009        Mar 21, In Angola Pope Benedict XVI appealed to the Catholics of Angola to reach out to and convert believers in witchcraft who feel threatened by "spirits" and "evil powers" of sorcery. Two people were killed in a deadly stampede that broke out at Luanda stadium a few hours before Pope Benedict XVI addressed young people.
    (AP, 3/21/09)
2009        Mar 21, In Botswana Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone opened a development conference and warned that the global economic crisis would affect Africa for at least two years.
    (AP, 3/21/09)
2009        Mar 21, In northwestern China hundreds of Tibetans attacked a police station and government officials despite heightened security, prompting the arrests the next day of nearly 100 monks. The protest appeared to be in response to the disappearance of a Tibetan who escaped from police custody in Qinghai province.
    (AP, 3/22/09)
2009        Mar 21, In Dagestan 3 days of intense fighting between police and insurgents in a wooded area ended with five officers and about a dozen militants left dead.
    (AP, 3/22/09)
2009        Mar 21, Hungary’s PM Ferenc Gyurcsany offered his resignation to allow the formation of a new government, citing a loss of popularity and worsening economic crisis. The former communist youth leader was quickly re-elected as party chairman.
    (AFP, 3/21/09)(Econ, 3/28/09, p.63)
2009        Mar 21, Iran's supreme leader rebuffed President Barack Obama's latest outreach, saying Tehran was still waiting to see concrete changes in US policy.
    (AP, 3/21/09)
2009        Mar 21, Tens of thousand of people marched in Naples to commemorate the victims of the mafia and demand an end to the stranglehold of organized crime on southern Italy.
    (AP, 3/21/09)
2009        Mar 21, In Madagascar Andry Rajoelina was sworn in as the new president in a ceremony shunned by the international community after the ousting of the elected president, Marc Ravalomanana. Rajoelina promised new elections within two years.
    (AP, 3/21/09)
2009        Mar 21, In central Mexico toxic fumes killed at least 10 people who were trying to clean a sewage pump station in the town of Atotonilco de Tula.
    (AP, 3/22/09)
2009        Mar 21, Nigeria's anti-graft agency said it was hunting down owners of an Indian business group, Vaswani Brothers, for allegedly defrauding the country of three billion naira in unpaid taxes. The brothers were deported from Nigeria in 2003 after a probe into their operations, but were allowed back into the country in 2007.
    (AFP, 3/22/09)
2009        Mar 21, Russia’s Pres. Medvedev replaced Gov. Yuri Yevdomikov of the northwest region of Murmansk, apparently seeking to ensure that the ruling party remained in control there after it suffered a surprising defeat in local elections.
    (SSFC, 3/22/09, p.A5)
2009        Mar 21, In Sri Lanka more than 1,100 civilians fled the war zone as government troops fought to wipe out separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.
    (AFP, 3/22/09)
2009        Mar 21, Venezuela's federal government seized seaports and airstrips in at least four states, a move critics say is meant to limit the powers of mayors and governors opposed to President Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 3/21/09)

2010        Mar 21, President Barack Obama announced that he will reaffirm a ban on using federal funds to pay for abortions, which convinced some holdout Democrats to support the healthcare overhaul but riled Republicans who said the decision could be easily reversed. US House Democrats voted 219-212 late in the day to send legislation to Obama that would extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, reduce deficits and ban insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions.
    (Reuters, 3/22/10)(AP, 3/22/10)
2010        Mar 21, In Argentina 2 teenagers died, apparently after police tried to stop them for riding a motorcycle without helmets. Hundreds of angry residents torched the Baradero city hall to protest the death of the teenagers in a police chase.
    (AP, 3/22/10)
2010        Mar 21, Tropical Cyclone Ului blew across the coast of northeastern Australia leaving some 60,000 homes without power.
    (AFP, 3/20/10)
2010        Mar 21, In southern Afghanistan at least ten people picnicking by a stream to celebrate the Afghan new year were killed in a suicide bomb attack. The blast struck a bridge on the main highway between the capital Kabul and Herat. In eastern Khost province a roadside bomb killed two construction company guards when it hit their car. In Wardak province an elderly man was shot and killed by a joint Afghan-int’l. force that mistakenly believed he was a threat.
    (AFP, 3/21/10)(SFC, 3/22/10, p.A2)
2010        Mar 21, British Airways cabin crews walked off the job for a second day, upsetting travel plans for scores of customers, but the airline said its contingency plans were working well and more planes were taking off than expected.
    (AP, 3/21/10)
2010        Mar 21, In the eastern Central African Republic Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebels killed at least 10 civilians in the village of Agoumar, including a woman burnt alive. One LRA rebel was killed by the villagers.
    (Reuters, 3/22/10)(AFP, 3/30/10)
2010        Mar 21, China’s state media reported that authorities in Xinjiang have restored access to email services and 32 Internet sites that were blocked after ethnic unrest broke out in the region in July.
    (AFP, 3/21/10)
2010        Mar 21, Cyprus police said grave robbers stole the remains of 3 Cyprus Archbishops who led the island's Greek Orthodox church in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sofronios III and Kyrillos II led the Cypriot church between 1865 and 1916 during Ottoman and British colonial rule. Police arrested a Romanian man suspected of vandalizing the tombs.
    (AP, 3/21/10)
2010        Mar 21, In Cairo, Egypt an international donors conference raised $850 million in pledges for projects intended to ensure the safe return of more than 2.7 million people displaced during the war in Darfur. The one-day conference was organized by the 57-nation Organization of The Islamic Conference and included representatives from the US, European nations, UN agencies and aid groups.
    (AP, 3/21/10)(AP, 3/22/10)
2010        Mar 21 In France the second-round regional poll left Pres. Sarkozy's right-wing UMP in charge of only one of the mainland regions in the last ballot-box test of his popularity before the 2012 presidential vote. The Socialists won 54% of the vote.
    (AFP, 3/22/10)(Econ, 3/27/10, p.18)
2010        Mar 21, Wolfgang Wagner (b.1919), custodian of the Bayreuth Festival, died in Germany.
    (Econ, 4/3/10, p.89)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Wagner)
2010        Mar 21, A small earthquake struck northern Haiti, collapsing an apartment building and killing at least three people.
    (AP, 3/21/10)
2010        Mar 21, In southern Iceland a volcano erupted overnight, forcing some 600 hundred people to evacuate the area and diverting flights after authorities declared a local state of emergency.
    (Reuters, 3/21/10)(AF, 3/22/10)
2010        Mar 21, India successfully tested a new, more maneuverable version of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile that was jointly developed with Russia.
    (AP, 3/21/10)
2010        Mar 21, In Indonesia a rare Sumatran tiger dragged a man, identified as Darmilus (26), from a hut in Seponjen village near the protected Berbak National Park, and broke his neck as friends tried to rescue the victim.
    (AP, 3/22/10)
2010        Mar 21, Iranian authorities detained Hasan Lahouti, the grandson of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, upon arrival from London. Rafsanjani, the most powerful opposition supporter inside the country's clerical leadership, has come under harsh criticism from hard-liners for his support of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. Lahouti was freed the next day on a $73,000 bail.
    (AP, 3/22/10)(AP, 3/23/10)
2010        Mar 21, In Jamaica Vivian Blake (53), founder of a cocaine-smuggling gang blamed for about 1,400 slayings, died of illnesses at hospital a year after returning to his native island following a prison term in the United States. In 2003 Blake's son, Duane Blake, authored "The Shower Posse: The Most Notorious Jamaican Crime Organization."
    (AP, 3/22/10)
2010        Mar 21, In Mexico gunmen targeting the police chief of a town outside Monterrey killed his bodyguard and wounded three other people. Marquez Compean, a drug suspect, and two others were arrested by Santa Catarina police officers who were part of a convoy carrying Castillo on official business. The next day Compean’s beaten body was found wrapped in a blanket in the nearby city of San Nicolas de los Garza. Rodrigo Medina, governor of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, announced that he was firing 81 state police officers suspected of corruption. 5 men died in Acapulco after they pulled guns on each other during an early morning fight that began as an argument at a wedding the previous night. One man was killed in a following shootout between gunmen riding in separate vehicles.      
    (AP, 3/22/10)(AP, 3/22/10)(AP, 3/24/10)
2010        Mar 21, Nigerian authorities said police have arrested 164 people over a recent massacre near the central city of Jos and plan to charge most with offences ranging from terrorism to arson.
    (AFP, 3/22/10)
2010        Mar 21, In Pakistan the bullet-riddled bodies of four tribesmen, killed by the Taliban for allegedly spying for the United States, were found in a semiautonomous tribal region near the Afghan border. They had been kidnapped by the Taliban about 10 days earlier. A bomb exploded in the southwestern province of Baluchistan killing at least three people. Separately, helicopter gunships pounded Taliban hide-outs in the Kurram and Upper Orakzai tribal regions, killing 28 militants. Suspected US drones killed at least 4 people in a militant-dominated tribal region near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 3/21/10)(SFC, 3/22/10, p.A2)
2010        Mar 21, In Panama Cheryl Lynn Hughes (50), an American, went missing in western Bocas del Toro province. Police on July 20 found her body and the skeletal remains of another person buried in the back patio of a hotel owned by William Adolfo Cortez, of Texas.
    (AP, 7/24/10)(www.panama-guide.com/article.php/20100721130055598)
2010        Mar 21, Conservationists at the CITES meeting in Qatar said the Internet has emerged as one of the greatest threats to rare species, fueling the illegal wildlife trade and making it easier to buy everything from live baby lions to wine made from tiger bones.
    (AP, 3/21/10)
2010        Mar 21, In Spain the Basque armed separatist movement ETA said it is ready to move forward on the path of political change, but it stopped short of renouncing violence as demanded by the Spanish government.
    (AFP, 3/21/10)
2010        Mar 21, Syrian police opened fire at a group of Kurds celebrating the new year, killing at least one person despite signs that tensions were easing between the government and its restive Kurdish minority.
    (AP, 3/29/10)
2010        Mar 21, Thailand was mired in political deadlock as demonstrators used their own blood to create a giant piece of protest art and rejected the government's offer of talks designed to end their rally.
    (AFP, 3/21/10)
2010        Mar 21, Some of Yemen's most influential Islamic leaders, including one the US says mentored Osama bin Laden, declared supporters of a ban on child brides to be apostates. A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at 17, but it was repealed and sent back to parliament's constitutional committee for review after some lawmakers called it un-Islamic. The committee is expected to make a final decision on the legislation next month.
    (AP, 3/22/10)

2011        Mar 21, US President Barack Obama flew to Chile to promote democracy and economic growth on the American continent on the second leg of his Latin American tour aimed at bolstering trade and investment. Obama said he's ready to help Chile solve human rights crimes committed during the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, but avoided agreeing to a US apology for meddling in the country's affairs.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)(AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, President Barack Obama, seeking to shore up participation and clarify leadership of the military attacks on Libyan forces, spoke with Turkish and Qatari leaders.
    (Reuters, 3/22/11)
2011        Mar 21, In Arizona Carlos La Madrid (19) was shot climbing a ladder while trying to cross the border back to Mexico. He was shot three times, twice in the back and once in the thigh, by Border Patrol agent Lucas Tidwell and died later the same day at a local hospital. Investigators found 48 pounds of marijuana in the back of the truck La Madrid was driving. A 17-year-old illegal immigrant identified as Jesus Manuel Chino Lino ran from the truck was arrested on charges of drug possession and transportation charges. In 2012 Guadalupe Guerrero, the mother of Carlos la Madrid, sued the US federal government and the agent.
    (AP, 3/28/11)(AP, 6/11/12)
2011        Mar 21, In Kentucky 2 workers were killed in an explosion at the Carbide Industries chemical plant in Louisville.
    (SFC, 3/23/11, p.A4)
2011        Mar 21, Pinetop Perkins (b.1913), boogie-woogie piano player, died in Texas. Perkins worked with Muddy Waters and was among the last surviving members of the first generation of Mississippi Delta bluesmen.
    (SFC, 3/23/11, p.C6)
2011        Mar 21, Bahrain's king blamed a foreign plot for his nation's weeks-long unrest, using veiled language to accuse Iran of fomenting an uprising by the Shiite majority in the Sunni-ruled island kingdom.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Bosnian police said they have seized some 2 million child pornography pictures and 7,000 video clips in the arrest of an alleged member of an international online child pornography ring. An unidentified 46-year-old suspect was arrested over the weekend following a raid on his home in the northern town of Derventa.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In the Republic of Congo at least 16 people were killed when an Antonov 32 cargo plane crashed in the Mvoumvou area of Pointe-Noire.
    (SFC, 3/22/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 21, The European Union froze the assets of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and 18 people in his inner circle.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, The EU agreed to new economic sanctions against Moamer Kadhafi's regime, targeting both individuals and Libyan economic entities.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, A top French official said the international military intervention in Libya is likely to last "awhile," echoing Moammar Gadhafi's warning of a long war ahead as rebels said they were fighting to reclaim Ajdabiya. New fighting broke out in Misrata, the last rebel-held city in western Libya.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, France's data privacy regulator said it had imposed a record fine of 100,000 euros ($142,000) on Google for private information collected while compiling its panoramic Street View service.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Guatemala's first lady, Sandra Torres de Colom, began divorce proceedings ending her eight-year marriage to President Alvaro Colom, so that she can seek to succeed him as president. On April 1 a judge temporarily blocked the divorce proceedings. On April 8 a judge dismissed a suit seeking to block the divorce proceedings, clearing the way for her to run for the presidency.
    (AP, 3/21/11)(AP, 4/3/11)(AP, 4/8/11)
2011        Mar 21, Iranians celebrated Nowruz, the Persian new year.
    (AFP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, The US military said an American soldier has died from wounds sustained from a roadside bomb attack during operations in southern Iraq.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Military officials loyal to Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president claimed to have seized a fifth town in the country's far west, amid a deepening political crisis.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In Japan gray smoke rose from two reactor units, temporarily stalling critical work to reconnect power lines and restore cooling systems to stabilize the Fukushima radiation-leaking nuclear complex. Police officials estimated that the toll from the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami will exceed 18,000 deaths.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Abdul Rahman bin Hamad al-Attiyah, secretary general of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, underscored the commitment of Qatar and the UAR to the international military coalition striking Libya but stressed the mission seeks only to protect civilians.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In Libya an American fighter jet crashed. Both crew members ejected safely.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In central Nigeria at least three people died in Jos after a fight over where a political rally would be held for Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler running for president.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, Pakistani intelligence officials said militants killed 4 men for allegedly providing the United States with information used in a March 17 drone attack that killed 12 Taliban and 24 innocent tribesmen. In the southwest gunmen attacked a camp for road construction workers killing 11 people near the port of Gwadar.
    (AP, 3/21/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A2)
2011        Mar 21, Syrian riot police armed with batons chased the crowd off without incident. The gathering was meant to mourn those who died after security troops fired at protesters in Deraa on March 18 killing five people.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, A Turkish court ordered five military officers and two civilians jailed in a probe into the 2007 killing of three Christians, including a German national, over allegations that the attack was part of an alleged plot to topple the government.
    (AP, 3/21/11)
2011        Mar 21, In Yemen rival tanks deployed in the streets of Sanaa after Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a powerful regime insider who commands the army's powerful 1st Armored Division, and at least 18 other senior commanders defected to a movement calling for the ouster of the US-backed president, leaving him with virtually no support among the country's most powerful institutions.
    (AP, 3/21/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A3)(AP, 3/23/11)

2012        Mar 21, The US Supreme Court ruled for the first time that defendants have a right to be told of plea deals by prosecutors and to competent advice from a lawyer on whether to accept and offer to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 21, In southern California Shaima Alawadi (32), a woman from Iraq, was found by her daughter (17) unconscious on the dining room floor of her home in El Cajon. She was taken to the hospital and put on life support, but she was taken off life around 3 p.m. on March 24. Police investigated her death as a possible a hate crime. On Nov 9 police announced the arrest of her husband, Kassim al-Himidi, on suspicion of her murder. On June 23, 2014, Kassim al-Himidi was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for his wife’s fatal beating.
    (ABCNews, 3/25/12)(SFC, 11/10/12, p.A4)(SFC, 6/24/14, p.A6)
2012        Mar 21, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, charging him with official misconduct. Vicki Hennesy was sworn in as interim sheriff.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A1)
2012        Mar 21, The MSC Fabiola, a 1,201-foot-long supersize container ship, sailed in to the San Francisco Bay. It became the largest ship to dock at a North American port.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A1)
2012        Mar 21, Arysta LifeScience Corp. of Japan canceled its registration to sell the controversial methyl iodide pesticide in California. The pesticide was intended for strawberry fields and had been approved for use in the state in 2010.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.C1)
2012        Mar 21, It was reported that warm weather in Colorado was enabling the mountain pine beetles to churn out an extra generation of bugs each year with potentially devastating effect.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A10)
2012        Mar 21, Safeway said it will stop selling fresh or frozen ground beef containing the filler known as “pink slime.” Supervalu Inc. also said it will stop carrying products with the filler.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A6)
2012        Mar 21, Australian zoo officials said 4 rare white rhinoceroses have died in recent weeks at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales after displaying mysterious neurological problems such as stumbling.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, A Bangladesh court ordered authorities to shut down five Facebook pages and a website for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed, the Koran and other religious subjects.
    (AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Brazil charged 17 Chevron and Transocean executives with environmental crimes for an oil leak at the Frade field off Rio de Janeiro’s coast last November.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.D1)
2012        Mar 21, The British government unveiled its latest annual budget. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne cut personal income taxes but aimed new levies on the wealthy, taking a political gamble while pledging to stick to his government's tough austerity plan. He cut a 50% income tax band for the highest earners to 45%, from next year on. Osborne also raised the income tax threshold by more than previously announced to 9,205 pounds ($14,300), taking more poorly paid people out of the tax net.
    (Reuters, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, British hostage Judith Tebbutt (57), captured in Kenya on Sep 11, 2011, ago by gunmen who killed her husband, was released in central Somalia and flown out to Nairobi.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, The Chinese government said that lawyers are now required to swear allegiance to the Communist Party, a move criticized by prominent human rights lawyers who have defended the authoritarian government's critics.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Colombian troops killed 39 FARC rebels, most of them in a bombardment of a guerrilla camp in northeastern Arauca state. Other rebels were reported killed in the past two days in operations in Arauca and other parts of the country. 12 alleged rebels were also captured during the military operations.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Colombian police captured FARC midlevel leader William Alberto Asprilla (62) in neighboring Venezuela. He was said to be wanted for his role in the kidnapping and killing of three Americans in 1999. Asprilla, also known as "Marquetaliano," was detained while on the road between Caracas and the nearby port of La Guaira with the alleged cooperation of Venezuelan authorities.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 21, In Dominica two California men on a gay cruise of the Caribbean were arrested on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship on suspicion of indecent exposure and "buggery," a term equivalent to sodomy on the island. The next day John Robert Hart (41) and Dennis Jay Mayer (43) of Palm Springs pleaded guilty. Chief Magistrate Evaline Baptiste ordered the men to pay a nearly $900 fine after calling them "rogues and vagabonds." They made no comment after the hearing and police drove the men to the airport after they were released.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 21, Estonia legislators passed measures to make human trafficking a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A)
2012        Mar 21, European Union anti-trust regulators approved British government plans to provide pension relief and slash the debt of Royal Mail Group as part of its privatization.
    (AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, In France 3 police officers were wounded in a predawn raid while trying to arrest Mohamed Merah, a 24-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent. The gunman was suspected of killing three Jewish children, a rabbi and three French paratroopers in recent days.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, In France a package bomb exploded at Indonesia’s embassy in Paris. French investigators soon confirmed that the main suspect is Frederic C. Jean Salvi, who is believed to have studied for several years with Islamic militants in Indonesia.
    (AP, 3/29/12)
2012        Mar 21, Greece’s Parliament approved the new int’l. bailout deal, which will give the country an additional $227 billion in rescue loans.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A2)
2012        Mar 21, In Iraq assailants killed a Shiite mother and her three children after breaking into their house in a Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, wanted by Baghdad on terror charges, released photographs showing his bodyguard, Amir Sarbut Zaidan al-Batawi, was tortured before his body was handed to his family. A senior Iraqi general and a judicial spokesman, however, said Batawi died of kidney failure and other conditions after refusing treatment. Investigators reportedly filmed Batawi confessing to criminal activity on January 14.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 21, Japan's foreign ministry said it would close its embassy in Syria, citing deteriorating security conditions amid a brutal crackdown on anti-government protestors.
    (AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Laos said it is ending gambling in the former casino enclave of Boten on the Chinese border because of worries about crime. The decision will not affect another casino in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, which is on the border between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
    (AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, A Libyan spokesman said the Mauritanian government has given their agreement for the extradition of former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi to Libya so he can be judged by a fair process. Mauritania denied the claim.
    (AP, 3/21/12)(AFP, 3/21/12)
2012        Mar 21, Nigerian troops ambushed and killed 9 gunmen who had attacked a police station and a bank in the north of the country. 2 gunmen who were taken alive in Tudun Wada.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 21, The UN Security Council passed a statement urging Syria’s Pres. Assad and the opposition to implement "fully and immediately" envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan. The Syrian National Council, the main opposition group, dismissed the UN statement, saying it offered "the regime the opportunity to push ahead with its repression in order to crush the revolt. Activists reported shelling by government in forces in hotspots including the central province of Homs, and fighting between army defectors and soldiers in Damascus suburbs.
    (AP, 3/21/12)(AFP, 3/22/12)
2012        Mar 21, Vietnamese police seized five tons of frozen pangolins and iguanas that were destined for the cooking pot in China.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)
2012        Mar 21, In Yemen suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed an intelligence officer, by cutting his throat after kidnapping him at Mukalla, capital of Hadramawt province. The decapitated body of Lt. Col. Farag Said Ben Qahtan was found in was found in farmlands following a gunbattle between the kidnappers and security forces trying to rescue him.
    (AFP, 3/22/12)(AP, 3/23/12)

2013        Mar 21, The California state Commission on Judicial Performance said Judge Paul Seeman (58), an Alameda County Superior Court Judge, has resigned following charges that he swindled a 97-year-old neighbor out of her life savings. On Oct 21 Seeman was sentenced to 5 years probation.
    (SFC, 3/22/13, p.D1)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.C1)
2013        Mar 21, In San Francisco commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed suit against federal regulators for not banning the use of two pesticides they say harm honeybees.
    (SFC, 3/27/13, p.E5)
2013        Mar 21, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill recognizing same-sex civil unions. The law takes effect May 1.
    (SFC, 3/22/13, p.A7)
2013        Mar 21, In Brunswick, Georgia, a teenager shot and killed the 13-month old son of Sherry West. Police the next day arrested De-Marquise Elkins (17) and a 14-year-old accomplice.
    (SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A13)
2013        Mar 21, Chicago said it will close 54 schools and 61 school buildings by the beginning of the next academic year in the country's third-largest public school district. Education experts called this the largest mass closing in the nation.
    (Reuters, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, In Chicago 7 people were shot and wounded early today at a party at a nightclub in an incident that police said may have been gang related.
    (Reuters, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, Paroled Colorado inmate Evan Spencer Ebel (28), who may be linked to the slaying of the state's prison chief, led Texas deputies on a 100 mph car chase that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, In northern Virginia a Marine at the Quantico marine Corps Base shot 2 of his colleagues, a man and a woman, to death and then killed himself. Sgt. Eusebio Lopez (25) gunned down Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata (19) and Cpl. Jacob Wooley (23).
    (SFC, 3/23/13, p.A5)(AP, 3/23/13)
2013        Mar 21, In northern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a district administrator and two of his bodyguards in Takhar province. A member of Afghanistan's government-backed militia program shot and killed five of his colleagues in Badghis province.
    (AP, 3/21/13)(AP, 3/22/13)
2013        Mar 21, Australian PM Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in Parliament to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury was formally enthroned after using a radio interview to back Church of England positions on homosexuality, which include opposition to same-sex marriage.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, Human Rights Watch and three local organizations released a report saying suspected homosexuals in Cameroon have been tortured and raped in prison.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, A Cyprus criminal court found Hossam Taleb Yaacoub (24), a Swedish-Lebanese citizen and Hezbollah member, guilty of helping to plan attacks on Israelis in Cyprus.
    (SFC, 3/22/13, p.A2)
2013        Mar 21, Villagers in Egypt's Nile Delta killed a man suspected of trying to steal a car in the country's latest incident of vigilante violence, dragging him half-naked and bloody as they kicked and hit him with sticks and fists before tying him to a tree to bleed to death.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, In France the Union of Jewish French Students sued Twitter for some $50 million for failing to honor a court ruling to identify users who post Holocaust jokes and calls to kill Jews.
    (SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A4)
2013        Mar 21, In Germany 2 helicopters clipped each other and crashed as they landed in a snowstorm near Berlin's Olympic Stadium during a federal police exercise, leaving one person dead and several injured.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, India passed anti-rape legislation that included a controversial provision setting the age of sexual consent at 18.
    (SFC, 3/22/13, p.A6)
2013        Mar 21, Jamaica’s Senate passed a bill calling for tougher prosecution of those involved in multimillion-dollar lottery scams that mostly have targeted elderly Americans. It was soon passed by the House of Representatives and the governor general was expected soon to sign it.
    (AP, 3/30/13)
2013        Mar 21, Nigerian author Chinua Achebe (82) died in Boston. His novels included “Things Fall Apart” (1958). “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” Achebe's corpse arrived May 22 in his native Anambra state.
    (AP, 3/22/13)(Econ, 3/30/13, p.90)(AP, 5/22/13)
2013        Mar 21, In northwestern Pakistan a car packed with explosives blew up inside the Jalozai refugee camp as hundreds of people lined up to get food, killing 13 and wounding 25.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, Palestinian militants in Gaza launched at least two rockets into southern Israel as US President Barack Obama met with Palestinian officials in the West Bank on the second day of his Mideast tour. The Israeli military closed a Gaza border crossing and restricted Palestinian fishermen in the territory in response to the rocket attacks.
    (AP, 3/21/13)(AP, 3/22/13)
2013        Mar 21, Russian prosecutors searched the offices of Memorial, one of the country's oldest and most respected human rights groups, as part of a new, wide-ranging campaign targeting hundreds of nongovernmental organizations.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, Syrian state-run TV in Damascus said authorities have handed over to Beirut Hassane Serourto, a Lebanese fighter captured inside Syria in an ambush by government troops on Nov 30.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan called for an immediate cease-fire and for thousands of his fighters to withdraw from Turkish territory, a major step toward ending one of the world's bloodiest insurgencies.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, For the second time in as many years, the UN's top human rights body approved a US-backed resolution calling on Sri Lanka to more thoroughly investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the country's quarter-century civil war with the Tamil Tiger rebels.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, In Syria an explosion ripped through a mosque in the heart of Damascus, killing 42 people including Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti, a top Sunni preacher. 7 more died overnight and Pres. Assad the next day vowed to rid the country of Muslim extremists whom he blamed for the suicide blast.
    (AP, 3/22/13)
2013        Mar 21, The UN’s top human rights body unanimously approved a formal probe into North Korea for possible crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 3/21/13)
2013        Mar 21, In Venezuela supporters of late Pres. Hugo Chavez attacked student protesters as they marched against perceived bias by Venezuela’s electoral council.
    (SFC, 3/22/13, p.A2)
2013        Mar 21, In Yemen clashes in the south between al-Qaida and pro-government fighters killed four on both sides.
    (AP, 3/22/13)
2013        Mar 21, Zimbabwean police arrested two more members of PM Morgan Tsvangirai's office staff, raising the number detained to six.
    (AP, 3/21/13)

2014        Mar 21, US first lady Michelle Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first day of her weeklong visit to China, in a sign that the leaders of the world's two largest economies are seeking to build stronger bonds.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, In San Francisco Alejandro Nieto (28) was shot and killed by police after he pointed a Taser shock at them in Bernal Heights. Police said they mistook the Taser for a pistol and fired 59 shots at Nieto, who was struck 10-15 times. In 2015 four officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
    (SFC, 2/14/15, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/qjnxpzd)
2014        Mar 21, A US federal judge struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. The next day the Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals froze the decision to overturn the ban. On March 25 a federal appeals court put an indefinite halt to gay marriage in Michigan.
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/23/14, p.A15)(SFC, 3/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Mar 21, In New Jersey a fire destroyed the Mariner’s Cover Motor Inn at Point Pleasant Beach killing 4 people. The hotel was housing people displaced in October, 2012, by Superstorm Sandy.
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.A6)
2014        Mar 21, New Mexico withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a US government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation in February.
    (AP, 3/22/14)
2014        Mar 21, Denis Flory, deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said about 140 cases of missing or unauthorized use of nuclear and radioactive material were reported to the UN atomic agency in 2013.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, In Brazil top officials from Rio de Janeiro said they want elite federal police sent to the city to help quell a wave of violence in so-called "pacified" slums. The announcement came hours after suspected drug gang members attacked three police shantytown outposts, injuring three officers and burning one of the metal shipping containers they use as offices in slums.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, British state prosecutors said a London doctor and another man have become the first people to be charged in Britain over female genital mutilation.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Burundi sentenced 21 activists from a key opposition party to life in jail for "armed revolt" after a jogging protest earlier this month turned into violent clashes with police.
    (AFP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Peacekeepers in Central African Republic opened fire on a crowd in the capital to disrupt anti-Muslim violence, injuring six people including four who were under 16.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Four Chinese rights lawyers were tortured by police after they were rounded up following protests outside a detention center in Jiansanjiang, a farming community in the northeast. They had joined several people shouting to demand information about relatives believed locked up inside because they were members of Falun Gong — banned as a cult though they claim to be a peaceful spiritual movement.
    (AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Mar 21, In eastern China a fire in Dujiatuan village, Shandong province, killed a farmer and injured three other farmers. Police later said a real estate developer and a village official directed arsonists who set the fire on the farmer’s tent pitched to guard his land against development.
    (AP, 3/26/14)
2014        Mar 21, Cuba state media hundreds of thousands of medical workers will be getting a raise. At the high end, doctors with two specialties will see their salary go from the equivalent of $26 a month to $67. An entry-level nurse will make $25, up from $13.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Egypt's state news said Cairo University has expelled two dozen students for allegedly taking part in violent protests on campus earlier this week.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, The European Union and Ukraine signed a landmark political cooperation accord, committing to the same deal former president Viktor Yanukovich rejected last November, a decision that led to his overthrow.
    (Reuters, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, France said it is suspending military cooperation with Russia as Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Baltic states in a trip designed to reassure them as tensions mount with Russia over its seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region.
    (Reuters, 3/21/14) 
2014        Mar 21, Guinea's ministry of health says that 49 people have been registered with viral hemorrhagic fever in the country's south since February, and 29 of those people have since died.
    (AP, 3/22/14)
2014        Mar 21, An Indian court sentenced four men to life in prison for raping a call-center operator last August inside an abandoned textile mill in the financial hub of Mumbai.
    (AP, 3/21/14)(SFC, 3/21/14, p.A5)
2014        Mar 21, In western India 10 women drowned when a small boat loaded with farmworkers sank in a lake in Rajasthan's state Tonk district.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, In Iraq militants controlled the northern village of Sarha for several hours as attacks nationwide killed 27 people, including at least 10 policemen, amid a surge in bloodshed ahead of parliamentary elections. Scores of gunmen took over a federal police headquarters in Injana before driving a tanker laden with explosives into the building, killing many.
    (AFP, 3/21/14)(Reuters, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Israel's Mossad intelligence agency said 8 Iranian Jews who disappeared while trying to leave the Islamic Republic from 1994-1997 were captured and killed.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip near the border as two instigators attempted to climb over the security fence.
    (AFP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, In Lebanon people were killed in Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, In Libya two rockets struck a runway at the international airport in Tripoli, forcing the suspension of flights. Since October, 2011, the airport has been under the control of former insurgents from Zintan, 170 km (105 miles) southwest of Tripoli.
    (AFP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Lithuania banned broadcasts of a Russian TV channel for three months for showing a film that authorities said lied about events in 1991, when the Soviet army tried unsuccessfully to remove its pro-independence government.
    (Reuters, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, In Mali an overnight blaze at the main market in Bamako destroyed around 2,000 shops, causing millions of dollars in damage as fire crews struggled to access the site and hydrants malfunctioned.
    (Reuters, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Nigerian police raided a home near Lagos where eight pregnant girls, most under age 20, were staying with plans to sell each of their newborns for nearly two thousand dollars.
    (AFP, 3/22/14)
2014        Mar 21, The Philippines said it will buy $524.7-million worth of aircraft from South Korea and Canada as part of a military upgrade amid territorial disputes with superpower neighbor China.
    (AFP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Russia’s Pres. Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea, signing a law making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling it closer into Europe's orbit.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, In South Korea the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a curvy futuristic $450 million building meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital, opened to the public after years of debate about its impact on a historic city precinct. It was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, In Syria 34 people were killed as Islamists sought to seize a border crossing into Turkey.
    (AFP, 3/22/14)
2014        Mar 21, Thailand’s Constitutional Court nullified the Feb 2 election because voting was not conducted nationwide on the same day.
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.A2)
2014        Mar 21, Turkey blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links have proliferated to recordings that appear to incriminate him and other top officials in corruption.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Uganda news reported that authorities have ordered a police investigation into complaints by elite female runners that they suffered sexual harassment and abuse from a top athletics coach.
    (AFP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual US government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
2014        Mar 21, Ukrainian police detained energy official Yevhen Bakulin, the chief executive of state energy company Naftogaz, as part of an investigation into corruption that it says may have cost the Ukrainian state about $4 billion.
    (AP, 3/22/14)
2014        Mar 21, Venezuela's Pres. Maduro said that street protests for the past month have caused at least $10 billion in damage, accusing hardline foes of carrying out terrorist acts to sabotage public assets.
    (Reuters, 3/22/14)
2014        Mar 21, Zambia scrapped restrictions on the use of dollars and other foreign currencies as it tried to halt the slide in its currency, which has lost nearly a fifth of its value in recent months.
    (AFP, 3/21/14)

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