Monday 21 March 2011
It was Monday, under the sign of Aries. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of March people in US were listening to Born This Way by Lady GaGa.
Detention, directed by Joseph Kahn, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011
while Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Blessed Clementia of Hohenberg
- World Poetry Day - by UNESCO.
- St. Nicholas of Flue
- Astrology: First day of star sign Aries.
- China: Chunfen.
- Harmony Day in Australia.
- World Down Syndrome Day
- Earth Day.
- Ostara - Neopagan festival of Ostara.
- Bah�'f Faith - End of the 19-day sunrise-to-sunset.fast.
- Saints Philemon and Domnin
- The third day of Quinquatria in ancient Rome, held in honor of Minerva.
- Iranian New Year's Day (Norouz): (also celebrated in many other countries of Asia) Iranian calendar.
- Traditional date of vernal equinox, used for reckoning Easter. The real equinox usually occurs one day earlier.
- South Africa: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
- Benito Ju�rez Day, a Fiesta Patria in Mexico.
- Namibia: Independence Day.
- Japan: Vernal Equinox Day (public holiday).
- Egypt: Mother's Day
- New Year of the Bah�'f Calendar.
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- The King of Bahrain Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa claims that the 2011 Bahraini protests were a foreign plot defeated by the intervention of forces from neighbors Saudi Arabia and the UAE of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf's Peninsula Shield Force. (Reuters)
- 2011 Libyan civil war:
- The Tripoli compound of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is targeted for more bombing raids in the third night of the international intervention in Libya. (Sky News)
- Rebel forces go on the offensive following Western-led airstrikes with clashes near Ajdabiya and in Misrata. (''Los Angeles Times'')
- The Government of Libya releases four ''New York Times'' journalists captured six days ago while covering fighting in Ajdabiya. (''The New York Times'')
- A top Yemeni commander and at least 18 other officers defect to the Opposition as the 2011 Yemeni protests continue. (Al Jazeera)
- Thousands of people march in the southern Syrian city of Deraa calling for more political freedoms. (''Times LIVE South Africa'')
- 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis: Thousands of supporters of incumbent Côte d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo gather to enlist in the army. (BBC)
- Israel Defense Forces launch air strikes on the Gaza Strip after militants fire mortars and rockets at Israel resulting in 19 Palestineans being injured. (MSNBC)
- The World Bank predicts that the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami will cause a temporary slowdown in the Japanese economy before reconstruction has a positive economic impact. (Reuters via ''The Guardian'')
- The U.S. Supreme Court declines to take an appeal from an appellate court ruling that ordered the disclosure of information about the Federal Reserve's emergency lending to banks during the 2008 financial crisis. The Supreme Court's refusal means the ruling of the court below stands. (Reuters)
- Microsoft sues Barnes Noble and manufacturers Foxconn and Inventec over their Nook e-readers, claiming that they infringe patents. (Seattle PI)
- Three Argentina airports including Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires ground hundreds of flights due to problems in communications in air traffic control. (AP via AP3)
- Efforts continue to cool the reactors at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant following recent accidents with signs that the treatment efforts are working. (Bloomberg)
- The death toll for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami reaches 8,450, with 12,931 people missing. (BBC)
- 2011 Pointe-Noire Trans Air Congo An-12 crash
- At least twenty-three people die after a cargo plane crashes into Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo. (ANP/AFP via Radio Netherlands)
- The United States and Chile sign a nuclear accord. (BBC)
- The perjury trial of U.S. baseball star Barry Bonds begins in federal court in San Francisco, California. (''The New York Times'')
- The House of Commons votes in favour of the United Kingdom's involvement in military action in Libya. (BBC)
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