On This Day In History, 21 March

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World Events Today

  • Persia was officially renamed as Iran today in 1935
  • Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, sent the first public tweet today in 2006, it read “just setting up my twttr”
  • Six days after the Christchurch terrorist attack, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, announced a ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons today in 2019

Entertainment Events Today

  • England played Scotland today in 1925 in the Five Nations Championship, it was the first rugby game played at Edinburgh’s Murreyfield Stadium
  • The Irish singer Dana sang All Kinds of Everything, to win the 15th Eurovision Song Contest today in 1970
  • In the hit American television show Dallas, J R Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, was shot by an unseen assailant today in 1980

Family Events Today

  • The legendary English football player and manager, Brian Clough, “the greatest manager England never had”, was born today in 1935 in Middlesbrough
  • Timothy Leonard Dalton Leggett, better known as the British actor Timothy Dalton, was born today in 1946 in Colwyn Bay, Wales
  • The Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship 3 times, was born today in 1960 in São Paulo

Main Event Today

  • Alcatraz Prison in the San Francisco Bay, which once held Al Capone, closed today in 1963

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Single Parents Day

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