On this day
New Orleans fell to fire.
On March 21st, 1788, the City of New Orleans in Louisiana succumbed to a devastating fire. Of 1,100 buildings, 856 fell completely. These included the Town Hall, a church, army barracks and jail. Records state it only took five hours for the city to be almost completely destroyed.
Alcatraz closed its doors for good.
While it's still a popular tourist attraction for history buffs today, Alcatraz - the infamous prison island - was officially shut down on March 21st, 1963. Robert Kennedy, then-Attorney General in the US, gave the order for the prison to cease. Alcatraz was well-known for being one of the US' most secure prisons.
Special Days Falling on March 21stNot got much to celebrate or shout about today? Here are a few special events unfolding on March 21st you may wish to pay attention to.
California Strawberry Day
Traditionally, as the first day of spring, March 21st also marks the start of the highly popular strawberry season in California. Believe it or not, CA is responsible for the production of up to a billion pounds of the fruit each and every year - it really is the US’ strawberry capital!
National Big Bang Day
March 21st is a great day for looking up to the skies! Today we celebrate the creation of the all-sky map, on behalf of the Planck Collaboration. This map has helped us to understand the finer points of cosmology, and how our complex and mysterious universe may have come into being.
International Day of Forests
This global holiday, again falling on the first day of spring, gives us all pause to think about how important our global greenery is to the continued survival of species. The day was first set up and celebrated back in 2012, as a result of a UN initiative. Now’s the time to plant your own tree, perhaps, to mark the occasion.