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Almanac - Thursday March 21, 2024

Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee in Feb 1943
The Library of Congress; Palmer, Alfred T., photographer.
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Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee in Feb 1943

Today Thursday, 21st of March of 2024

March 21 is the 81st day of the year

285 days remain until the end of the year.

91 days until summer begins

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:10:21 am

and sunset will be at 7:24:06 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 13 minutes of daylight

That’s two minutes and 26 seconds more daylight than yesterday

The solar transit will be at 1:17:13 pm.

Water temperature in San Francisco Bay today is 57.6°F.

The first low tide was at 3:26 am at 2.28 feet

The first high tide will be at 8:59 am at 5.3 feet

The next low tide will be at 3:55 pm at -0.01 feet

and the final high tide at Ocean Beach tonight will be at 10:36 pm at 4.98 feet

The moon rises this afternoon at 4:14 pm

and rises tomorrow morning at 6:15 am

The Moon is currently 87.6% visible

It’s a Waxing Gibbous moon

We’ll have a Full Moon and a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in 4 days on Monday the 25th of March of 2024 at 12:00 am

Today is….



Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Companies That Care Day

International Colour Day

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day of Forests

International Tiramisu Day

Memory Day

National California Strawberry Day

National Common Courtesy Day

National Countdown Day

National Crunchy Taco Day

National Day of Action on Syringe Exchange

National Flower Day

National Fragrance Day

National French Bread Day

National Healthy Fats Day

National Single Parent's Day

National Teenager Day

National Vermouth Day

Oranges and Lemons Day

Slytherin Pride Day

World Down Syndrome Day

World Poetry Day

World Puppetry Day

World Tattoo Day

Today is also….

Arbor Day (Portugal)

Birth of Benito Juárez, a Fiestas Patrias (Mexico)

Education Freedom Day

Harmony Day (Australia)

Human Rights Day (South Africa)

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Namibia from South African mandate in 1990

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Mother's Day (most of the Arab world)

National Tree Planting Day (Lesotho)

Newroz (Iran, Kurdistan, Mesopotamia)

Oltenia Day (Romania)

Rosie the Riveter Day (United States)

Truant's Day (Poland, Faroe Islands)

Youth Day (Tunisia)




In 1986, Debi Thomas became first African American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship.

Mary Dixon Kies (March 21, 1752 – 1837) was an American inventor. In 1809, her patent for a new technique of weaving straw with silk and thread to make hats was signed by President James Madison. She was one of the first woman to receive a US Patent

Nirmala Srivastava (née Nirmala Salve; 21 March 1923 – 23 February 2011), also known as Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, was the founder and guru of Sahaja Yoga, a new religious movement. She claimed to have been born fully realised and spent her life working for peace by developing and promoting a simple technique through which people can achieve their self-realization.

Dorothea Beale LL.D. (21 March 1831 – 9 November 1906) was a suffragist, educational reformer and author. As Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College, she became the founder of St Hilda's College, Oxford.


1844 – The Baháʼí calendar begins. This is the first day of the first year of the Baháʼí calendar. It is annually celebrated by members of the Baháʼí Faith as the Baháʼí New Year or Náw-Rúz.

1925 – The Butler Act prohibits the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee.

1928Charles Lindbergh is presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight.

1935Shah of Iran Reza Shah Pahlavi formally asks the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran.

1946 – The Los Angeles Rams sign Kenny Washington, making him the first African American player in professional American football since 1933.

1952Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.

1960Apartheid: Sharpeville massacre, South Africa: Police open fire on a group of black South African demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180.

1963Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closes.

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

1970 – The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by Joseph Alioto, Mayor of San Francisco.

1970 – San Diego Comic-Con, the largest pop and culture festival in the world, hosts its inaugural event.

1986Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the World Figure Skating Championships

1990Namibia becomes independent after 75 years of South African rule.

1994 – The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change enters into force.

2006 – The social media site X (former Twitter) is founded.

Today’s birthdays also include….

1474Angela Merici, Italian educator and saint (d. 1540)

1501Anne Brooke, Baroness Cobham, English noble (d. 1558)

1557Anne Howard, Countess of Arundel, English countess and poet (d. 1630)

1685Johann Sebastian Bach, German Baroque composer and musician (d. 1750)

1752Mary Dixon Kies, American inventor (d. 1837)

1802Augusta Waddington, Welsh writer and patron of the arts (d. 1896)

1806Benito Juárez, Mexican lawyer and politician, 25th President of Mexico (d. 1872)

1831Dorothea Beale, English suffragist, educational reformer and author (d. 1906)

1839Modest Mussorgsky, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1881)

1859Daria Pratt, American golfer (d. 1938)

1880Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1971)

1887Clarice Beckett, Australian painter (d. 1935)

1894Hannah Ryggen, Norwegian textile artist (d. 1970)

1902Son House, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1988)

1904 – Forrest Mars, Sr., American candy maker, created M&M's and Mars bar (d. 1999)

1905Phyllis McGinley, American author and poet (d. 1978)

1906 – John D. Rockefeller III, American philanthropist (d. 1978)

1910Julio Gallo, American businessman, co-founded E & J Gallo Winery (d. 1993)

1916Bismillah Khan, Indian shehnai player (d. 2006)

1920 – Éric Rohmer, French director, film critic, journalist, novelist and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1921Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist and pianist (d. 1986)

1921 – Antony Hopkins, English pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2014)

1922Russ Meyer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1923 – Nirmala Srivastava, Indian religious leader, founded Sahaja Yoga (d. 2011)

1930James Coco, American actor (d. 1987)

1930 – Otis Spann, American blues pianist, singer and composer (d. 1970)

1931 – Catherine Gibson, Scottish swimmer (d. 2013)

1933 – Michael Heseltine, Welsh businessman and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1936Ed Broadbent, Canadian pilot and politician (d. 2024)

1937Ann Clwyd, Welsh journalist and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales (d. 2023)

1939Kathleen Widdoes, American actress

1940Solomon Burke, American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1940 – Andrea Elle, German bicyclist

1942Françoise Dorléac, French actress (d. 1967)

1942 – Amina Claudine Myers, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1944Marie-Christine Barrault, French actress

1944 – Janet Daley, American-English journalist and author

1944 – David Lindley, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2023)

1945 – Rose Stone, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1949 – Eddie Money, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2019)

1949 – Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher, and academic

1955 – Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian politician and retired military officer, 38th President of Brazil

1955 – Bärbel Wöckel, German sprinter

1956 – Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian runner

1958Marlies Göhr, German sprinter

1958 – Gary Oldman, English actor, filmmaker, musician, and author

1959Sarah Jane Morris, English singer-songwriter

1961Kassie DePaiva, American actress

1962Matthew Broderick, American actor

1962 – Kathy Greenwood, Canadian actress and screenwriter

1962 – Rosie O'Donnell, American actress, producer, and talk show host

1963 – Shawn Lane, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2003)

1965 – Cynthia Geary, American actress

1967 – Mirela Rupic, American costume and fashion designer

1968 – Andrew Copeland, American singer and musician

1969Jonah Goldberg, American journalist and author

1970 – Cenk Uygur, Turkish-American political activist

1973Ananda Lewis, American television host

1974Laura Allen, American actress

1976Rachael MacFarlane, American voice actress and singer

1978Sally Barsosio, Kenyan runner

1978 – Charmaine Dragun, Australian journalist (d. 2007)

1978 – Kevin Federline, American dancer and television personality

1978 – Joyce Jimenez, Filipino movie and TV actress

1980 – Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian skier

1980 – Lee Jin, South Korean singer and actress

1982Maria Elena Camerin, Italian tennis player

1982 – Ejegayehu Dibaba, Ethiopian runner

1985 – Sonequa Martin-Green, American actress

1990Mandy Capristo, German singer-songwriter and dancer

1992 – Chiney Ogwumike, American basketball player

1992 – Karolína Plíšková, Czech tennis player

1992 – Kristýna Plíšková, Czech tennis player

1994Jasmin Savoy Brown, American actress

1997 – Martina Stoessel, Argentine actress

2003Abbi Pulling, English racing driver

Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.