It’s that time of the week again!  Today is the day we “throwback” to legally significant (or just plain old “cool”) events that occurred on this day in history.  I find it extremely exciting to compare the present-day state of affairs with the events that occurred many years in the past.

The following significant events occurred on March 21 throughout history:

March 21, 1804- Code Napoléon is adopted as the French civil law.

March 21, 1851- Yosemite Valley is discovered in California.

March 21, 1924- Mass Investors Trust becomes the first mutual fund set up in the United States.

March 21, 1944- This is the first day of the first year of the Bahá'í calendar.  Members of the Bahá'í Faith celebrate today every year and refer to it as Náw-Rúz (New Year).

March 21, 1935- Persia is renamed Iran under the ruling of Shah Reza Pahlavi.

March 21, 1947- President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835, which requires all federal employees to owe allegiance to the United States.

March 21, 1959- California beats West Virginia during the 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

March 21, 1963- Alcatraz federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay closes on this day.

March 21, 1964- UCLA beats Duke, 98-83, during the 26th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship under head coach, John Wooden.  They complete their NCAA basketball season undefeated (30-0).

March 21, 1972- The Supreme Court of the United States strikes down the 1-yr residency requirement to vote.

March 21, 1982- The movie "Annie" premieres.  I had to include this on the list because this happens to be my all time favorite movie!

March 21, 1990- After being under South African control for 75 years, Namibia becomes an independent nation on this day.

It was interesting to see that Cal won the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship on this date in 1959.  Although it isn’t looking too good for them this year, hopefully history will repeat itself and they win again in 2013!

Which NCAA College Basketball team are you guys rooting for?

Do any of these events interest you?

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