March 21

This Day in History

2008

Most Expensive Violin Played After 70 Years

On this day in 2008, the world’s most expensive violin was played for the first time in seventy years. Ask most people what they think the world’s most expensive violin might be, and nine times out o … (more...)

1960

Massacre in Sharpeville

In the black township of Sharpeville, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Afrikaner police open fire on a group of unarmed African demonstrators, killing 69 people and wounding 180 in a hail of … (more...)

1800

Pope Pius VII Crowned With Papier Mâché

On this day in 1800, Barnaba Niccolo Maria Luigi Chiaramonti was crowned as Pope Pius VII with a papier mâché tiara in Venice, Italy. The son of Count Scipione Chiaramonti and Countess Giovanna, C … (more...)