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  • 21st March 1804
    The Code Napoléon, also known as the Napoleonic Code, is adopted in France, providing a comprehensive legal system and influencing legal reform around the world.

  • 21st March 1866
    Arkansas Governor Isaac Murphy signs legislation establishing the Arkansas Industrial University, which later becomes the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

  • 21st March 1916
    The Cincinnati Reds play the first game at their new home stadium, Redland Field (later known as Crosley Field), defeating the Chicago Cubs 10-6 in an exhibition game.

  • 21st March 1933
    Arkansas Governor Junius Marion Futrell signs legislation establishing Daisy Bates as the President of the Arkansas State Press Association, a significant achievement for civil rights and journalism in the state.

  • 21st March 1946
    Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker record "One Bass Hit" and "Oop Bop Sh'Bam," pioneering performances that contribute to the development of bebop jazz.

  • 21st March 1952
    The Moondog Coronation Ball, considered the first rock and roll concert, takes place in Cleveland, Ohio, featuring artists such as Paul Williams and Tiny Grimes.

  • 21st March 1963
    Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, California, closes its doors, ending its infamous history as a high-security prison.

  • 21st March 1970
    Arkansas Razorbacks win the NCAA men's basketball championship, defeating the University of Kentucky Wildcats 97-94 in overtime, securing their first national title.

  • 21st March 1980
    Arkansas native and football star Joe Johnson is born in Little Rock. Johnson would go on to have a successful NFL career, earning multiple Pro Bowl selections.

  • 21st March 1987
    The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, premieres as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, eventually becoming one of the most iconic and longest-running animated television series.

  • 21st March 1990
    President George H.W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal for his achievements in athletics and his contributions to human rights.

  • 21st March 1994
    The album "The Sign" by Ace of Base reaches number one on the Billboard 200 chart, featuring hit singles like "All That She Wants" and "Don't Turn Around."

  • 21st March 2005
    U2's album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" wins Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, recognizing the band's continued success and influence in the music industry.

  • 21st March 2010
    Lady Gaga's music video for "Bad Romance" becomes the first video on YouTube to reach 100 million views, showcasing Gaga's impact as a pop culture icon.

  • 21st March 2014
    Arkansas Razorbacks women's basketball team advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a victory over the Dayton Flyers, demonstrating their skill and teamwork.

  • 21st March 2016
    Netflix launches its service in 130 new countries, expanding its reach and providing more viewers around the world with access to its extensive library of films and TV shows.

  • 21st March 2018
    Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team advances to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen with a victory over the Butler Bulldogs, thrilling fans with their performance.

  • 21st March 2019
    The album "Cuz I Love You" by Lizzo is released, receiving critical acclaim and marking a breakthrough for the artist with hit singles like "Juice" and "Truth Hurts."

  • 21st March 2020
    Elton John hosts the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, a televised event featuring performances from various artists to raise funds for charities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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