What should I look for in the systemd journal to find when the latest boot happened?

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    Read man journalctl, do sudo journalctl --list-boots, see my AskUbuntu profile (click on my username) for more journalctl hints.
    – waltinator
    Feb 11 at 20:38

I would use an empty -b,--boot option to journalctl in order to request "the current boot", then -n 0 to request zero lines of output, which leaves just the header:

journalctl -b -n 0

Example output:

-- Logs begin at Wed 2021-02-10 17:46:08 PST, end at Thu 2021-02-11 15:36:01 PST. --

Or if the -n 0 fails to output the proper information try the number 1.

~# journalctl -b -n 0
-- No entries --
~# journalctl -b -n 1
-- Logs begin at Mon 2021-02-08 20:24:14 AST, end at Thu 2021-02-11 21:33:56 AST. --
Feb 11 21:33:56 zeus-H370M systemd[1]: anacron.service: Succeeded.

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