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31 March In History

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The last day in March has been celebrated as International Transgender Day of Visibility since 2009, which was established because the only annual transgender holiday beforehand was that which mourned the loss of trans people murdered in hate crimes.

 

31 March is recorded as the day on which the Battle of the Trench began in 627, a 14-day siege of Medina where Muhammad and his forces defended attacks from Abu Sufyan.

 

On this day in 1980 African American athlete Jessie Owens died. His gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics must have really annoyed noted white supremacist Adolf Hitler.

 

Finally Yalla wishes the Eiffel Tower a happy birthday – 127 years young today!

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