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dora ratjen heinrich ratjen march 29

On this day March 29: Heinrich Ratjen aka Dora Ratjen

On March 29, 1939, Dora Ratjen’s father wrote to the Bremen police chief: “Following the change of the registry office entry regarding [my] child’s sex, I would request you change the child’s first name to Heinrich. Heil Hitler!” And so, Dora Ratjen, fourth placegetter in women’s high jump at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, became Heinrich …

Dr Walter C. Alvarez march 22

On this day March 22: Dr Walter C Alvarez

In his March 22, 1966 Newsday column, Dr Walter C Alvarez wrote about watching his father’s ducks as a kid. He learned from those fowl that sexual and gender diversity occurred naturally. “Long years ago, when I was a boy, my father had several Mandarin ducks in our yard. I can remember my wonderment when …