Back in Misfitville our Physics class was banned from using bunsen burners or indeed conducting any kind of experiment because that kid who was later arrested for murder had a penchant for arson and hurling the teacher across the classroom. March 31 is Bunsen Burner Day, celebrating the handy lab tool developed by German chemist Robert Bunsen (1811-1899) while the University of Heidelberg were building a laboratory with state of the art gas-fired lighting.
Bunsen was a pioneer of photochemistry, discovered caesium and rubidium, developed several gas-analytical methods. He also discovered the most effective method of combating arsenic poisoning.
In New Jersey, USA it is Thomas Mundy Peterson Day. Peterson (1824-1904) was the first African-American to cast his vote under the newly enacted 15th Amendment which prohibits federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote because of their race, colour or previous condition of servitude. Active in the Republican Party, Mundy was also the first African-American to hold elected office in Perth Amboy on the Middlesex County Commission.
International Transgender Day of Visibility is dedicated to raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people. The day was founded in 2009 by Michigan-based activist Rachel Crandall.
It is also Cesar Chevaz Day, National Prom Day, National Tater Day, celebrating the humble spud, and National Clams on a Half Shell Day.