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KIU Trivia: April 16 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World Voice Day. World Voice Day (WVD) is a worldwide annual event that takes place on April 16 devoted to the celebration of the phenomenon of voice. The aim is to demonstrate the enormous importance of the voice in the daily lives of all people. Voice is a critical aspect of effective and healthy communication, and World Voice Day brings global awareness to the need for preventing voice problems, rehabilitating the deviant or sick voice, training the artistic voice, and researching the function and application of voice. The goal of World Voice Day is to encourage all those who use their voice for business or pleasure to learn to take care of their voice, and know how to seek help and training, and to support research on the voice.

World Semicolon Day. World Semicolon Day is "a day to celebrate those who chose not to end their lives because their stories are not over yet." It pays tribute to those who have thought about or attempted suicide, and it informs people about how common suicide is. Suicide survivors mark the day by sharing their stories with the world, to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. They share with their friends or more publicly on social media.The semicolon is part of the day because when authors use semicolons, it shows that a sentence is not yet ended and that their story is not yet over. 

What Happened Today?

1. In 2008, the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge on the use of lethal injections as a means of execution. The Court rejected the case that was made by two death row inmates in the state of Kentucky. 

2. In 2009. US President Barack Obama released four top secret memos that permitted the C.I.A. to torture the al-Qaeda suspects they were holding at the Guantánamo Bay and other secret detention centers. In an accompanying statement Obama ruled out prosecutions against those that participated in these actions.

3. In 2010, US Bank Goldman Sachs was accused of defrauding investors by America's financial regulator. The Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) alleged that Goldmans failed to disclose conflicts of interest, and charged the investment bank and one of its vice-presidents for defrauding investors by misstating and omitting key facts about a financial product tied to subprime mortgages.


1. 1889 – Charlie Chaplin, English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. 

2. 1927 – Pope Benedict XVI, retired Pope of the Catholic Church.

3. 1973 – Akon, Senegalese rapper and entrepreneur.

4. 1992 - Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, King Oyo, reigning Omukama of Toro, in Uganda.

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