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KIU Trivia: April 23 in the Present and the Past


What's Happening Today?

World Book and Copyright Day. This event is organized by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing and copyright. 23rd April was chosen as the date for the World Book Day mainly because it falls on the birthday of legendary English writer Sir William Shakespeare, whose works have had a huge impact on world Literature.

World Laboratory Day. It celebrates the place where great inventions emerge which helps to make the world better. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is in the laboratory where scientists are working strenuously to find a vaccine which can help prevent the killer disease.

Also, at KIU, we have many laboratories where our students go for lessons and do various experiments which have led to the creation of many award-winning innovations.

Lovers Day. Most of us know Valentine’s Day as the day for lovers. Well, there’s Lovers Day too! Lovers Day is a day for romance, when lovers express their love for each other. It is widely believed that Lovers Day falls on 23rd April because it is the day when William Shakespeare, who wrote many compelling love stories, like Romeo and Juliet, was born.

You can do something extra special for your partner, and if you don’t have one, you can express your love to someone you have your eyes on.

What Happened Today?

1. In 2003, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels attacked two villages in Northern Uganda, abducting more than 180 people. This was one of numerous guerrilla attacks by the Joseph Kony-led rebel group, who waged a 16-year war insurgency against the Ugandan government.

2. In 2005, the first YouTube video was posted. It was an 18-second clip titled “Me at the zoo” showing co-founder Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo. YouTube has gone on to become one of the most visited sites on the internet with billions of views.

3. In 1984, the discovery of HIV, the virus causing AIDS was announced. French virologists Luc Montagnier and Francois Barre-Sinoussi were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of the virus.

4. In 1564, English author and playwright William Shakespeare was born. He coincidentally died on the same date of his birth in 1616.