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KIU Trivia: April 27 in the Present and the Past


What is happening today?

Independence Day. It’s Independence Day in Sierra Leone, who celebrate the granting of independence from the United Kingdom in 1961. Togo also celebrates its independence from France in 1960.

National Tell a Story Day. This day is celebrated by encouraging people of all ages to share all kinds of stories. Whether it’s read from a book, from your imagination or an actual story from a childhood memory, the day supports gathering with friends and family to share these stories.

With the ongoing lockdown, there are many stories to tell, especially how you are spending your time in the lockdown. Share with your friends your experiences and listen to theirs as well.

World Design day. It is an opportunity to recognize the value of design and its capacity for change in the world. The goal is to challenge designers to reflect deeply on the well being of people within their local environments, and to find innovative solutions to local needs by using design as a vehicle to honour diversity, transcend borders and improve quality of life.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1994, the first democratic election was held in South Africa. For the first time, all races in the country went to the polls to vote for a government of their choice, marking a transition from a model of racial division and oppressive system to open democracy.

2. In 1992, Betty Boothroyd was elected to preside over the House of Commons. She was the first female speaker in the 700-year history of the House. She served as speaker until 2000.

3. In 2005, the world’s largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, took to the skies for the first time. The double-decker jet completed a test flight after three years of production and is certified to carry up to 853 passengers. Airbus recently announced that its production will end in 2021.