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KIU Trivia: April 28 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The International Labour Organization (ILO), in its World Day for Safety and Health at Work message, is recognizing the great challenge that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Many health workers in Uganda are at the frontline of the pandemic and these workers, including KIU Teaching Hospital staff, are at risk of contracting the virus. So, this day is special in creating awareness and creating solutions for this problem.

Biological Clock Day. When most people hear the term “biological clock”, they think of women and menopause. But men have a biological clock too. It affects people’s mood and behavior on a daily basis.

Celebrate Biological Clock Day by setting aside some time to re-regulate your biological clock by creating a regular bedtime routine, minimizing naps and eating regularly.

Clean Comedy Day. Clean Comedy Day celebrates a family-friendly form of comedy by challenging us to keep our humour clean for a day and enjoy all the same.

Some comedians are fond of employing a style of comedy full of vulgarities and obscenities, as well as openly cracking jokes meant to embarrass and humiliate people. We implore them to put this aside for today and crack jokes that can be enjoyed by all sections of society, children inclusive.

What Happened Today?

1. In 2011, two people were killed, 120 injured and over 360 arrested during protests which were triggered by the arrest of Rtd Col. Dr Kiiza Besigye during the walk-to-work protests over the high prices of food and fuel. Besigye’s car window was smashed and he was sprayed with pepper spray before being whisked off by police operatives.

2. In 2001, US Billionaire Dennis Tito became the first space tourist in history after a Russian rocket transported him to the International Space Station (ISS).

3. In 1969, Charles de Gaulle resigned as the President of France after losing a referendum in which he had proposed more decentralization. De Gaulle had risen to the position of President in 1959, after forming the French Fifth Republic a year earlier. He died a year after his resignation.

4. In 1937, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who became the fifth president of Iraq was born. In 1945, another dictator, Benito Mussolini of Italy died.