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KIU Trivia: August 20th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World Mosquito Day. It is observed annually on 20 August, is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery in 1897 that female anopheline mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. Prior to the discovery of the transmitting organism, vector, there were few means for controlling the spread of the disease although the discovery of quinine in treatment had alleviated the problem of treatment.

International Day of Medical Transporters. This day recognizes medical transporters, who provide a link between people and healthcare, and sometimes are the providers of healthcare themselves. Medical transporters may be ambulance drivers, who transport those involved in accidents or who have emergency medical conditions, or they may be drivers of medical vehicles who take patients to appointments. 

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1998, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.

2.    In 1998, the United States launched cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical weapons plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

3.    In 2020, Joe Biden gave his acceptance speech virtually for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.


1.    1931 – Don King, former American professional boxing promoter who is famous for organizing some of the most historic boxing fights.

2.    1992 – Demi Lovato, American singer, songwriter and actor.

Sources: Wikipedia & checkiday

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