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KIU Trivia: August 25 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Liberation Day (France).  Liberation Day commemorates a military battle that took place during World War II from August 19, 1944, to August 25, when the German garrison surrendered the French capital. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armistice, which allowed German occupation of Paris in June 1940, after which the Wehrmacht, the armed forces of Nazi Germany occupied northern and western France.

Independence Day (Uruguay). Today marks Uruguay's independence from Brazil in 1825. The Independence followed a short period of rebellion, after which Uruguay declared its autonomy from Brazil. This instigated the Argentina- Brazil War. The conflict lasted until August 1828, when the British negotiated a resolution that led to Brazil recognising Uruguay's independence.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1830, the Belgian revolution began. The revolution led to the secession of the southern provinces - mainly the former Southern Netherlands - from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and the establishment of an independent Kingdom of Belgium. On August 25,  riots erupted in Brussels and shops were looted, factories and machinery were destroyed and following the 1830, London Conference, major European powers recognized Belgium’s independence.

2. In 1980, Zimbabwe joined the United Nations. This followed a long period, since 1986, of the United nations considering Zimbabwe’s declaration of Independence from Britain as being illegal.

3. In 2001, American singer Aaliyah (in the picture) and several members of her record company died in a plane crash. The cause of the crash was believed to be overloading though subsequent investigations also revealed that the pilot, Luis Morales III was not a certified pilot.


1. 1930 - Sean Connery, the first actor to portray the world-famous character, James Bond

2. 1981 – Timothy Batabaire, former Uganda Cranes defender

Sources: Wikipedia, & bornglorious

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