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KIU Trivia: August 2nd in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Dinosaurs Day. Today we celebrate those large, extinct reptiles: dinosaurs. Scientists believe they first appeared about 245 million years ago, at the beginning of the Middle Triassic Epoch, and existed for about 180 million years, going extinct about 66 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period. The period when they lived is called the Mesozoic Era.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Day. CAD is "the use of computer software to help create, change, analyse or optimize designs." It is utilized in fields like architecture, construction, and product design. Some types are parametric modeling, 3D wire-frame modeling, and direct/explicit modeling. While designs may be made by hand (manual drafting), CAD helps make sure they are more precise, neater, and of a better general quality.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1776, the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place. This is the pronouncement that was adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. The Declaration explained why the Thirteen Colonies at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain regarded themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule. With the Declaration, these new states took a collective first step toward forming the United States of America.

 2.    In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.

3.    In 1997, Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, widely regarded as the pioneer of the Afrobeat type of music died from complications accruing from AIDS. At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa's most "challenging and charismatic music performers".


1.    1968 - Stefan Effenberg, retired German midfielder who captained Bayern Munich.

2.    1976 - Sam Worthington, British-born Austrian actor who is famous for starring in Avatar.

Sources: Wikipedia & checkiday

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