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KIU Trivia: August 3 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Independence Day (Niger). Independence Day is celebrated in Niger with official festivals and appearances of political leaders, an official broadcast by the President as well as the tradition, since 1975, that every Nigerien plant a tree. It is a public holiday, in which government offices and many businesses close.

National Watermelon Day. National Watermelon Day on August 3 recognizes the refreshing feel that watermelon offers.   And since watermelon is 92% water, it is very satisfying in the summer heat. Watermelons produce a juicy, sweet interior flesh ranging from deep red to pink. However, sometimes it comes in orange, yellow, or white. 

What Happened Today?

1. In 2005, a coup occurred in Mauritania. A military coup replaced long-time president Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall took over the transitional government until elections were held in 2005.

In 2005,  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office in Iran.  An engineer and teacher by profession, Ahmadinejad became the 6th president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


1. 1977 – Richard Gafabusa, Ugandan Politician.

2. 1973 – Michael Ealy, American actor

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