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KIU Trivia: August 6th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Independence Day (Jamaica). It celebrates the independence of Jamaica from the UK following more than 300 years under British control. On 19 July 1962, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Jamaica Independence Act, granting independence effective on 6 August, establishing the role of the Governor-General of Jamaica and enshrining the role of head of state in the Queen of Jamaica.

Independence Day (Bolivia). Bolivian Independence Day commemorates the signing of a Declaration of Independence from Spain in what is now Chuquisaca, Bolivia on August 6, 1825.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Ederle was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in five events. She was nicknamed “the Queen of the waves.”

2.    In 1940, Estonia was illegally annexed by the Soviet Union. The annexation was part of the occupation of the Baltic states, which was a military occupation of the three Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—by the Soviet Union under the auspices of the 1939 Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact in June 1940.

3.    In 1991,  Tim Berners-Lee released files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuted as a publicly available service on the Internet. The World Wide Web (WWW), commonly known as the Web, is an information system where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs, such as, which may be interlinked by hyperlinks, and are accessible over the Internet.


1.    1973 – David Bahati, State Minister for Industry at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives.

2.    1996 – Timothy Awany, Uganda Cranes defender.

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