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KIU Trivia: August 9th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. it is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world's indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

National Women’s Day (South Africa). The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as "black" under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1945, the USA dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. Nagasaki was devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, was dropped by the United States bomber, B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200–28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers.

2.    In 1965, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia and became the only country to date to gain independence unwillingly. The separation was the result of deep political and economic differences between the ruling parties of Singapore and Malaysia, which created communal tensions that resulted in racial riots in July and September 1964.

3.    In 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer after reportedly assaulting the officer and attempting to steal his weapon, sparking protests and unrest in the city.


1.    1963 – Whitney Houston. She died in 2012 after a drug overdose.

2.    1988 – Willian, Brazilian football attacker who features for Arsenal FC.

Source: Wikipedia

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