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KIU Trivia: December 1 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World AIDS Day. Designated on December 1 every year since 1988, it is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV virus attacks the immune system of the patient and reduces its resistance to other diseases. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

Republic Day (Central African Republic). This holiday commemorates the anniversary of the Central African Republic becoming an autonomous territory within the French Community in 1958.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1918, the Kingdom of Iceland was established with the signing of the Act of Union with Denmark. The act recognized Iceland as a sovereign state under a common monarch with Denmark, and the Kingdom lasted until 1944 when a national referendum created the Republic of Iceland.

2. In 1919, Nancy Witcher Langhorne also known as Nancy Astor became the first woman to join the British House of Commons.

3. In 2019, the first known case of COVID-19 appeared. The first human case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19, subsequently named SARS-CoV-2 was first reported by officials in Wuhan City, China,


1. 1988 – Zoe Kravitz, American actress, singer and model.

2. 1996 – Stella Chesang, Ugandan long-distance runner.

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Picture credit: WHO