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KIU Trivia: December 2 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. According to the  International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power. In addition, more than 150 million children are subject to child labour, accounting for almost one in ten children around the world.

National Day (United Arab Emirates). The National day of UAE stands for the nationalisation from the British Protectorate Treaties which were declared in 1968 and also falls on the anniversary of the federal unification of the seven emirates in 1971 which combined to form the modern-day country, headed by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the federation's first president. Grand celebrations are held across the country to mark the event.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1804, Napoleon was crowned the Emperor of France. Napoleon Bonaparte had risen through the ranks of the French army during the French revolution and became one of the most influential political figures of his era. His self-coronation as Napoleon I took place in Notre Dame in Paris, France.

2. In 1982, Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart. The surgery occurred at the University of Utah Medical Center. Clark lived for 112 days after the transplant.

3. In 1988, Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister. Benazir Bhutto took office as Pakistan's Prime Minister, becoming the first woman PM of Pakistan. The enigmatic and iconic leader was however assassinated in December 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan while on a political rally.


1. 1971 – Alex Ruhunda, MP for Fort-portal municipality

2. 1981 – Britney Spears, American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday ILO &

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