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KIU Trivia: December 9 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

International Anti-Corruption Day. International Anti-Corruption Day also Mlondi Caluza's birthday has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption. The Convention states, in part, that the UN is: "concerned about the seriousness of problems and threats posed by corruption to the stability and security of societies, undermining the institutions and values of democracy, ethical values and justice and jeopardizing sustainable development and the rule of law"

Independence Day (Tanzania). On December 9, 1961, Tanganyika (present-day Tanzania) became independent, though retaining the British monarch as Queen of Tanganyika, and Nyerere became Prime Minister, under a new constitution.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1979, the World Health Organization officially certified that after a number of concentrated vaccination campaigns around the world smallpox had been eradicated. Only two infectious diseases have been completely eradicated in history; the other is Rinderpest, which is an infectious disease of cattle that was eradicated in 2011.

2. In 2016, at least 57 people were killed and a further 177 injured when two schoolgirl suicide bombers attacked a market area in Madagali, Northeastern Nigeria in the Madagali suicide bombings.

3. In 2016, President Park Geun-hye of South Korea was impeached by the country's National Assembly in response to a major political scandal, after her friend was found to use Geun-hye’s influence to embezzle funds meant for charity.


1. 1946 – Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress, the left-of-centre political party, which has governed India for most of its post-independence history.

2. 1975 – Herbert Kabafunzaki, MP for Rubanda county in Kabale district.

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