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KIU Trivia: July 13th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

National French Fries Day (USA). French fries are a staple of fast-food restaurants and diners, often being paired with hamburgers and cheeseburgers. A simple food consisting of potatoes—and maybe some salt—they are one of the most popular side dishes in the world. They are celebrated today by being made at home or eaten at restaurants. French fries were most likely invented in Belgium, not France, but potatoes are native to South America. In 1537, Spanish explorer Jiménez de Quesada found them in a village in Colombia. French Fries are very popular in Uganda too and a date without a meal consisting of French fries is a rarity here.

Embrace Your Geekness Day. A geek is an unfashionable or socially inept person. Embrace Your Geekness Day was founded by Wellcat Holidays to celebrate all things geek. Rather than allow geeks to suffer for their devoted love of warlocks and wizards, superheroes and supervillains, Embrace Your Geekness Day is a chance to celebrate the inner geek in all of us.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1977, the Ethiopian-Somali War began. The Somali National Army invaded the disputed Ogaden region between Somalia and Ethiopia. The war lasted for 9 months and ended with a Somalian retreat.

2. In 2009, Uganda declared that it would arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir after Uganda’s minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem met with International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo in Kampala.

3. In 2016, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron resigned after his Conservative Party lost a referendum to decide whether the UK should leave the European Union or stay. He was succeeded by Theresa May, who also resigned after her proposed withdrawal agreement from the EU was rejected by parliament three times, being succeeded by Boris Johnson, her former Foreign Secretary.


1. 1969 – Betty Nambooze, Ugandan politician and former journalist was born in Mukono Town.

2. 1942 - Harrison Ford, American actor, aviator and environmentalist. He’s famous for playing the lead role in the Hollywood blockbuster, Air Force One.

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