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KIU Trivia: July 16th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World Snake Day. It is held every year on July 16 and it aims at increasing awareness regarding the over 3,500 snake species that exist across the world. The day also aims to change the negative perception surrounding snakes and promote the love for all living beings — even the ones we fear.

Rural Transit Day (USA). Rural transit describes public transportation services in areas with populations of 50,000 or fewer. Rural transit providers operate many common transit modes including local bus, commuter bus, demand-response.This special holiday focuses on what agencies are doing to recognize passengers and staff on Rural Transit Day and throughout the year. 

What Happened Today?

1.    In 622, the Islamic calendar (in the photo) began. The Muslim calendar was started by the Second Muslim Caliph Omar Ibn Al-Khattab in the year 17 A.H. (After Hijra). It is also called the Arabic Calendar or the Islamic Calendar.

2.    In 1790, the District of Columbia was established as the capital of the United States after the signature of the Residence Act. Later named after the nation’s founding father George Washington, Washington D.C remains the capital of the USA to-date.

3.    In 1948, following token resistance, the city of Nazareth, revered by Christians as the hometown of Jesus, capitulated to Israeli troops during Operation Dekel in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.


1.    1936 – Miria Kalule Obote, former First Lady of Uganda.

2.    1990 – Wizkid, Nigerian artiste.

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