KIU News

  • Home /
  • KIU News /
  • KIU Trivia: July 19th in the Present and the Past

KIU Trivia: July 19th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Arafah Day. The Day of Arafah is an Islamic holiday that falls on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah of the lunar Islamic Calendar. It is the holiest day in the Islamic calendar, the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage, and the day after is the first day of the major Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Martyrs Day (Myanmar). It is a national holiday observed on 19 July to commemorate Gen. Aung San and seven other leaders of the pre-independence interim government, and one bodyguard —Thakin Mya, Ba Cho, Abdul Razak, Ba Win, Mahn Ba Khaing, Sao San Tun, Ohn Maung and Ko Htwe—all of whom were assassinated on that day in 1947.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1977, the world's first Global Positioning System (GPS) signal was transmitted from Navigation Technology Satellite 2 (NTS-2) and received at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at 12:41 a.m. Eastern time (ET).

2.    In 1983, the first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT was published.

3.    In 2003, former president Idi Amin's fourth wife, Nalongo Madina, reported that he was in a coma and near death at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from kidney failure. She pleaded with the Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, to allow him to return to Uganda for the remainder of his life. Museveni replied that Amin would have to "answer for his sins the moment he was brought back".


1.    1971 – Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv City, Ukraine and former World Heavyweight boxing champion.

2.    1984 – Jon Jones, American Mixed Martial Arts Fighter.

Sources: Wikipedia & checkiday

Photo: Iran Press