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KIU Trivia: July 1st in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Independence Day (Rwanda and Burundi). The two East African Community members celebrate their independence from Belgium on July 1, 1962. We congratulate the KIU Rwandese and Burundian communities on their countries’ independence.

Independence Day (Somalia). Somalia celebrates the unification of the Trust Territory of Somalia and the State of Somaliland on July 1, 1960, which formed the Somali Republic. In the same vein, we congratulate the KIU Somali community on their country’s Independence Day.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1903, the Tour de France bicycle race was flagged off for the first time.  The now annual multi-legged race lasted for 20 days with a course that stretched about 1,500 miles and was won by Italian-French racer, Maurice Garin. It is one of the most popular races across all sport today.

2.    In 1979, the Walkman, a popular portable audio cassette player made its first appearance when it went on sale in Japan. The Sony-manufactured cassette was one of the most popular audio music players of the 20th Century.

3.    In 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established. It is the first international judicial body that has the power to try individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It was created by the Rome Statute, an International treaty that was signed in the Italian City of Rome in 1998.


1.    1955 – Specioza Wandera Kazibwe, the first female Vice-President of Uganda.

2.    1961 - Diana, Princess of Wales. She died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Sources: Wikipedia, bornglorious &

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