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KIU Trivia: July 21st in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Belgian National Day. It is the national holiday of Belgium commemorated annually on 21 July. It is one of Belgium's ten public holidays and marks the anniversary of the investiture of King Leopold I, the country's first monarch, in 1831. In 1830, Belgium gained political independence and regained cultural independence from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Up until then, the Belgian area was known as the Southern Netherlands and had been governed by other countries including Spain and France.

National Junk Food Day (USA). This day is celebrated in honor of junk foods popularization in the United States during the 1950s. By definition, junk food is high in fats, sugars, salt, and calories.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1970, the Aswan High Dam (in the photo) across the Nile River in Egypt was completed creating renewable energy and helping to stop the cycle of flooding and drought in the area.

2.    In 2007, the last and final Harry Potter book went on sale. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" written by J. K. Rowling was written 10 years after the first Harry Potter Book was published.

3.    In 2013, Crown Prince Philippe became the King of Belgium after his father King Albert II abdicated the throne after almost twenty years as king.


1.    1899 – Ernest Hemingway, legendary American writer and poet. He died in 1961.

2.    1997 – Abdu Lumala, Uganda Cranes footballer.

Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday. Bornglorious &

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