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KIU Trivia: July 22nd in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Mango Day. Today we celebrate the mango – one of the most common and popular fruits around the world. In Uganda, we have many types of mango like the dodo, which is popular for its big size and succulence. You can celebrate Mango Day by eating fresh mangos or making a mango smoothie. Enjoy this succulent fruit in as many forms as possible!

Hammock Day. Hammock Day is celebrated every year on July 22 to commemorate the universal symbol for relaxation. Developed by the Mayans of Central and South America for sleeping or resting, a hammock is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting, which is suspended between two points such as posts or trees.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1893, the first-ever motor race was held in France between the cities of Paris and Rouen. The fastest finisher was the Comte Jules-Albert de Dion, but the 'official' victory was awarded to Albert Lemaître driving his three-horsepower petrol-engined Peugeot. 

2.    In 1992, notorious drug lynchpin Pablo Escobar escaped from his luxury prison near Medellin, Colombia over fear that he would be extradited to the United States. He had been detained in the prison which he built himself. It was often called "Hotel Escobar" or "Club Medellín", because of its amenities. It featured a football pitch, giant dollhouse, bar, jacuzzi and waterfall. 

3.    In 2003, members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attacked a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year-old son, and a bodyguard.


1.    1955 – William Dafoe, American actor.

2.    1992 – Selena Gomez, American singer and actor.

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