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KIU Trivia: July 30 in the Present and the Past


What is Happening Today?

International Friendship Day. It was put in place to celebrate, well, friendship. It was first proposed in 1958 in Paraguay. The General Assembly of the United Nations decided to designate 30 July as the International Day of Friendship; and to invite all Member States to observe the International Day of Friendship in accordance with the culture and customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have not seen our friends in a long while. You can celebrate this day by sending a special friendship sticker to your friend on social media.

Martyrs Day (South Sudan). Martyrs Day is celebrated in South Sudan to remember all the soldiers that died in the liberation war for South Sudan. It, however, celebrates in particular, the greatest martyr of all South Sudanese soldiers, John Garang. That is why Martyrs Day was placed on the day of his death in a helicopter crash, while leaving Kampala, Uganda on July 30, 2005.

What Happened Today?

1. In 762, Baghdad city in Iraq was founded. It is the current capital city of Iraq and the third-largest city in the Arab world after Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Cairo, Egypt.

2. In 1930, in the Uruguayan city of Montevideo, hosts Uruguay won the first World Cup, then called the Jules Rimet Trophy after beating Argentina 4-2. Uruguay’s goals were scored by Pablo Dorado, Pedro Cea, Santos Iriarte and Hector Castro.

3. In 1985, the recently ascended Ugandan military government of Tito Okello Lutwa offered Caleb Akandwanaho of the National Resistance Army (NRA) a seat on the military council, in a bid to persuade the NRA to join their government.


1. 1947 – Arnold Schwarzenegger, American movie actor and former Governor of the State of California in the United States of America.

2. 1949 – Kiddu Makubuya, former minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister and former Attorney general from 2005 to 2011.

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