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KIU Trivia: July 5th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Independence Day (Algeria). It is a National Holiday in Algeria commemorating Algeria's independence from France on July 5, 1962, following The Algerian War of Independence which began in November 1954. Though French President Charles De Gaulle pronounced Algeria an independent country on 3 July, Algerian leaders declared 5 July, the anniversary of the French arrival in Algiers, to be Independence Day.

Independence Day (Cape Verde). It commemorates the country's independence from Portugal on this day in 1975.  In 1974 the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) and Portugal signed an agreement providing for a transitional government composed of Portuguese and Cape Verdeans. On June 30th, 1975, Cape Verdeans elected a National Assembly which received the instruments of independence from Portugal on July 5th, 1975.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1687, Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, commonly referred to as simply, the Principia. The Principia states Newton's laws of motion, forming the foundation of classical mechanics; Newton's law of universal gravitation; and a derivation of Johannes Kepler's laws of planetary motion (which Kepler had first obtained empirically) and is considered one of the most important works in the history of science.

2.    In 1954, The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) broadcast its first television news bulletin.

3.    In 2014, local Ugandan militiamen attacked three government police stations and a military barracks in Kasese district, resulting in the deaths of more than 60 militiamen, five soldiers, three policemen, and nine civilians. 


1.    1950 – Maggie Kigozi, Ugandan businesswoman who is a former Executive Director of Uganda Investment Authority (UIA)and mother to Ugandan rapper Navio.

2.    1952 – Muruuli Mukasa, Minister of Public Service in the Uganda Cabinet.

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