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KIU Trivia: July 8 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Math 2.0 Day. Math 2.0 Day celebrates math and technology, specifically the intersection between the two. On the day, mathematicians, educators, innovators, and policymakers come together to celebrate and also to raise awareness about math literacy and education. Mathematics and technology are part of everyday life—the symbiosis between them benefits our lives in areas such as transportation, construction, and entertainment. Because of its great importance to our lives, we celebrate this relationship today.

Be A Kid Again Day. This is a day dedicated to looking at the world as though you were still a child. It is a day to remember the simple things in life from your childhood. As adults, we worry so much about how others perceive us, and we many times don’t slow down to enjoy the moment. It’s a day to not worry as much and to just go with the flow. With the stress coming with the COVID-19 lockdown, it might help a little bit if you let go and did some childish things like showering in the rain.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1497, Vasco da Gama set off on a voyage to India from Lisbon with 4 ships. A year later, he reached the city of Calicut in southern India and became the first European to set foot in India by way of the sea.

2. In 1777, Vermont abolished slavery. Vermont adopted its constitution that abolished slavery, becoming the first region in the now United States to abolish slavery. The constitution was adopted after Vermont declared independence from the British Empire.

3. In 1994, Kim Jong-il took office as the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Popularly known as "Dear Leader" in his country, Kim Jong-il took North Korea's highest office after the death of his father, Kim Il-sung. He ruled the country with an iron fist until his death in 2011, when his son, Kim Jong-un took his place. Kim Jong-il's tenure was marred by widespread human rights violations and severe famine in the country.


1. 1839 -  John D. Rockefeller, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil Company.

2. 1991 - Virgil van Dijk, Dutch footballer and Liverpool defender. He’s credited as being one of the key contributors to Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years.

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