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KIU Trivia: June 14th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World Blood Donor Day. WBDD is held on June 14 each year. The event was organized for the first time in 2005, by a joint initiative of the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. 

Malawi Freedom Day. It is a public holiday celebrating the end of the regime of Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda in 1994. After ruling the country for close to three decades as “life president”, growing domestic unrest and pressure from church leaders and the international community forced Banda to allow a public referendum. On June 14, 63% of voters opted to end one-party rule and Banda's regime in favor of democratic leadership. National elections were conducted on May 17, 1994, and the United Democratic Front candidate Bakili Muluzu won the presidency.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1157, the city of Munich in present-day Germany was founded by Henry the Lion. He also founded and developed numerous other cities in Northern Germany and Bavaria, a.o. Augsburg, Hildesheim, Stade, Kassel, Güstrow, Lüneburg, Salzwedel, Schwerin and Brunswick.

2.    In 1900, Hawaii became a United States territory.

3.    On 14 June 2017, a fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London. It caused 72 deaths, including those of two victims who later died in hospital. More than 70 others were injured and 223 people escaped. It was the deadliest structural fire in the United Kingdom since the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster and the worst UK residential fire since the Second World War.


1.    1926 - Che Guevara, Argentinian revolutionary, guerrilla leader and military strategist.

2.    1946 – Donald Trump, former President of the USA.

Source: Wikipedia

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