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KIU Trivia: June 18th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Autistic Pride Day. Originally an Aspies for Freedom initiative, it is a pride celebration for autistic people held on June 18th each year. Autistic pride recognizes the importance of pride for autistic people and its role in bringing about positive changes in the broader society. Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behaviour.

Waterloo Day. Waterloo Day is June 18th, the date of the Battle of Waterloo, in 1815. It is remembered and celebrated each year by certain regiments of the British Army, in the same way that the Royal Navy celebrates Trafalgar Day.
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18th June 1815, near Waterloo in Belgium, part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands at the time. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition.

What Happened Today?

1.    On 18 June 1894, the British government declared that Uganda would come under British protection as a Protectorate. The Uganda Protectorate was established, and the territory was extended beyond the borders of Buganda to an area that roughly corresponds to that of present-day Uganda.

2.    In 1940 A speech by Charles de Gaulle sparked the French Resistance to German occupation. The Appeal of June 18, transmitted by radio from de Gaulle's exile in the United Kingdom, was pivotal in mobilizing the French after Germany had declared more than half of the country an occupied zone. On August 25, French and Allied troops liberated Paris.

3.    In 1948 The LP record was introduced. The 33⅓ rpm microgroove vinyl Long Playing record developed by Columbia Records soon became the music industry's standard medium. It allowed for a total playing time of 20 minutes per side.


1.    1853 – Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro., one of the strongest monarchs of all time in Africa.

2.    1948 – Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I (in the photo), current Omukama of Bunyoro Kingdom.

Sources: Wikipedia, &

Photo: Daily Monitor