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KIU Trivia: June 23rd in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

International Widows Day. This is a United Nations ratified day of action to address the "poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries". The day takes place annually on 23 June. International Widows Day was established by The Loomba Foundation to raise awareness of the issue of widowhood. The significance of 23 June is that it was on that day in 1954 that Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, mother of the foundation's founder, Lord Loomba, became a widow.

United Nations Public Service Day. The UN Public Service Day was designated by a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2003, to “celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community”. The United Nations Economic and Social Council established that the United Nations Public Service Awards be bestowed on Public Service Day for contributions made to the cause of enhancing the role, prestige, and visibility of public service.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1894, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded. The IOC is responsible for organizing the Olympic Games and similar events. The committee was established at the initiative of French educator, Pierre de Coubertin.

2.    In 1931, Wiley Post and Harold Gatty started their record-breaking flight around the world. The American-Australian team was the first to circumnavigate the planet in a single-engine plane. After several stops, they returned to Roosevelt Field eight days later. They took nearly two weeks less than the previous record-holder, the German airship Graf Zeppelin.

3.    In 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. Just over half of the electorate voted for “Brexit”, Britain's exit from the EU. The UK had been part of the union since 1973.


   1.         1912 - Samson Kisekka, first Prime Minister of Uganda under the NRM regime from 1986 to 1991. He died in 1999.

   2.         1972 -  Zinedine Zidane, former French footballer and football manager.

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