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KIU Trivia: June 27 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Korean War Veterans Memorial Day (United States of America).  Each July 27 is "National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day and it honours those who fought in the Korean War of 1950.

Cross Atlantic Communication Day (USA).It marks the anniversary of the first sustained working telegraph cable between Europe and the Americas. Before 1866, it took ten days for a message to cross the Atlantic by ship.

An early form of the telegraph had been used in Germany as early as 1809, but it wasn’t until the 1830s that related crucial innovations made the invention commercially viable.

What Happened Today?

1. In1890, Vincent Van Gogh, the famed painter, shot himself in the chest. He died of his wounds two days later.

2. In 1985, Tito Okello Lutwa, a Ugandan military officer, successfully staged a coup against President Milton Obote. when an army brigade, composed mostly of ethnic Acholi troops and commanded by Lt. Gen. Bazilio Olara-Okello, took Kampala and proclaimed a military government. Obote fled to exile in Zambia. Lutwa was ousted by current president Yoweri Museveni 6 months later.

3. In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It was the 3rd time London had hosted the multi-event international sports event. The ceremony was called Isles of Wonder and was directed by Danny Boyle. This year’s Summer Olympics, scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan was not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


1. Savio Nsereko, Nichols Wadada and Milton Kariisa, all Ugandan footballers were born in 1989, 1994 and 1995 respectively.

2. In 1968, Jennifer Namuyangu, the State Minister for Local Government and former Woman MP for Paliisa district was born.

3. Triple H, real names Paul Michael Levesque, a former American Wrestler and businessman was born in 1969.

Sources: checkiday & Wikipedia

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