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KIU Trivia: June 30 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Independence Day (Democratic Republic of Congo). Independence Day is a public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), observed on June 30th each year. This day is the National Day of DR Congo and marks independence from Belgium in June 1960.

World Social Media Day. It was launched by Mashable on June 30, 2010. It was born as a way to recognize social media’s impact on global communication and to bring the world together to celebrate it. Everyone uses social media every day; it’s how we connect with people all over the world in a simple and fast way. Mashable is known to use social media to connect various cultures, movements, and fandoms, which is why they wanted a day to celebrate it.

 What Happened Today?

1.    In 1934, the Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler's violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, took place. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, urged on by Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler, ordered a series of political extrajudicial executions intended to consolidate his power and alleviate the concerns of the German military about the role of Ernst Röhm and the Sturmabteilung (SA), the Nazis' paramilitary organization, known colloquially as "Brownshirts." Nazi propaganda presented the murders as a preventive measure against an alleged imminent coup by the SA under Röhm – the so-called Röhm Putsch.

2.    In 1937, the world's first emergency telephone number, 999, was introduced in London. The number allows a caller to contact local emergency services for assistance. 

3.    In 2019, Donald Trump becomes the first sitting US President to visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).


1.    1966 – Mike Tyson, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.

2.    1985 – Michael Phelps, American swimmer who is the most decorated Olympian ever with 28 medals.

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