What’s Happening Today?
World Environment Day. World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5 June every year and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging from environmental issues to marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.
Liberation Day (Seychelles). The 5th of June is Liberation Day in Seychelles. This year is the 30th anniversary of the day in 1977 when the country was “liberated” from the government installed by the British less than one year before.
This is a day to commemorate those who fought for freedom in Seychelles and also to celebrate the citizens’ own freedom in the country.
What Happened Today?
1. In 1981, the first recognized case of AIDS was reported in the United States of America. This followed the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which reported that five people in Los Angeles, California, had a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, which later turned out to be AIDS,
2. In 2000, the six-day war between Ugandan and Rwandan armed forces in Kisangani, DR Congo, began. The brutal confrontation has no known particular cause but it is believed by many that the two armies were fighting for control of the rich mineral resources in DR Congo. The war also destroyed large parts of Kisangani City and cut off water and power supplies.
3. In 2017, six Arab countries Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilizing the region by sponsoring terrorism.
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