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KIU Trivia: May 12 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

International Nurses Day. Today is International Nurses Day and it is marked by the World Health Organization (WHO) to highlight the importance of nurses in the healthcare continuum and thank them for what they do. The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Nursing the World to Health”.

Today, nurses are at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, providing high quality and respectful treatment and care. We should all join the rest of the world to celebrate these healthcare heroes.

International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day. We all get some fatigue whenever we work very hard. Be at your day job or gardening at home or even doing some exercise. But we shrug off the fatigue after getting some rest, having a cold shower or a cool drink.

However, there are some people who get extreme fatigue symptoms like chronic muscle and joint pain, cognitive problems and others. This day is for raising awareness about this condition, which is called chronic fatigue syndrome.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1980, the Military Commission headed by Paulo Muwanga took control of the government, making him the de facto President of Uganda. This followed the deposition of President Godfrey Binaisa, who was removed from power by the Military Commission on May 11th, 1980.

2. In 1982, Spanish Priest Juan Maria Fernandez y Krohn attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II during a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal. The priest, who was wielding a bayonet, opposed the reforms initiated by the second Vatican council and believed that the Pope was a Soviet agent. The Pope escaped with minor injuries.

3. In 2008, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked China, leaving 69,000 people dead. Another 18,000 people went missing and 4.8 million were left homeless. It was the second deadliest earthquake in China’s modern history after the 1976 Tangshan earthquake which killed over 240,000 people.