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KIU Trivia: May 19 in the Present and the Past

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What’s Happening Today? 

Greek Genocide Remembrance Day. The Greek Genocide was the systematic killing of the Christian Ottoman Greek population carried out in Anatolia during World War I and its aftermath, on the basis of their faith and ethnicity. It was instigated by the government of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish National government against the indigenous Greek population of the empire, and it included massacres and forced deportations.

Malcolm X Day (United States of America). This is an American Holiday in honour of Malcolm X which celebrates the civil rights leader. He is most common for his strong and controversial black racial advocacy, and for his time spent as the vocal spokesperson of the Nation of Islam.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1848, Mexico ratified the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the Mexican-American war. According to the terms of the treaty, Mexico surrendered California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other current US states for $ 15 million.

2. In 1950, Egypt closed the Suez Canal to Israeli ships and commerce. This action led to the second Arab-Israeli War when Israel, the United Kingdom and France invaded Egypt to force the removal of Gamel Abdel Nasser who had nationalized the canal.

3. In 2018, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel Windsor, which was followed by an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion people worldwide. The couple has since absconded from royal duties, relocating to Canada.



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