What’s Happening Today?
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This is a United Nations-sanctioned international holiday for the promotion of diversity issues. It is an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learning how to live together in harmony. The day was created as a result of the destruction of Buddha statues of Bamiyan in 2001.
Afro-Colombian Day (Colombia). It is an annual commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Colombia on May 21, 1851. It helps to show the natives the importance of the Afro population and the effect it has on the history of Colombia.
Afro-Colombian Day celebrates the artistic, intellectual and social contributions of Afro-Colombians in Colombia and on this day, people celebrate through food, music, art and local folklore.
What Happened Today?
1. In 1904, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) was founded in Paris. FIFA is the international governing body of association football, futsal, beach soccer and e-football. It is the highest governing body in football and is currently headed by Italian Gianni Infantino.
2. In 1991, Mengistu Haile Mariam, the President of Ethiopia fled the country, effectively bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end. The war was fought between the Ethiopian military junta government and Ethio-Eritrean anti-government rebels from 1974 to 1991 and it led to the death of 1.4 million people, a million of these from hunger and the rest from combat.
3. In 1996, the ferry, MV Bukoba, sank in Tanzanian waters in Lake Victoria, killing over 1,000 people. The ferry carried passengers and cargo between Mwanza and Bukoba with overcrowding believed to be the main reason for its sinking, which happened 56 kilometres off Mwanza in 25 meters of water.
1. 1972 – Notorious BIG, deceased American rapper.
2. 1986 – Mario Mandzukic, Croatian football player who plays for Juventus FC in Italy.