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KIU Trivia: May 31st in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). It is observed around the world every year on May 31st. This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the World Health Organization (WHO) is doing to fight against the use of tobacco, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day. Necrotizing Fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, is an infection that results in the death of parts of the body's soft tissue. It is a severe disease of sudden onset that spreads rapidly. Symptoms usually include red or purple skin in the affected area, severe pain, fever, and vomiting. This day is celebrated to raise awareness about the condition and its effects on those who are unfortunate to contract it.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1929, the Tulsa race massacre took place in the USA. Mobs of white residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US. It has been called "the single worst incident of racial violence in American history". The attack, carried out on the ground and from private aircraft, destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district—at that time the wealthiest black community in the United States, known as "Black Wall Street".

2.    In 1961, the Constitution of 1961 (formally the Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1961) was signed. This was the fundamental law of South Africa for two decades. Under the terms of the constitution, South Africa left the Commonwealth and became a republic. Legally, the Union of South Africa, which had existed since 1910, came to an end and was re-established as the "Republic of South Africa".

3.    In 2008, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt broke the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7 m/s) 9.72 seconds in New York. 


1.    1930 – Clint Eastwood, Hollywood actor and one of the best movie directors of all time.

2.    1976 – Colin Farell, Irish Hollywood actor.

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