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KIU Trivia: May 4 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World Give Day. World Give Day is one day a year when people all over the world come together to support the causes they care about most. Whether you donate to your favourite non-profit, a person in your community or give some of your time, this day is a time to focus on giving back.

Many people are going without in this lockdown period. You can celebrate today by sharing any surplus you may have with a person in need.

International Respect for Chickens Day. May 4th is an annual project launched by United Poultry Concerns to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations. In fact, the entire month of May is International Chickens month.

Chicken is one of the most popular delicacies in the world but most of the time they face dire living conditions on farms. Please take this day to at least give your chicken house a thorough cleanup or do a vaccination exercise to celebrate our favourite bird.

International Firefighters Day. Today, we say “Thank you” to all the world’s firefighters for what they do to keep our communities safe. In Uganda, we have seen several tragic fire disasters like the Owino market fires, several school fires including the famous Budo Junior School fire on 16th, April 2008 which killed 19 pupils and the June 2013 Namungoona fuel tanker explosion which killed 33 people.

In one particular fateful incident, three firefighters died while trying to put out a fire caused by an exploded fuel tanker near Seeta, Mukono on March 9, 2010.

What Happened Today?

1. In 2014, two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) exploded on two buses in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 3 people and injuring 62. The attacks were widely believed to have been made by terrorist group Al-Shabaab, though the group never came forward to claim responsibility.

2. In 1959, the Grammy Award was presented for the first time. It is one of the most, if not the most prestigious award in the music industry. Some of the first winners included Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

3. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She went on to serve as Premier until 1990, making her the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century.