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KIU Trivia: November 11 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Independence Day (Angola). The holiday was established to celebrate the anniversary of Angola's independence from Portugal on this date in 1975. 

End of World War I-related observances:

Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia)

National Independence Day (Poland), commemorates the anniversary of Poland's assumption of independent statehood in 1918

Remembrance Day (United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia and Canada)

Veterans Day, called Armistice Day until 1954, when it was rededicated to honour American military (Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force), veterans. (United States)

What Happened Today?

1. In 1926, numbered highways in the US were approved. Under this system, odd-numbered highways run north to south while even-numbered highways run east to west. Lower odd numbers are in the west, and higher odd number are in the east. Lower even numbers are in the south, and higher even numbers are in the north.

2. In 1965, Rhodesia, a region that is comprised of present-day Zimbabwe declared its freedom from the United Kingdom under the leadership of predominantly white leaders. It lasted for 14 years when it was renamed the Republic of Zimbabwe after being recognized by the UN and the UK.

3. In 1999, the House of Lords Act 1999 was passed. The act removed the right to a place in the House of Lords based on peerage and hereditary rights.


1. 1974 – Leonardo Di Caprio, multi-award-winning Hollywood actor.

2. 1989 – Sheebah Karungi.

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