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KIU Trivia: November 28 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

Republic Day (Burundi). People of Burundi annually celebrate Republic Day on November 28. This holiday commemorates the anniversary of the 1966 coup, overthrowing Prince Ntare V. Burundi gained independence from France in 1962, establishing a constitutional monarchy. Both the Tutsi and the Hutu peoples were represented in the parliament, that only contributed to political instability and ethnic tensions. The ruling King Mwami Mwambutsa IV was deposed by his son Prince Ntare V in 1966. The second coup was made on November 28, 1966, and the Tutsi Prime Minister Michel Micombero overthrew Ntare. Micombero abolished the monarchy and proclaimed Burundi to be a republic. 

Independence Day (Mauritania). This Day commemorates independence from France on November 28th 1960. Like the other French territories in the region, Mauritania became increasingly autonomous after the end of the second world war. It became self-governing in 1958 and on November 28th 1960 it gained full independence from France, with Nouakchott as its capital and Moktar Ould Daddah as the first president.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1943, the Tehran Conference between the US, the UK and the Soviet Union began at the Soviet Embassy in Tehran. The conference dealt with the Axis powers in Europe and Asia and made plans to open up a second front against the Germans in France during WW II.

2. In 1964, NASA launched Mariner 4, the first spacecraft to make a flyby of Mars. The spacecraft was the first one to send images of a planet back to Earth.

3. In 1967, the first pulsar, rapidly spinning neutron magnetized stars that emit radiation, was observed, Graduate student Jocelyn Bell and her advisor Antony Hewish at Cambridge University were the first people to observe and discover pulsars. Pulsars.


1. 1958 – Vincent Ssempijja, Cabinet Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in the Ugandan Cabinet.

2. 1984 – Trey Songz, American musician.

Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday, bornglorious and

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