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KIU Trivia: October 15th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

International Day of Rural Women. On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women calls for action to support rural women and girls and grow their capacities to respond to climate change through agricultural production, food security, and natural resources management.

World Students Day. World Students' Day is celebrated every year on October 15 on former president APJ Abdul Kalam's birthday. The day is commemorated on his birth anniversary because Dr Kalam was a dedicated teacher and identified himself foremost in that role before anything else.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1793, Queen Marie Antoinette of France was tried and convicted of treason following the French Revolution of 1789. She was later guillotined (had her head severed).

2. In 1987, Thomas Sankara, the then President of Burkina Faso, was killed during a coup led by Blaise Compaoré. Sankara, viewed as one of the greatest statesmen in African history was overthrown in a bloody coup, in which 12 other officials of his government were massacred. Compaore went on to rule for 27 years before being toppled by mass protests in 2014.

3. In 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev, the then President of Russia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in lessening tensions during the Cold War, which had been raging on between the Soviet Union and the United States for decades.


1. 1988 – Mesut Ozil, German footballer who plays for Galatasaray F.C.

2. 1989 – Anthony Joshua, British heavyweight boxer, also former two-time heavyweight champion.

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