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KIU Trivia: October 20 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World Statistics Day. The third World Statistics Day will be celebrated around the globe today with the theme “Connecting the world with data we can trust.” This theme reflects the importance of trust, authoritative data, innovation and the public good in national statistical systems. The celebration of World Statistics Day 2020 is a global collaborative endeavour, organized under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission.

World Osteoporosis Day. It is observed annually on October 20 and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. 

What Happened Today?

1. In 1961, the Iteso people living in Kenya at the border with Uganda wrote to the new colonial secretary Mr. Maudling, demanding that they be allowed to secede to Uganda. The people wanted to join the remainder of the tribe who lived in Uganda so that they could work under the same local and central government.

2. In 1962, war broke out between India and China. The month-long border dispute began after the Chinese launched a two-pronged attack on the border between the two countries. During the duration of hostilities, China and India did not officially declare war on each other nor cut off any diplomatic ties. The conflict ended with China taking control of Aksai Chin and both countries accepting a de facto border along what is now known as Line of Control.

3. In 2011, Muammar Gaddafi was Captured. The deposed leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, was captured by the National Transitional Council Forces. He was killed by the troops soon after.


1. 1964 – Kamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election. 

2. 1966 - Kabakumba Masiko, former Minister of the Presidency in the Ugandan Cabinet. 

Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday, & UN

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