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KIU Trivia: September 13th in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

International Chocolate Day. It celebrates chocolate, the sweet treat that is made from the cocoa bean. The National Confectioners Association lists the day as being celebrated on September 13, which fittingly happens to be the birthday of Milton S. Hershey, the founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company. Chocolate comes from a bean called Theobroma cacao.

Positive Thinking Day. Positive Thinking Day is an unofficial holiday observed annually in many cultures and groups on September 13. The day is meant for just one thing - put everything aside and concentrate on all things positive in life.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1962, an appeals court ordered the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the segregated university.

2.    In 1996, American rapper Tupac Shakur died, six days after an unknown gunman in a white Cadillac shot him four times in the chest at a stoplight in Las Vegas. A Los Angeles Times investigation determined that uncooperative witnesses and minimal pursuit of gang-related leads resulted in what remains an unsolved homicide case.

3.    In 2014, the Ugandan security and intelligence services, with the assistance of the United States, identified and foiled a major terrorist attack in Kampala. They recovered suicide vests, improvised explosive devices, and small arms, and they arrested 19 people who were suspected to have had links to al-Shabaab. This attack could have been as substantial as the attack in Nairobi during the previous year at Westgate Mall. 


1.    1969 – Tyler Perry, American actor and movie director popular for creating and performing the Madea character.

2.    1984 – Jackie Chandiru – Ugandan artiste who is a former member of the now-defunct Blu 3 all-girl singing group.

Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday,, and

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