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


What’s Happening Today?

World Lymphoma Awareness Day. It is held on September 15th every year and is a day dedicated to raising awareness of lymphoma, an increasingly common form of cancer. It is a global initiative hosted by the Lymphoma Coalition (LC), a non-profit network organization of 83 lymphoma patient groups from 52 countries around the world. WLAD was initiated in 2004 to raise public awareness of both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in terms of symptom recognition, early diagnosis and treatment.

International Day of Democracy. In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy—with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy—and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

What Happened Today?

1.    In 1952, the UN decided to federate Eritrea to Ethiopia, hoping to reconcile Ethiopian claims of sovereignty and Eritrean aspirations for independence. A decade later, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie dissolved the federation and annexed Eritrea, triggering a thirty year armed struggle in Eritrea.

2.    In 1972, an estimated 10,000 government troops of the Idi Amin regime defeated an invasion from Tanzania of supporters and loyalists of former President Apollo Milton Obote, who numbered around 1,000.

3.    In 1978, American boxer Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Following his victory, Ali retired from boxing, only to make a brief comeback two years later.


1.    1944 – President Yoweri Museveni.

2.    1984 – Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and sixth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom.

Sources: Wikipedia, & Global Policy Forum

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