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KIU Trivia: September 2 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

National Day (Vietnam). This is a national holiday in Vietnam observed on September 2, commemorating President Hồ Chí Minh reading the Declarations of independence of Vietnam at Ba Đình Square in Hanoi on 2 September 1945. It is the country's National Day. 

The Japanese occupied Vietnam during World War II but allowed the French to remain and exert some influence. At the war's end in August 1945, a power vacuum was created in Vietnam. Capitalizing on this, the Việt Minh launched the "August Revolution" across the country to seize government offices. Emperor Bảo Đại abdicated on 25 August 1945, ending the Nguyễn dynasty. On 2 September 1945, at Ba Đình Square, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Viet Minh, declared Vietnam's independence under the new name of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN) in a speech that invoked the United States Declaration of Independence and the French Revolution's Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

Victory Over Japan Day (USA). It is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end after Japan signed a surrender document.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1666, a fire ravished the city of London. Also known as the Great Fire of London, the fire broke out in a bakery and raged for 4 days destroying the houses of most inhabitants of the city.

2. In 1752, the U.K. adopted the Gregorian Calendar. The calendar, also sometimes known as the Western Calendar, is one of the most widely used calendars today. Prior to the switch, Britain and its territories followed the Julian Calendar. Due to the change, the British lost 11 days when September 2 was followed by September 14.

3. In 2000, LRA rebels killed 10 individuals in the district of Kitgum in Northern Uganda during the long standing rebellion of the Joseph Kony-led LRA against the government of Uganda. 


1. 1940 – Laeticia Kikonyogo, Ugandan Judge

2. 1986 – Moses Ndiema Kipsiro, Ugandan 5,000 M, 10,000 M and Marathon runner and former Commonwealth Games double champion.

Sources: Wikipedia, bornglorious and

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