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KIU Trivia: September 23 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

National Day (Saudi Arabia). It is celebrated in Saudi Arabia on every September 23 to commemorate the renaming of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by a royal decree from King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud in 1932. It was made a national holiday by King Abdullah in 2005.

Holocaust Memorial Day (Lithuania). In Lithuania, Holocaust Memorial Day is observed on September 23 to commemorate the victims of the destruction of Vilnius ghetto, murdered in Paneriai – a Lithuanian city 10km away from the capital city - in 1943. In 1994, the 23rd of September was declared the National Memorial Day for the Genocide of Lithuanian Jews, and it has been commemorated every year since. 

What Happened Today?

1. In 1889, Nintendo – the Japanese gaming company – was founded. It was created by entrepreneur Fusajiro Yamauchi as a card company called Nintendo Koppai, which was based in Kyoto. The company originally produced and sold playing cards called Hanafuda. The release of Donkey Kong, an arcade game in 1981, brought Nintendo to the forefront of electronic and video games industry.

2. In 1965, the Indo-Pakistani war came to an end after a UN-mandated ceasefire. Also known as the Second Kashmiri War, the war was fought between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir.

3. In 2019, the British travel company, Thomas Cook Group, declared bankruptcy, leaving employees without jobs and 600,000 customers stranded abroad. Hotels throughout the world are stuck with £3.5 million (U.S. $4.3 million) in unpaid bills. Before failing to secure $249 million in emergency funding from the government, Thomas Cook was one of the oldest and most respected travel firms in the world.


1. 1973 – Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Ugandan journalist and politician. He is the member of Parliament representing Kira municipality in the 10th Parliament.

2. 1977 -Judith Babirye, Ugandan gospel musician and politician and Woman Member of Parliament for Buikwe district.

3. 1980 – Zari Hassan (in the picture), Ugandan socialite and businesswoman.

Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday and

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