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KIU Trivia: September 29 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

World Heart Day. World Heart Day is meant to spread awareness about taking care of our hearts and to use the heart to beat cardiovascular disease, which can only happen when one brings about changes in their lifestyle and inculcate healthy eating habits among other things. 

Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects), among others. This Day is meant to spread awareness about these conditions.

Confucius Day. It honours one of the world's greatest philosophers. Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. 

What Happened Day?

In 1941, the  Babi Yar massacre happened. About 33,000 Soviet Jews were killed at the Babi Yar ravine in Kiev by the Nazis in a two-day massacre. The massacre was the largest mass killing under the auspices of the Nazi regime and its collaborators during its campaign against the Soviet Union[4] and has been called "the largest single massacre in the history of the Holocaust" to that particular date.

In 1972, the first Canadian Satellite was launched. Canada launched its first-ever satellite, Alouette 1, on this day from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, United States. A joint venture between NASA and Defence Research and Development Canada, the satellite was sent to study the Earth's ionosphere.

In 1994, the MS Estonia sank. MS Estonia, a passenger and car ferry, sank in the Baltic Sea killing more than 800 passengers. It is considered to be the worst maritime peacetime disaster of the 20th century.


1. 1936 – Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian Prime Minister.

2. 1980 – Peter Miles, Ugandan musician.

Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday & bornglorious

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