What’s Happening Today?
Eid Al-Adha. Muslims around the world today celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha - the Festival of Sacrifice - which falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Muslim lunar calendar. Eid al-Adha is the second major Muslim festival after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II’s Coronation Anniversary. The kingdom and subjects of Buganda celebrate the coronation anniversary of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, who ascended to the throne on July 31, 1993, at Buddo. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration has been dubbed a “scientific coronation anniversary”.
World Ranger Day. It is celebrated worldwide on July 31 to commemorate Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the planet's natural treasures and cultural heritage. As Africa as a whole and Uganda, in particular, try to fight against poaching to protect the continued existence of some African species like the African White Rhino, we should celebrate our game rangers and encourage them to thwart whoever is engaged in poaching so that we can protect the quality of our tourism industry.
What Happened Today?
1. In 1981, the first female president of the US National Bar Association was appointed. Arnette R. Hubbard became the first woman to preside over the US National Bar Association, the country's largest group of association of African-American lawyers and judges.
2. In 2006, long-time Cuban leader and revolutionary Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother Raul Castro. This followed Fidel Castro’s operation from an undisclosed digestive illness. He died on November 25, 1996, in Havana, Cuba.
3. In 2012, American swimmer Michael Phelps broke the world record set in 1964 by Larisa Latynina for the most medals won at the Olympic Games during the London Olympics. Ukrainian Latynina, who was a gymnast, had won a total of 18 medals but Phelps broke this record and went on to set a still-standing record of 28 medals at the Olympic Games.
1. 1962 – Wesley Snipes, American actor, director, film producer, author and martial artist. He is famous for movies including the Blade series and Undisputed.
2. 1964 - Nyombi Thembo, Ugandan economist and politician. Also former State Minister for Information Technology in the Ugandan Cabinet.
Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday & bornglorious.com