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KIU Trivia: October 28 in the Present and the Past


What’s Happening Today?

 International Animation Day (IAD). It is an international observance proclaimed in 2002 by the International Animated Film Association as the main global event to celebrate the art of animation. This day commemorates the first public performance of Charles-Émile Reynaud's Théâtre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, 1892. In 1895, the Cinematograph of the Lumière brothers outshone Reynaud's invention, driving Émile to bankruptcy. However, his public performance of animation entered the history of optical entertainments as shortly predating the camera-made movies.

Prefectural Earthquake Disaster Prevention Day (Japan). Earthquake Disaster Prevention Day in the Japanese prefecture of Gifu is observed annually on October 28. It was established to commemorate the victims of the disastrous Mino–Owari earthquake that occurred on October 28, 1891.

Japan is situated in a volcanic zone of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which results in high seismic activity in a region. Every year, over a thousand earthquakes are recorded in Japan, some of them with magnitudes 4 to 6. Minor tremors in different parts of the country occur almost every day, and most people don’t even pay much attention to them. Due to frequent earthquakes, Japan is the world leader in earthquake prognosis and consequence management.

What Happened Today?

1. In 1995, a fire broke out between two Metro Stations in Baku, Azerbaijan, killing over 300 people.Thought to be one of the deadliest subway disasters in history, the fire started as a result of old and faulty wiring. Over 300 people traveling in a train between Ulduz and Narimanov stations in Azerbaijan’s capital city were killed as smoke filled the subway tunnels.

2. In 1999, The Electricity Bill was passed. This Bill paved way for the licensing of private companies to generate, distribute and sell electricity in Uganda. The Parliament Speaker Edward Sekandi announced the Bill on the floor of Parliament.

3. In 2007, Argentina elected its first female President. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner won the elections with over 45% of all votes cast. She was re-elected to office again in 2011, this time with over 50% of the votes cast. Kirchner was not the first woman to serve as Argentina’s president, but she was the first one to be elected. Isabel Martínez de Perón served as the country’s head of state after her husband, President Juan Perón, died in office. When she was sworn in to replace her husband on July 1, 1974, she then became the first woman to be a president of any country to date.


1.     1955 – Bill Gates, American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. 

2. 1957 – Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity.

Sources: Wikipedia, checkiday &

Picture credit: Time Magazine