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Why Moi Day was scrapped and other October 10 events


October 10, 1978 is the day Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi ascended to power, succeeding the founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

In 1989, celebrations were held across the country to celebrate the longest serving President, Daniel Moi’s 10 years in power. Moi day was gazetted as a national holiday until 2010 when the new constitution came into place, making it a normal work day.

Here are other events that happened on October 10:

680 – The grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Husayn ibn Ali is decapitated in the battle of Karbala.

1970 – Fiji attains independence, ending 96 years of British rule.

1986 – Shimon Peres resigns as the Israeli Prime Minister. He was the first person to have served as both Prime Minister and President of the Jewish State.

2005 – The second President of Uganda, Milton Obote dies of kidney failure in a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2014 – Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize, beating Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Pope Francis and President Vladimir Putin.

2015 – Bombing at a peace rally in Ankara Turkey, killing at least 95.

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