Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. The holiday is recognized by leaders around the World coming together to fight corruption. Or perhaps they are all corrupt and simply needed an explanation for what goes on during those closed-door meetings.
Corruption Facts and Figures (we tried to find accurate info but some of the sources were corrupt!):
- An estimated $1 Trillion in bribes are exchanged in the US each year.
- 25% of African states’ GDP is lost to corruption each year.
- 50% – estimated percentage of health funds that actually make it to Ghana each year.
- $50 billion – estimated amount of money deposited into offshore accounts from corrupt US officials each year.
- $250 billion – estimated corrupts funds from other countries that are deposited in US banks each year.
- Wait, government is corrupt?
On this day, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked U.S. Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Those attacks led to a declaration of war against Japan by the United States.
Pearl Harbor aftermath
Pearl Harbor Interesting Facts:
- There were over 2403 casualties, and 1282 people were wounded.
- The last part of the decoded Japanese message stated that U.S. relations were to be severed.
- 18 U.S ships were hit.
- The Base’s fuel tanks were targeted by not hit.
- Over 180 aircraft were destroyed.
- The attack occurred on a Sunday morning while many people were still sleeping.
- 6 Japanese planes failed to launch.
Also On This Day:
- Jesse James committed his first confirmed bank robbery. It occurred in the Gallatin, Missouri.
- Instant reply is used for the first time during the Army-Navy game.
- The first execution by lethal injection in the United States took place in Texas.
- Happy Birthday: Terrell Owens – “Git your popcorn ready!”
- National Cotton Candy Day