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2020 The World Health Organization declared that the COVID-19 outbreak was a pandemic. 2006 Chilean politician Michelle Bachelet became the first woman to serve as the country's president as she was sworn into office. 2004 Madrid...

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  American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote—who evoked American life in beautifully observed minimal stories and was perhaps best known for his adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird—died in Connecticut. 1982 Canadian jurist Bertha...

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2015 American actor Leonard Nimoy—who was best known for his portrayal of the stoic, cerebral Mr. Spock in the sci-fi TV and film franchise Star Trek—died at age 83. 2008 American editor and author...

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2020 -- American mathematician Katherine Johnson—whose trailblazing work at NASA became known to a wide audience through the book Hidden Figures and its film adaptation (both 2016)—died at age 101. 2020 American film producer...

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2014 Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was impeached following widespread protests after he abandoned an association agreement with the European Union; he fled the country and was later accused of embezzlement. 2011 After enduring more...

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2019 German fashion designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld—the creative power behind the modern revival of Chanel, the legendary French fashion house founded by Coco Chanel in the early 20th century—died in Paris. 2016 American...

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Shimla, Feb. 10 2014 American actress and diplomat Shirley Temple—who cheered Depression-era moviegoers when she was a dimple-cheeked curly-haired child star and the top Hollywood box-office attraction from 1935 to 1939—died in California. 2005 Arthur...

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Shimla, Jan 2002 Swedish children's writer Astrid Lindgren—who was best known for her works involving Pippi Longstocking, a freckle-faced red-haired nine-year-old who incarnates every child's dream of freedom and power—died in Stockholm. 1958 Godtfred Kirk...

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Shimla, Jan 2018 American writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who was best known for tales of science fiction and fantasy imbued with concern for character development and language, died at the age of...

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Shimla, Jan. 21 2017 Demonstrations, known collectively as the Women's March, were held throughout the world to support gender equality, civil rights, and other issues that were expected to face challenges under newly...

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Shimla, Jan 2017 After an unexpected victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, Republican Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. 2001 Amid a corruption scandal that...

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Shimla, Dec.15 Keekli Bureau 2011 The Iraq War officially ended as the United States formally declared that its mission in the country was over. 2001 The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened in Pisa, Italy, after...