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Shimla, Jan 2020 American basketball player Kobe Bryant—who was considered one of the sport's greatest players, winning five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers—died in a helicopter crash at the age of...

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Shimla, Jan. 25 2017 American actress Mary Tyler Moore, who helped redefine the portrayal of women on TV with her roles in the comedies The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66) and The Mary...

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Shimla, Jan 24 2003 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security came into being as Tom Ridge was sworn in as the agency's first secretary. 1993 American lawyer and civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall, who was...

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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 2004 NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit landed on Mars to study the chemical and physical composition of the planet's surface. 2001 Hillary Clinton was sworn in as a U.S. senator from New York, having...

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2011 The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) debuted on television. 1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, eliminating most tariffs and other trade barriers on products and services passing between the...

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Shimla, Dec. 31 2019 The World Health Organization first learned of “viral pneumonia” cases in Wuhan, China; the disease was later determined to be COVID-19, which became a global pandemic the following year. 2004 Taipei...

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Shimla, Dec 28 2016 American actress and singer Debbie Reynolds died, a day after the sudden and unexpected death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who was a noted actress and writer. 2008 The Detroit Lions...

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Shimla, Dec. 27 Keekli Bureau 2015 American painter, sculptor, and printmaker Ellsworth Kelly—who was a leading exponent of the hard-edge style, in which abstract contours are sharply and precisely defined—died in Spencertown, New...

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Shimla, Dec. 27 Keekli Bureau   Today Boxing Day Boxing Day is celebrated as a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. 2006 American politician Gerald R. Ford—who was the 38th...

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Shimla, Dec. 25 2006 American singer and songwriter James Brown, known as “the Godfather of Soul,” died at the age of 73.Test your knowledge of music 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned the presidency of the Soviet...

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Shimla, Dec. 24 2008 English playwright Harold Pinter, who achieved international renown—and was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature—as one of the most complex and challenging post-World War II dramatists, died at...