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Shimla, March 2015 American architect and designer Michael Graves, who was one of the principal figures of the postmodernist movement, died at age 80. 2009 American hedge-fund investment manager Bernie Madoff pled guilty to various...

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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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2010 American director Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director, for The Hurt Locker (2008). 1999 American director and writer Stanley Kubrick—whose iconic films are characterized by...

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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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2009 President João Bernardo Vieira of Guinea-Bissau was assassinated by government soldiers, following years of unrest between Vieira and the military. 1999 British singer Dusty Springfield—who made her mark during the 1960s beat boom...

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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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2012 National debates about racism and racial profiling ensued after Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager returning from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida, was fatally shot by a neighbourhood-watch volunteer,...

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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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2018 American evangelist Billy Graham—whose large-scale preaching missions, known as crusades, and friendship with numerous U.S. presidents brought him to international prominence—died at age 99. 1995 American businessman and adventurer Steve Fossett became the...

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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. 2016 Egyptian scholar and statesman Boutros Boutros-Ghali—who, as UN secretary-general (1992–96), vigorously supported UN mediation in post-Cold War strife and oversaw lengthy and difficult peacekeeping operations in several war-torn countries—died at...