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2019 More than 1.5 million students participated in climate change protests around the world as part of Fridays for Future, a movement started by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. 2011 Antigovernment protests were held...

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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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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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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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2001 -- Australian cricketer Don Bradman, one of the greatest run scorers in the history of the game and often judged the greatest player of the 20th century, died at the...

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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...

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2008 More than five months after his single-engine airplane went missing in Nevada, American adventurer Steve Fossett was legally declared dead; his body was recovered later in the year. 1989 Under President Mikhail Gorbachev,...

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Shimla, Feb Today Today is Valentine's Day, the feast day of St. Valentine, a priest and physician who was martyred about 270 ce in Rome, and the tradition of exchanging greetings of love...

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Shimla, Feb 2016 American jurist Antonin Scalia—who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, becoming well known for his strong legal conservatism—died in Shafter, Texas. 2008 Australian Prime Minister...

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Shimla, Feb 2012 American rhythm-and-blues singer Whitney Houston—who emerged as a pop superstar in the 1980s, especially known for her soaring voice—died at age 48. 2011 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after nearly 30...

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Shimla, Feb. 2002 Princess Margaret—who, as King George VI's second daughter and the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, struggled to balance her independent spirit with her duties as a member of Britain's...