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31/10/2022, Monday (+28,265) Lula da Silva won the Brazilian presidential elections, defeating Jair Bolonaro by 50.9% to 49.1% of the vote.

24/10/2022, Monday (+28,258) Rishi Sunak became Tory Prime Minister, uncontested after Boris Johnson pulled out and Penny Mordaunt failed to reached the 100 MP backers threshold as set by the Tory Party to ensure a swift succession.

20/10/2022, Thursday (+28,254) UK Tory Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned after just 44 days in office, saying her manifesto was now �undeliverable�, as global economic and political uncertainty continued, with deep splits in her own Party.

8/10/2022, Saturday (+28,242) The bridge linking Crimea to Russia, built 2018, was blown up

4/10/2022, Tuesday (+28,238)

27/9/2022, Tuesday (+28,231) (1) �Voting� was completed in rigged referendums in four regions of Ukraine occupied by Russia. Predictably the result was for annexation of these regions by Russia, enabling President Putin to claim that the territories were now part of Russia.

(2) NASA collided a space probe with the asteroid Dimorphos, to see if an asteroid threatening to hit Earth could be diverted this way.

25/9/2022, Sunday (+28,229) In Italian elections, the country�s first female Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, was elected, leading the Rightist anti-immigrant Brothers of Italy Party.

17/9/2022, Saturday (+28,221) Ethnic tension between Hindus and Muslims in Leicester, UK, began to mount after an India vs Pakistan cricket match which India won. Underlying causes included a rise in Indian nationalism.

16/9/2022, Friday (+28,220) Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman, died in police custody after being arrested for not wearing the hijab. Following her death, several tens of people died in rioting across Iran.

8/9/2022, Thursday (+28,212) Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral. Charles became King.

6/9/2022, Tuesday (+28,210) Liz Truss became the new UK Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, having defeated Rishi Sunak in a poll of Tory Party members.

2/9/2022, Friday (+28,206) Frank Drake, who developed the Drake equation for estimating the number of alien civilisations in the Milky Way, died aged 92.

30/8/2022, Tuesday (+28,203) (1) Pakistan had seen, over the previous two months, the heaviest rainfall on record and now 72 of its 2160 districts were flood disaster zones.

(2) Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the USSR who oversaw its break up, died aged 91 (born 2/3/1931)

19/7/2022, Tuesday (+28,182) Southern and western Europe experienced a severe heatwave lasting several days with record temperatures seen in Greece, Spain, France and the UK. The UK saw a new record temperature of 40.3 C at Coningsby, Lincolnshire, and saw a record minimum overnight high temperature of 25.9 C at Elmley Moor, Yorkshire. There were severe wildfires in SW France, Spain, the UK and other countries.

8/7/2022, Friday (+28,171) Shinzo Abe, former Japanese PM, was shot and killed by a disaffected Japanese naval veteran.

7/7/2022, Thursday (+28,170) UK PM Boris Johnson announced his resignation, after a large number of resignations from his Cabinet. He faced further sleaze allegations over his Chief Whip, Christopher Pincher, as well as economic issues. Boris said he would remain in post until October, when a new leader would be elected.

5/7/2022, Tuesday (+28,168)

24/6/2022, Friday (+28,157) The US Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade. This meant there was no longer a Federal right to abortion across the US; individual States were now free to choose whether to permit or outlaw the procedure. Around half the States were on course to ban abortion, with the rest still allowing it.

23/6/2022, Thursday (+28,156) In the UK the Conservatives were badly beaten in two by elections. They lost Wakefield, a �red wall� seat, back to Labour, and Honiton, Devon, went to the Liberal Democrats, having been a safe Tory seat.

21/6/2022, Tuesday (+28,154) A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan., killing 1,000.

6/6/2022, Monday (+28,139) UK PM Boris Johnson won, but unimpressively, a No Confidence vote by 211 votes to 148; 41% of his MPs voted against him. He faced issues of Partygate, and the UK economy was also facing issues such as high inflation, soaring energy food and fuel process, and supply chain issues.

5/6/2022, Sunday (+28,138) A four-day holiday to mark Queen Elizabeth�s Platinum Jubilee (70th anniversary) concluded with street parties and festivities.

24/5/2022, Tuesday (+28,126) London�s Elizabeth Line opened. It runs from reading to Shenfield, although passengers initially have to change at Paddington.

24/4/2022, Sunday (+28,096) In the final round of the French Presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron won by 58.5% to Marine le Pen�s 41.5%; turnout was just 71.9%, the lowest since 1969. The 2017 result was 66.1% Macron to 33.9% le Pen.

3/4/2022, Sunday (+28,089) In Hungary, Viktor Orban�s Populist Party, Fidesz, won the elections. It secured half the vote but two thirds of Parliamentary seats.

21/3/2022, Monday (+28,076) A China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 fell steeply out of the sky near Guangzhou killing all 132 on board. The reason for the steep descent and crash into a mountain was initially unknown.

17/3/2022, Thursday (+28,072) The ferry company P&O sacked 800 staff by video call and replaced them with staff paid just �1.80 an hour.Few days later after widespread outrage, P&O offered a compensation package to sacked workers.

9/3/2022, Wednesday (+28,064) Refugees from Ukraine now numbered 2.3 million. 1.4m had gone to Poland, 214,000 to Hungary, 97,000 to Russia, 83,000 to Moldova, 85,000 to Romania, 165,000 to Slovakia, and 260,000 to other European countries.

5/3/2022, Saturday (+28,060) Refugees from Ukraine now numbered 1.5 million. 923,000 had gone to Poland, 228,000 had gone to Romania, and 164,000 to Hungary. Others had gone to Slovakia, Moldova and Russia.

2/3/2022, Wednesday (+28,057) Russian forces had now occupied border areas of Ukraine in the north, north-east, east and in the south near The Crimea. Kherson was in Russian hands and Mariupol nearly so, as Russia forged a land bridge to Crimea along the Sea of Azov coastline/ However Putin�s advance was much slower than anticipated, due to fourerrors of judgement, 1) The Ukrainians did not welcome Russian troops as liberators form a neo-Nazi regime, 2) Russian troops were less than willing to fight against fellow Slavs, 3) The resistance of Ukraine, backed by the West, was greater than anticipated, and 4) Russia�s invasion produced a greater backlash and Western unity than Putin anticipated, with impetus towards Finland and Sweden joining NATO. 875,000 Ukrainian refuges had fled the country to this date, a number that had almost doubled again by 5 March.

1/3/2022, Tuesday (+28,056) UN support for Russia in opposing a vote �deploring the Russian invasion of Ukraine� was somewhat lukewarm, with just a handful of countries (Belarus, Eritrea, Syria, North Korea) voting with Russia against the resolution, and some, including Russia�s ally China, also India, abstaining. Many countries supported the resolution.

28/2/2022, Monday (+28,055) (1) Western countries imposed a range of sanctions on Russia and Belarus, including travel and flight bans, ejection from the Swift banking system, export boycotts, exclusion from international Games, and pull-outs by Western companies. Russian interest rates quickly rose from 9.5% to 20%.

(2) Singapore maintained an ambiguous position on gay rights when, this day, its Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by three gay rights activists against the constitutionality pf section 377a of the penal code, a colonial-era law that criminalises sex between men, punishable by up to 2 years prison. The Judges avoided the issue of constitutionality by stating that the Court had to take into account the stance of the Government. In 2007 the Singaporean Parliament had debated section 377a and the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said that this law �would not be proactoively enforced�. This leaves open the possibility that it could again be enforced, if Government chose to. Meanwhile the Courtt srguedthat 377a did not violate anybody�s constitutional rights if it was not being enforced. In 2018 the Singapore Attorney-General said it was not in the public interest to prosecute private homosexual acts.

26/2/2022, Saturday (+28,053) Germany promised to send Ukraine 1,000 anti-tank weapons. Western countries have sent a range of supplies to Ukraine, some humanitarian, some military. However NATO declined to either admit Ukraine (it had been seeking this) or to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine, on the grounds that this could start a nuclear war between the West and Russia. Ukraine started applying for EU membership.

24/2/2022, Thursday (+28,051) At 5am local time, Russia began a multi-pronged attack on Ukraine, with forces entering the country at Mariupol, Odessa, Luhansk and Donetsk, and from Belarus towards Kiev.

21/2/2022, Monday (+28,048) Vladimir Putin of Russia �recognised the breakaway Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk� which had been part of the Ukraine Republic. This was a pretext for sending in the Russian Army to �support these (Russian) republics�.

16/2/2022, Wednesday (+28,043) Cristina Calderon, last full-blooded member of the Yaghan people of Tierra del Fuego, died aged 93. The Yaghans had numbered around 3,000 in 1850, but just 100 by 1928, when Cristina Calderon was born. In 2022 there were some 50 Yaghans, mainly living a settled life in Bahia Mejillones, the Bay of Mussels, where they eked a living gathering mussels, but none were full blooded Yaghan.

25/1/2022, Tuesday (+28,021) Thailand became the first Asian country to decriminalise marijuana, announcing this day that people would be allowed to grow it at home.

23/1/2022, Sunday (+28,019) Staff began evacuating Embassies in Kiev, capital of The Ukraine, as fears of a Russian invasion grew, with increasing numbers of Russian troops and equipment gathered In Russia near the Ukraine border, also in Belarus, a close ally of Russia.

15/1/2022, Saturday (+28,011) The eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha�apai volcano near Tonga killed 3 people and left thousands without homes, supplies and internet.

7/1/2022, Friday (+28,003) David Bennett became the first person to receive a pig heart transplant. The pig has been genetically modified to reduce the human rejection factor.

1/1/2022, Saturday (+27,997)

26/12/2021. Sunday (+27,991) Archbishop Desmond Tutu, campaigner against Apartheid, died aged 90.

25/12/2021, Saturday (+27,990) The James Webb space telescope was launched form French Guiana.

16/12/2021, Thursday (+27,981) The Conservatives were heavily defeated in the North Shropshire by-election by the Liberals, in what had been a safe Tory seat since 1832. The election had been triggered by the dismissal of its incumbent Tory MP for financial impropriety, but the election was also a protest vote against the Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself.

1/12/2021, Wednesday (+27,966)

24/11/2021, Wednesday (+27,959) As informal migrant crossings across the English Channel from northern France to Kentincreased markedly over 2020, this day an underinflated dinghy capsized, drowning 27.

23/11/2021, Tuesday (+27,958) A paper detailing Einstein�s early development of the Theory of Relativity, stated to be �one of the most important scientific documents of the 20th century�, sold at auction for US� 13 million.

20/11/2021, Saturday (+27,955) Rioting in Rotterdam as anti-vaccine crowds clashed with police over lockdown.

16/11/2021, Tuesday (+27,951) (Russia) Belarus, having flown in large numbers of migrants, mainly Iraqi Kurds, to the capital Minsk, now transported them to the Polish border. Poland declined to accept them and a border standoff ensued, as the harsh winter weather approached.

13/11/2021, Saturday (+27,948) The United Nation Change Conference, COP-26, closed in Glasgow. Disappointingly, it looked as if the 1.5 C maximum global warming target would be exceeded, as promises to phase out coal were watered down and delayed.

12/11/2021, Friday (+27,947) (Covid) Austria�s Chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, announced a Covid lockdown for the unvaccinated only. Within a few hours, 35,000 people were protesting on the streets of Vienna, with similar protests in The Netherlands.

11/11/2021, Thursday (+27,946) The number of migrants crossing the English Channel informally today was 1,185, a new daily record.

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30/9/2021, Thursday (+27,904) At the University of Alabama Hospital, 2 pig kidneys were transplanted into a brain-dead person. They survived 77 hours.

25/9/2021, Saturday (+27,899) At New York University Hospital, a pig kidney was transplanted into a brain dead patient, who survived 54 hours.

24/9/2021, Friday (+27,898) The UK began to experience petrol shortages due to a lack of HGV drivers to deliver the fuel to petrol stations.

19/9/2021, Sunday (+27,893) A volcanic eruption began on La Palma, Canary Islands.

7/9/2021, Tuesday (+27,881) In Mexico the Supreme Court voted unanimously to decriminalise abortion.

5/92021, Sunday (+27,879) President Alpha Conde of Guinea was deposed in a military coup.

1/9/2021, Wednesday (+27,875) The US State of Texas considerably tightened the law on abortion, making it illegal; after a foetal heartbeat could be detected, at 6 weeks. This also applied where the pregnancy was due to incest or rape.

15/8/2021, Sunday (+27,858) The Taleban took Jalabad in eastern Afghanistan, effectively surrounding Kabul. The US evacuated diplomats from its Embassy by helicopter, in scenes reminiscent of Vietnam 46 years earlier.

14/8/2021, Saturday (+27,857) (1) Southern Europe experienceda record heatwave, with temperatures across Italy and Spain reaching records above 48 C.

(2) The northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif fell to the Taleban, as did Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar Perovince and just 70km from Kabul.

(3) Haiti was struck by a ,magnitude 7.2 earthquake.

13/8/2021, Friday (+27,956) The Pentagon said Kabul was �not under immediate threat� from the Taleban.

12/8/2021, Thursday (+27,955) Herat, Afghanistan., fell to the Taliban.

6/8/2021, Friday (+27,849) Zaranj, in southern Afghanistan, became the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban. They captured several more such cities in the following days, including Kunduz.

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23/7/2021, Friday (+27,835) (Olympics) 32nd Olympics Tokyo, opened. Postponed from 2020, due to Covid19. They took place without spectators, in closed stadiums.

21/7/2021, Wednesday (+27,833) The Taleban now controlled around half of Afghanistan�s districts.

15/7/2021, Thursday (+27,827) (Climate) Severe flooding hit Germany and Belgium after very heavy rainfall; at least 160 were killed, with hundreds more missing.

12/7/2021, Monday (+27,824) (Afghanistan) The Taliban gained territory in Afghanistan as US forces withdrew from the country. By this day, just 600 US personnel were left in Afghanistan, protecting the US Embassy in Kabul and the airport, and the Taliban occupied most of the countryside, poised to occupy the major cities.

7/7/2021, Wednesday (+27,819) (Haiti) Haitian President Jovenal Moise, 53, was assassinated. He had been sworn into office in 2/2017.

2/7/2021, Friday (+27,814) (Afghanistan) The US military quietly shut down the Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan,and slipped away just before dawn. Before the Afghan army even realised the US had departed, local people had looted the airfield.

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30/6/2021, Wednesday (+27,812) (Climate) A heatwave hit the NW USA and Canada, with Portland Oregon reaching 46.1 C and Lytton, British Columbia hitting 49.6 C. 130 people were reported to have died from the heat around Vancouver.

22/6/2021, Tuesday (+27,804) The Taleban opened an offensive in northern Afghanistan, far from theor traditional southern power base.

7/6/2021, Monday (+27,789) 150 Afghan Government soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours, as fighting with the Taleban raged in 26 of the country�s 34 provinces.

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14/5/2021, Friday (+27,765) (Space exploration) China landed its first probe on Mars.

11/5/2021, Tuesday (+27,762) Nerkh District, just outside Kabul, fell to the Taleban.

10/5/2021, Monday (+27,761) (Israel) As Israel commemorated Israel Day, a national holiday marking Israeli victory in the Six Day War, Hamas began firing rockets from Gaza into Israel. Hamas rockets killed 12 Israelis, and Israeli retaliation into Gaza killed 227. The violence continued for 11 days.

9/5/2021, Sunday (+27,760)

8/5/2021, Saturday (+27,759) Spencer Silver, co-inventor of the Post It note (with Arthur Fry), died (born 6/2/1941).

7/5/2021, Friday (+27,758) A cyber-attack by a group called Darkside shut down the crucial Colonial oil pipeline taking petrol from Texas to supply the east coast of the USA. The pipeline was down for several days, causing motorists to panic-buy fuel.

6/5/2021, Thursday (+27,757) Elections were held across the UK. In the Hartlepool by-election, the Conservatives won the historically-Labour seat. Scotland elected its Parliament and Wales elected a new Senedd. London elected a new Assembly, and there were English local council elections., also 12 new Mayors were elected. The Tories did well in English local council elections, and made a good showing in mayoral city elections, although they failed to unseat Siddiq Khan in London. Conservatives and Labour made inroads in Wales at the expense of the Nationalists, In Scotland the SNP made small gains against Labour, but fell just short of an absolute majority there.

4/5/2021, Tuesday (+27,755) The Taleban launched a major offensive in Afghanistan in southern Helmand Province, and stepped up military action in 6 other provinces.

2/5/2021, Sunday (+27,753) Marcel Stellman died aged 96 (born 15/2/1925). He brought the French TV show Des Chiffres et Des Lettres � Numbers and Letters � to UK TV in 1982 as Countdown. Initially aired for 8 episodes by Yorkshire TV, it was aired by the new Channel Four from November 1982, hosted by Richard Whiteley. Carol Vorderman appeared as co-host 1982-2008. The programme reached it�s 5,000th episode in 2010.

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19/4/2021, Monday (+27,740) The first controlled flight on another planet was achieved by NASA when it flew a remote-controlled 1.8 kg helicopter on Mars.

14/4/2021, Wednesday (+27,735) US President Biden announced that the Us withdrawal from Afghanistan would be completed by 11/11/2021.

9/4/2021, Friday (+27,730) Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, wife of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, died aged 99.

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30/3/2021, Tuesday (+27,720) Russia began a troops build-up near the Ukrainian border.

23/3/2021, Tuesday (+27,713) A container ship, the Evergiven, strayed off course in the Suze Canal and ran aground on the bank, blocking the waterway.

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19/2/2021, Friday (+27,681) (Weather) Texas was in the 5th day ofa very cold snap that had killed at least 57 people. Water pipes and wind turbines froze solid, causing power cuts.

1/2/2021, Monday (+27,663) A military coup in Myanmar; in ongoing popular protests against the coup, over 260 people had been killed by the end of March.

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13/1/2021, Wednesday (+27,644) After a Senate vote, President Trump became the first US President to be impeached twice. This second impeachment was based on his alleged incitement of the Capitol Hill rioters of 6/1/2021.

6/1/2021, Wednesday (+27,637) In Washington DC, USA, a mob of several thousand Republican Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol Buildings and occupied them for several hours. They were protesting that the 2020 Presidential Election result, in which Democrat Biden, won, had been falsified.

1/1/2021, Friday (+27,632)

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31/12/2020, Thursday (+27,631) The UK formally left the European Union, at 11.00pm UK time.

30/12/2020, Wednesday (+27,630) (Morals) Abortion was legalised in Argentina.

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23/11/2020, Monday (+27,593) China launched its Chang�e 5 probe towards the Moon.

17/11/2020, Tuesday (+27,587) The Pentagon announced that the number of US troops in Afghanistan would be reduced to 25,000.

9/11/2020, Monday (+27,579) (Covid-19) Pfizer announced that it had developed a reliable vaccine against Covid-19.

4/11/2020, Wednesday (+27,574) (Ethiopia) Insurrection broke out in Tigray Province. The TPLF (Tigray People�s :Liberation Front) accused Eritrea of assisting Ethiopian forces in the conflict; Eritrea fought a border war with Ethiopia when the TPLF dominated the Ethiopian Govermment. From 2018 President Abiy had reduced TPLF influence over central Government, and the flashpoint for this was the postponement of regional elections by Addis Ababa, on the grounds of the Covid pandemic.

3/11/2020, Tuesday (+27,573) (USA) US Presidential elections; victory by the Democrat candidate, Joe Biden, against Republican Donald Trump, announced on 7/11/2020, after the count finally gave Biden over 270 in the State tally. Turnout was very high, amidst a Covid-19 pandemic. Biden had urged his supporters to vote by post (Trump urged his to vote in person) and counting the large number of postal votes, in a close and high-turnout election, took several days.

2/11/2020, Monday (+27,572) (Austria) A major terror attack took place in Vienna. 4 people were killed and 23 injured, several seriously, when an Islamist radicalised Austrian-North Macedonian man went on the rampage with a gun and a knife.

1/11/2020, Sunday (+27,571)

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31/10/2020, Saturday (+27,570) (Aviation) Berlin-Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt finally opened, 9 years late and 3 billion Euros over budget. The planned opening date had been 31/10/2011. It finally became operational in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, when very few people were flying anywhere. Tegel Airport., north of Berlin, was closed immediately, and Schonefeld Airport, close by, became a 5th Terminal for the new facility.

30/10/2020, Friday (+27,569) (Earthquake) A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Izmir, western Turkey, killing 12, also 2 died in nearby Samos, Greece.

16/10/2020, Friday (+27,555) A teenage Chechen refugee beheaded Samuel Paty, a French teacher who had shown his class at a school on the edge of Paris controversial cartoons of the prophet Mohammed from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

14/10/2020, Wednesday (+27,553) A copy of William Shakespeare�s First Folio sold for a record US$ 9.98 million at auction in New York.

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28/8/2020, Friday (+27,506) (Japan) Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister, resigned, having broken the previous length of service record by four days.

18/8/2020, Tuesday (+27,496) Line 6 of the Shenzhen Metro opened.

16/8/2020, Sunday (+27,494) A temperature of 54.4.C was recorded at Furnace Creek, Death Valley, USA.

13/8/2020, Thursday (+27,491) (Israel, Islam) Israel and the United Arab Emirates created diplomatic links; Israel undertook not to �annex more� of the West Bank. Palestinians were disappointed. Israel and the Sunni Arab world have been united by a mutual fear of Shia Iran.

12/8/2020, Wednesday (+27,490) (Railways, social) Three died when a train derailed south of Aberdeen, heavy rain was blamed, which had caused a landslip onto the track.

9/8/2020, Sunday (+27,487) In an election widely held to have been flawed, Lukashenko won an implausible 80% of the vote. Tye Opposition leader, Ms Tikhahovskaya, was credited a tiny 9.9%. Popular protests against the �result� were met by a heavy police crackdown. Lukashenko was backed by Russia and China.

4/8/2020, Tuesday (+27,482) (Lebanon) A huge double explosion devastated Beirut. An explosion and fire in the docks area was followed by a much larger detonation as 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate fertiliser ignited; the fertiliser had been stored there for some six years The detonation was reportedly caused by a welder. There were at least 145 dead and 5,000 injured.

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10/7/2020, Friday (+27,457) (Turkey) The Turkish Council of State voted unanimously to reconvert the Hagia Sofia museum back into a mosque. There were protests from Greek Christians, noting that the building had been built as a church in AS 537 for Byzantine Emperor Justinian, before conversion to a mosque in 1470, and then a museum in 1934 as Turkey secularised under Attaturk. There were suspicions that the move by Turkish President Erdogan was intended to distract from Turkish economic problems.

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18/6/2020, Thursday (+27,435) Dame Vera Lynn, entertainer of the UK forces during World War Two, died (born 20/3/1917).

16/6/2020, Tuesday (+27,433)) (Korea) North Korea blew up the �Liaison Office�, a 4-storey building in a zone of North Korea where South Koreans could work. This was a protest at propaganda balloons and food sent in by southerners from across the border.

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25/5/2020, Monday (+27,411) (USA) In Minneapolis, a Black man, George Floyd, bought some cigarettes at a shop and paid with a US$ 20 note. The shopkeeper accused Mr Floyd of passing a counterfeit note; Mr Floyd refused to return the cigarettes. The shopkeeper called the police. The police handcuffed Mr Floyd, then knelt on his neck; he died of suffocation. This event started a series of �Black Lives Matter� marches and demonstrations that spread across the entire USA and several European countries. A minority of the demonstrators also looted shops and caused property damage. In Bristol a statue of the slave trader and local philanthropist Edward Colston was pulled from its plinth in Bristol UK and thrown in the harbour. There were concerns that demonstrators were not social-distancing and would spread a further wave of Covid-19.

6/5/2020, Wednesday (+27,393) The UK became the first European country over 30,000 cases of Covid-19.

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28/4/2020, Tuesday (+27,389) US cases of Covid-19 passed 1 million, whilst deaths at 58,365 now exceeded the toll from the Vietnam War.

27/4/2020, Monday (+27,383) Global cases of Covid-19 passed 3 million, with deaths at 205,000.

14/4/2020, Tuesday (+27,370) US President Donald Trump accused the WHO of being �China-centric� and froze US funding for the organisation, prompting much criticism.

11/4/2020, Saturday (+27,367) Brazil became the first southern hemisphere country to record over 1,000 deaths from Covid-19, with 19,638 cases and 1,056 cases.

6/4/2020, Monday (+27,362) A tiger, Nadia, at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for Covid-19. This was the first known human to cat transmission.

5/4/2020, Sunday (+27,361) (Medical, Britain) The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was admitted to intensive care with Covid-19.

4/4/2020, Saturday (+27,360) Kier Starmer was elected leader of the British Labour Party, succeeding Jeremy Corbyn (who had lost hugely to the Tories in December 2019, and was accused of anti-Semitic sympathies).

2/4/2020, Thursday (+27,358) Worldwide cases of Covid-19 passed 1 million, reaching 1,002,159 cases and 51,485 deaths.

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26/3/2020, Thursday (+27,351) US cases of Covid-19 now exceeded any other country, with 81,578 cases and 1,180 deaths.

25/3/2020, Wednesday (+27,350) In the UK, Prince Charles tested positive for Covid-19.

24/3/2020, Tuesday (+27,349) (Medical) (1) Cases of Covid-19 reached 407,485, with 18,227 deaths (4.47%). Britain implemented unprecedented lockdown measures to try and curb the growth in Covid19 cases. People were only allowed to leave home to go shopping, travel to essential work, or to exercise. All non-essential retailing had to close, including sports shops and hairdressers. Religious gatherings were halted, and no more than 2 people could gather unless they lived in the same household. The measures would be in place initially for three weeks.

(2) Japan�s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, announced a postponement of the Olympic Games until Summer 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

23/3/2020, Monday (+27,348) (Price) (1) In the UK, the price of a first class stamp rose from 70p to 76p.

(2) South Africa instituted a Covid-19 lockdown.

22/3/2020, Sunday (+27,347) India put 1 billion people under a daytime curfew to try and curb the spread of Covid-19.

21/3/2020, Saturday (+27,346) Cases of Covid-19 reached 303,001, with 12,944 deaths (4.27%).

20/3/2020, Friday (+27,345) (Medical) Cases of Covid-19 reached 250,856, with 10,389 deaths (4.14%). The UK took the unprecedented step of ordering all pubs, restaurants and cafes to close after today, although they could still offer a takeaway service, to curb gatherings of people in close proximity. Nightclubs, theatres, betting shops, museums and art galleries, cinemas and gyms also had to close. Meanwhile France and Italy had much more draconian sanctions, banning all travel apart from essential journeys to buy food or go to work, and walking only allowed within 2 km of home, with no cycling allowed. Beaches in southern France were closed, as were parks. California also had a lockdown, and most air travel ceased, as many national birders closed. The Olympic Games due for July and August 2020 in Japan were likely to be cancelled, but this move met with resistance from both athletes and the Japanese Government.

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11/3/2020, Wednesday (+27,336) Covid-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organisation, Adhanom Ghebreysus. There had now been 121,564 cases and 4,373 deaths worldwide.

10/3/2020, Tuesday (+27,335) (1) (Medical)Italy woke up to severe restrictions on all but essential travel across the entire country, as coronavirus cases took off there, especially in the wealthy North. Italy now had 10,040 cases and 630 deaths. Worldwide, Covid-19 cases reached 114,457, with 4,026 deaths (3.52%).

(2) (Russia) The Russian Duma approved a measure that would allow Vladimir Putin to serve a further two 6-year terms when his current term expires in 2024. If he wins the elections, he could then remain President until 2036, by which time he will be 83 years old.

5/3/2020, Thursday (+27,330) (Aviation) Flybe Airlines went bankrupt. The airline industry had been harmed by Brexit and climate change concerns, and the coronavirus outbreak was the last straw. There were worries for the future of many British local airports where Flybe made up a significant proportion of the flights.

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29/2/2020, Saturday (+27,325) In Afghanistan, US President Trump negotiated a deal with the Taliban setting a US withdrawal date of 1/5/2021.

28/2/2020, Friday (+27,324) Coronavirus cases now reached 83,878, with 2,869 deaths (3.42%).

27/2/2020, Thursday (+27,323) In New York the Dow Jones Index fell a massive 1,190.95 points on concerns over Covid-19.

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8/2/2020, Saturday (+27,304) (Ireland) In Irish elections, Sinn Fein did well. The Party, once linked to the IRA, had a Left-wing agenda with promises to spend more on health and housing, and strongly supported reunification of Northern and Southern Ireland.

7/2/2020, Friday (+27,303) (Medical-Covid) In China, Dr Li Weinlang, aged 33, who blew the whistle on Covid-19, died of Covid himself.

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31/1/2020, Friday (+27,296) (Britain, European Union) The UK formally left the European Union. A period of transition, scheduled to end 31/12/2020, began during which trade relations would be sorted out. Many people suspected this was too little time to complete these negotiations.

25/1/2020, Saturday (+27,290) (Medical) An epidemic of coronavirus, causing a flu-like illness, had now infected 2,010 people. Of these, 1,975 were in China, many around the city of Wuhan where the epidemic began. There were also cases in the USA, France, Australia and several SE Asian countries. 56 people had died, all in China.

23/1/2020, Thursday (+27,288) (Medical) The Chinese city of Wuhan was put on �lockdown�, with all public transport suspended, after the coronavirus, causing a flu-like illness,appeared there.

8/1/2020, Wednesday (+27,273) (Aviation, Iran) (1) An airliner with 176 people on board crashed with no survivors shortly after taking off from Tehran on a flight to Ukraine. The plane blew up in mid-air, sparking speculation that it had been hit by a missile. The incident, early in the morning whilst still dark, coincided with a limited Iranian missile strike against US bases in Iraq, in a low-key revenge attack for the assassination of Qassem Soleimani on 3/1/2020.

(2) (Britain Royal) Harry and Markle angered and surprised the Palace by a surprise announcement, made without first informing the Queen, that they were to withdraw from Royal duties.

3/1/2020, Friday (+27,268) (Iran, Iraq) Early this morning, a US drone strike on Baghdad Airport killed Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Al Quds air force, along with three other senior Iranian officials.

2/1/2020, Thursday (+27,267) (Climate, Australia) In Australia, ongoing catastrophic fires have burned over 40,000 square kilometres, destroyed 1,500 homes and killed at least 17 people, in a drought and temperatures reaching high into the 40s C.

1/1/2020, Wednesday (+27,266) (Environment) Palau became the first nation to ban the import or sale of sunscreens containing chemicals toxic to coral. Half of sunscreen brands on sale in 2018 contained chemicals poisonous to coral even in trace amounts, and the area is a favoured destination for diving. Hawaii announced a similar ban in 5/2018, to come into effect in 2021.

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20/12/2019, Friday (+27,254) (Britain, European Union) Boris Johnson, British PM, won a huge majority of 358 to 234 against for his Bill to complete Brexit on 31/1/2020; larger than his overall Commons majority of 78. From end January, a transition period is due to begin, for 11 months until 31/12/2020; however many believed this was too short and might have to be extended.

19/12/2019, Thursday (+27,253) (Climate) Australia was enduring a extreme heatwave and drought, There were numerous severe forest fires. Average temperatures in Australia soared to a record 41.9C, peak temperatures reaching 47.7 C. Temperatures at Nullarbor weather station later attained 49.9 C.

12/12/2019, Thursday (+27,246) (Britain) General Election in the UK. Boris Johnson, incumbent Conservative Prime Minister, won a major victory, gaining 365 seats, a majority of 78. Boris Johnson now promised to deliver Brexit by 31 January 2020, with the transition period extending no longer than 31 December 2020. There was speculation of a possible trade deal with the USA. Meanwhile Labour did badly, losing many previously safe seats in the Midlands and North of England, which was attributed to disaffection amongst blue collar workers in old-industrial areas; Labour secured 203 seats. However Labour�s vote held up better in London. The Liberal Democrats did badly, holding just 11 seats, losing seats despite a rise in their % vote share; their leader, Joe Swinson, lost her seat to the SNP in Scotland. The SNP did well as the Nationalist vote rose, taking 48 seats. In Northern Ireland the DUP took 8 seats as Sinn Fein gained ground.

7/12/2019, Saturday (+27,241) Polls closed in a non-binding independence referendum on Bougainville Island on whether the island should be independent from Papua New Guinea. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of independence, with 97% in favour, or 176,928 votes, against just 3,043 for remaining. Bougainville has huge copper reserves, and accounts for more than 40% of Papua new Guinea�s GDP; it was this mineral wealth that funded Papua New Guinea�s independence form Australia in 1975.

6/12/2019, Friday (+27,240) (Medical) A surge in measles cases worldwide was reported, with 10 million cases and 142,000 deaths occurring in 2018. Survivors often die soon after because their immune system has been compromised. Anti-vacination sympathies have been blamed for the increase, with cases in 2019 trending towards three times that for 2018.

1/12/2019, Sunday (+27,235) (1) (Italy) In 1926 Mussolini merged the constituency of Venice with the mainland towns of Mestre and Marghera. At the time, Venice was still the largest settlement, but in the 50 years to 2019 the population of Venice fell from 150,000 to 50,000, whereas the two mainland towns grew to 180,000 over the same period. This political balance means most money spent in the region now goes to projects in Mestre. Meanwhile the project to protect Venice from flooding has been put back successively, from 1995 to, currently, 2021. On 1st December 2019 Venice holds a referendum on administratively splitting off from the mainland.

(2) (Space exploration) The radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was wrecked when cables supporting the receiver above its dish snapped.

(3) Earliest known Covid patient, a 55-year-old man in Wuhan, China.

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29/11/2019, Friday (+27,233) (London) A terrorist stabbed 5 people, 2 fatally, at London Bridge. He was shot dead by police.

26/11/2019, Tuesday (+27,230) (Earthquake) A magnitude 6.4 quake hit Albania, killing at least 21 and injuring 600. There has been an earlier magnitude 5.6 quake in Albania in September.

24/11/2019, Sunday (+27,228) (China) Elections were held in Hong Kong, after weeks of often-violent protests against the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, and her changes to the extradition laws. Opposition candidates won 17 of the 18 councils, having controlled none previously.

15/11/2019, Friday (+27,219) (Climate) (1) Very hot dry and windy weather in Australia exacerbated bush fires that, to date, have killed 3 people, injured 100, and destroyed 150 homes. Australia was experiencing its hottest summer on record, after an abnormally hot and dry winter.

(2) The north and Midlands of England experienced severe flooding, with areas around Doncaster and tge Severn Valley hard hit.

12/11/2019, Tuesday (+27,216) (Italy) Venice suffered its worst flooding since 1966 as an acqua alta reached 1.54 metres, amidst heavy rain.

1/11/2019, Friday (+27,205) (Environment) Fracking was banned in England after a series of earthquakes of up to magnitude 2.5 in the Blackpool area were attributed to it. Fracking was already banned in the rest of the UK.

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26/10/2019, Saturday (+27,199) (Australia) Tourists were no longer permitted to climb Uluru (Ayers Rock), a site sacred to the indigenous Australian Anangu nation.

26/9/2019, Thursday (+27,169) (France) Jacques Chirac died aged 86. He had twice been President of France.

24/10/2019, Tuesday (+27,167) (Spain) Settling a long-standing controversy, the remains of General Franco were exhumed from the mausoleum of the Valley of the Fallen and reinterred in the family crypt at the Mingorrubio-El Pardo cemetery near Madrid.

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24/9/2019, Tuesday (+27,167) (Britain, European Union) (1) Britain�s Supreme Court ruled that PM Boris Johnson had acted unlawfully when he prorogued (suspended) Parliament, ostensibly because of upcoming Party Conferences, but in reality to avert further debate on Brexit/ Parliament returned to sitting the next day.

(2) Spain�s Supreme Court ruled that Franco�s remains could be exhumed from the Valley of the Fallen to a municipal cemetery.

23/9/2019, Friday (+27,166) (Price) British travel agent Thomas Cook went into liquidation;150,000 holidaymakers needed repatriation. The company had taken on too much debt and expanded into areas such as Turkey and Tunisia that were then hit by terrorism fears. It also had to bear physical shop costs whereas many of its competitors were online-only, and Brexit and good weather in the UK reduced demand for foreign holidays.

14/9/2019, Saturday (+27,157) (Saudi Arabia) A drone attack on a major oil refinery at Abqaiq took out 50% of the Kingdom�s oil refining capacity, sending world oil prices up 20% although they later fell back. The US believed the drone came directly from Iran, rather than from the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

6/9/2019, Friday (+27,149) (Zimbabwe) Robert Gabriel Mugabe, former President of Zimbabwe (born 21/2/1924) died aged 95. He became Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 1980 and President from 1987. However his authoritarian rule alienated many people, especially during the last decade of his rule.

3/9/2019, Tuesday (+27,146) (Britain, European Union) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost significant Parliamentary votes. MPs voted to force him to ask Brussels for an extension on the Brexit process from 31/10/2019, and not to hold a General election before this date. 21 Tory MPs rebelled and were expelled from the Conservative Party by Mr Johnson, who now led a Government with a minority of 47. Mr Johnson said if he were compelled by law to ask for an extension (something he earlier said he would never do), he would also threaten to be so disruptive to the EU that in fact they would not grant one. Calling an early General Election in October would, under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, have required two thirds of MPs to vote for, which Boris Johnson did not get; it would also have ensured that Parliament was not operating in full at the end of October so even if Labour won they could not have voted to extend the Brexit deadline or avert No Deal. However it was possible that the EU, despairing of the never-ending Brexit process, would decline to offer an extension anyway, with President Macron of France taking this position.

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28/8/2019, Wednesday (+27,140) (Britain, European Union) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson took the highly controversial move of announcing that the UK Parliament would be prorogued from 10 September for a crucial 5-week period until 14 October just before the planned Brexit of 31/10/2019. Opponents of Brexit claimed that this was a move to suppress any debate in parliament of the Brexit process, and prevent the passing of a Bill to block a Brexit without a deal being made with the European Union.

27/8/2019, Tuesday (+27,139) (Football) Bury Football Club, facing severe financial difficulties, was ejected from the English football league. Its problems, akin to those of nearby Bolton Wanderers (which was rescued at the last minute) were typical of smaller lower league clubs, in a sport where the vast majority of TV broadcasting, sponsorship and advertising revenues were hoovered up by the top league clubs.

24/8/2019, Saturday (+27,136) (Environment) Concern grew worldwide after widespread large fires burnt large areas of the Amazon rainforest. There were also blazes in Siberia and Alaska, as unusually warm air reached there, and in the African and east Asian rainforests. President Bolsonaro of Brazil was accused by President Macron of France, hosting the G7 meeting at this time, of encouraging farmers to burn large areas for agriculture. There were protests outside several Brazilian embassies.

12/8/2019, Monday (+27,124) (China) After several weeks of low-key protests in Hong Kong, against a new law permitting extradition to mainland China (despite the �One Country Two Systems arrangement instituted in 1997 for 50 years) the unrestescalated after a woman was shot in the eye by a police beanbag round during demonstrations at Hong Kong Airport.

2/8/2019, Friday (+27,114) Saudi women were allowed to travel abroad without their husband�s permission.

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26/7/2019, Friday (+27,107) (Weather) The Swedish village of Markusvinsa recorded a temperature of 34.8 C, the highest ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

25/7/2019, Thursday (+27,106) (Weather) The temperature at Paris-Montsouris station surpassed the previous high of 40.4C, set in July 1947, soon after 1pm and continued to climb, reaching 42.6C soon after 4pm. Bordeaux set a new record of 42.1 C. In Britain the highest recorded temperature was 38.7 C in Cambridge, exceeding the previousrecord of38.5 C set at Faversham, Kent on 2003. However 38.1 C was a record for the UK for July, the previous record being 36.7 at Heathrow in July 2015. The Netherlands set a new all-time temperature record of 39.4 at Gilzen-Rije airbase. Belgium set a new national record of 40.6 C, the highest since records began in 1833. Germany set a new record of 41.5 C at Lingen, the day after a record temperature of 40.5 C in Geilenkirchen. Portugal and Greece saw major forest fires, and nuclear plants in France had to be shut down because the rivers were too warm for the emissions of cooling water.

23/7/2019, Tuesday (+27,104) (Britain) Boris Johnson was elected new leader of the UK Conservative Party and Prime Minister, with 66.3% of votes cast. He stood against Jeremy Hunt.

19/7/2019, Friday (+27,100) (Iran) Iran seized a British-owned tanker in the Persian Gulf. A second vessel was also arrested, but the captain was �warned� and then allowed on his way. This followed the seizure of an Iranian tanker at Gibraltar, allegedly taking oil to Syria in defiance of EU sanctions. Iran alleged that the British tanker had entered the Gulf the wrong way, collided with a fishing boat, and then ignored its distress signal.

5/7/2019, Friday (+27,086) (Earthquake) A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit California, the day after a magnitude 6.4 tremor in the same area.

1/7/2019, Monday (+27,082) (Environment) Japan recommenced commercial whaling, having withdrawn from the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

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28/6/2019, Friday (+27,079) (Climate) Europe was hit by a severe heatwave. In France, a record temperature of 45.9 C was recorded at Gallargues de Montueux, near Montpellier, breaking the previous record of 44.1 C set in 2003. Countries from Italy to Poland were affected, with major forest fires in Spain.

16/6/2019, Sunday (+27,067) (China) Large protests in Hong Kong over a proposed new rule allowing extradition to mainland China. These protests continued on into July, although the new law was �suspended�.

15/6/2020, Saturday (+27,066) (India, China) Tensions along the ill-defined and disputed Himalayan border between India and China escalated. India accused China of annexing the Galwan Valley, some 60 square miles. China accused India of building military roads into disputed areas and of attempting to control more of Kashmir, including an area ceded by Pakistan to China that India claims. Some 20 soldiers died, mainly through falling into icy gorges.

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24/5/2019, Friday (+27,044) (Britain, European Union) Mrs Theresa May, UK Prime Minister, announced her resignation, having failed to secure a Brexit deal that could get through the UK Parliament.

17/5/2019, Friday (+27,037) (Homosexuality) Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. At this time Israel recognised gay marriages conducted elsewhere but they could not be performed in Israel. Homosexuality could be punished by death in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The taboos against homosexuality were slowly vanishing in Vietnam and Nepal. In Africa,South Africa was the only African country where same sex marriage was legal. In Sudan, Somalia and Mauretania, gay people faced the death penalty. A small number of African countries, including Congo (DR), Cote d�Ivoire, Gabon, Mali and Mozambique, did not have laws against homosexuality.

15/5/2019, Wednesday (+27,035) (Medical) The number of Ebola cases in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo now exceeded 1,600 since the current outbreak began in August 2018. In April 2018 the rate of new cases suddenly accelerated from around 30 to around 100 per week,

14/5/2019, Tuesday (+27,034) (Morals) The US State of Alabama passed very restrictive abortion laws,

5/5/2019, Sunday (+27,025) (Aviation) 41 people died when a plane made an emergency landing at Moscow Airport, and the back of the plane scraped the runway, causing the fuel tanks to catch fire.

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21/4/2019, Sunday, (+27,011) (Sri Lanka) Co-ordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday killed around 250 people and injured several hundred more. After a few days ISIS claimed responsibility for the suicide bomber attacks, stating they were in revenge for the attack on a mosque in New Zealand on 15/3/2019.

20/4/2019, Saturday (+27,010) (France) Yellow Vest protests in Paris for the 23rd consecutive Saturday.

17/4/2019, Wednesday (+27,007) (Peru) Former President of Peru, Alan Garcia, 69, shot himself dead as police arrived to arrest him on corruption charges, connected with the construction of the Lime metro system. The Brazilian construction company Odebrecht had admitted paying government officials across 12 countries a total of almost US$800 million to obtain contracts. Garcia had been President 1985-90 and 2006-11.

15/4/2019, Monday (+27,005) (France) Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris was very severely damaged by fire. The fire was believed to have been caused by renovation works, which, having suffered delays due to lack of funding, had been going on for years; the blaze started shortly after 6pm local time.

11/4/2019, Thursday (+27,001) (London) Julian Assange, 47, was seized by UK police from the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he had been residing for nearly seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden on a rape charge, which could lead to onward extradition to the USA on more serious espionage charges.

9/4/2019, Tuesday (+26,999) (Israel) Benjamin Netanyahu won a record fifth term as President. He intended to take a hard line on the question of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.

1/4/2019, Monday (+26,991) (Algeria) Algerian President Bouteflika, who had been in poor health, and faced by protests against his rule, announced that he would step down before his term ended on 28/4/2019.

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23/3/2019, Saturday (+26,982) (France) Yellow Vest protestors caused disturbances in the Champs-Elys�es area of central Paris for the 19th consecutive Saturday. The previous Saturday, 16/3/2019, the level of destruction had ratcheted up with banks, cafes and shops being set fire to. President Macron put military soldiers on the streets on the 23/3/2019, raising fears that a protestor would be shot dead.

22/3/2019, Friday (+26,981) Robert Mueller completed his report on Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election.

21/3/2019, Thursday (+26,980) (Britain, European Union) After lengthy talks between Mrs May, UK Prime Minister, and the EU, the EU set new dates for Brexit. If Mrs May managed to get her deal with the EU accepted at a third vote in Parliament, Brexit would take place on 22 May 2019. This would give the UK Parliament time to pass the necessary legislation. However it was possible that the Speaker, Mr Bercow, would debar a 3rd vote unless the proposal was �significantly different from the proposal that was heavily defeated two times already; possibly the new schedule would constitute a �difference�. If, however, Mrs May could not get her Deal passed, the UK was to have until 12 April to �say what it wanted� � which could be anything from No Deal to postponing or even cancelling Brexit, revoking Article 50.

15/3/2019, Friday (+26,974) (1) (Weather) Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Malawi and eastern Zimbabwe, killing at least 705 people, with hundreds more missing.

(2) (New Zealand) A White-supremacist gunman shot dead 50 Muslim worshipers at Friday prayers at a mosque in |Christchurch New Zealand, with several others wounded, some seriously.

10/3/2019, Sunday (+26,969) (Aviation) A Boeing 737 Max airliner crashed shortly after take-off in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board. This was the second such plane to crash within a few months after a similar plane plunged into the sea 12 minutes after taking off from Indonesia. The rest of these planes were grounded worldwide.

7/3/2019, Thursday (+26,966) (Venezuela) An extended power outage lasting for several days hit Venezuela.

4/3/2019, Monday (+26,963) (Venezuela) Juan Guaido returned to Venezuela. He was not arrested by Maduro.

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26/2/2019, Saturday (+26,926) (USA) The longest US Government shutdown in history, 35 days, ended as President Trump backed down before opposition in (Democrat-controlled) Congress in a dispute over fundingfor a �wall� (or, steel barrier) to keep out migrants on the Mexican border. However Trump later declared an �emergency� so as to try and secure funding for the barrier by alternative means, by using emergency powers to take funding from other areas of government.

21/2/2019, Thursday (+26,952) An Israeli company launched the Beresheet probe towards the Moon

19/2/2019, Tuesday (+26,950) (Jewish) 80 Jewish graves in eastern France were desecrated, in a rising tide of anti-Semitism that had seen a rise of 74% in such attacks in 2018 over 2017.

16/2/2019, Saturday (+26,947) (Algeria) Protests against President Bouteflika began in small Algerian towns. By 22/3/2019 these protests had spread to the capital, Algiers.

14/2/2019, Thursday (+26,945) (India) Pakistani terrorists suicide-bombed Indian security forces in Kashmir, killing 45. Tensions briefly rose between the two countries, with Indian jets striking Pakistan and one being shot down. The pilot was later returned to India as tensions eased.

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28/1/2019, Monday (+26,928) (Venezuela) The US Government announced sanctions on Venezuela�s State-owned oil company, PDVSA. This move was intended to restrict the oil revenues of President Nicolas Maduro, and strengthen the opposition led by Juan Guaido. The ultimate aim was to force an election in Venezuela. Under the sanctions, companies can continue to trade but payments are held in an account that is blocked to Maduro.

24/1/2019, Thursday (+26,924) (Climate) During a record-breaking heatwave and drought in Australia, the temperature in Adelaide hit 46.6 C, the highest since records began 80 years ago.

23/1/2019, Wednesday (+26,923) (Venezuela) 23/1/2019, Venezuela teetered in the brink of civil war as crowds demonstrated in favour of Juan Guido, who they held had won the recent elections. However the incumbent President, Nicolas Maduro, refused to relinquish power. The US, along with the UK, France, Germany and rightist countries in South America, including Brazil, demanded that Maduro call new elections within 8 days, or else they would recognise Guido, not Maduro, as President.

Venezuela, despite being oil-rich, has suffered economic catastrophe and deep poverty since Hugo Chavez became leader in 1998. Chavez took on a country that, although overall middle-income, was plagued by severe inequality. Chavez drove through a �Bolivarian Revolution�, using oil money to bypass Parliament and enforce, from 1999, a new Constitution. However Chavez died of cancer in 2013 and was succeeded by his Foreign Minister, Nicolas Maduro. Meanwhile by 2010 Venezuelan reforms had begun to stall as the world oil price fell, and the lack of democratic accountability fostered inefficiency and corruption. Furthermore, Maduro lacked the charisma of Chavez; he compensated for this by stifling dissent and packing government functions, including the judiciary, with his own supporters. Maduro also cancelled reforms he disliked, such as the freeing of political prisoners.

In May 2018, in an attempt to consolidate his power, Maduro called Presidential elections; these were dismissed by the US, the UN, the EU and the Organisation of American States as being rigged. Most Venezuelans are believed to back Guido; however the Army is still behind Maduro (although there have been a few minor military mutinies). Military leaders still (2019) control key sectors including mining, oil, and food distribution. Russia supports Maduro, in acountry just three hours flying time from Miami, but there may be a US clandestine presence also in Venezuela.

20/1/2019, Sunday (+26,920)

16/1/2019, Wednesday (+26,916) (Britain) The Motion of No Confidence in the UK Government was defeated by 325 votes to 306.

15/1/2019, Tuesday (+26,915) (Britain) The UK House of Commons voted decisively to reject Conservative PM Theresa May�s EU Withdrawal Deal, by 423 votes to 202. The Deal was disliked by those MPs who wanted a harder Brexit and feared that it tied the UK in too closely to Europe; it was also rejected by those who wanted to delay or eve cancel Brexit. Immediately after this vote the Labour Opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, put down a Motion of No Confidence in the Government.

11/1/2019, Friday (+26.911) (Islam, USA) The USA began to pull its forces out of Syria. Russia, ally of Syrian President Assad, welcomed the news, as Assad appeared to have won the Syrian Civil War. There were concerns that the US move could allow ISIS to regroup, or expose the Kurds to attacks from Turkey.

1/1/2019, Tuesday (+26,901) (USA) In the USA, President Trump�s measure to raise tariffs on US$ 250 billion of Chinese imports from 10% to 25% came into effect.

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19/12/2018, Wednesday (+26,888) (Aviation) Gatwick Airport was closed this evening following sightings of a drone over the runway. The airport remained closed for 36 hours running the travel plans of some 350,000 people.

12/12/2018, Wednesday (+26,881) (Britain) Following Theresa May�s failed last minute attempt at renegotiation with the European Union on 11/12/2018, a leadership challenge emerged today, with over 48 Conservative MPs voting for a leadership election within the Party. She won the vote by 200 votes to 117, meaning no further leadership challenge was possible for at least 12 months.

11/12/2018, Tuesday (+26,880) (Britain, European Union) UK Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a Parliamentary vote on her Brexit Deal, which many had derided as giving up too much to Europe, and quickly met European leaders to try and renegotiate terms. She failed.

10/12/2018, Monday (+26,879) (European Union) The European Court of Justice ruled that a country could unilaterally reverse its exit from the EU by cancelling its use of Article 50; so long as this had been done democratically within the country, by a Parliamentary vote or a second referendum.

9/12/2018, Sunday (+26,878)

8/12/2018, Saturday (+26,877) (France) Another weekend of rioting in Paris saw 1700 arrested and 71 injured. Riots also occurred in Brussels and Amsterdam.

7/12/2018, Friday (+26,876) China launched its Chang�e 4 probe towards the Moon; landed there 3/1/2019.

5/12/2018, Wednesday (+26,874) A letter by Albert Einstein written in 1954 on the concept of religion sold at Christies, new York, for US$ 2.9 million.

1/12/2018, Saturday (+26,870) (France) Rioting by the �yellow vests� in France escalated, with major unrest around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and in several other cities, also The Netherlands and Belgium were affected. 412 were arrested and 133 seriously injured, including 23 policemen, as several cars and other property was torched. The protestors took their name from the yellow high-visibility jacket that motorists in France must carry; the unrest was focussed on high fuel taxes. Protestors called for President Macron to resign.

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30/11/2018, Friday (+26,869) (USA) George HW Bush, 41st President of the USA, died aged 94.

28/11/2018, Wednesday (+26,867)

25/11/2018, Sunday (+26,864) (Russia) Russia temporarily blocked the Kerch Strait, linking the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea. This interrupted access to two major Ukrainian ports. Russia had previously annexed Crimea from Ukraine, and built a bridge over the Kerch Strait linking eastern Crimea to Russia. The blockaded was lifted later that day but not before Russia had seized two Ukrainian boats and 23 sailors, with six of them injured..

24/11/2018, Saturday (+26,863) (France) A week of rioting across France (began 17/11/2018) with 300,000 people protesting at high petrol taxes. By this date, one protestor had died and over 400 had been injured.

8/11/2018, Thursday (+26,847) (USA) Severe wildfires began in California, their unusual intensity blamed on global warming. They continued for two weeks until rainfall helped extinguish them, by which time the town of Paradise had been destroyed. An estimated 82 people were known to have died but a further 699 remained missing.

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29/10/2018, Monday (+26,837) (Germany) Mrs Angela Merkel announced that she would not stand in 2021 for re-election as Chancellor of Germany, a post she had held since 2005. This followed disappointing election results for her Party, the CDU (Christian Democratic Union), and her coalition partners, the Social Democrats, in elections in Hesse.

28/10/2018, Sunday (+26,836) (Brazil) Jair Bolsano was elected as 38th President of Brazil, with 55.1% of the vote. He was a populist with nationalist policies.

27/10/2018, Saturday (+26,835) (Judaism) Robert Bowers, a white-supremacist, entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA, and shot dead 11 worshippers.

17/10/2018, Wednesday (+26,825) (Canada, Morals) Canada became the second country (after Uruguay in 2013) to legalise the sale of cannabis.

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28/9/2018, Friday (+26,806) (Earthquake) An earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, killed over 1,640 people.

20/9/2018, Thursday (+26,798) (Tesco) Tesco opened the first of a new discount chain of stores, called Jacks, after Jack Cohen, the founder of Tesco. The store was located in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, close to an Aldi. This was in competition with the discount chains Aldi and Lidl.

13/9/2018, Thursday (+26,791) The Spanish Parliament voted to exhume Franco�s remains from the Valley of te Fallen.

9/9/2018, Sunday (+26,787) Swedish elections produced a deadlock. Of 349 seats (majority = 175), the Left coalition received 144 seats, down 15 (40.6% of vote). The Centre Right coalition received 143 seats, no change (40.0% of vote). The third largest party was the anti-immigrant Populist Right party, Swedish Democrats, with 63 seats, up 14 (17.6% of vote). However none of the other parties were prepared to form a coalition with the Swedish Democrats. The full results were; Left = Social Democrats, 101 seats, -12 (28.4% of vote), Green Party 15 seats, -10 (4.3% of vote), and Left Party, 28 seats, +7 (7.9% of vote). Right � Moderates, 70 seats, -14 (19.8% of vote), Centre Party, 31 seats, +9 (8.6% of vote), Liberal Party, 19 seats, n/c (5.5% of vote), and Christian Democrats, 23 seats, +7 (6.4% of vote). Had the Green Party failed to make 4% they would have received no seats under Swedish election law.

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21/8/2018, Tuesday (+26,768) (1) Venezuela, in the grip of hyperinflation, introduced a new �Sovereign Bolivar� at a rate of 1 to 100,000 old Bolivars. Venezuelans were limited to withdrawing just 10 Sovereign Bolivars a day, worth about 12p. A cup of coffee cost 25 Sovereign Bolivars at this time. The Venezuelan Minimum Wage, which stood at 3 million Bolivars (30 Sovereign Bolivars), was on 24/8/2018 raised 60x to 1,800 Sovereign Bolivars, equivalent to 30 US$.

(2) A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit northern Venezuela.

14/8/2018, Tuesday (+26,761) (1) A 200 metre stretch of motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy, plunging45 metres onto a riverbed and factories, killing 43 people. There were suggestions that the bridge, built in 1967, had been poorly maintained, or badly constructed under Mafia influence.

(2) The US State of Nebraska performed its first execution for 20 years, as Carey Dean Moore, a 60 year old who had been incarcerated for 38 years, was given a lethal injection for murdering two taxi drivers. US support for the death penalty stood at 54% in 2018, up from 49% in 2016.

13/8/2018, Monday (+26,760) Over 100 cars were burnt in co-ordinated attacks across several Swedish cities. The disorder was widely blamed on migrant gangs.

10/8/2018, Friday (+26,757) US President Trump announced a doubling of tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium. The US was in dispute over the detention of a US pastor on dubious charges of terrorism. There were concerns over Turkish President Erdogan�s increasingly authoritarian rule. Erdogan refused to raise interest rates, and the Turkish lira plummeted in value.

6/8/2018, Monday (+26,753) US President Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Iran, and cancelling the nuclear deal that had been signed in 2015.

5/8/2018, Sunday (+26,752) A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit Lombok Island, Philippines. 321 people were killed, 1,033 seriously injured and 270,000 left homeless. Earlier, on 29/7/2018, a magnitude 6.4 quake had also hit Lombok.

4/8/2018, Saturday (+26,751) Excess UK deaths from the heatwave between 25/6/2018 and 9/7/2018 were reported to be 663. In Spain two heat-related deaths were reported as temperatures there reached 45 C.

1/8/2018, Wednesday (+26,748) Arctic summer ice coverage dropped to a low of 4.6 million square kilometres, against a summer minimum of 7.9 million square kilometres in 1980.

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27/7/2018, Friday (+26,743) A heatwave in Japan saw temperatures rise to over 40 C, with 65 deaths, and 22,600 hospitalised. Meanwhile in Greece 81 died in the worst wildfires in Europe since World War Two. Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the UK also suffered heatwaves and drought. Severe wildfires also affected many States across the USA.

26/7/2018, Thursday (+26,742) Observations of a Black Hole by the Very Large telescope in Chile confirmed Einstein�s predictions of a gravitational redshift of light.

21/7/2018, Saturday (+26,737) France reduced the national speed limit on single carriageway rural roads from 90kph to 80kph.

8/7/2018, Sunday (+26,724) Lonnie Jewel Shelton, US basketball player, died (born 19/10/1955).

5/7/2018, Thursday (+26,721) A record high temperature of 51.3 C was recorded in the Sahara Desert, Algeria.

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12/6/2018, Tuesday (+26,698) A historic summit meeting took place in Singapore between President Kim Jong Un of North Korea and President Trump of the USA.

3/6/2018, Sunday (+26,689) The Fuego volcano in Guatemala began erupting. After two days, mudslides had killed 25 and injured 250.

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27/5/2018, Sunday (+26,682)Italy�s Populist Government nominated Paolo Savona as Finance Minister; an economist who supported Italy quitting the Eurozone. President Sergio Mattarella vetoed that appointment.

25/5/2018, Friday (+26,680) (Ireland, Morals) Ireland voted to legalise abortion by a large majority of 66.4%. This left Northern Ireland as rather an anomaly, with its strict anti-abortion laws, whilst abortion was now legal in both Ireland and Great Britain. However the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, who support Mrs May, British PM, needs to remain in power, was like all other NI Parties, anti-abortion.

8/5/2018, Tuesday (+26,663) (Iran, USA) President Trump of the US unilaterally pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, arranged by his predecessor President Obama, under which Iran received financial aid in return for curbing its nuclear missiles programme.

3/5/2018, Thursday (+26,658) Hawaii�s Kilauea volcano began an intensive eruption, which continued throughout May.

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28/4/2018, Saturday (+26,653) The second and third largest UK supermarkets, Asda and Sainsbury, announced a merger. Wal-Mart, who had owned Asda, was disposing of it. If cleared by the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission, this would create a supermarket with a larger share than Tesco, see supermarket share.

27/4/2018, Friday (+26,652) Kim Jong Un became the first leader of North Korea to cross into South Korea for a historic meeting with the South Korean leader, Moon Jae In.

7/4/2018, Saturday (+26,632) A poison gas attack (chlorine or sarin) on Syrian civilians in the rebel-held area of Douma was reported. Russia, who was backing Syrian President Assad, along with Iran, alleged that the attack was a fabrication. The US and Israel replied with airstrikes on Syrian air force facilities.

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25/3/2018, Sunday (+26,619) The first non-stop commercial flight from Australia to London took place, taking 17 hours (see 1935, 1938, 1947).

18/3/2018, Sunday (+26,612) Vladimir Putin easily won a fourth six-year term as President of Russia. However the elections were rather less than free and fair; no candidate with a real chance of success was allowed to stand against him, and there were several instances of ballot box stuffing.

14/3/2018, Wednesday (+26,608) The world famous astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking, died of motor neurone disease, aged 76 (born 8/1/1942). He was famous for his work on Black Holes, and his book A Brief History of Time.

4/3/2018, Sunday (+26,598) (1) Elections in Italy, a country still in recession, with high unemployment and with anti-immigrant feeling running high in some areas, produced gains for the two Populist-Right Parties, The League in the north and Five Star in the south.

(2) (Britain, Russia) Soviet double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the UK city of Salisbury by a nerve gas agent, likely Novichok, which is Russian in origin.

3/3/2018, Saturday (+26,597) Roger Bannister, first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes, died (born 23/3/1929)

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17/2/2018, Saturday (+26,583) A magnitude 4.4 earthquake occurred near Swansea. It was felt across England from the Isle of Wight to the Lake District.

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27/1/2018, Saturday (+26,562) Ingvar Kamprad, founder of the IKEA chain, died aged 91.

15/1/2018, Monday (+26,550) The British public sector contracting company Carillion went into liquidation, threatening the jobs of its 43,000 employees and the viability of 30,000 subcontractors, in areas as diverse as school meals, infrastructure construction, and army bases.

1/1/2018, Monday (+26,536) The US State of California legalised the sale and consumption of cannabis for personal use. The substance was already legal in five other US States; Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

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31/12/2017, Sunday (+26,535) Cholera cases in Yemen, since April 2017, now stood at 994,751, with 2,226 cholera deaths, out of a total population of 28 million. Worst hit was the Yemeni port city of Al Hudaydah, with nearly 150,000 cholera cases in a population of 400,000.

28/12/2017, Thursday (+26,532) Several days of protest began in Tehran in anti-government protests, angered by a poorly-performing economy.

21/12/2017, Thursday (+26,525) In a referendum sanctioned by Madrid, the two pro-independence parties of Catalonia won a small total majority in the 135-seat Catalan Parliament; however the biggest single party was for union with Spain.

18/12/2017, Monday (+26,522) Mr Cyril Ramaphosa defeated Ms Dlamini-Zuma in elections for the Presidency of the ANC, South Africa.

7/12/2017, Thursday (+26,511) (Australia, Homosexuality) The Australian Parliament legalised same-sex marriage, a month after a referendum showed strong support for the move.

6/12/2017, Wednesday (+26,510) President Donald Trump of the USA officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and announced that he would move the US Embassy there, from Tel Aviv. There were protests from Palestinians.

4/12/2017, Monday (+26,508) The UK driving test was amended to include the use of Satnavs.

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28/11/2017, Tuesday (+26,502) North Korea test fired a missile which flew 1,000 km towards the Sea of Japan. This missile attained a height in excess of 100 km then re-entered the atmosphere, proving that North Korea has missiles with a re-entry capability.

24/11/2017, Friday (+26,498) Extremist Muslims bombed a Sufi mosque in al-Rawdah, Egypt, then shot dead many of those fleeing the scene. 305 worshippers lost their lives.

21/11/2017, Tuesday (+26,495) Mugabe bowed to the inevitable and officially resigned as President of Zimbabwe. He was succeeded by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

15/11/2017, Wednesday (+26,489) An army coup in Zimbabwe deposed 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

12/11/2017, Sunday (+26,486) A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck just after midnight close to Halabja near the Iran-Iraq border. At least 530 people were killed and 8,000 injured.

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31/10/2017, Tuesday (+26,474)

27/10/2017, Friday (+26,470) Catalonia formally declared independence from Spain, just as Spain invoked Article 155 of its Constitution, never before used, to enable it to take direct control of Catalonia and suspend its regional government.

24/10/2017, Tuesday (+26,467) Albert Einstein�s �Theory of Happiness� a 17-word note written to a bellboy in Tokyo in 1922 in lieu of a tip, sold for US$ 1.56 million.

22/10/2017, Sunday (+26,465) Voters in two of Italy�s wealthiest northern regions, Veneto and Lombardy. Voted overwhelmingly for greater autonomy. On a turnout of 58% in Veneto and just over 50% in Lombardy, over 95% of votes were for more autonomy.

21/10/2017, Saturday (+26,464) Elections in the Czech Republic produced gains for the Populist Right.

19/10/2017, Thursday (+26,462) (Space exploration) Rob Weryk of the University of Hawaii first spotted an asteroid-like object that, from its speed and trajectory, appeared to have originated from outside the Solar System.

15/10/2017, Sunday (+26,458) Elections in Austria produced gains for the far-right party, over issues of immigration.

2/10/2017, Monday (+26,445) Early in the morning, a gunman opened fire in Las Vegas. Shooting from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, he killed 58 and injured over 500. He shot himself dead as policed closed in. The gunman was initially alleged to be ISIS related but in fact there was no link to any terrorist organisation. The motive remains unknown.

1/10/2017, Sunday (+26,444) Catalonia held a referendum, which was strongly opposed by the Spanish Government, on independence. Madrid took down web-based polling sites, and 4,000 police occupied and closed down over half the polling stations. Pro-independence Catalans occupied, from Friday night, the schools which were to be used as polling stations. There were riots in Barcelona, with over 800 injured as police fired rubber bullets, which are illegal in Catalonia but not in the rest of Spain. In the event 2.26 million managed to vote, out of an electorate of just over 5 million. Of this turnout of 43.6%, 90% voted Yes to independence. Catalonia reasserted on 2/10/2017 that it would declare independence: Spain said it would invoke Article 155 of its Constitution to suspend and take over the regional government of Catalonia.

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29/9/2017, Friday (+26,442)

27/9/2017, Wednesday (+26,440) The World Health Organisation declared that measles had been �eliminated� from the UK, Spain and Denmark for the first time ever; these countries had been free of the disease for 36 months. 33 of the 53 countries in Europe were now measles-free. However doctors in the UK were still treating 1,000 cases from overseas. Over 95% of British children had been vaccinated with the MMR jab, despite publicity against it.In 1961 there were 764,000 measles cases in Britain, resulting in 152 deaths.

26/9/2017, Tuesday (+26,439) Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women driving. From 24/6/2018 women would be allowed to drive there.

25/9/2017, Monday (+26,438) Iraqi Kurdish independence vote. This vote was opposed by countries neighbouring Iraq because it might promote secession in their Kurdish regions. The result was 93% in favour of independence from Iraq, on a turnout of 72%. Some anti-independence voters boycotted the poll. Turkey threatened sanctions, including a boycott of Kurdish oil exports.

24/9/2017, Sunday (+26,437) German elections. Angela Markel�s CDU (Christian Democratic Union) Party still had the largest number of seats, but lost votes as her share fell to 33%, from 41.5% in 2013, the lowest since 1949. Meanwhile the Far Right AfD (Alternative for Germany) Party gained, securing 12.6% of the vote, especially in the rural east, on the back of concerns about immigration levels. In Saxony, the AfD got a vote of 27%.

20/9/2017, Wednesday (+26,433) Police in Catalonia arrested 14 Catalan government officials suspected of organising the referendum, and seized 10 million ballot papers. 40,000 people protested in Barcelona against the police actions.

19/9/2017, Tuesday (+26,432) A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico, killing 248.

17/9/2017, Sunday (+26,430)

15/9/2017, Friday (+26,428) (1) A terrorist bomb exploded on a tube carriage at Parsons Green, SW London. 29 people were injured. The bomb only partially exploded.

(2) The Cassini spacecraft, which had been orbiting Saturn since 2004, dived into Saturn�s atmosphere to be destroyed. The spacecraft had almost run out of fuel, making it uncontrollable. This was to ensure the spacecraft did not crash into Enceladus, where a subsurface ocean of liquid water is believed to exist, and possibly contaminate it with terrestrial bacteria.

14/9/2017, Thursday (+26,427) North Korea fired another missile over the Japanese island of Hokkaido, into the Pacific Ocean. The missile rose to an altitude of 770 km, and travelled 3,700 km, which would have taken it to Guam had it travelled southwards not east.

8/9/2017, Friday (+26,421)

7/9/2017, Thursday (+26,420) (1) The most powerful earthquake for more than a century struck Tapachula, southern Mexico. The magnitude 8.2 quake killed at least 96 people.

(2) Four Israeli jets fired missiles at a Syrian facility believed to be a site of chemicals weapons production, killing two Syrians.

6/9/2017, Wednesday (+26,419) The Catalan Parliament approved the independence referendum legislation after a heated 11-hour session in which 52 opposition MPs walked out. The legislation was declared illegal by Madrid the following day, but Catalonia vowed to go ahead with the poll.

5/9/2017, Tuesday (+26,418)

4/9/2017, Monday (+26,417) Queen Elizabeth II opened the third Forth Bridge, exactly 53 years after the second (road) bridge was opened by her. The cost of the new bridge was �1.35bn, as against �11.5m (�210m in 2017 prices) for the 2nd brodge. The original road bridge will now be for cyclists and buses only.

3/9/2017, Sunday (+26,416) North Korea detonated a test Hydrogen Bomb underground in its north-east. The test produced a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. The missile was reported to be capable of being fitted on an ICBM and hitting the USA.

1/9/2017, Friday (+26,414)

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28/8/2017, Monday (+26.410) North Korea test fired a missile, which overflew the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, travelled 1,000 km and landed in the Pacific. Japan protested at the intrusion into its airspace.

27/8/2017, Sunday (+26,409) A mystery gas cloud drifted in over Beachy Head from the sea; 233 people were taken to Eastbourne Hospital with eye irritation and breathing difficulties. The cloud was possibly chlorine from a ship cleaning out its container tanks.

26/8/2017, Saturday (+26,408) Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, dumping 50 inches of rainfall in the Houston area and causing major flooding.

25/8/2017, Friday (+26,407) Militant Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar attacked 30 police posts and a military base, in response to Burmese persecution of the minority Muslim group. Subsequently, many Rohingya fled across the border into Bangladesh.

17/8/2017, Thursday (+26,399) An Islamist terror attack killed 13 and injured over 100 in Barcelona. A vehicle was driven into pedestrians in Las Ramblas. In a related incident, a car was intercepted by police in the resort of Cambrils; several injuries occurred and the car occupants were killed.

8/8/2017, Tuesday (+26,390) A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Sichuan province, China, killing 19 and injuring 247.

5/8/2017, Saturday (+26,387) The �Lucifer� heatwave hit Europe, with temperatures having reached over 42C in Spain, and predicted to attain 46 C across Italy, the Balkans and Poland, as the jet stream brought very warm air northwards.

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28/7/2017, Friday (+26,379) North Korea launched a further missile, which landed inside the Japanese Economic Zone waters. The missile attained a height which indicated it had intercontinental ballistic capabilities, threatening the US.

21/7/2017, Friday (+26,372) A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Bodrum, SW Turkey.

14/7/2017, Friday (+26,365) Two Israeli policemen were shot by Palestinians near the Temple Mount, Jerusalem. Israel imposed security measures including metal detectors on Muslim worshippers at the Haram al Sharif Mosque. These measures were seen as part of the Israeli occupation and sparked further protests and riots in Jerusalem,

6/7/2017, Thursday (+26,357) Anti-G20 Summit protestors in Hamburg blocked roads and set cars alight.

5/7/2017, Wednesday (+26,356) Volvo announced that it would stop making petrol and diesel only cars within two years, thereafter only manufacturing only electric or hybrid cars, There were rising concerns over vehicle pollution, exacerbated by the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and the Mayor of London, Siddiq Khan, predicted that within eight years, all diesel and petrol cars could face a �24 charge to enter London.

4/7/2017, Tuesday (+26,355) North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile which flew 930 km/580 miles, on US Independence Day.

1/7/2017, Saturday (+26,352) A 1st class stamp cost 65p, and a second class stamp cost 56p.

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19/6/2017, Monday (+26,340) Shortly after midnight a White man drove a van into a crowd of Muslims eating a communal meal in a street in Finsbury Park, London, after the Ramadan fast had ended. One man died and 10 were injured; the driver was arrested.

16/6/2017, Friday (+26,337) German statesman Helmut Kohl died, aged 87.

14/6/2017, Wednesday (+26,335) Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey, 120 flat, residential tower block in the deprived north of Kensington and Chelsea Borough, caught fire just after midnight. The block could have housed as many as 600 people. Around 100 were believed to have been killed, with 64 taken to hospital, 20 in critical care. The cladding panels that had been added to the outside of the block caught fire, setting the entire tower ablaze; cheaper flammable cladding had been used instead of fire-retardant panels.

13/6/2017, Tuesday (+26,334) Otto Warnbier, a 22-year old student at the University of Virginia, was unexpectedly released from North Korea after more than a year in detention following his conviction for stealing a propaganda poster whilst on a tour of the country. He had been sentenced to 15 years hard labour for this offence following a 1-hour trial. He was returned in a state of severe brain damage, and died on 19/6/2017. The cause of his brain damage has not been determined.

10/6/2017, Saturday (+26,331)

9/6/2017, Friday (+26,330) Carles Puigdemont, recent successor to Mas as regional President of Catalonia, announced he would hold an independence referendum on 1/10/2017. Madrid denounced the referendum as illegal and said it would block the poll by any means it could, legal and political.

8/6/2017, Thursday (+26,329) (1) UK General Election. Theresa May, Conservative Prime Minister, had hoped to make large gains, as two years after the 2015 election which gave the Conservatives a majority of just 6, she was well ahead of Labour in the opinion polls in April 2017. However during the election campaign she proposed financial limits on payment for dementia care which would have meant many older people having to sell their home rather than pass it to their families. By the time the election was held her opinion poll lead had shrunk to just 1% to 7%. The results were, Conservatives 318, loss 18; Labour 261, gain 31; Liberal Democrats 12, gain 3; SNP 35, loss 19; DUP 10, gain 2; Sinn Feinn 7, gain 3; UKIP 0 (no change) Green 1 (no change), Others 12.Prime Minister Theresa May was forced into a coalition with the DUP to maintain majority government; this could limit her hand on Brexit, since the DUP did not want a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

(2) North Korea test-fired a further land to sea missile.

7/6/2017, Wednesday (+26,328) North Korea test-fired 4 anti-ship missiles.

5/6/2017, Monday (+26,326) Two weeks after US President Trump visited the Middle East and expressed backing for Saudi Arabia, the Saudis and their allies in the region cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed the border. They alleged that Qatar was supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Iran.

3/6/2017, Saturday (+26,324) Three Islamist terrorists killed 7 and injured 48 in three simultaneous attacks in London, at London Bridge and Borough Market. The three terrorists were killed by security forces.

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31/5/2017, Wednesday (+26,321) A powerful car bomb exploded in Kabul, killing 90 and injuring a further 460.

29/5/2017, Monday (+26,319) (1) Manuel Noriega, former ruler of Panama, died aged 83.

(2) North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that flew for 280 miles in 6 minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan. This was reported to be the second test-firing of a missile in two days by North Korea.

28/5/2017, Sunday (+26,318) A temperature of 54 C was recorded at Turbat, Pakistan.

25/5/2017, Thursday (+26,315)

22/5/2017, Monday (+26,312) An Islamist terrorist set off a bomb at a music concert in Manchester. 22 were killed and 59 injured.

21/5/2017, Sunday (+26,311) North Korea test-fired a further ballistic missile.

15/5/2017, Monday (+26,305)

13/5/2017, Saturday (+26,303) North Korea test fired a further ballistic missile, which flew 430 miles. It fell into the sea between Russia and Japan,

12/5/2017, Friday (+26,302) A massive cyber-attack, the biggest in the world to date, hit almost 100 countries across the world. Computers were hit by ransomware, which encrypted their files and users could not recover them without paying several hundred pounds in Bitcoin. In the UK the NHS was badly affected; a vulnerability factor was the continued use of outdated software. The attack combined features of ransomware with a worm that enabled it to spread within computer networks. The identity of the attacker remains unknown.

7/5/2017, Sunday (+26,297) In the final round of the French Presidential Elections, Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche Party won 66.1% of votes cast, against 39.1% for Marine le Pen of the Front National. However Macron was only supported by 43.6% of the total electorate, le Pen receiving 22.4%, whilst 25.4% of voters abstained and 8.5% of ballot papers were left blank or spoilt, as a protest against both the candidates on offer.

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18/4/2017, Tuesday (+26,278) UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a surprise snap General Election for 8/6/2017. With opinion polls showing the Conservatives ahead at 44% against Labour�s 23%, under their unpopular leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Conservatives stood a good chance of enhancing their current majority of 17 to perhaps over 100. However Corbyn said he would not stand at this election, so Labour might have a more electable leader by then.

17/4/2017, Monday (+26,277) Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner, died aged 87.

16/4/2017, Sunday (+26,276) Easter Sunday (1) The day after North Korea�s annual celebrations of �The Day of the Sun� (15 April, the anniversary of the birth of the founder of North Korea, President Kim Il Sung), with a large military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea attempted to launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket. However the rocket blew up on the launch pad. President Trump of the USA had, stationed a naval strike force just off North Korea, ready to strike either Pyongyang or the rocket launch pads. On 17/4/2017 North Korea threatened to conduct one missile test every week.

(2) A referendum in Turkey was narrowly won by President Erdogan, with 51.3% of the vote. The victory gave him wider powers.

14/4/2017, Friday (+26,274)

11/4/2017, Tuesday (+26,271) Samir Frangieh, Lebanese leftist politician (born 12/4/1945) died.

10/4/2017, Monday (+26,270) The US sent the large aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the sea off North Korea, as a show of force.

8/4/2017, Saturday (+26,268)

6/4/2017, Thursday (+26,266) (1) US President Trump ordered the firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat Airbase, Syria, in response to the gas attack of 2/4/2017. 4 were killed. Russia, an ally of Assad, was angry and said the incident had nearly started a war between Russia and the US. Trump said he might fire more missiles into Syria.

(2) An Islamist terrorist drove a lorry into crowds shopping in the centre of Stockholm; 4 people were killed.

5/4/2017, Wednesday (+26,265) North Korea test-fired a medium range missile which they said was capable of destroying a US aircraft carrier. The missile failed.

4/4/2017, Tuesday (+26,264) 58 were killed by poison gas in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. Government forces under Assad were blamed

3/4/2017, Monday (+26,263) An Islamist terrorist bomb exploded on the St Petersburg metro system; a second bomb was defused.14 were killed and 50 injured. The bomber was from Kyrgyzstan.

2/4/2017, Sunday (+26,262) Run-off presidential elections in Ecuador produced a narrow victory for the :Leftist candidate, Moreno (51%) over the 49% for the Rightist Lasso. The narrow margin produced accusations of fraud from the Right. Assange, who had been avoiding extradition to Sweden on rape charges (and on to the US on espionage charges) by hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since August 2012, was relieved; Lasso had said he would evict him if he won.

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28/3/2017, Tuesday (+26,257) (Britain, Europe) Late this evening, UK Prime Minister Theresa May signed Article 50, triggering the exit process of the UK from the EU. The letter was delivered to Donald Tusk (Poland), President of the European Council, on 29/3/2017. The two-year negotiation process was started; however after the inconclusive UK General Election of 8/6/2017 this timetable was looking tight.

22/3/2017, Wednesday (+26,251) In an Islamist terrorist attack on the Houses of Parliament, London, four people died (including the attacker) and 40 were injured. One of the dead was a policeman who was stabbed. A 4x4 was driven across Westminster Bridge, killing and injuring pedestrians, before crashing a barrier at Parliament. One of the injured, a tourist, died later in hospital.

21/3/2017, Tuesday (+26,250) Martin McGuinness, former IRA leader and latterly politician in the peace process, died aged 66.

13/3/2017, Monday (+26,242) Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, announced she would campaign for a second referendum on independence from the UK. This was in response to the imminent triggering of Article 50 by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, starting the exit process from the EU.

6/3/2017, Monday (+26,235) North Korean artillery fired four missiles into the Sea of Japan, as part of an exercise simulating a North Korean attack on US bases in Japan; some missiles landed within 200 miles of Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the move �extremely dangerous�.

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28/2/2017, Tuesday (+26,229) Syria�s close ally Russia, also China, vetoed a UN Security Council resolution authorising sanctions against the Syrian government for use of chemical weapons.

20/2/2017, Monday (+26,221) The UN declared a famine in South Sudan; the first famine it had declared for six years.

12/2/2017, Sunday (+26,213) North Korea successfully launched a solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile from a submarine. This was an act of defiance against the new Trump administration in the US.

6/2/2017, Monday (+26,207) The coalition Israeli Government, led by Binyamin Netanyahu, passed a Bill that legalised certain Israeli settlements built on privately-owned Palestinian land.

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29/1/2017, Sunday (+26,199) A White Supremacist student went to a mosque in Quebec and shot six Muslim worshippers. He was later captured by police.

27/1/2017, Friday (+26,197) President Trump of the US issued a controversial executive order instituting a temporary travel ban on the entry of people to the US from seven mainly-Muslim countries. The ban was challenged and overturned in the US Courts.

20/1/2017, Friday (+26,190) President Trump was inaugurated as 45th President of the USA.

18/1/2017, Wednesday (+26,188) Four further earthquakes of magnitudes 5.3, 5.7, 5.3 and 5.1 hit central Italy, close to the site of last year�s quakes. The epicentre was about 130 km NE of Rome, where the tremors were felt. The earthquake was blamed for a snow avalanche that killed 30 tourists at a hotel in eastern-central Italy.

1/1/2017, Sunday (+26,171)

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31/12/2016, Saturday (+26,170) A nightclub in Istanbul packed with New Year�s Eve revellers was attacked by a gunman who killed 39 and injured 69.

20/12/2016, Tuesday (+26159) The Eurasia Road Tunnel, under the Bosporus, Istanbul, Turkey, opened to traffic.

19/12/2016, Monday (+26,158) (1) A large lorry was driven into crowds at a Christmas market in Berlin. The lorry had been hijacked by an Islamist terrorist who killed the Polish driver and drove it, laden with 25 tonnes of steel, into the market. 12 shoppers were killed and 48 injured.

(2) The Russian Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in an art gallery in Ankara by an Islamist gunman in revenge for the Russian intervention to support pro-Assad forces in Syria. Turkey was in opposition to the Russian policy in Syria, being very anti-Assad.

13/12/2016, Tuesday (+26,152) Aleppo was completely taken by Syrian Government forces, after rebel fighters were defeated, with Russian assistance. However, the Syrian civil war, which had begun in 2011, continued, and fighting was still reported in the Aleppo area.

11/12/2016, Sunday (+26,150) 28 were killed and 49 injured in an ISIS bomb attack on St Mark�s Cathedral, Cairo.

10/12/2016, Saturday (+26,149) An explosion at a football match in Istanbul killed 35 people and injured 155. Kurdish militants were blamed.

4/12/2016, Sunday (+26,143) Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister, resigned after a referendum rejected his government reform proposals by over 60%.

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25/11/2016, Friday (+26,134) Fidel Castro, former leader of Cuba from 1959, died aged 90. He had been succeeded by his brother Raul in 2008.

8/11/2016, Tuesday (+26,117) In US elections, Donald Trump (Republican) defeated Hillary Clinton (Democrat) to become the 45th President. The Republicans also took the Senate and Congress.

3/11/2016, Thursday (+26,112) (UK, EU) Britain�s High Court ruled that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, could not trigger Article 50 to leave the EU without Parliamentary approval. This ruling was later upheld by the Supreme Court. This opened up the possibility of Parliament severely delaying or even thwarting the Brexit process.

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30/10/2016, Sunday (+26,108) A magnitude 6.6 shallow (10km) earthquake hit central Italy; this was the 4th significant quake there in four months. Further damage was done to historic buildings but no fatalities were reported.

26/10/2016, Wednesday (+26,104) Demolition of the �Jungle� refugee camp at Calais began. Its residents were dispersed to reception areas across France. However some inhabitants set up their own unofficial tent cities in central Paris.

13/10/2016, Thursday (+26,091) King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand died, aged 88, after a 70-year reign. He was succeeded by Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, after a period of mourning.

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28/9/2016, Wednesday (+26,076) Shimon Peres, Labour leader of Israel from 1977, died aged 93.

9/9/2016, Friday (+26,057) North Korea conducted its 5th nuclear test, the largest to date.

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27/8/2016, Saturday (+26,044) the NASA space probe Juno successfully skimmed the planet Jupiter, the start of an 18-month mission to gather data on the planet.

24/8/2016, Wednesday (+26,041) (1) The United Nations determined that the Syrian government twice used helicopters to deploy chlorine gas against its opponents, in civilian areas in the northern Idlib province. A later report held the government responsible for a third attack. The attacks occurred in 2014 and 2015. The panel also found that ISIS had used mustard gas.

(2) A shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Umbria region of central Italy.247 people were killed.

19/8/2016, Friday (+26,036) A 24-hour service was introduced on parts of London Underground�s Victoria and Central Lines.

6/8/2016, Saturday (+26,023) The newly-elected leader of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), or Western Sahara, President Brahim Gali, vowed to continue the fight for liberation from Moroccan occupation.

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22/7/2016, Friday (+26,008) A German-Iranian gunman opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich, killing 9 and injuring 21. He later killed himself.

16/7/2016, Saturday (+26,002) US Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.

15/7/2016, Friday (+26,001) A military coup began in Turkey. The military wanted to preserve the secular nature of Turkey and were against the Islamist policies of President Erdogan. However by 16/7/2016 the coup had failed, with 161 dead, over 1,400 injured and some 3,000 arrested.

14/7/2016, Thursday (+26,000) Islamist terrorists drove a lorry into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. 84 were killed and 202 injured, 18 critically. The lorry driver was shot dead by police. The lorry contained guns and explosives, raising fears that a worse attack could have been possible.

13/7/2016, Wednesday (+25,999) Theresa May became Conservative Prime Minister as Cameron resigned. She won with the backing of some 60% of Tory MPs. Other contenders, including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom, had backed out of the leadership contest. The UK had still not yet invoked Chapter 50.

1/7/2016, Friday (+25,987) A 1st class stamp cost 64p, and a second class stamp cost 55p.

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28/6/2016, Tuesday (+25,984) Line 11 of the Shenzhen Metro opened.

26/6/2016, Sunday (+25,982) (UK, European Union) The fallout from the Brexit vote continued. David Cameron delayed invoking Chapter 50, which would kickstart a 2-year procedure to negotiate the UK�s withdrawal from the EU. Cameron expressed a preference for his successor as Tory leader to undertake these negotiations. Meanwhile EU leaders were pressuring the UK to invoke Chapter 50 soon. The EU leaders feared further �Exit� referenda in countries like France, The Netherlands, Denmark, possibly Sweden, in Spain, Greece, and even Germany and the Czech republic. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn�s, position seemed precarious as ten of his Cabinet resigned, over his lacklustre support for the Remain campaign. There was debate within the UK as to whether the Referendum result was actually binding, especially if a UK General Election ensued within a few months, which itself would require legislation to amend the five year rule for such elections. Also by this afternoon, nearly 3.4 million people had signed a petition asking for a second Brexit Referendum; some signatures were suspected of coming from outside the UK.

23/6/2016, Thursday (+25,979) (UK, European Union) The UK voted 51.9% to leave the European Union in the so-called Brexit referendum. David Cameron resigned as Conservative Prime Minister. The actual figures were, OUT, 17,410,742, IN, 16,141,241, Turnout = 72.2%.

21/6/2016, Tuesday (+25,977) A temperature of 54 C was recorded at Mitribah, Kuwait.

16/6/2016, Thursday (+25,972) Jo Cox, 41, MP for Batley and Spen, a Yorkshire constituency, was killed, shot and stabbed, by Mr Tommy Mair. Mr Mair supported the far-Right and was against immigration, and perceived Ms Cox as favouring immigration.

12/6/2016, Sunday (+25,968) An Islamist gunman, Omar Mateen, entered a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and killed 50 people. It was the worst massacre in recent US history.

3/6/2016, Friday (+25,959) (1) Severe floods hit Paris and northern France. The River Seine reached over 6 metres above normal level. It was the worst flooding in the region since 1910.

(2) In the UK, four of the seven board members of the National Obesity Forum resigned in protest over a report that people should eat more fat, less sugar, to lose weight.

2/6/2016, Thursday (+25,958) British Home Stores, once a flagship of UK High Streets, went into liquidation. No buyer had been found for the 88-year-old business, putting 163 stores and 11,000 jobs on the line.

1/6/2016, Wednesday (+25,957) The St Gotthard base tunnel opened to rail traffic after 20 years under construction. At 57.5 km, or 35 miles, it was the world�s longest tunnel to date.

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31/5/2016, Tuesday (+25,956) 25 people died in airstrikes in Idlib, Syria.

30/5/2016, Monday (+25,955) The trial of Hissein Habre, aged 73, former President of Chad 1982-1990, concluded. He was found guilty by the Court in Senegal of crimes including mass rape and torture. Overall, an estimated 40,000 people were murdered under his rule before he was deposed and fled into Senegal.

22/5/2016, Sunday (+25,947) In Austrian Presidential elections, Mr Norbert Hofer of the far-Right lost to Mr Alexander Van der Bellen of the Greens by the narrow margin of 0.6%. The result was connected to rising concern about migration into Europe from Asia and Africa.

18/5/2016, Wednesday (+25,943) An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed in the Mediterranean north west of the Nile Delta.

17/5/2016, Tuesday (+25,942) A wave of strikes hit France. Petrol stations ran dry as strikers picketed refinery gates. Workers were objecting to France introducing more flexible labour laws.

10/5/2016, Tuesday (+25,935) Duterte (born 28/3/1945) was elected President of the Philippines.

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22/4/2016, Friday (+25,917) (Environment) Leaders of 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement, setting an accord for tackling climate change.

21/4/2016, Thursday (+25,916) The artist Prince, full name Prince Rogers Nelson, born 7/6/1958, died.

19/4/2016, Tuesday (+25,914)

17/4/2016, Sunday (+25,912) A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Tonga.

16/4/2016, Saturday (+25,911) The second of two earthquakes hit Japan; the first was on 14/4/2016, magnitude 6.2, on the southern island of Kyushu; 44 died. The second quake was magnitude 7.0, also on Kyushu. Also on 16/4/2016 the most powerful quake for 70 years hit Ecuador, magnitude 7.8, killing over 500 and injuring 4,000.

1/4/2016, Friday (+25,896) The National Living Wage (Minimum Wage) in the UK was set at �7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 or more. The previous Minimum Wage was �6.70 per hour.

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27/3/2016, Sunday (+25,891) Easter Sunday.

22/3/2016, Tuesday (+25,886) Islamic bomb attacks hit central Brussels and Brussels Airport. 37 were killed and 187 injured.

20/3/2016, Sunday (+25,884) US President Barack Obama became the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 3-day visit.

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19/2/2016, Friday (+25,854) (Great Britain, EU) Prime Minister David Cameron concluded negotiations for a deal redefining the relationship between the UK and the EU. This was a preliminary move before a UK referendum to be held on whether the UK should leave the EU. On 20/2/2016 the date for this referendum was set for 23/6/2016.

7/2/2016, Sunday (+25,842) North Korea launched a satellite into orbit. The US and South Korea made strong protests, because the same rocket technology could be used for an intercontinental nuclear strike.

6/2/2016, Saturday (+25,841) A shallow magnitude 6.4 quake hit Taiwan; 38 people died.

4/2/2016, Thursday (+25,839)

2/2/2016, Tuesday (+25,837) The World Health Organisation declared Zika to be a global emergency, on a par with Ebola, as Brazil mobilised 220,000 troops to fight the disease, spraying against mosquitoes and checking for stagnant water where the mosquito might breed. However the Rio carnival went ahead and Brazil said it would not cancel the Olympics. Cases of microcephaly, which first appeared in Polynesia in 2014, rose in Brazil to 3,700 since October 2015, compared with fewer than 200 in 2014. An estimated 1.5 million Brazilians now carry the Zika virus, which usually causes very little illness in adults, so they may be unaware of any risk to their unborn baby.

1/2/2016, Monday (+25,836) Murray Louis, American dancer and choreographer died (born 1926).

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31/1/2016, Sunday (+25,835) Terry Wogan, radio and TV presenter, died aged 77. He was born on 3/8/1938 in Ireland and became a British citizen in 2005.

27/1/2016 Wednesday (+25,831) Concerns grew about the Zika virus, which if contracted by pregnant women could cause the baby to have microcephaly. The virus is spread by mosquitoes and may affect all the Americas except Canada and Chile, also much of Africa and southern Asia.

10/1/2016, Sunday (+25,814) David Bowie, born in 1947 as David Jones in Brixton, London, died of cancer two days after his 69th birthday.

6/1/2016, Wednesday (+25,810) North Korea claimed to have exploded a Hydrogen Bomb in an underground test. China, North Korea�s closest ally expressed anger over this and over claims that North Korea had also succeeded in firing a missile from a submarine. However the explosion was smaller than would be expected from a true Hydrogen Bomb, and may have been a �boosted fission� bomb instead.

5/1/2016, Tuesday (+25,809) Violent riots broke out in Kaliachak, West Bengal, India, after political activist Kamlesh Tiwari allegedly insulted the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

4/1/2016, Monday (+25,808) Sweden introduced border controls on the Oresund Bridge border with Denmark to try and slow the influx of migrants. In response Denmark introduced border controls on its German border. The Schengen ideal appeared to be unravelling.

3/1/2016, Sunday (+25,807) The United Kingdom designated Ascension Island and its surrounding waters in the Atlantic Ocean as a Marine protected area. The reserve was almost as big as the UK with just over half of the protected area completely closed to fishing.

2/1/2016, Saturday (+25,806) Saudi Arabia announced the execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr-al-Nimr, along with 46 others accused of promoting violent dissent. There were protests by Shia Muslims across the Middle East.

1/1/2016, Friday (+25,805) The two-child policy took effect in China, allowing couples in the country to have at most two children, replacing the controversial one-child policy. The change in law was announced by the ruling Communist Party on October 29 and passed the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on December 27, five days prior to its effect.

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31/12/2015, Thursday (+25,804) Some 200 women alleged they had been groped, robbed and even raped during New Year�s Eve celebrations in Cologne by migrant gangs. Tensions in Germany over mass immigration increased.

30/12/2015, Wednesday (+25,803) The Philippines said it will join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank despite disputes between it and the bank's founder, China.

29/12/2015, Tuesday (+25,802) For the first time since March 2014, Guinea was declared free from Ebola virus transmissions by the World Health Organization.

28/12/2015, Monday (+25,801) Iraq retook Ramadi from ISIS.

27/12/2015, Sunday (+25,800) (1) York was hit by flooding, the worst since 1982. By 29/12/2015 some 6,700 properties across northern England had been hit by floods.

26/12/2015, Saturday (+25,799) Heavy rainfall began, lasting for three days, in Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois, causing severe flooding.

25/12/2015, Friday (+25,798) Troops were out in Cumbria erecting flood barriers as the area was flooded by heavy rains for the third time in a month.

16/12/2015, Wednesday (+25,789) The UK�s last deep coal mine, Kellingley Colliery, near Wakefield, Yorkshire, closed. It once employed 3,000 workers.

7/12/2015, Monday (+25,780) (USA) Donald Trump, contender for the Republican Presidential nomination, called for a ban on all Muslims entering the US, after an Islamic gunman shot 14 dead in San Bernardino, California, whilst the conflict with ISIS was still ongoing. There were widespread protests at his comments, and over 550,000 people in the UK signed a petition to ban him from Britain.

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25/11/2015, Wednesday (+25,768) (race, women) The first Asian woman to become a High Court Judge in Britain, Mrs Cheena-Grubb, 49, from Derby, was sworn in. There were now 22 female High Court Judges, compared with just 10 in 2005.

24/11/2015, Tuesday (+25,767) (Islam, Turkey, Russia)Turkey shot down a Russian jet fighter that was taking part in Russia�s pro-Assad campaign in Syria, against both ISIS and non-ISIS rebels. Turkey said the aircraft had transgressed into Turkish airspace, and was warned several times. Russia denied the warnings, and it appeared the jet had at most been in Turkish airspace for 2 or 3 seconds as it (might have) crossed a finger of Turkish territory jutting into Syria.

18/11/2015, Wednesday (+25,761)

12/11/2015, Thursday (+25,755) �Jihadi John� was killed by a US drone strike in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqah, northern Syria.

13/11/2015, Friday (+25,756) Multiple attacks by Islamic gunmen across six sites in Paris, including the Stade de France, the Bataclan concert hall, and the Cambodge restaurant. 132 dead and 352 injured, 99critically..

5/11/2015, Thursday (+25,748) Pierre Maurice Gy, French chemist, died (born 25/7/1924).

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31/10/2015, Saturday (+25,743) A Russian plane disintegrated in mid-air shortly after taking off from Sharm el Sheikh airport, Egypt, on a flight back to St Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed.

26/10/2015, Monday (+25,738) A magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan, killing over 200 people.

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30/9/2015, Wednesday (+25,712) (Islam, Russia) Russia began airstrikes in Syria, against anti-Assad rebels.

24/9/2015, Thursday (+25,706) 717 pilgrims died and 863 were injured in a stampede at Mina during the Haj, Mecca.

23/9/2015, Wednesday (+25,705) The head of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, resigned over the scandal over faked emissions levels.

18/9/2015, Friday (+25,700) A major scandal broke at Volkswagen when it emerged that the company had developed special �Defeat� software to fool US government testing procedures to test the nitrous oxide emissions levels of their diesel cars. The cars appeared to emit 40x less pollution than would be the actual case in real-world motoring; the cars also appeared to be more fuel-efficient than in reality, due to procedures such as removing the wing mirrors to reduce drag.

14/9/2015, Monday (+25,696) Gravity waves generated by a collision between two Black Holes were detected by interferometers at the LIGO facility in the US.

11/9/2015, Friday (+25,693) A crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque, Mecca, killing 109 worshippers.

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28/8/2015, Friday (+25,679) McKinley National Park, USA, was renamed �Denali�.

24/8/2015, Monday (+25,675) English racing driver Justin Wilson died of injuries sustained in a crash the previous day.

21/8/2015, Friday (+25,672) (Iran, UK, US) Britain and Iran re-opened their embassies in each other�s capitals. This followed a nuclear agreement between Iran and the USA organised by US President Obama (but not yet ratified by US Congress).

20/8/2015, Thursday (+25,671) Kim Jong Un, President of North Korea, put his troops on a war footing in reaction to South Korea blasting propaganda messages by loudspeaker across the border. Seoul said the propaganda broadcasts, the first since 2004, were in retaliation for a landmine that maimed two South Korean soldiers. North Korea threatened to shoot out the loudspeakers. There was also exchange of gunfire between the two countries.

18/8/2015, Tuesday (+25,669)

17/8/2015, Monday (+25,668) A terrorist bomb exploded at the Erawan Buddhist shrine in central Bangkok, killing over 20 and injuring more than 120. No-one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

12/8/2015, Wednesday (+25,663) A large explosion in Tianjin, China, destroyed a warehouse containing several hundred tons of hazardous chemicals. At least 50 died and over 700 injured.

7/8/2015, Friday (+25,552) The U.N. Security Council authorised investigators to probe reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, as reports circulated of repeated chlorine gas attacks by government forces against civilians in opposition-held areas. Chlorine gas, though not as toxic as nerve agents, can be classified as a chemical weapon depending on its use.

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26/7/2015, Sunday (+25,646) Ebola continued in Guinea and Sierra Leone, albeit at much lower levels than the peak of the late-2014 outbreak. The Lancet reported on a vaccine with a 1005 success rate, as total cases from February 2014 now stood at: Guinea, 3,786 cases, 2,520 deaths; Liberia, 10,672 cases, 4,808 deaths; Sierra Leone, 13,290 cases, 3,951 deaths. There had also been 1 case in Italy, 8 cases and 6 deaths in Mali, 20 cases and 8 deaths in Nigeria, 1 case in Senegal, 1 case in Spain, 1 case in the UK, and 4 cases, 1 death in the USA.

20/7/2015, Monday (+25,640) The trial of former Chadian President (1982-1990), Hissein Habre, began, see 30/5/2016.

14/7/2015, Tuesday (+25,634) (1) Iran and the West reached a nuclear deal.

(2) The space probe New Horizons reached Pluto.

5/7/2015, Sunday (+25,625) A referendum in Greece solidly rejected the austerity measures demanded by the IMF and Brussels as a condition of further loans to Greece to rescue its economy. However these measures were largely implemented after the Greek banks and stock exchange closed and drastic limits were imposed on cashpoint withdrawals.

1/7/2015, Wednesday (+25,621) The average cost of entry to a UK theme park stood at �55, up 80% on ten years earlier. A pint of beer averaged �3.15, up from �2.34 ten years earlier. Retail prices had risen by 29% over ten years.

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30/6/2015, Tuesday (+25,620) Europe�s refugee crisis continued To this day, illegal arrivals from 1/1/2015 totalled over 340,000. 102,342 refugees from the Middle East and Kosovo had arrived via Hungary; 132,340 from the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan areas had arrived via Turkey and Greece; 91,302 from Africa had arrived via Libya and Italy, and 6,698 from Syria and west Africa had arrived via Spain.

26/6/2015, Friday (+25,616) Islamist gunmen stormed a tourist beach at Sousse, Tunisia, shooting dead 38 holidaymakers. The Tunisian holiday industry subsequently collapsed. Simultaneous terrorist attacks took place in France and Kuwait.

16/6/2015, Tuesday (+25,606) Donald Trump launched his campaign for the US Presidency.

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29/5/2015, Friday (+25,588) In India, over 2,000 had died because of heatwave, with temperatures reaching 50 C. This exceeded the previous toll of 1,677 in a heatwave in 1995.

23/5/2015, Saturday (+25,582) (Ireland, Homosexuality) Ireland voted by a margin of 2:1 to legalise gay marriage. The result, 1,201,607 YES votes against 734,300 NO, was remarkable in a strongly Catholic country. The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, said the Church may have become disconnected with young people, and ruled out gay marriages in Catholic churches.

12/5/2015, Tuesday (+25,571) A second powerful earthquake hit Nepal. The 7.3 magnitude tremor struck 80 kilometres north east of Kathmandu, inuring over 1,000 people.

7/5/2015, Thursday (+25,566) General election in the UK. David Cameron won a narrow majority for the Conservatives with 331 seats. The Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) swept the board in Scotland, winning 59 of the 59 seats there; Labour lost a large number of MPs there, also losing seats to the Conservatives in England; Labour finished with 232 seats. The Liberal Democrats crashed to just 8 seats, from 56. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) won 12.6% of the vote but obtained just one MP, in Clacton; their leader, Nigel Farage, lost his Thanet South seat to the Conservatives. The UKIP leader Nigel Farage, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and the Labour leader Ed Miliband all resigned. The Conservatives picked up voted from Liberal Democrats and from UKIP supporters afraid of a Labour-SNP coalition; UKIP came second in over 100 constituencies. Voters may also have feared a Leftist government creating an economic crisis similar to that recently suffered by Greece.

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25/4/2015, Saturday (+25,554) Earthquake in Nepal killed 7,500 and injured 14,000. The magnitude 7.9 quake struck 80 kilometres north west of Kathmandu.

19/4/2015, Sunday (+25,548) The heaviest casualty incident to date of the ongoing unofficial migrant sailings across the Mediterranean to Europe occurred this day, when 770 drowned as their boat sank off the Libyan coast. In September 2014 500 drowned off Malta, on 12/4/2015 400 died as their boat capsized off Libya and on 3/10/2013 368 migrants drowned off Lampedusa. Between January and end-July 2015 187,000 migrants had arrived in the EU; 96,971 arrived in Italy, 88,695 to Greece and 1,674 had arrived in Spain.

5/4/2015, Sunday (+25,534) Easter Sunday.

1/4/2015, Wednesday (+25,530) ISIS forces took Palmyra.

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25/3/2015, Wednesday (+25,523) The BBC decided not to renew Jeremy Clarkson�s Top Gear contract after a dispute which turned physical.

24/3/2015, Tuesday (+25,522) A Germanwings plane, flying from Spain to Germany, crashed into the Alps, killing all 320 on board. It appeared that the co-pilot, having spiked the pilot�s coffee with a diuretic to ensure he left the cockpit for the toilet, then locked him out of the cabin and deliberately crashed the plane into the mountains at speed.

23/3/2015, Monday (+25,521) Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore who played a major role in the development of that country, died aged 91. He became first Prime Minister of newly-independent Singapore in 1959, remaining in government until 2011. He took Singapore into a federation with Malaysia in 1963, and took it out in 1965. He ran Singapore with a strong hand, but achieved economic growth that averaged 7% a year for four decades.

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27/2/2015, Friday (+25,497) The Russian opposition politician, Boris Nemtsov, was assassinated in Moscow; born 9/10/1959 he was aged 55. In the late 1990s Nemtsov was a close associate of Yeltsin, who put him in charge of economic reforms, although the economic crash of 1998, in which many ordinary Russians lost everything, severely dented his credibility. Nemtsov was a co-founder of the Union of Rightists, which won 8.6% of the vote, 6 million votes, in the Russian elections of 1999, and became Deputy Speaker of the Russian Parliament in February 2000, a month after Putin became President. However Nemtsov�s party was perceived as having confused policies in the face of stronger leadership by Putin and in 2003 the Union of Rightists failed to meet the threshold for qualifying for any seats in the Duma. Outside the political arena, Nemtsov became more critical of Putin, who in turn attempted to undermine Nemtsov�s business interests. Nemtsov continued to criticise Putin and government corruption generally, also censuring Putin�s involvement in the Ukraine, the shooting down of a Malaysian aircraft, and Russian annexation of the Crimea, whilst Putin was trying to publically distance himself from �Ukrainian rebel forces� in eastern Ukraine. Nemtsov had been organising an anti-Ukraine-war march in Moscow for 1/3/2015 and this march became his silent memorial procession by tens of thousands of Russians. The Kremlin, in order to prevent the bridge where Nemtsov had been killed from becoming a memorial to him, hosted a celebration of the annexation of Crimea there later in March 2015.

19/2/2015, Thursday (+25,489) Nissan�s first President and car designer Yutaka Kataytama died.

14/2/2015, Saturday (+25,484)In scenes reminiscent of the Paris Charlie Hebdo shootings (7/1/2015) an Islamist terrorist, Omar el Hussein, 22, shot dead Finn Norgaard, a 55 year old film director, at a Free Speech meeting at a cafe in central Copenhagen, at 3.30 pm Saturday.The Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who portrayed the prophet Mohammed as a �mad dog� in 2007, was beloved to have been the main target; Hussein�s entry into the cafe was thwarted by a metal detector, prompting him to spray some 200 bullets from the entrance. Hussein then went to the Krystalgade synagogue and opened fire, killing the doorman Dan Uzan, 37, and wounding two police officers, at a Bat-Mitzvah, at 1am Sunday. Danish police identified the gunman and traced his address to an apartment in the Norrebro district; by then he was on his way to the synagogue. At 5am the next morning, 15 February, armed police shot Hussein at his apartment. Hussein had just been released from prison in Denmark two weeks earlier after serving a term for aggravated assault.

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26/1/2015, Monday (+25,465) (1) Saudi Arabia led air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

(2) The Church of England appointed its first woman bishop. The Reverend Libby Lane became suffragan Bishop of Stockport at a ceremony in York Cathedral.

25/1/2015, Sunday (+25,464) (1) The Greek operatic singer Demis Roussos, born 14/6/1946, died. He sold 60 million albums, and was also known for his excess weight, 23 stone at its peak. Because of his weight be began to wear kaftans for his stage performances, reverting to trousers when he began a weight loss programme in 1980.

(2) In Greece the Left-Wing populist party Syriza, led by Alexis Tsipras, won the elections. Greece was suffering the effects of an austerity programme having gone through a major recession and owing massive debts to the EU. Syriza now threatened to default on Greece�s repayment schedule, much to the consternation of Germany. Greek debts in 2015 amounted to 175% of its GDP, with 25% unemployment.

21/1/2015, Wednesday (+25,460) Confirmed Ebola cases in Guinea reached 2,806 cases with 1,814 deaths. In Liberia cases eached 8,331 cases with 3,538 deaths. In Sierra Leone cases reached 10,124, with 3,062 deaths.

9/1/2015, Friday (+25,448) Confirmed Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reached 7,718, with early 3,000 deaths. However the epidemic seemed to be abating, with many areas free of new cases for over a month.

7/1/2015, Wednesday (+25,446) Ten cartoonists were shot dead at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, along with 2 policemen, by Islamists in revenge for perceived anti-Islamic cartoons.

1/1/2015, Thursday (+25,440)

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31/12/2014, Wednesday (+25,439) During 2014, malaria killed 627,000 worldwide, 77% of these being children under 5. In 2014 there were 207 million new cases of malaria, and Africa lost an estimated US$ 12 million productivity due to the disease.

28/12/2014, Sunday (+25,436) An Air Asia flight crashed into the Java Sea off Borneo, killing all 162 people on board. It had climbed too steeply and then stalled.

23/12/2014, Tuesday (+25,431) Construction work began on a canal across Nicaragua, 173 miles long but designed to take larger ships than the Panama Canal. The US$ 50 billion (UK� 32 billion) project would displace 29,000 people and there were fears that freshwater Lake Managua would be polluted. The Chinese-backed project, headed by Hong Kong basedHKND, was granted a renewable 50-year concession to build and operate the canal, in return for a US$ 10 billion operating fee. President Ortega�s Sandinista administration promised the project would create thousands of jobs during construction, but many Nicaraguans perceived the government as corrupt.

17/12/2014, Wednesday (+25,425) The European Parliament voted to recognise the Palestinian State by 498 votes to 88.

16/12/2014, Tuesday (+25,424) Taliban gunmen scaled the wall of an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, and began shooting indiscriminately. 141 schoolchildren were killed before the army regained control; many more had been injured. This was in revenge for Army attacks on the Taliban.

15/12/2014, Monday (+25,423) In Hong Kong police cleared away the barricades set up in September 2014 by pro-democracy demonstrators who were demanding free elections without preliminary screening of the candidates by Beijing. The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, had won against the Occupy Central movement, but popular discontent, by young educated students from affluent families remained.

4/12/2014, Thursday (+25,412) Former leader of the UK Liberal Party, Jeremy Thorpe, died aged 85. He became Party Leader in 1967, having been MP for North Devon since 1959.

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29/11/2014, Saturday (+25,407) Across Britain, mystery explosions or sonic booms were heard. There were also reports of an explosion in Manchester, and near Catterick barracks, where a six-mile stretch of the A1 was closed, but no damage was to be found. Theories ranged from falling satellite debris to meteorites to secret MoD experiments.

25/11/2014, Tuesday (+25,403)

24/11/2014, Monday (+25,402) In Missouri, the Prosecutor�s Office announced it would not press charges against a policeman, Mr Wilson, for shooting dead a Black teenager, Michael Brown (see 9/8/2014). Several nights rioting followed.

20/11/2014, Thursday (+25,398) In Britain�s Rochester and Strood by-election, UKIP won its second MP.

12/11/2014,Wednesday (+25,390) The Philae Lander touched down onto a comet, 320 million miles from Earth; the first such landing accomplished. Although the craft bounced and ended up partially shaded from the Sun, useful data was returned until the probe finally �died� on 9/7/2015.

9/11/2014, Sunday (+25,387) (1) Islamic terrorists dressed in school uniforms set off suicide bombs at a school assembly.

(2) In Catalonia a poll was held by the regional government on independence from Spain. The national government had already declared it would not consider the poll result binding, and anti-separatists boycotted the poll. 2.3 million voted out of an electorate of 5.4 million. Of these, 1.6 million answered �yes� to both questions, �Do you think Catalonia should be a State�, and �If so, should it be independent from Spain�. Artur Mas, leader of the independence campaign, claimed a success. Catalonia complained that as Spain�s wealthiest region, it contributed more to the State than it received in return. The Spanish Prime Minister, Mr Mariano Rajoy of the Popular Party, replied that money was short and Catalonia must wait until the general economy improved.

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29/10/2014, Wednesday (+25,376) 150 Kurdish fighters set off from Erbil (Kurdish Iraq) to travel through Turkish territory to reinforce Kurdish fighters across the Turkish-Syria border battling ISIS in the Syrian border town of Kobani. ISIS began to lose ground there, as Syrian Kurds were reinforced by US arms drops and US air strikes against ISIS. The fight for Kobani assumed increased importance as the global TV media focussed on the battle from just across the border in Turkey. The issue of Turkey allowing Kurdish reinforcements across its territory was sensitive because Turkey has its own Kurdish minority region in the south-east.

27/10/2014, Monday (+25,374) The total Ebola toll was as follows. Democratic Republic of Congo, 70 cases, 49 deaths. Guinea, 1,906 cases, 997 deaths. Liberia, 6,535 cases, 2,413 deaths. Mali, 1 case, 1 death. Nigeria, 20 cases, 8 deaths � declared free of Ebola. Senegal, 1 case, o deaths- declared free of Ebola. Sierra Leone, 5,235 cases, 1,500 deaths.

22/10/2014, Wednesday (+25,369) Total Ebola cases now stood at 9,936, with 4,877 deaths. Mali reported its first case.

21/10/2014, Tuesday (+25,368) Gough Whitlam, former Labor Prime Minister of Australia from 1972, died aged 98. He extricated Australian troops from Vietnam, ended conscription, set up commissions into equal pay, Aboriginal land rights and school funding, set up State-funded healthcare, liberalised abortion laws, introduced votes at 18 and free university education. He also gave Papua New Guinea independence, and forged closer relations with China.

18/10/2014, Saturday (+25,365) The total Ebola toll was as follows. Guinea, 1,519 cases, 7788 deaths. Liberia, 4,076 cases, 2,316 deaths. Nigeria, 20 cases, 8 deaths. Senegal, 1 case, 0 deaths. Sierra Leone, 3,410 cases, 1,200 deaths. Overall total, 9,191 cases, 4,546 deaths.

14/10/2014, Tuesday (+25,361) A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit El Salvador and Nicaragua.

13/10/2014, Monday (+25,360) The British Parliament voted by 274 to 12 to recognise the Palestinian State. The vote had little real impact and was essentially symbolic; it followed a similar vote by the Swedish Parliament earlier in October 2014.

11/10/2014, Saturday (+25,358) The number of Ebola deaths in West Africa passed 4,000.

9/10/2014, Thursday (+25,356) UKIP got its first MP elected in the Clacton by-election, taking the seat from the Conservatives, as voters concerns about immigration rose. UKIP also came close to winning another by-election this day in Heywood & Middleton, Manchester; Labour held the seat by just 617 votes.

4/10/2014, Saturday (+25,351) (1) Jean Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier died, aged 63. He became dictator of Haiti in 1971. Like his father, Papa Doc, he lived in luxury whilst most Haitians lacked paved roads or sewerage. The poorer Haiti was, the more foreign aid came in, to be diverted to luxuries for the Duvaliers. In the 1980s the Haitian economy collapsed, with many fleeing on boats to Florida; in 1986 food riots forced the Duvaliers to flee, on an American plane. He was useful to the USA as an anti-Communist close to Cuba, and Haiti was a non-unionised cheap-labour locale for US businesses. To universal surprise he returned to Haiti in 2011, after the disastrous earthquake, broken, he said, by exile, and claiming he wished to help his country. His ex-wife Michelle had bankrupted him, taking all the money, and Jean Claude was reduced to living in two rented rooms in Paris. A Haitian judge ruled that any charges against him were time-expired.

(2) 1 kg carrots cost 70p. 2 pints of milk cost 89p.

3/10/2014, Friday (+25,350) Sweden became the first EU country to recognise the Palestinian State. Israel withdrew its ambassador in protest.

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26/9/2014, Friday (+25,343) The total Ebola toll was as follows. Democratic Republic of Congo, 70 cases, 42 deaths. Guinea, 1,074 cases, 648 deaths. Liberia, 3,458 cases, 1,830 deaths. Nigeria, 20 cases, 8 deaths. Senegal, 1 case, 0 deaths. Sierra Leone, 2,021 cases, 605 deaths.

22/9/2014, Monday (+25,339) (1) A US-led coalition began air strikes against ISIS in Syria.

(2) Tesco shared fell sharply as the food retailer admitted overstating its profits by some �250 million. The issue was with clawed-back payments from Tesco�s suppliers, in return for better shelf positioning and other �perks�; future such payments had been included in earlier-period profit statements.

20/9/2014, Saturday (+25,337) The total Ebola toll was as follows. Guinea, 1,008 cases, 632 deaths. Liberia, 3,022 cases, 1,578 deaths. Nigeria, 20 cases, 8 deaths. Senegal, 1 case, 0 deaths. Sierra Leone, 1,813 cases, 593 deaths.

18/9/2014, Thursday (+25,335) Referendum in Scotland on independence from the UK; the vote was 55.4% against independence (�No�), .44.6% �Yes�, for independence. Had the been vote for independence, Scotland would have become independent on 24/3/2016.

12/9/2014, Friday (+25,329) The Reverend Ian Paisley died, aged 88. A devout Protestant, he founded the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, and he was MP for Antrim for 40 years, before becoming Lord Bannside. He also founded the Free Presbyterian Church.

6/9/2014, Saturday (+25,323) A small meteorite landed in woods near Managua, Nicaragua, leaving a crater 5 metres deep and 24 metres across.

4/9/2014, Thursday (+25,321) Joan Rivers, US actress, died aged 81/

1/9/2014, Monday (+25,318) Russian-backed separatists took control of Luhansk Airport, and of Novalsk, eastern Ukraine.

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28/8/2014, Thursday (+25,314) Pro-Russian rebels took the Ukrainian town of Novoazovsk.

26/8/2014, Tuesday (+25,312) A long history of child abuse in Rotherham emerged, mostly by Pakistani men against White girls. As many as 1,400 children may have been abused between 1997 and 2003, some whilst they were in children�s� homes. Local authorities were accused covering up the abuse, for fear of provoking racial discord.

20/8/2014, Wednesday (+25,306) Anti-Semitic attacks occurred in Paris. A synagogue in Sarcelles, a working-class suburb of northern Paris with many Sephardic Jews, known as �Little Jerusalem�, was threatened. Youths from the French Jewish defence League defended the synagogue so Muslims attacked Kosher shops instead. The Muslim attacks followed from the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

19/8/2014, Tuesday (+25,305) ISIS beheaded a western hostage, James Foley.

17/8/2014, Sunday (+25,303)

15/8/2014, Friday (+25,301) The United Nations passed a resolution backing sanctions on any country supplying, fighting for, or funding IS (ISIS).

14/8/2014, Thursday (+25,300), Mr Nuria al Maliki resigned after 8 years as Iraqi Prime Minister. He had backed the Shias against other ethnic groups, and his replacement, Haider al Abadi, 62, was to be more inclusive.

13/8/2014, Wednesday (+25,299) The UN estimated that a total of 2,086 people had been killed in the Ukraine conflict so far, double the toll from 2 weeks earlier. In mid-August, Ukrainian forces were making headway against rebel Russian backed forces.

12/8/2014, Tuesday (+25,298) Nearly 300 Russian lorries laden with �aid� for the rebels in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, set off from Moscow.The Ukrainian Government in Kiev attempted to halt the convoy.

11/8/2014, Monday (+25,297) Robin Williams, star actor in the film Mrs Doubtfire, died aged 63.

10/8/2014, Sunday (+25,296)

9/8/2014, Saturday (+25,295) A Black man, Mr Brown, was shot dead by a White policeman, Mr Darren Wilson, in the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, USA. Several nights of racial-based rioting followed.

8/8/2014, Friday (+25,294) The US carried out its first air strike against ISIS on Iraqi territory.

5/8/2014, Tuesday (+25,291) Baroness Warsi resigned from Cameron�sUK Conservative Government. She had criticised the UK Government�s refusal to condemn Israel over the assault on Gaza.

1/8/2014,Friday (+25,287) 250g mature cheddar cheese cost �2.00. Six medium size free range eggs cost �1.25. 750g smoked gammon joint cost �4.00. 1kg garden peas cost �1.60. 1kg red seedless grapes cost �4.00. 4 pints semi-skimmed milk cost �1.00. 160 PG Tips 500g cost �4.00. A 400g quiche Lorraine cost �2.30. 150g peppered salami cost �1.70. A 4-pack toilet rolls aloe vera cost �2.00.

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31/7/2014, Thursday (+25,286) The number of fatalities in the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia passed 1,200; cases were also reported in Nigeria.

30/7/2014, Wednesday (+25,285) The EU imposed more sanctions on Russia for its backing of Ukrainian rebels.

26/7/2014, Saturday (+25,281) The death toll in the Ukraine conflict reached 1,129; 799 of them were civilians.

24/7/2014, Thursday (+25,279) An Air Algerie flight en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers crashed in the Sahara Desert; it was initially uncertain whether sandstorms or terrorist activity was the cause.

23/7/2014, Wednesday (+25,278) Joseph Wood, convicted of double murder, took nearly 2 hours to die by lethal injection in an Arizona prison. Questions were raised on the practicality of the death sentence in America.

22/7/2014, Tuesday (+25,277) A Palestinian rocket landed within 2 kilometres of Israel�s Ben Gurion Airport (see 8/7/2014), causing many airlines to cancel flights to Israel.

19/7/2014, Saturday (+25,274) US actor James Garner died aged 86,

17/7/2014, Thursday (+25,272) A Malaysian airliner, flight MH17, with 298 on board was shot down 30 kilometres west of the Ukraine-Russia border with no survivors, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

13/7/2014, Sunday (+25,268), (1) Russia warned of severe consequences after a Ukrainian shell was fired across the border and killed a Russian.

(2) Germany beat Argentina to win the World Cup in Brazil. There had been unrest amongst Brazil�s poor over the money spent on the Games.

12/7/2014, Saturday (+25,267) Ukraine sent war jets into Donetsk, and claimed to have killed 500 rebels.

11/7/2014, Friday (+25,266) A magnitude 4.6 earthquake hit Jersey, Channel Islands; the largest quake in the area since a 5.6 magnitude tremor hit Guernsey in 1926.

8/7/2014, Tuesday (+25,263) Israel launched a major attack on the Gaza Strip, firing in rockets, followed by a ground invasion, following a series of rockets launched into Israel from Gaza.

5/7/2014, Saturday (+25,260) Pro-Russian rebels abandoned the Ukrainian town of Slavyansk after heavy fighting.

4/7/2014, Friday (+25,259) Former entertainer Rolf Harris, 84, was sentenced to 5 years 9 months for sexual crimes against children in the 1970s and 80s.

2/7/2014, Wednesday (+25,257) In revenge for the killing of three Israeli teenagers on 30/6/2014, a Palestinian youth was murdered by Israeli settlers.

1/7/2014, Tuesday (+25,256) The average UK house price was �182,334. A litre of petrol cost �1.30. 20 cigarettes cost �8.47.

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30/6/2014, Monday (+25,255) The bodies of three Jewish teenagers were found after they had been kidnapped probably by Palestinians on 12 June.

29/6/2014, Sunday (+25,254) ISIS declared a Caliphate.

27/6/2014, Friday (+25,252)

24/6/2014, Tuesday (+25,249) Rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter, killing 9. The UN estimated that over 420 had died in the conflict so far.

23/6/2014, Monday (+25,248) The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it had removed the last of the Syrian government's chemical weapons. Syrian opposition officials maintained that the government's stocks were not fully accounted for, and that it retained supplies.

20/6/2014, Friday (+25,245) Ukrainian President Poroshenko declared a week-long truce.

16/6/2014, Monday (+25,241) Russia cut gas supplies to the Ukraine.

14/6/2014, Saturday (+25,239) Pro Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian warplane.

13/6/2014, Friday (+25,238) A 17-year-old Roma youth was attacked by about 20 men and left in a coma in the northern Paris suburb of Pierrefitte sur Seine. Many Roma lived in makeshift camps and had been blamed for rat infestations and burglaries. There was conflict between Moroccans and Roma in Paris.

6/6/2014, Friday (+25,231) Putin and Poroshenko called for an end to violence in the Ukraine.

4/6/2014, Wednesday (+25,229) US President Obama condemned Russian �aggression� in Ukraine.

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28/5/2014, Wednesday (+25,222) Abdel Fattah al Sisi was elected President of Egypt.

25/5/2014, Sunday (+25,219)Petro Poroshenko was elected Ukrainian President.

19/5/2014, Monday (+25,213) Sir Jack Brabham, Australian racing driver, died aged 88.

15/5/2014, Thursday (+25,209) General Wojciech Jarulzelski died, aged 90. He was appointed Defence Minister of Poland in 1968; in 1970 his troops shot dozens of striking shipyard workers in Gdansk and Gdynia, and was leader of Poland during the rise of Solidarnosc.

11/5/2014, Sunday (+25,205) The Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk declared independence after referendums.

2/5/2014, Friday (+25,196) Pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian factions clashed in Odessa; 42 people died.

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29/4/2014, Tuesday (+25,193) Bob Hoskins, British actor, died.

20/4/2014, Sunday (+25,184) Easter Sunday.

15/4/2014, Tuesday (+25,179) Kiev began �anti-terrorist� operations in eastern Ukraine.

14/4/2014, Monday (+25,178) Islamic terrorists set off a bomb in Abuja, Nigeria, killing 70. Meanwhile Boko Haramabducted 200 girls from a boarding school in Chibok, northern Nigeria.

10/4/2014, Thursday (+25,174)

7/4/2014, Monday (+25,171) Pro Russian gunmen seized government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

6/4/2014, Sunday (+25,170) US actor Mickey Rooney died aged 93.

4/4/2014, Friday (+25,168) The railway line at Dawlish re-opened after storm damage was repaired, see 4/2/2014.

2/4/2014, Wednesday (+25,166) A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit just off the coast of northern Chile. Casualties were few as the resultant tsunami was small.

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31/3/2014, Monday (+25,164)The price of postage stamps in the UK rose from 60p to 62p first class and from 50p to 53p second class.

29/3/2014, Saturday (+25,162) Same-sex marriages became legal in England and Wales.

18/3/2014, Tuesday (+25,151) Russian President Putin signed a Bill to absorb the Crimea into Russia.

16/3/2014, Sunday (+25,149) Russia organised a widely-discredited referendum in the Crimea which produced an alleged 97%vote in favour of the region leaving the Ukraine and (re)joining Russia.

14/3/2014, Friday (+25,147) Anthony Wedgewood Benn, Labour politician, died aged 88. Against UK membership of the European Union, he was on the left of the Labour Party, and fought to renounce his hereditary peerage so he could sit in the Commons as an MP.

8/3/2014, Saturday (+25,141) A Malaysia Airlines flight from Malaysia to China vanished over the South China Sea. Initial suspicions that it had crashed gave way to reports that its tracking systems had been deliberately switched off and it had flown on for hours afterwards, possibly as far as Kazakhstan, or had gone down in the southern Indian Ocean. The fate of the plane remained unknown by end August 2014; by which time UK� 28.5 million had been spent on searching the seabed for it. In September 2014 a new search initiative began, across an area of ocean of 1.1 million square kilometres west of Australia, at a further cost of UK� 29.4 million.

1/3/2014, Saturday (+25,134) The Russian Parliament approved Vladimir Putin�s request to deploy the Russian military in the Crimea.

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28/2/2014, Friday (+25,133) Pro-Russian gunmen seized government buildings in Simferopol, capital of the Crimea. The Crimea was originally part of Russia until transferred to Ukraine in 1954, and in 2014 still had a large Russian population.

27/2/2014, Thursday (+25,132) In Russia, Viktor Yanukoyvitch insisted he was still legitimate leader of the Ukraine. The Ukrainian Government had issued a warrant for his arrest on 24/2/2014.

25/2/2014, Tuesday (+25,130)

22/2/2014, Saturday (+25,127) In the Ukraine, pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukoyvitch fled after snipers killed protestors in central Kiev, and rival Yulia Tymoshenko was freed.

20/2/2014, Thursday (+25,125) 88 died in riots in the Ukraine.

18/2/2014, Tuesday (+25,123) In the Ukraine, 26 died and hundreds injured in clashes between pro-government and pro-western factions.

13/2/2014, Thursday (+25,118) George Osborne, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, warned that an independent Scotland (see 18/9/2014) would not be able to keep the Pound as a currency.

12/2/2014, Wednesday (+25,117) Explosive packages, linked to Ireland, were sent to UK Army recruitment offices across southern England, and a further package was discovered in a shopping centre in Slough. None exploded and all were defused.

11/2/2014, Tuesday (+25,116)

10/2/2014, Monday (+25,115) (1) Severe flooding was now affecting large areas of Surrey and Berkshire west of London, including Staines, Datchet and Windsor.

(2) In the UK, MPs voted to ban smoking in cars carrying children.

9/2/2014, Sunday (+25,114) In a referendum, 50.3% of voters backed a quota on immigration proposed by the Right-wing Swiss Peoples Party (SVP). Turnout was 56%. A quarter of the Swiss population are immigrants. The Francophone west was opposed to quotas but the German-speaking east backed them. The EU criticised the vote; although Switzerland is not part of the EU it has close economic ties with it, and is part of the Schengen Agreement. The Swiss Government and business leaders opposed the quotas.

8/2/2014, Saturday (+25,113) As severe storms continued to batter the coast of south and west England, with widespread persistent flooding, a landslip closed the railway at Crewkerne, Somerset. All of Devon and Cornwall were now without rail services.

4/2/2014, Tuesday (+25,109) A section of the main-line railway between Exeter and Plymouth was washed away by heavy seas at Dawlish, as severe storms and heavy rain continued to batter Britain. The line re-opened on 4/4/2014.

2/2/2014, Sunday (+25,107) US actor Philip Seymour Hoffmann died.

1/2/2014, Saturday (+25,106) Violent protests in Bangkok.

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28/1/2014, Tuesday (+25,102) The Ukrainian Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, resigned as anti-protest laws were repealed by the government.

25/1/2014, Saturday (+25,099) Violent protests in Ukraine continued between pro-EU and pro-Moscow factions.

22/1/2014, Wednesday (+25,096) Police in Kiev, Ukraine, shot dead two anti-government protestors.

14/1/2014, Tuesday (+25,088) ISIS forces took Raqqa, Syria.

11/1/2014, Saturday (+25,085) Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died, aged 85, after eight years in a coma. See 4/1/2006.

4/1/2014, Saturday (+25,078) ISIS forces took Fallujah, Iraq.

3/1/2014, Friday (+25,077) Anti-Assad groups in northern Syria united against ISIS.

1/1/2014, Wednesday (+25,075) The US State of Colorado legalised the sale and consumption of cannabis for personal use.

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24/12/2013, Tuesday (+25,067) Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the Nazi codes during World War Two but who was convicted of gross indecency for a homosexual act with a man in 1952,was posthumously pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II. He was given chemical castration but his criminal record meant he could no longer work for GCHQ and he committed suicide by cyanide poisoning in 1954, aged 41. Prominent figures including Stephen Hawking and Peter Tatchell had been campaigning for a pardon for several years.

23/12/2013, Monday (+25,066) A succession of intense storms hit the UK, with heavy rainfall and high winds. There was serious flooding, especially in the Surrey area. The heavy rainfall continued into February 2014, with flooding in the Somerset Levels.

20/12/2013, Friday (+25,063) Uganda passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act, criminalising homosexual activities, some of which were now punishable by life imprisonment. The Act was supported by some evangelical Christian groups.

18/12/2013, Wednesday (+25,061) Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs died aged 84. The robbery was in 1963.

5/12/2013, Thursday (+25,048) (1) Nelson Mandela died, aged 95.

(2) Severe storms battered the UK, and a storm surge caused the worst flooding since 1953.

1/12/2013, Sunday (+25,044) China launched the Chang�e 3 probe towards the moon, with the lunar rover Yutu.

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24/11/2013, Sunday (+25,037) Iran and the US reached a deal on Iran�s nuclear programme and sanctions on Iran.

21/11/2013, Thursday (+25,034) The Ukrainian Government moved closer to Russia, sparking popular protests.

8/11/2013, Friday (+25,021) Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. With winds of 160 mph, at least 2,300 were killed, 600,000 made homeless, and US$ 15 billion damage done.

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14/10/2013, Monday (+24,996) Syria became a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, prohibiting it from producing, stockpiling or using chemical weapons.

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27/9/2013, Friday (+24,979) The UN Security Council ordered Syria to account for and destroy its stocks of chemical weapons, following a surprise agreement between the USA and Russia, so averting US airstrikes. Use of force was threatened by the UN if Syria did not comply.

16/9/2013, Monday (+24,968) North Korea reopened the joint N-S industrial zone at Kaesong.

7/9/2013, Saturday (+24,959) China announced plans for a new Silk Road economic Belt, part of the Belt and Road initiative.

2/9/2013, Monday (+24,954) Ronald Coase, the economist who developed the theory of the firm, died aged 102. He was born in Willesden, north London, in 1910.

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31/8/2013, Saturday (+24,952) US President Obama desired to carry out punitive airstrikes against the Syrian government, but Congress did not support the idea.

21/8/2013, Wednesday (+24,942) Hundreds of people suffocated in rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital, with many suffering from convulsions, pinpoint pupils, and foaming at the mouth. U.N. investigators visited the sites and determined that ground-to-ground missiles loaded with sarin were fired on civilian areas while residents slept. The U.S. and others blamed the Syrian government, the only party to the conflict known to have sarin gas.

11/8/2013, Sunday (+24,932) Two magnitude 6.4 earthquakes hit Tabriz and Ahar, Iran, killing 153 people.

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22/7/2013, Monday (+22,912) The first child of Prince William and Catherine Middleton was born. He was named George Alexander Louis.

13/7/2013, Saturday (+24,903) Nadine Gordimer, South African activist, died.

3/7/2013, Wednesday (+24,893) After massive street protests across Egypt, President Morsi was deposed by the military; his regime accused of sending the country towards bankruptcy.

1/7/2013, Monday (+24,891) 100g instant coffee cost �2.67. A pint of milk cost 46p. 250g UK butter cost �1.42. 1.5kg self-raising flour cost �1.19. A dozen medium sized eggs cost �2.78. 2.5 kg of chicken cost �6.00. 1kg pork sausages cost �4.84. A 800g loaf ofbread cost �1.27. A small loaf of bread cost 47p. A McDonalds BigMac cost �2.59. 1kg carrots cost 91p, 1kg of dessert apples cost �2.02. A kilogram of sugar cost 95p. A pint of beer was �3.18. A pint of lager cost �2.87. A litre of petrol cost �1.34. A litre of diesel cost �1.41. The latest model of the Ford Focus car cost �13,995. A pack of 20 cigarettes cost �7.98. The average UK house price was �168,928. Average (new) UK house price was �247,000. Average detached house price was �305,391. Average annual wage was �26,000. UK weekly pension was $110.50 Gold was �1,051 per troy ounce. UK consumer debt stood at �1,426 billion.

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30/6/2013, Sunday (+24,890) A temperature of 54 C was recorded at Death Valley, USA.

5/6/2013, Wednesday (+24,865) In the Syrian civil war, the town of Qusayr was recaptured by pro-Assad forces.

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31/5/2013, Friday (+24,860) Turkish police burnt down a protestors camp in Gezi Park, Istanbul. The protests were against plans to redevelop the park, one of the few green spaces in the city, for commercial uses.

25/5/2013, Saturday (+24,854) A sixth night of rioting in the Swedish capital, Stockholm; many cars were burnt, mainly in poorer areas.

22/5/2013, Wednesday (+24,851) A soldier wearing a �Help for Heroes� T shirt, near Woolwich Barracks, SE London, was hacked to death in the street by two Africans who had converted to Islam. The perpetrators then waited for police to arrive and were shot but not fatally. Hate crimes in the UK against Islamic targets over the next two days amounted to 160, ten times the usual level.

16/5/2013, Thursday (+24,845) Richard Trickle, racing car driver, took his own life after suffering a long painful illness.

9/5/2013, Thursday (+24,838) ISIS was formed.

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25/4/2013, Thursday (+24,824) The UK reopened its embassy in Somalia, closed for 25 years.

24/4/2013, Wednesday (+24,823) A large garment factory in Rana Plaza in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing 1,129 people.

20/4/2013, Saturday (+24,819)

17/4/2013, Wednesday (+24,816) Same sex marriage was legalised in New Zealand.

16/4/2013, Tuesday (+24,815) Earthquake in Khash province, Iran, magnitude 7.8, killed 38.

15/4/2013, Monday (+24,814) The Boston Marathon race was hit by two bombs, killing 3 and injuring 284.

10/4/2013, Wednesday (+24,809)

9/4/2013, Tuesday (+24,808) Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Iran, killing 37 people.

8/4/2013, Monday (+24,807) Mrs Thatcher the former Conservative PM died, aged 87.

7/4/2013, Sunday (+24,806) The Syrian government launched an air raid on rebels in Aleppo, killing 15 people.

5/4/2013, Friday (+24,804)

3/4/2013, Wednesday (+24,802) North Korea closed the joint N-S industrial zone at Kaesong.

2/4/2013, Tuesday (+24,801) (1) North Korea said it would restart its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

(2) Uruguay legalised same-sex marriages.

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31/3/2013, Sunday (+24.799) Easter Sunday.

19/3/2013, Tuesday (+24,787) 26 Syrians, including a dozen Government soldiers, were killed in a gas attack on the town of Khan-al-Assal, northern Syria. A UN investigation found that sarin nerve gas had been used, but could not identify the source.

16/3/2013, Saturday (+24,784) To rescue its banks, Cyprus announced a plan that would confiscate some of the savings of its biggest depositors.

14/3/2013, Thursday (+24,702) Xi Jinping was named the new President of China.

13/3/2013, Wednesday (+24,781) The 286th Pope was elected, he took the name Francis I.

12/3/2013, Tuesday (+24,780)

11/3/2013, Monday (+24,779) North Korea cut the phone line with the South, breaking the 1953 Armistice terms.

7/3/2013, Thursday (+24,775) The UN Security Council unanimously agreed to tighten sanctions on North Korea.

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28/2/2013, Thursday (+24,768) Pope Benedict XVI resigned, the first Pope to do so since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first voluntary resignation since Celestine V in 1294.

22/2/2013, Friday (+24,762) The Credit Agency, Moodys, downgraded the UK�s rating from AAA to AA1.

16/2/2013, Saturday (+24,756) A bomb exploded at a marketplace in Quetta, Pakistan, killing over 80 people.

15/2/2013, Friday (+24,755) A large meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia; 1,491 were injured and over 4,000 buildings damaged.

14/2/2013, Thursday (+24,754) South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius was arrested after the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

12/2/2013, Tuesday (+24,752) N Korea conducted a 3rd underground nuclear test, provoking fears of war with the USA.

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23/1/2013, Wednesday (+24,732) (Britain, European Union) In the UK, David Cameron, Conservative Party Leader, promised to hold a Referendum on Britain�s continued membership of the European Union if he won the next General Election.

18/1/2013, Friday (+24,727) Racing cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories. His titles were stripped from him.

13/1/2013, Sunday (+24,722) The Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced the discovery of horsemeat in four Tesco beef products.

11/1/2013, Friday (+24,720) The French army began operations against Islamic militants in northern Mali.

1/1/2013, Tuesday (+24,710)

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15/12/2012, Saturday (+24,693) The 14�3 km extension of orbital tram route T3 following the Boulevards des Mar�chaux ring road around the eastern side of Paris was opened for revenue service. This trebled the length of T3, which ran for 7�9 km across the south of Paris from Pont du Garigliano to Porte d�Ivry since 2006, and added 24 stops.

12/12/2012, Wednesday (+24,690) North Korea successfully launched a satellite using its Unha-3 rocket, see 13/4/2012.

5/12/2012, Wednesday (+24,683) A magnitude 5.8 earthquake in South Korea killed 6.

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29/11/2012, Thursday (+24,677) The United Nations granted Palestine non-member observer status.

24/11/2012, Saturday (+24,672) A fire at a clothing factory in Bangladesh killed 112 people.

14/11/2012, Wednesday (+24,662) Protests in Greece, Portugal and Spain against European austerity measures.

11/11/2012, Sunday (+24,659) A magnitude 6.8 earthquake killed 12 people in Myanmar.

10/11/2012, Saturday (+24,658) Barack Obama was confirmed as Presidential winner in the USA, defeating challenger Mitt Romney.

7/11/2012, Wednesday (+24,655) (1) Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington approved same sex marriages.

(2) Magnitude 7.3 earthquake in Guatemala killed 48 people.

1/11/2012, Thursday (+24,649) (Space) NASA detected the light from the very first stars to exist in the Universe.

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29/10/2012, Monday (+24,646) Hurricane Sandy, a Category 3 storm, hit the east coast of the USA after devastating thye Caribbean. Overall it killed 133 people.

27/10/2012, Saturday (+24,644) Large protests in Madrid against austerity cuts.

23/10/2012, Tuesday (+24,640)

15/10/2012, Monday (+24,632) The price of a 800g loaf of white bread was �1.26.

9/10/2012, Tuesday (+24,626) The Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head whilst travelling home on a school bus, for insisting that girls had a right to education. She survived, continued campaigning, and in 2014 became the youngest person to date to receive the Nobel prize.

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18/9/2012, Sunday (+24,609) Santiago Jos� Carrillo Solares, Spanish Communist Party politician, died.

17/9/2012, Saturday (+24,608) Occupy Wall Street protests began in the USA.

11/9/2012, Tuesday (+24,598) (1) Over a million people peacefully protested on the streets of Barcelona on Catalonia�s National Day, demanding independence from Spain. This demonstration was to become an annual event.

(2) Islamists attacked the US diplomatic compound inBenghazi, Libya. The US Ambassador and three other US diplomats were killed.

7/9/2012, Friday (+24,594) Canada cut diplomatic ties with Iran, over Iran�s support for Syrian Government nuclear plans and human rights abuses.

3/9/2012, Monday (+24,590) Hong-Kong based National Electric Vehicle Sweden bought bankrupt Saab, in order to sell electric vehicles under this brand name.

1/9/2012, Saturday (+24,588) Islamist rebels captured the town of Douentza in Mali.

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26/8/2012, Sunday (+24,582) Neil Armstrong died.

25/8/2012, Saturday (+24,581) Voyager I became the first man-made object to leave the solar system.

20/8/2012, Monday (+24,576) US President Obama strongly cautioned the Syrian Government against any use of chemical weapons.

17/8/2012, Friday (+24,573) Moscow banned any Gay Pride events for the next 100 years.

16/8/2012, Thursday (+24,572) (1) Striking mineworkers were fired upon by police at Marikana, South Africa. 34 miners were killed.

(2) Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks,was officially given political asylum by Ecuador.

6/8/2012, Monday (+24,562) Curiosity, the US space probe, successfully landed on Mars.

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27/7/2012, Friday (+24,552) The Summer Olympics began in London; they finished on 12/8/2012.

20/7/2012, Friday (+24,545) James Eagan Holmes, 25, entered a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, USAA, where the film Batman was showing and shot dead 12 people, injuring another b58l. Holmes told police he was the �Joker�. There was pressure on IUS President Obama to tighten gun laws.

19/7/2012, Thursday (+24,544) Groups opposed to the regime of Syria�s leader, Bashar al Assad, attacked the city of Aleppo. Aleppo became divided into a pro-regime west and a pro-rebel east.

18/7/2012, Wednesday (+24,543) Kim Jong Un was officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea.

17/7/2012, Tuesday (+24,542) In Libya, the General National Congress came to power. However it could not maintain stability on the country.

7/7/2012, Saturday (+24,532) Libya held its first post Gadhafi elections; the country was still politically unstable.

5/7/2012, Thursday (+24,530) The Shard in London was opened. The tallest building in Europe, it is 309.6 metres, 1,016 feet, high.

4/7/2012, Wednesday (+24,529) The Higgs Boson was discovered at CERN.

1/7/2012, Sunday (+24,526) A large loaf of white bread cost �1.20A lb of back bacon cost �4.04.A pint of milk cost 46p.A lb of butter cost �2.82. A lb of potatoes cost 67p.A lb of oranges cost �1.24.A quarter lb loose tea cost �1.94A pint of beer cost �2.79.20 king-size cigarettes cost �7.09.A sack of house coal cost �16.89. The average UK house price was �163,628. A litre of petrol cost �1.35.

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24/6/2012, Sunday (+24,519) (1) Three Chinese astronauts successfully docked with an orbiting module, making Chine the 3rd country to accomplish this mission.

(2) Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood became President of Egypt.

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29/5/2012, Tuesday (+24,493) A magnitude 5.9 earthquake killed 24 people near Bologna, Italy.

10/5/2012, Thursday (+24,474) Racing car driver Carroll Shelby died this day.

2/5/2012, Wednesday (+24,466) In New York, a pastel version of Edward Munch�s The Scream sold for US$ 120 million at auction, a record sum for a work of art.

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13/4/2012, Friday (+24,447) North Korea launched a satellite, which exploded soon after take-off. The USA condemned the move. The rocket used was the Unha-3, which could theoretically carry a nuclear missile to the mainland USA. See 12/12/2012.

11/4/2012, Wednesday (+24,445) A magnitude 8.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia.

8/4/2012, Sunday (+24,442) Easter Sunday.

6/4/2012, Friday (+24,440) Islamic militants unilaterally declared the secession of northern Mali as the republic of Azawad. Europe feared a new area of Jihadism in the Sahara.

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13/3/2012, Tuesday (+24,416) The Encyclopaedia Britannica discontinued its print edition, now being online-only, after 244 years.

7/3/2012, Wednesday (+24,410) (International, morals) The UN presented its report on violations of the human rights of gay people worldwide. Representatives of several African and Arab States walked out.

4/3/2012, Sunday (+24,407) Vladimir Putin was elected for a third Presidential term (now six years).

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29/2/2012, Wednesday (+24,403) North Korea agreed to stop enriching uranium and testing missiles.

28/2/2012, Tuesday (+24,402) Occupy Wall Street protestors were evicted from the front of St Pauls, London.

27/2/2012, Monday (+24,401) Protests in Yemen connected with the Arab Spring forced the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

26/2/2012, Sunday (+24,400) The Artist became the first silent film to win an Oscar since 1927.

21/2/2012, Tuesday (+24,395) A second bailout of Euro 130 billion was agreed for Greece.

11/2/2012, Saturday (+24,385) Whitney Houston, pop star, died.

9/2/2012, Thursday (+24,383) Iran suspended oil exports to Britain and France in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the EU in January 2012.

6/2/2012, Monday (+24,380) A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the Philippines, killing 43 people.

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23/1/2012, Monday (+24,366) The EU imposed sanctions on Iran because of continued Iranian enrichment of uranium.

22/1/2012, Sunday (+24,365) The head of the Transitional Council of Liberation in Libya resigned in protest over the slow pace of improvements in Libya.

13/1/2012, Friday (+24,356) The Costa Concordia cruise liner was wrecked off the coast of Italy; 32 people died.

1/1/2012, Sunday (+24,344) (South America, EU) The Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy seceded from Guadeloupe; thereby leaving the European Union.

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17/12/2011, Saturday (+24,329) Kim Jong Il, leader of North Korea died. His youngest son, Kim Jong Un, succeeded him.

14/12/2011, Wednesday (+24,326) The 2012 US National Defence Bill was not vetoed by President Obama, which meant that Guantanamo Bay would remain open as a detention facility.

7/12/2011, Wednesday (+24,319) Kandahar, Afghanistan, surrendered to US forces; the Taliban fled.

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26/11/2011, Saturday (+24,308) The US launched its probe Curiosity towards Mars.

23/11/2011, Wednesday (+24,305) Kunduz, Afghanistan, surrendered to US forces without a fight.

20/11/2011, Sunday (+24,302) Ferrari designer Sergio Scagletti died aged 91.

16/11/2011, Wednesday (+24,298) Fighting between US troops and the Taliban began near Kandahar.

14/11/2011, Monday (+24,296) US troops captured Kabul.

11/11/2011, Friday (+24,293) US troops defeated the Taliban at Taloqan.

10/11/2011, Thursday (+24,292) US troops defeated the Taliban, Afghanistan, at Mazar-e-Sharif.

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31/10/2011, Monday (+24,282) (1) UNESCO admitted Palestine as a member; 107 members were in support, and 14 opposed.

(2) The global population officially reached 7 billion.

27/10/2011, Thursday (+24,278) An emergency meeting in Brussels concerning the Greek Debt Crisis.A writedown of 50% of Greek bonds was agreed, recapitalisation of European banks, and an increase in the bailout fund of the European Financial Stability facility.

23/10/2011, Sunday (+24,274) A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the city of Van, eastern Turkey.

20/10/2011, Thursday (+24,271) (1) Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in Sirte, as National Transitional Council forces took control of the country.

(2) Basque separatist militant organisation ETA declared an end to its 43-year campaign of political violence, which had killed over 800 people since 1968.

19/10/2011, Wednesday (+24,270) US troops raided Kandahar, Afghanistan.

15/10/2011, Saturday (+24,266) The price of a 800g loaf of white bread was �1.19.

9/10/2011, Sunday (+24,260) In Egypt, 24 protestors were killed and 200 injured in a crackdown by security forces.

5/10/2011, Wednesday (+24,256) Steve Jobs of Apple died.

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5/9/2011, Monday (+24,226) India and Bangladesh signed a pact to end their 40-year border dispute.

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23/8/2011, Tuesday (+24,213)A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Virginia on August 23, 2011, near Mineral. The earthquake was reportedly felt as far away as Toronto, Canada, Atlanta, Georgia and Florida.

20/8/2011, Saturday (+24,210) In Libya, Arab Spring rebels began to take over the capital, Tripoli.

18/8/2011, Thursday (+24,208) US President Barack Obama called on Syria�s President Assad to resign, and froze Syrian assets in the US.

5/8/2011, Friday (+24,195) The Juno space probe was launched towards Jupiter.

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31/7/2011, Sunday (+24,190) In Syria, an army raid on the town of Hama killed over 120. So far the Syrian civil war had claimed 3,000 lives.

23/7/2011, Saturday (+24,182) Singer Amy Winehouse died, aged 27.

22/7/2011, Friday (+24,181) Anders Behring Brevik shot 77 people on Utoya Island as a protest against immigration to Norway.

21/7/2011, Thursday (+24,180) The Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Centre, concluding the Space Shuttle Programme.

15/7/2011, Friday (+24,174)

10/7/2011, Sunday (+24,169) In Britain, the News of the World published its last edition, forced to close by a phone-tapping scandal and consequent withdrawal of advertising.

9/7/2011, Saturday (+24,168) The new country of South Sudan officially seceded from Sudan, following a pro-independence referendum in January 2011.

8/7/2011, Friday (+24,167) After making 134 missions, the space shuttle Atlantis made the final space shuttle fight.

7/7/2011, Thursday (+24,166) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, 8th film adaptation of the JK Rowling book series, premiered.

1/7/2011, Friday (+24,160) 1.5 kg of self raising flour cost �1.29, +40% on 2010.1 kg back bacon cost �9.05, +9.2% on 2010.1kg topside beef cost �9.52, +4.96% on 2010.100g instant coffee cost �2.66, +18.2% on 2010.One Iceberg lettuce cost 89p, +9.9% on 2010.One litre of vodka cost �18.45, +11.7% on 2010.250g of butter cost �1.60,+12.9% on 2010. The average UK house price was �165,131. A litre of petrol cost �1.35.

In 2011 Britain had 527,579 nurses (1939 = 223,120). In 2011 Britain had 124,177 farmers (1939 = 668,554). In 2011 Britain had 3,483,528 teachers (1939 = 205,932). In 2011 Britain had 457,700 hairdressers and barbers (1939 = 104,512). In 2011 Britain had 176,402 bar staff (1939 = 42,636). In 2011 Britain had 14,627 tailors (1939 = 165,473).

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21/6/2011, Tuesday (24,150)

12/6/2011, Sunday (+24,141) Thousands of Syrians fled into Turkey to escape the civil war.

4/6/2011, Saturday (+24,133) Puyehue Volcano in Chile erupted, causing major flight chaos as far as Australia.

3/6/2011, Friday (+24,132) (1) Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh fled the country.

(2) The US Treasury completed an agreement to sell the last of its holdings in Chrysler to Fiat.

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26/5/2011, Thursday (+24,124) Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic was arrested in Serbia, for crimes of genocide.

16/5/2011, Monday (+24,114) The European Union agreed to a Euro 78 billion rescue deal for Portugal.

14/5/2011, Saturday (+24,112) Pakistan officially condemned the US raid in which Osama Bin Laden was killed.

7/5/2011, Saturday (+24,105) �Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides�, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Johnny Depp and Pen�lope Cruz, premiered. The opening weekend made US$350.6m

5/5/2011, Thursday (+24,103) Claude Schoules, the last known combat veteran of World War One, died in Australia, aged 110.

1/5/2011, Sunday (+24,099) The US announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in an military operation in Pakistan.

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30/4/2011, Saturday (+24,098) NATO strikes in Libya killed Gadhafi�s youngest son.

29/4/2011, Friday (+24,097) Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, to become the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 2 billion people around the world watched the ceremony on TV.

28/4/2011, Thursday (+24,096) Heavy storms across the US killed over 300 people.

24/4/2011, Sunday (+24,092) Easter Sunday.

13/4/2011, Wednesday (+24,081) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was arrested, along with his sons, in Cairo.

11/4/2011, Monday (+24,079) Laurent Gbagbo, former President of the Cote D�Ivoire, was captured.

6/4/2011, Wednesday (+24,074) Portugal asked for a bailout from the EU.

4/4/2011, Monday (+24,072) In the US, Barack Obama announced his intention to stand for re-election for a second term.

1/4/2011, Friday (+24,069) Large protests by Syrian civilians against their Government after Friday prayers.

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23/3/2011, Monday (+24,060) Elizabeth Taylor, UK born Hollywood actress, died aged 79 (born 1932).

21/3/2011, Monday (+24,058) British MPs voted 557 to 13 in favour of airstrikes against Gaddafi.

19/3/2011, Saturday (+24,056) Arab Spring: civil war continued in Libya. NATO intervened to help the rebels.

18/3/2011, Friday (+24,055) Further protests in Deraa over the detention by security forces of a group of boys accused of painting anti-government graffiti on the walls of their school. Earlier, on 15/3/2011, protests against the boys� detention had taken place in Damascus. On 18/3/2011 Syrian government forces opened fire in Deraa, killing four people. These are regarded as the first deaths in the Syrian civil war.

17/3/2011, Thursday (+24,054) The UN Security Council authorised a no-fly zone over Libya. This effectively authorised French and UK airstrikes against Gadhafi.

16/3/2011, Wednesday (+24,053)

15/3/2011, Tuesday (+24,052) Arab Spring: state of emergency in Bahrain.

14/3/2011, Monday (+24,051) Fears of a meltdown at Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan.

12/3/2011, Saturday (+25,049)

11/3/2011, Friday (+24,048), Japan was hit by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake and tsunami.15,340 people were killed, and a further 3,926 were missing.The nuclear plant at Fukushima was badly damaged.

10/3/2011, Thursday (+24,047) Saudi police opened fire on protestors.

6/3/2011, Sunday (+24,043) Unrest in Deraa, Syria.

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25/2/2011, Friday (+24,034) Arab Spring protests in Jordan.

22/2/2011, Tuesday (+24,031) (1) Arab Spring protests in Algeria.

(2) Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake; 185 people died.

20/2/2011, Sunday (+24,029) Arab Spring protests in Morocco and Iraq. Meanwhile over 200 people were killed during protests in Benghazi, Libya.

18/2/2011, Friday (+24,027) Police opened fire on protestors in Bahrain.

15/2/2011, Tuesday (+24,024) Arab Spring protests in Libya.

14/2/2011, Monday (+24,023) Arab Spring protests in Bahrain and Jordan, also Benghazi in Libya.

13/2/2011, Sunday (+24,022) Women across Italy protested against Berlusconi.

12/2/2011, Saturday (+24,021) Clashes between demonstrators and police in Algiers.

11/2/2011, Friday (+24,020) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned after widespread protests against him, leaving Egypt governed by the military. This was during the �Arab Spring�.

7/2/2011, Monday (+24,016)

4/2/2011, Friday (+24,013) Large crowds gathered in Cairo calling for the resignation of President Mubarak.

3/2/2011, Thursday (+24,012) Arab Spring protests in Yemen.

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30/1/2011, Sunday (+24,008)

25/1/2011, Tuesday (+24,003) Arab Spring protests in Egypt and Lebanon,

24/1/2011, Monday (+24,002) Islamist terrorists from the north Caucasus blew themselves up in the International Arrivals Hall of Domodedovo Airport, Moscow, killing dozens of people.

14/1/2011, Friday (+23,992) In the turmoil of the Arab Spring, the Tunisian Government fell after a month of protests.

9/1/2011, Sunday (+23,987) A referendum in Sudan resulted in a mandate for the independence of Southern Sudan.

7/1/2011, Friday (+23,985) US President Barack Obama signed the 2011 Defence Authorisation Bill, which provided for the closure of Guantanamo Bay.

4/1/2011, Tuesday (+23,982) Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi died after setting fire to himself on 17/12/2010. This sparked anti-government protests in Tunisia and other Arab nations, which became known as the Arab Spring.

1/1/2011, Saturday (+23,979) (1) Estonia became the 17th country to adopt the Euro currency.

(2) 23 were killed and 70 injured in a bomb attack on a church in Alexandria, Egypt.

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1712/2010, Friday (+23,964) The Arab Spring began when a Tunisian graduate set fire to himself in protest at police who stopped him trading without a permit, after he had failed to secure paid employment.

12/12/2010, Sunday (+23,959) Tom Walkinshaw, British racing car driver, died aged 64.

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29/11/2010, Monday (+23,946) The EU agreed to a Euro 85 billion bail out for Ireland.

28/11/2010, Sunday (+23,945) Wikileaks released over 250,000 American diplomatic cables, of which 100,000 which were �secret� or �confidential�.

25/11/2010, Thursday (+23,942)

23/11/2010, Tuesday (+23,940) North Korea shelled the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

22/11/2010, Monday (+23,939) 347 people died in a stampede at the Khymer Water Festival, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

21/11/2010, Sunday (+23,938) Ireland asked for a bailout from the EU.

20/11/2010, Saturday (+23,937)

19/11/2010, Friday (+23,936) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, 7th film adaptation of the JK Rowling book series, premiered.

17/11/2010, Wednesday (+23,934) Scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider announced they had trapped anti-matter for the first time in human history.

16/11/2010, Tuesday (+23,933) Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement, eight years after meeting at Edinburgh University.

15/11/2010, Monday (+23,932)

13/11/2010, Saturday (+23,930) Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest which she had been under for 15 of the previous 21 years. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, a year after winning elections which were nullified by the ruling junta.

8/11/2010, Tuesday (+23,925) Queen Elizabeth II joined Facebook. By late 2015 her page had over 2.2 million �likes�.

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31/10/2010, Sunday (+23,917) A 1964 Aston Martin formerly owned by Sir Paul McCartney sold at auction for UK� 344,400.

28/10/2010, Thursday (+23,914) The Spanish Constitutional Court struck out parts of a 2906 Charter on Catalan autonomy which increased the territory�s fiscal and judicial powers, and described it as a �nation�. The Court ruled that the word nation� had no meaning and rejected the preferential use of Catalan over Spanish in municipal services. Two weeks later hundreds of thousands protested on the streets of Barcelona, chanting �We are a nation; we decide�.

26/10/2010, Tuesday (+23,912) Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia began erupting.

25/10/2010, Monday (+23,911) Earthquake off Sumatra killed 400 and caused a tsunami.

19/10/2010, Tuesday (+23,905)

15/10/2010, Friday (+23,901) The price of a 800g loaf of white bread was �1.20.

14/10/2010, Thursday (+23,900) French-American mathematician who developed fractal geometry, Benoit Mandelbrot, died aged 85.

13/10/2010, Wednesday (+23,899) 33 Chilean miners wererescued, having spent 69 days underground at San Jose mine.

10/10/2010, Sunday (+23,896) The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved; each island was given a new constitutional status.

4/10/2010, Monday (+23,890) Death of Norman Wisdom, British comedian, aged 95.

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29/9/2010, Wednesday (+23,885) US film star Tony Curtis died aged 85.

23/9/2010, Thursday (+23,879) The world�s biggest windfarm was inaugurated off the UK coast at Thanet, Kent.

19/9/2010, Sunday (+23,875) The BP oil well, Deepwater Horizon, was capped after spilling millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

16/9/2010, Thursday (+23,872) Pope Benedict XVI commenced the first Papal visit to Britain since King Henry VIII split with Rome.

4/9/2010, Saturday (+23,860) Magnitude 7/.1 earthquake near Christchurch, New Zealand.

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10/8/2010, Tuesday (+23,835) The World Health Organisation declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic officially over.

3/8/2010, Tuesday (+23,828) US President Obama announced the end of official combat operations in Iraq.

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25/7/2010, Sunday (+23,819) Wikileaks released 90,000 covert and classified documents relating to the US occupation of Afghanistan, 2004-2010.

24/7/2010, Saturday (+23,818) Northern Irish snooker champion Alex �Hurricane� Higgins died aged 61.

1/7/2010, Thursday (+23,795), 1.5 kg of self raising flour cost �0.92. 1 kg back bacon cost �8.29.1kg topside beef cost �9.07.100g instant coffee cost �2.25.One Iceberg lettuce cost 81p.One litre of vodka cost �16.52. 250g of butter cost �1.42.The average UK house price was �165,483.

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9/6/2010, Wednesday (+23,773) Ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks

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31/5/2010, Monday (+23,764) 9 activists died when Israeli naval forces raided a flotilla of ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade.

29/5/2010, Saturday (+23,762) US actor Dennis Hopper died aged 74.

20/5/2010, Thursday (+23,753) Craig Venter announced the creation of the world�s first synthetic organism.

7/5/2010, Friday (+23,740) UK General Election; Conservative leader David Cameron formed a coalition with the Liberals.

2/5/2010, Sunday (+23,735) The EU and the IMF agreed a Euro 110 billion bailout for Greece; Greece would adopt austerity measures.

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20/4/2010, Tuesday (+23,723) The Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 workers. Major oil pollution ensued.

14/4/2010, Wednesday (+23,717) Mount Eyjafjallajokul in Iceland erupted; volcanic ash caused major disruption to European air travel.

13/4/2010, Tuesday (+23.716) A 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Qinghai, China, killed over 2,000.

10/4/2010, Saturday (+23,713) Polish President Lech Walesa and other senior government officials were killed in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia. They were travelling to Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. Russia blamed pilot error; Poland blamed poor pilot advice from Russian air traffic control.

4/4/2010, Sunday (+23,707) Easter Sunday.

3/4/2010, Saturday (+23,706) (Computing) Apple released the first iPad tablet device.

1/4/2010, Thursday (+23,704) Major rioting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, caused President Bakiyev to flee.

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26/3/2010, Friday (+23,698) North Korea was blamed for the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, killing 46 of the 104 aboard.

17/3/2010, Wednesday (+23,689) (1) Kraft Foods said it was "truly sorry" over its closure of Cadbury's Somerdale Factory. Senior Kraft executive Marc Firestone made the public apology to MPs at a parliamentary select committee hearing.

(2) LTI, the last motor manufacturing plant in Coventry since 2008, announced that it would be shifting production of its taxi cab body and chassis to China, but still shipping them to Coventry for the final assembly.

3/3/2010, Wednesday (+23,675) Former British Labour Party leader and writer Michael Foot died, aged 96.

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27/2/2010, Saturday (+23,671) A magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit Chile, killing 525.

18/2/2010, Thursday (+23,662) The President of Niger was overthrown in a military coup.

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27/1/2010, Wednesday (+23,640) (1) J D Salinger, reclusive author of �Catcher in the Rye�, died aged 91.

(2) The first criminal trial without a jury for 400 years opened in London.

19/1/2010, Tuesday (+23,632) Cadbury approved a revised offer from Kraft, valuing the confectionery business at $19.5 billion (�11.5 billion).

12/1/2010, Tuesday (+23,625) (Haiti, Earthquake) A 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the most severe in 200 years, hit Haiti, killing over 316,000 and destroying the capital, Port au Prince. Over 1,000,000 were left homeless.

10/1/2010, Sunday (+23,623) Deaths from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe now amounted to 4,293, with 98,741 cases reported.

3/1/2010, Sunday (+23,616) The UK and USA closed their embassies in Yemen due to threats of civilian unrest and Al Qaeda activity.

1/1/2010, Friday (+23,614)

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16/12/2009, Wednesday (+23,598) Astronomers reported the discovery of an exoplanet where liquid water might exist.

7/12/2009, Monday (+23,589) Silverstone was awarded a 17-year contract to host the British Grand Prix, starting from 2010.

4/12/2009, Friday (+23,586) The UK�s Ministry of Defence closed its special unit for monitoring UFO sightings, which had operated for over 50 years.

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27/11/2009, Friday (+23,579) Dubai requested a debt restructuring following from heavy investment in building projects; the announcement caused shares to fall worldwide.

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28/10/2009, Wednesday (+23,549) UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon stated that Jerusalem must be the capital both of Israel and a Palestinian State if peace were to be achieved in the region.

15/10/2009, Thursday (+23,536) The price of a 800g loaf of white bread was �1.21.

2/10/2009, Friday (+23,523) The 2016 Olympics were awarded to Rio de Janeiro.

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29/9/2009, Tuesday (+23,520) An 8.3 magnitude earthquake hit Samoa.

28/9/2009, Monday (+23,519) Line Four of the Beijing Metro, 28.2 km long, opened.

14/9/2009, Monday (+23,505) The UN adopted the principles of �Responsibility to Protect� or R2P. This says that the sovereignty of States is not absolute in that the UN can choose to intervene when a state fails to protect its citizens from mass atrocities and human rights violations.

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25/8/2009, Tuesday (+23,485) Veteran US Senator Edward Kennedy died.

3/8/2009, Monday (+23,463) Bolivia became the first country in South America to grant self-government to its indigenous peoples.

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25/7/2009, Saturday (+23,454) The last British veteran of the Western Front in World War One, Harry Patch, died aged 111. A week earlier the oldest veteran, Henry Allingham, had died aged 113.

21/7/2009, Tuesday (+23,450)

16/7/2009, Thursday (+23,445) Iceland�s Parliament voted to begin negotiations to join the European Union.

15/7/2009, Wednesday (+23,444) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 6th film adaptation of the JK Rowling book series, premiered.

1/7/2009, Wednesday (+23,430) The average UK house price was �156,513.

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25/6/2009, Thursday (+23,424) The American entertainer Michael Jackson died (born 29/8/1958).

21/6/2009, Sunday (+23,420) Greenland took steps towards further separation from Denmark; it took control of police, law enforcement, the legal system and natural resources.

18/6/2009, Thursday (+23,417) The US Moon probe LCross was launched, It discovered water on the Moon.

11/6/2009, Thursday (+23,410) The influenza strain H1N1 sparked fears of a global flu pandemic.

1/6/2009, Monday (+23,400) Air France flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 288 on board.

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25/5/2009, Monday (+23,393) North Korea announced that it had conducted a successful underground nuclear test; America condemned the move.

18/5/2009, Monday (+23,386) The Sri Lankan civil war ended, after over 25 years, with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers. 80,000 people had died in the war.

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28/4/2009, Tuesday (+23,366) The Mexican Government confirmed an outbreak of Swine Flu in humans.

27/4/2009, Monday (+23,365) General Motors discontinued the Pontiac brand, due to the economic downturn.

21/4/2009, Tuesday (+23,359)

12/4/2009, Sunday (+23,350) Easter Sunday.

11/4/2009, Saturday (+23,349) Civil unrest in Thailand; state of emergency declared.

9/4/2009, Thursday (+23,347)

6/4/2009, Monday (+23,344) Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit L�Aquila, Italy. 300 were killed and 1,500 injured.

5/4/2009, Sunday (+23,343) North Korea fired a rocket, ostensibly to carry a satellite. The UN held an emergency session, but took no action.

1/4/2009, Wednesday (+23,339) Albania and Croatia were admitted to NATO.

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23/3/2009, Monday (+23,330) Tata Motors launched its US$ 2,000 Nano car in Mumbai

15/3/2009, Sunday (+23,322) The Bank of England cut rates to a record low of 0.5%; it also announced �75 billion of quantitative easing.

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28/2/2009, Saturday (+23,307) Former Serbian President Milan Milosevic was acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribune for the Former Yugoslavia.

11/2/2009, Wednesday (+23,290) Morgan Tsvangirai became the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe under a power-sharing agreement with President Mugabe, signed in September 2008.

10/2/2009, Tuesday (+23,289) A Russian and an American satellite collided, creating large amounts of space debris.

7/2/2009, Saturday (+23,286) Severe bush fires hit Australia, killing 173, injuring 500, rendering 7,500 homeless. Temperatures had reached a record 46.4 C.

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22/1/2009, Thursday (+23,270) US President Barack Obama attempted to close down Guantanamo Bay.

21/1/2009, Wednesday (+23,269) Israel completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Air strikes by both sides continued.

19/1/2009, Monday (+23,267)

15/1/2009, Thursday (+23,263) The �Miracle on the Hudson� occurred when US Airline flight 1549 hit birds just after takeoff from New York. Both the plane�s engines were knocked out and with insufficient height to glide to any airstrip the pilot Captain Sullenberger put the aeroplane down flawlessly on the River Hudson. All 155 passengers and crew survived.

14/1/2009, Wednesday (+23,262) The US admitted torturing Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed al Qahtani, under the Bush administration.

7/1/2009, Wednesday (+23,255) In a dispute over energy prices, Russia shut off all gas supplies to Europe.

3/1/2009, Saturday (+23,251) Israel invaded the Gaza Strip, as Hamas fired rockets into Israel.

1/1/2009, Thursday (+23,249) Slovakia adopted the Euro, replacing the Koruna.

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27/12/2008, Saturday (+23,244) Israel mounted military strikes against the Gaza Strip.

23/12/2008, Tuesday (23.240)

12/12/2008, Friday (+23,229) Switzerland became the 25th country to join the Schengen Agreement, eliminating cross-border checks.

11/12/2008, Thursday (+23,228) Bernard Madoff was arrested in the US on charges of running a huge Ponzi scheme.

9/12/2008, Tuesday (+23,226) Scientists confirmed the existence of a Black Hole at the centre of the Milky Way.

6/12/2008, Saturday (+23,223) Rioting in Greece after Greek police shot a 15 year old in the head, killing him.

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27/11/2008, Thursday (+23,214) The ocean liner QE2 was taken out of service, to become a floating hotel in the UAE.

26/11/2008, Wednesday (+23,213) Pakistani Islamic terrorists struck at several targets in Mumbai, India, taking visitors at the Taj Mahal luxury hotel hostage.Indian forces stormed the terrorists in the hotel. 183 people were killed and over 300 injured.

25/11/2008, Tuesday (+23,212) Greenland held a referendum on further autonomy from Denmark, with a result 75% in favour.

24/11/2008, Monday (+23,211)

19/11/2008, Wednesday (+23,206) Germany extradited Rose Kabuye to France, where she faced charges over the killing of a former Rwandan President, Juvenal Habyarimana.This incident sparked the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

18/11/2008, Tuesday (+23,205) Heads of the big three US car manufacturers asked the US government for assistance during the ongoing Credit Crunch.They said their companies were important as job providers.

15/11/2008, Saturday (+23,202) Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi oil supertanker off the Somali coast.

5/11/2008, Wednesday (+23,192) On Russian television, President Dmitry Medvedev spoke against NATO missile defences in Poland and the Czech Republic.Medvedev threatened to put Russian missiles in the enclave of Kaliningrad and install radio scramblers to foil NATO�s missile defence system.

4/11/2008, Tuesday (-23,191) Barack Hussein Obama was elected first African-American President (Democrat) of the USA, the 44th President.

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29/10/2008, Wednesday (+23,185) A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Quetta, Pakistan.

22/10/2008, Wednesday (+23,178) India launched its probe Chandrayaan 1 towards the Moon.

15/10/2008, Wednesday (+23,171) The price of a 800g loaf of white bread was �1.26.

13/10/2008, Monday (+23,169) The UK Government bailed out the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and HBOS, using billions of pounds of taxpayers� money.

6/10/2008, Monday (+23,162) A magnitude 6.6 earthquake killed 65 in Kyrgzystan.

1/10/2008, Wednesday (+23,157) (Britain, Economy) The French power company EdF acquired British Energy plc, which operated 8 of Britain�s 10 nuclear power stations.

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28/9/2008, Sunday (+23,154) Space X launched the first private satellite, Falcon I, into orbit.

24/9/2008, Wednesday (+23,150) A litre of milk cost 70p.A loaf of bread cost �1.22.A year�s TV licence cost �139.50. A Big Mac cost �2.09.The NHS prescription charge was �7.10.A first class stamp cost 36p.A litre of unleaded petrol cost �1.12.A pint of beer cost �2.82.A can of Heinz baked beans cost 52p.A couple�s pension was �145.05.Child Benefit was �18.10 a week.

15/9/2008, Monday (+23,141) (1) As the global Credit Crunch took hold, Lehman Brothers, the 4th largest US investment bank, collapsed.

(2) In Zimbabwe, negotiations resulted in a power-sharing agreement between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara; Tsvangirai to be the new Prime Minister.

5/9/2008, Friday (+23,131) For the first time in recorded history, both the North West Passage and the North East Passage are clear of Arctic sea ice.

2/9/2008, Tuesday (+23,128) (1) EU leaders began a mediation initiative with Russia over Georgia.

(2) Unrest continued in Bangkok; Prime Minister Sundaravej declared a State of Emergency.

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29/8/2008, Friday (+23,124) Georgia cut all diplomatic relations with Russia and increased links to the USA.

28/8/2008, Thursday (+23,123) Phil Hill, US racing car driver, died aged 81.

27/8/2008, Wednesday (+23,122) David Milliband, from the UK, visited Kiev to reinforce the Ukrainian ambitions to align itself with the West.

26/8/2008, Tuesday (+33,121)

25/8/2008, Monday (+23,120) Both Russian Houses of Parliament voted to recognise as independent states the breakaway regions of Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

24/8/2008, Sunday (+23,119) The Beijing Olympics closed.

23/8/2008, Saturday (+23,118)

16/8/2008, Saturday (+23,111) The dog racing track at Walthamstow, London, held its last meeting.

15/8/2008, Friday (+23,110) The Russian military expressed anger at a US-Polish agreement to set up missile defences on Polish territory.The US said it was against rogue states like Iran. The Russians said it was against them and one general said it made Poland a target for a nuclear strike.

12/8/2008, Tuesday (+23,107)

9/8/2008, Saturday (+23,104) Russian ships sailed from Ukrainian ports to mount a blockade of the Georgian coast.

8/8/2008, Friday (+23,103) (1) Russian forces backed South Ossetian fighters who were seeking secession from Georgia. 130,000 Georgians fled South Ossetia.

(2) The Beijing Olympics opened. They continued until 24/8/2008.

7/8/2008, Thursday (+23,102) Intense fighting erupted between Georgia and Russia.Russia backed the territory of South Ossetia, a Muslim area that had broken away from Georgia after Georgia declared independence as the USSR broke up.The USA backed Georgia.

3/8/2008, Sunday (+23,098) Alexander Solzhenitsyn died, aged 90.

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21/7/2008, Monday (+23,085) Radovan Karadic, Serbian leader during the break-up of Yugoslavia, wanted for war crimes against the Bosnians, was captured and sent to The Hague for trial.

20/7/2008, Sunday (+23,084) Roger Wolcott Hall, US author, died (born 20/5/1919).

14/7 2008, Monday (+23,078) In the midst of the Credit Crunch, the Spanish bank Santander bought the troubled UK bank Alliance and Leicester.

1/7/2008, Tuesday (+23,065) The average UK house price was �168,973.

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14/6/2008, Saturday (+23,048) A 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Iwate, Japan, killed 12 and injured 400.

12/6/2008, Thursday (+23,046) Irish voters rejected the new European Constitution in a referendum.

1/6/2008, Sunday (+23,035) Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, introduced a ban on drinking alcohol on the London Underground.

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25/5/2008, Sunday (+23,028) NASA successfully landed a probe on the north polar regions of Mars.

12/5/2008, Monday (+23,015) A magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Sichuan Province, central China, killing 156,000 people, and injuring 290,000.5 million were made homeless.

2/5/2008, Friday (+23,005) Hurricane Nargis hit southern Burma, killing over 84,000 people, and leaving 56,000 missing.

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26/4/2008, Saturday (+22,999) Police arrested Josef Fritzl in Amstetten, Austria, after he held women and children for years in a dungeon below his home. He was jailed for life in March 2009.

7/4/2008, Monday (+22,980) The six-month-long official inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in a car crash in a Paris road tunnel ended.The inquest had cost �10 million, and concluded that Henri Paul, the driver, was drunk and crashed into a pillar whilst trying to avoid the paparazzi.

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27/3/2008, Thursday (+22,969) The new British Airways Terminal Five at London Heathrow opened.The baggage system collapsed and many flights were delayed, cancelled, or left without baggage.

26/3/2008, Wednesday (+22,968) Ford completed the sale of its Jaguar and Land Rover brands to Tata for US$ 2.3 billion. Tata was on a diversification drive and would not make any major changes. The 16,000 employees involved would not be affected.

25/3/2008, Tuesday (+22,967)

24/3/2008, Monday (+22,966) Bhutan held its first-ever general elections.

23/3/2008, Sunday (+22,965) Easter Sunday

18/3/2008, Tuesday (+22,960) Sir Arthur C Clarke, science fiction writer, died aged 90.

14/3/2008, Friday (+22,956) In the midst of the Credit Crunch, investment bank Bear Sterns was bought by rival JP Morgan for US$ 236 million (UK� 155 million).

12/3/2008, Wednesday (+22,954) Lazare Ponticelli, the last surviving French foot soldier of World War One, died aged 110.Born in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, he loved France and joined the French Foreign legion aged 16.When Italy joined the war he was enlisted in the Italian army but returned to France after the war and became a French citizen in 1939.

2/3/2008, Sunday (+22,944) Dmitry Medvedev was elected President of Russia. Putin was constitutionally barred from standing for a third term.

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29/2/2008, Friday (+22,942) After Hamas fired rockets into Israel, Israeli troops began a 22-day assault against Gaza.

22/2/2008, Friday (+22,935) The Northern Rock Building Society had to be taken into State control due to the subprime mortgage lending crisis.

18/2/2008, Monday (+22,931) (1) Fidel Castro, aged 81, announced he was resigning as President of Cuba after 49 years in post. His brother Raul Castro was selected to succeed him.

(2) The UK Parliament passed an emergency Bill allowing the nationalisation of Northern Rock

17/2/2008, Sunday (+22,930) Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.The EU and NATO backed Kosovo, but Russia opposed it.

13/2/2008, Wednesday (+22,926) The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd (born 1957) apologised to the Aborigines, especially the �stolen generation;, those Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their parents to be brought up with White parents in an attempt at assimilation.

5/2/2008, Tuesday (+22,918) Tornadoes killed 57 people in the southern USA.

2/2/2008, Saturday (+22,915) Rebels attacked N�Djamena, capital of Chad.

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24/1/2008, Thursday (+22,906) The French bank, Societe General, revealed that a rogue trader, Jerome Kerviel (born 11 January 1977), had cost it 4.9 billion Euros (about US$ 7 billion, or UK� 3.7 billion). Kerviel was arrested on charges of breach of trust and falsifying documents, and the bank was fined 4 million Euros for failing to monitor his trading position. Daniel Bouton resigned as the banks chief executive. Kerviel was found guilty in October 2010 and sentenced to prison, but remained free pending an appeal. On 24 October 2012, a Paris appeals court upheld the October 2010 sentence to three years in prison with another two suspended, and ordered to reimburse 4.9bn euros to Societe General for its loss.

23/1/2008, Wednesday (+22,905) Palestinian militants blew up the border wall between Egypt and Gaza at Rafah; thousands of Palestinians fled into Egypt.

22/1/2008, Tuesday (+22,904) Australian actor Heath Ledger died aged 28.

17/1/2008, Thursday (+22,899) Bobby Fisher, American world chess champion, died aged 64.

2/1/2008, Wednesday (+22,884) The price of crude oil passed US$ 100 a barrel for the first time ever.

1/1/2008, Tuesday (+22,883) Cyprus and Malta adopted the Euro.

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27/12/2007, Thursday (+22,878) The moderate Pakistani politician, Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated whilst participating in an opposition rally against the hard-line ruler, President Pervez Musharraf.

24/12/2007, Monday (+22,875) Nepal announced that the country�s 240-year old monarchy was to be replaced by a Republic in 2008.

21/12/2007, Friday (+22,872) Queen Elizabeth II became the oldest reigning monarch in British history.

9/12/2007, Sunday (+22,860) Brazilian racing driver Rafael Sperafico was killed in acar crash in Sao Paulo

8/12/2007, Saturday (+22,859) Construction work began on Line L2 of the Beijing Metro, running 23 km from the southern terminus of Line Five. Trains began running in December 2010.

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14/11/2007, Wednesday (+22,835) A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit Tocopilla, northern Chile.

10/11/2007, Saturday (+22,831) US author Norman Mailer died aged 81.

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24/10/2007, Wednesday (+22,814) China launched its first space probe, Chang�e 1, towards the Moon.

18/10/2007, Thursday (+22,808) After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto's convoy, killing over 100, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured.

15/10/2007, Monday (+22,805) The price of a 800g loaf of white bread was 91p.

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14/9/2007, Friday (+22,774) Japan launched its Kaguya probe towards the Moon

13/9/2007, Thursday (+22,773) In the UK, Northern Rock bank sought emergency funds from the Bank of England due to liquidity problems, precipitating a run on the bank.

12/9/2007, Wednesday (+22,772) A magnitude 8.4 earthquake hit Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 9.

10/9/2007, Monday (+22,770) Anita Roddick, environmental campaigner, died (born 23/10/1942). She founded the Body Shop chain in 1976, which was sold to L�Oreal 30 years later for �625 million.

6/9/2007, Thursday (+22,766) Israeli warplanes struck a suspected nuclear site in Syria.

5/9/2007, Wednesday (+22,765) Luciano Pavarotti, singer, died aged 71.

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15/8/2007, Wednesday (+22,744) A magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit Peru, killing 512 and injuring over 1,500.

9/8/2007, Thursday (+22,738) The French bank, Paribas, halted withdrawals from three of its funds due to �complete evaporation of liquidity. The Credit Crunch had begun.

5/8/2007, Sunday (+22,734) Ian Paisley, Democratic Union Party, was sworn as First Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Martin McGuinness., Sinn Fein, was his Deputy.

3/8/2007, Friday (+22,732) Heavy rain in the India region caused flooding that displaced 20 million people.

2/8/2007, Thursday (+22,731) Russia asserted its claims to the Arctic by planting a flag on the seabed 4,200 metres down at the North Pole.

1/8/2007, Wednesday (+22,730) In the USA, 13motorists died when a road bridge over the River Mississippi collapsed during the rush hour in Minneapolis. 50 cars plunged 20 metres into the river. An investigation found that steel plates holding up the bridges were too thin to bear the weight of the bridge and cars.

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31/7/2007, Tuesday (+22,729) The UN passed Resolution 1769, authorising more UN peacekeepers to be deployed in Darfur, Sudan.

30/7/2007, Monday (+22,728) Film directors Michelangelo Antonioni (94) and Ingmar Bergman (89) both died this day.

29/7/2007, Sunday (+22,727) EastEnders actor Mike Reid died (born 19/1/1940)

24/7/2007, Tuesday (+22,722) In the Balkans, temperatures reached 43 C in Serbia, 44 C in Bulgaria and 45 C in Bosnia and Macedonia, the hottest for 120 years; 500 heat-related deaths were reported in Hungary.

22/7/2007, Sunday (+22,720) Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected President of Turkey. There were concerns that his Islamic sympathies might threaten the secularism of Turkey.

21/7/2007, Saturday (+22,719) Pratibha Patel was elected India�s first female President.

20/7/2007, Friday (+22,718) Heavy rain in the UK caused floods in the Midlands and southwest.

16/7/2007, Monday (+22,714) A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Niigata, japan, killing 5 and starting a fire at a nuclear power plant.

11/7/2007, Wednesday (+22,709) Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix, 5th film adaptation of the JK Rowling book series, premiered.

7/7/2007, Saturday (+22,705) A series of Live Earth concerts were held around the world to raise awareness of climate change.

5/7/2007, Thursday (+22,703) George Melly, jazz musician, died (born 17/8/1926).

1/7/2007, Sunday (+22,699) The average UK house price was �181,364.

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29/6/2007, Friday (+22,697) Apple launched the iPhone,

28/6/2007, Thursday (+22,696) Greece had its worst heatwave for more than a century, 11 people died of heatstroke.

27/6/2007, Wednesday (+22,695) In the UK, Gordon Brown became Labour Prime Minister as Tony Blair resigned from the Commons.

26/6/2007, Tuesday (+22,694) The UN declared the Galapagos Islands an endangered heritage site.

18/6/2007, Monday (+22,686) Bernard Manning, comedian, died (born 13/8/1930)

14/6/2007, Thursday (+22,682) Kurt Waldheim, President of Austria from 1985, also UN Secretary General 1972-82, died (born 21/12/1918).

5/6/2007, Tuesday (+22,673) (Russia, Sport) Russia was chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, at Sochi.

4/6/2007, Monday (+22,672) At The Hague, the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor, former Liberian President, began.

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19/5/2007, Saturday (+22,656) (1) �Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End�, directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premiered in Anaheim. It was the most expensive film (US$300 million) made to date.

(2) In London, the new Wembley Stadium was officially opened.

16/5/2007, Wednesday (+22,653) Sarkozy was sworn in as President of France.

11/5/2007, Friday (+22,648) Gordon Brown announced his bid to be Labour Leader. On 25/6/2007 his succession was agreed unchallenged at a Labour Party Conference in Manchester. In a contest for the post of Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman won the final round.

10/5/2007, Thursday (+22,647) In the UK, former Prime Minister Tony Blair announced his retirement a week after Labour did badly in the elections.

7/5/2007, Monday (+22,644) Isabella Blow, fashion magazine editor, died (born 19/11/1958)

3/5/2007, Thursday (+22,640) Madelaine McCann, 3 years old, was abducted from the tourist resort of Praia de Luz, Portugal.

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28/4/2007, Saturday (+22,635) A magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit Folkestone, Kent, damaging around 200 houses.

27/4/2007, Sunday (+22,634) Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist, died (born 27/3/1927).

23/4/2007, Monday (+22,630) Russian leader Boris Yeltsin died aged 76.

16/4/2007, Monday (+22,623) Student Cho Seung Hui went on a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University, killing 32 staff and students. Cho then shot himself.

12/4/2007, Thursday (+22,619) Writer Kurt Vonnegut died aged 84.

8/4/2007, Sunday (+22,615) Easter Sunday.

5/4/2007, Thursday (+22,612)

3/4/2007, Tuesday (+22,610) A French TGV train set a new speed record of 356 mph / 573 kph.

2/4/2007, Monday (+22,609) An 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Solomon Islands.52 died and 6,000 were left homeless.

1/4/2007, Sunday (+22,608) In the UK, the TV licence fee rose from �131.50 to �135.50.

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26/3/2007, Monday (+22,602) Northern Ireland�s two opposing political parties, Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists signed a power-sharing agreement after talks at Stormont involving Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley.

14/3/2007, Wednesday (+22,590) Avengers actor Gareth Hunt died aged 65.

11/3/2007, Sunday (+22,587) Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested as he held a political rally.

8/3/2007, Thursday (+22,584) John Inman, actor in Are You being Served, died (born 28/6/1935).

6/3/2007, Tuesday (+22,582) A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Sumatra, killing over 70 people.

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13/2/2007, Tuesday (+22,561) North Korea agreed to close its nuclear facility at Yongbyon by 14/4/2007 in return for energy aid equivalent to 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil.

8/2/2007, Thursday (+22,556) England was covered by the heaviest snowfall for 11 years.

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17/1/2007, Wednesday (+22,534) Protests in the UK and India after, on the Big Brother Reality Show, Jade Goody was allegedly racist to Shilpa Shetty.

16/1/2007, Tuesday (+22,533) A UN Human Rights official stated that 34,452 Iraqi civilians had been killed during 2006, a figure nearly three times higher than previous estimates.

15/1/2007, Monday (+22,532) The average UK house price was �186,954, up 605% on 1983.

11/1/2007, Thursday (+22,528) US President Bush announced he would send a further 21.500 troops to Iraq.

7/1/2007, Sunday (+22,524) Magnus Magnusson, author, died (born 12/10/1927).

4/1/2007, Thursday (+22,521) Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as first female speaker of the US House of Representatives.

1/1/2007, Monday (+22,518) Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union.

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31/12/2006, Sunday (+22,517) The 3,000th US soldier was killed in Iraq.

30/12/2006, Saturday (+22,516)(1) Saddam Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity.

(2) The Basque Nationalist group ETA detonated a bomb at Madrid-Barajas Airport, ending a 9-month ceasefire.

29/12/2006, Friday (+22,515) Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara, 67, gave birth to twins in a Barcelona hospital, becoming the world�s oldest mother.

28/12/2006, Thursday (+22,514) Nationwide stated that the average price of a UK house had risen by 10.6% over the year to �174,000.

27/12/2006, Wednesday (+22,513) Former US President Gerald Ford died aged 93.

26/12/2006, Tuesday (+22,512) Southwestern Taiwan was shaken by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

25/12/2006, Monday (+22,511) Soul singer James Brown died aged 73.

24/12/2006, Sunday (+22,510) Comedian Charlie Drake died aged 81.

23/12/2006, Saturday (+22,509) Charlie Drake, comedian and actor, died (born 19/6/1925)

22/12/2006, Friday (+22,508)

21/12/2006, Thursday (+22,507) Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan, died.

20/12/2006, Wednesday (+22,506) Mick Mulligan, trumpeter and bandleader, died (born 24/1/1928)

19/12/2006, Tuesday (+22,505) Arthur �Scobie� Breasley, horse racing champion, died (born 7/5/1914)

17/12/2006, Sunday (+22,503)

15/12/2006, Friday (+22,501) Clashes in Gaza between Fatah and Hamas after Fatah was accused of trying to murder PM Ismail Haniya.

14/12/2006, Thursday (+22,499) Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, died (born 31/7/1923)

12/12/2006, Tuesday (+22,498) Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton, died (born 11/3/1923)

10/12/2006, Sunday (+22,496) General Pinochet, former dictator of Chile (born 1915) died.

9/12/2006, Saturday (+22,495) Georgia Gibbs (Freda Lipschitz), singer, died (born 26/8/1919)

8/12/2006, Friday (+22,494) Martha Tilton, singer, died (born 14/11/1915)

7/12/2006, Thursday (+22,493) A tornado lasting under a minute ripped through Kensal Green, NW London, damaging 150 homes and injuring 6 people.

6/12/2006, Wednesday (+22,492)

5/12/2006, Tuesday (+22,491) The Prime Minister of Fiji, Laisenia Qarase, fled to the remote Lau Islands after a military coup by Commodore Frank Bainimarama. This was the 4th coup in Fiji since 1987.

4/12/2006, Monday (+22,490) Hugo Chavez was re-elected as President of Venezuela in a landslide victory.

1/12/2006, Friday (+22,487)

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29/11/2006, Wednesday (+22,485) Allen Carr, British anti-smoking campaigner, died (born 2/9/1934).

28/11/2006, Tuesday (+22,484) Pope Benedict XVI began a visit to Turkey He expressed support for their bid to join the EU, but also spoke of the need to respect freedom of worship, an oblique reference to the freedom of Christian worship there.

27/11/2006, Monday (+22,483) Alan Freeman, radio DJ, died (born 6/7/1927)

26/11/2006, Sunday (+22,482) Graham Roope, cricketer, died (born 12/7/1946)

25/11/2006, Saturday (+22,481) Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer, died (born 1979)

24/11/2006, Friday (+22,480) Mr Litvinenko's family released a statement, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of involvement in his death.

23/11/2006, Thursday (+22,479) Russian dissident and former KGB bodyguard Alexander Litvinenko died a slow and painful death in a London hospital after drinking tea laced with Polonium 210. He fell out with Vladimir Putin in the late 1990s when they worked together in the Russian security forces. Britain suspected former KGB agent Andrei Luovoi of administeringthe poison and demanded his extradition form Russia. The denial of this extradition led to the expulsion of four Russian diplomats from Britain.

22/11/2006, Wednesday (+22,478) Lord John Peyton of Yeovil, UK politician, died (born 3/2/1919)

21/11/2006, Tuesday (+22,477) The Kremlin dismissed as 'sheer nonsense' claims that the Russian government was involved in the poisoning of Litvinenko.

20/11/2006, Monday (+22,476) Robert Altman, film director, died (born 20/2/1925).

19/11/2006, Sunday (+22,475) Muslim women in New York City aimed to start a Koran Council to interpret strict sharia law

18/11/2006, Saturday (+22,474) UK PM Gordon Brown made his first visit to Iraq.

17/11/2006, Friday (-22,473) Litvinenko�s condition deteriorated and he was transferred to University College Hospital in central London.

16/11/2006, Thursday (+22,472) Joseph Kabila won partially-free elections, remained as leader for a second 5-year term. There was unrest as the result was disputed.

13/11/2006, Monday (+22,469)

10/11/2006, Friday (-22,466) Jack Williamson, science fiction writer, died (born 29/4/1908)

9/11/2006, Thursday (+22,465) Ed Bradley, US journalist, died (born 22/6/1941)

7/11/2006, Tuesday (+22,463) Vietnam, nominally still one of the world�s last 5 Communist countries (the other 4 being China, Cuba, Laos and North Korea) was accepted into the World Trade Organisation, as its capitalist economy boomed.

5/11/2006, Sunday (+22,461) Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by the Iraqi Special Tribunal. He was hanged on 30/12/2006.

4/11/2006, Saturday (+22,460) In London, 22,000 participated in a march to highlight the risks of climate change.

3/11/2006, Friday (+22,459)

1/11/2006, Wednesday (+22,457) Mr Litvinenko met Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun at the Millennium hotel in London's Mayfair. Mr Litvinenko was admitted to a hospital in north London several hours later, complaining of feeling sick.

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31/10/2006, Tuesday (+22,456) PW Botha, former President of South Africa, died aged 90.

30/10/2006, Monday (+22,455)

29/10/2006, Sunday (+22,454) Nigel Kneale, writer, died (born 18/4/1922)

28/10/2006, Saturday (+22,453) Trevor Berbick, boxer, died (born 1/8/1954)

27/10/2006, Friday (+22,452) BMW car designer Albrecht Graf Goertz, who designed the 503 and 507 models, died aged 92.

26/10/2006, Thursday (+22,451) Hank Shaw, trumpeter, died (born 23/6/1926)

25/10/2006, Wednesday (+22,450) Emilio Vedova, Italian artist, died (born 9/8/1919)

23/10/2006, Monday (+22,448) A referendum in Panama endorsed widening the Canal to allow the largest ships to pass.

21/10/2006, Saturday (+22,446) John Symonds, novelist, died (born 12/3/1914)

20/10/2006, Friday (+22,445) Corus announced that it had accepted a �4.3 billion offer from Tata Steel.

19/10/2006, Thursday (+22,444) Phyllis Kirk, actress, died (born 18/9/1927).

17/10/2006, Tuesday (+22,442) Ursula Moray Williams, children�s writer, died (born 19/4/1911)

16/10/2006, Monday (+22,441) 100 died in Sri Lanka when the Tamil Tigers hit a military convoy with a truck bomb.

15/10/2006, Sunday (+22,440) The price of a 800g loaf of white bread was 83p.

14/10/2006, Saturday (+22,439) Freddy Fender (Baldemar Garza Huerta), country singer, died (born 4/6/1937)

12/10/2006, Thursday (+22,437) Gillo Pontecorvo, film director, died (born 19/11/1919)

9/10/2006, Monday (+22,434) North Korea claimed to have conducted its first ever nuclear test explosion.

8/10/2006,

7/10/2006, Saturday (+22,432) Journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead in her Moscow apartment on October 7. Mr Litvinenko began to investigate her murder.

6/10/2006, Friday (+22,431) In the UK, Jack Straw MP was accused of racism after reports that he asked Muslim women to remove their veils at his surgery.

5/10/2006, Thursday (+22,430) Jennifer Moss, English actress died (born 1945).

4/10.2006, Wednesday (+22,429) An entire brigade of Iraqi police were removed from duty in Baghdad after allegations they were involved with sectarian killings.

3/10/2006, Tuesday (+22,428) The USSR imposed sanctions on Georgia after the arrest of 4 alleged Russian spies in Tbilisi on 2/10/2006; the men had already been released.

2/10/2006, Monday (+22,427) Inthe USA, 26 year old gunman Charles Carl Roberts burst into an Amish school in Pennsylvania and killed several girls, before shooting himself dead.

1/10/2006, Sunday (+22,426) 8 died and 60 were injured in a gun battle between factions in Gaza. The fight began over unpaid Government wages.

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30/9/2006, Saturday (+22,425) Plane crash in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil, killed all 155 passengers.

29/9/2006, Friday (+22,424) The HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took its first low-orbit, high-resolution pictures of Mars

28/9/2006, Thursday (+22,423) The UK�s Chief Inspector of Prisons released a damning report on Pentonville Prison, describing it as �overrun with cockroaches�.

27/9/2006, Wednesday (+22,422) A hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School near Bailey, Colorado, United States ended with the death of the gunman.

26/9/2006, Tuesday (+22,421) The accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU on 1/1/2007 was formally approved.

23/9/2006, Saturday (+22,418) Car bomb in Baghdad killed 53.

20/9/2006, Wednesday (+22,415) General Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, head of the new military administration in Thailand, stated that martial rule would last a year in the country whilst a new constitution was written. Ousted |prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra flew to Britain, under threat of prosecution if he ever returned to Thailand.

19/9/2006, Tuesday (+22,414) Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand declared a State of Emergency as the Thai Army staged a military coup.

17/9/2006, Sunday (+22,412) Patricia Lawford Kennedy, younger sister of President Kennedy, died (born 6/5/1924)

15/9/2006, Friday (+22,410) The Right Reverend David Say, Bishop of Rochester, died (born 4/10/1914).

14/9/2006, Thursday (+22,409) Mickey Hargitay, actor, died (born 6/1/1926)

13/9/2006, Wednesday (+22,408) Ann Richards, Governor of Texas, died (born 1/9/1933)

12/9/2006, Tuesday (+22,407)

11/9/2006, Monday (+22,406) Joachim Fest, historical writer, died (born 8/12/1926)

10/9/2006, Sunday (+22,405) King Taufa�ahau Tupou IV died, and was succeeded by Prince Tupouto. There was rioting over lack of democracy.

4/9/2006, Monday (+22,399) In Australia, Steve Irvin, famous on UK TV as Crocodile Dundee, died whilst being filmed snorkelling off Queensland from a stingray barb to his heart.

2/9/2006, Saturday (+22,397) Charlie Williams, comedian, died (born 23/12/1926)

1/9/2006, Friday (+22,396) Bob Mathias, decathlete, died (born 17/11/1930)

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31/8/2006, Thursday (+22,395) Two stolen masterpieces by Edvard Munch, including his best known work, The Scream, were recovered in Norway.

30/8/2006, Wednesday (+22,394) Naguib Mahfouz, novelist, died (died 11/12/1911)

29/8/2006, Tuesday (+22,393)

27/8/2006, Sunday (+22,391) David Nicholson, jockey and trainer, died (born 19/3/1939)

26/8/2006, Saturday (+22,390) Vladimir Tretchkoff, artist, died (born 13/12/1913)

25/8/2006, Friday (+22,389) The Office for National Statistics announced that in June 2005 the population of the UK had reached 60 million

24/8/2006, Thursday (+22,388) (Astronomy) Pluto was officially demoted from �planet� to �dwarf planet� by the International Astronomical Union,

23/8/2006, Wednesday (+22,387) Maynard Ferguson, trumpeter, died (born 24/5/1928)

22/8/2006, Tuesday (+22,386) Sandra Blow, abstract painter, died (born 14/9/1925)

21/8/2006, Monday (+22,385) Bismillah Khan, musician, was born.

18/8/2006, Friday (+22,382)

15/8/2006, Tuesday (+22,379) Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, Queen of the Maori people, was died (born 23/7/1931)

14/8/2006, Monday (+22,378) Israel accepted a UN-brokered ceasefire in the Lebanon conflict.

13/8/2006, Sunday (+22,377) Israeli troops mounted a ground offensive in Lebanon north towards the Litani River, reaching 30km north of the Israeli border.

11/8/2006, Friday (+22,375)

9/8/2006, Wednesday (+22,373) James van Allen, physicist who discovered radiation belts around the Earth, died (born 7/9/1914)

8/8/2006, Tuesday (+22,372) Melissa Hayden, ballerina, died (born 15/4/1923)

7/8/2006, Monday (+22,371)

6/8/2006, Sunday (+22,370) Violence continued to escalate between Israel and Lebanon, in defiance of a UN ceasefire resolution, Hezbollah rocket attacks killed 15 Israelis and Israeli airstrikes on southern Lebanon killed 19.

5/8/2006, Saturday (+22,369) Daniel Schmid, film director, died (born 26/12/1941)

4/8/2006, Friday (+22,368)

3/8/2006, Thursday (+22,367) Arthur Lee, rock musician, died (born 3/7/1945)

2/8/2006, Wednesday (+22,366) Hezbollah fired more rockets into Israel, killing 1 and injuring 123, after Israeli patrols penetrated as far as the town of Baalbek, in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon, killing 10 Hezbollah and capturing 5 ,more. One Hezbollah rocket reached 70km into Israel, the furthest so far.

1/8/2006, Tuesday (+22,365) (1) Israel stepped up ground operations in southern Lebanon. So far, since 12 July, some 624 to 750 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and some 54 Israelis, 18 of them civilians, had been killed.

(2) (Education � University) The University of Bedfordshire was formed, by the merger of the University of Luton and the Bedford campus of De Montfort University Leicester.

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30/7/2006, Sunday (+22,363) (1) Israel agreed to suspend air strikes on southern Lebanon for 48 hours. This followed international outrage after 54 civilians, including 37 children, had been killed in an Israeli air attack on Qana.

(2) Top of the Pops was broadcast for the last time.

28/7/2006, Friday (+22,361) Patrick Allen, actor, died (born 17/3/1927)

25/7/2006, Tuesday (+22,358) An Israeli air strike in southern Lebanon hit a UN observer post, killing 4 UN personnel.

24/7/2006, Monday (+22,357) US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice visited Lebanon and then Israel to try and settle the current outbreak of violence. She called for peace and democracy in the Middle east, and for Hezbollah to withdraw in Lebanon to north of the Litani River, 20km north of the Israeli border .So far since the conflict began on 12/7/2006, 378 Lebanese and 41 Israelis had been killed.

21/7/2006, Friday (+22,354)

19/7/2006, Wednesday (+22,352) Lebanon suffered its worst day of violence since the Israeli bombardment began on 12/7/2006, with 61 killed in air strikes, all but one were civilians.

18/7/2006, Tuesday (+22,351) Jimmy Leadbetter, footballer, died (born 15/7/1928)

17/7/2006, Monday (+22,350) Frank Morison Spillane, author, died (born 9/3/1918)

16/7/2006, Sunday (+22,349) Hezbollah rockets killed 8 Israelis in Haifa, whilst in Lebanon Israeli air strikes killed 40 civilians, including 16 in the Lebanese port of Tyre.

15/7/2006, Saturday (+22,348) Twitter was launched.

14/7/2006, Friday (+22,347) Israel bombed Beirut Airport as it stepped up attacks on Hezbollah, partly in response to a Hezbollah ambush on an Israeli border patrol 2 days earlier in which 8 Israeli soldiers were killed and 2 taken captive. Hezbollah demanded as ransom the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert condemned this as �extortion�. Israel also blockaded :Lebanese ports. 50 Lebanese civilians were killed in the air attacks. On 15/7/2006 Hezbollah rockets hit Haifa, their most southerly strike to date, and in retaliation Israel fired missiles into districts of Beirut where Hezbollah operatives lived, having warned civilians there to evacuate.Israel threatened to re-invade southern Lebanon, from where they had pulled out in 5/2000. However Israeli military leaders were reluctant to get bogged down in southern Lebanon again.

13/7/2006, Thursday (+22,346) Aaron Chwatt, actor, died (born 5/2/1919)

12/7/2006, Wednesday (+22,345) Hezbollah guerrillas ambushed an Israeli border patrol (see 14/7/2006), starting a new round of attacks by Israel on Lebanon.

11/7/2006, Tuesday (+22,344) (India) Bombs exploded in Mumbai railway station, India. 200 were killed. Pakistan was suspected.

10/7/2006, Monday (+22,341) Fighting started in Somalia between fighters aligned with defeated warlords and Islamic militants killing 60 people and wounding 100.

9/7/2006, Sunday (+22,342) Jose Ramos Horta was nominated as Prime Minister of Timor L�Este.

8/7/2006, Saturday (+22,341) Peter Hawkins, voice of the Flowerpot Men, died (born 3/4/1924)

7/7/2006, Friday (+22,340) In the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, UK, 62 year old Dr Patricia Rashbrook became Britain�s oldest mother, giving birth to a 6lb 10 oz son after IVF treatment.

6/7/2006, Thursday (+22,339) New York Court of Appeals ruled that gay marriage was not allowed under State law.

5/7/2006, Wednesday (+22,338) Kenneth Lay, former Chairman of Enron, died (born 15/3/1942)

4/7/2006, Tuesday (+22,337) The shuttle Discovery launched from Florida's Kennedy Space Centre, bound for the International Space Station with 7 astronauts aboard

3/7/2006, Monday (+22,336) 34 died and 20 were injured in a train accident on the Valencia Metro, Spain.

2/7/2006, Sunday (+22,335) One year on from the Live 8 concerts, U2 frontman Bono accused world leaders of not making good on their promises to Africa

1/7/2006, Saturday (+22,334) (Price) The average wage in the UK was �25,961. GPs got �70,100, or 270% of average.Teachers got �33,280, or 128% of average.Train drivers got �34,000, or 131% of average.Factory workers got �22,464, or 86% of average. The average UK house price was �166,470.

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30/6/2006, Friday (+22,333) Arthur Lewis, TV and theatre producer, died (born 15/9/1916)

29/6/2006, Thursday (+22,332) Fabian Bielinsky, Argentinian film director died (born 1959).

28/6/2006, Wednesday (+22,331) (Israel) Israel launched an offensive against the Gaza Strip.

27/6/2006, Tuesday (+22,330) Robert Carrier, celebrity chef, died (born 10/11/1923)

26/6/2006, Monday (+22,329) Mar� Alkatiri resigned as Prime Minister of East Timor after weeks of political unrest.

25/6/2006, Sunday (+22,328) Kenneth Griffith, actor, died (born 12/10/1921)

24/6/2006, Saturday (+22,327) �Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest�, directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland. It became the fastest film to gross over 1 billion US$

23/6/2006, Friday (+22,326) Aaron Spelling, TV producer, died (born 22/4/1923)

21/2/2006, Wednesday (+22,324)

20/6/2006, Tuesday (+22,323) Charles Smith, lead guitarist in Kool and the Gang, died (born 6/9/1848)

19/6/2006, Monday (+22,322) (Environment) On Spitzbergen, construction work began on a vault to preserve seeds for future generations in the event of a catastrophe such as nuclear war.

18/6/2006, Sunday (-22,321) Vincent Sherman, film director, died (born 16/7/1906)

15/6/2006, Thursday (+22,318)

13/6/2006, Tuesday (+22,316) (Ireland) Charles Haughey, Prime Minister of Ireland, died.

12/6/2006, Monday (+22,315) Andrew William Barr, WW2 British fighter pilot, died (born 10/12/1915)

10/6/2006, Saturday (+22,313) Kenneth Jack, artist, died (born 5/10/1924).

8/6/2006, Thursday (+22,311) Sir Peter Smithers, UK Conservative politician, died (born 9//12/1913)

5/6/2006, Monday (+22,308) Billy Preston, musician, died (born 9/9/1946)

3/6/2006, Saturday (+22,306) (Yugoslavia) Montenegro declared independence from Serbia.

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31/5/2006, Wednesday (+22,303) Raymond Davis, astrophysicist (solar neutrinos), died (born 14/10/1914).

30/5/2006, Tuesday (+22,302) Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director, died (born 15/9/1926)

28/5/2006, Sunday (+22,300)

27/5/2006, Saturday (+22,299) (Earthquake) A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit central Java, killing over 6,000, injuring 36,000 and leaving 1.5 million homeless.

26/5/2006, Friday (+22,298) Ted Schroeder, tennis player, died (born 20/7/1921)

25/5/2006, Thursday (+22,297) The UK Government announced that the pension age would rise, from 65 to 66 in 2024, and to 68 in 2044.

24/5/2006, Wednesday (+22,296) Eric Bedser, cricketer, died (born 4/7/1918)

23/5/2006, Tuesday (+22,295) Ian Copeland, impresario and booking agent, died (born 25/4/1949)

22/5/2006, Monday (+22,294) Jack Fallon, pioneer of modern jazz, died (born 13/10/1915)

21/5/2006, Sunday (+22,293) The new Iraqi Government held its first cabinet meeting as suicide bombings in Baghdad continued. The new Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki, promised to use �maximum force against terrorism�.

20/5/2006, Saturday (+22,292) (China) The Three Gorges Dam in China was completed, the world�s largest hydro-electric dam.

19/5/2006, Friday (+22,291) Freddie Garrity, pop singer, died (born 14/11/1936)

17/5/2006, Wednesday (+22,289)

15/5/2006, Monday (+22,287) George Crile, US journalist, died (born 5/3/1945)

14/5/2006, Sunday (+22,286) Eva Norvind, can-can dancer, died (born 7/5/1944)

13/5/2006, Saturday (+22,285) Johnnie Wilder, lead singer in pop group Heatwave, died

12/5/2006, Friday (+22,284)

11/5/2006, Thursday (+22,283) Floyd Patterson, boxer, died (born 4/1/1935)

10/5/2006, Wednesday (+22,282) Alexander Zinoviev, Soviet dissident, died (born 29/10/1922)

9/5/2006, Tuesday (+22,281) Two Australian miners, Todd Russell and Brian Webb, were rescued after being trapped underground for 14 days at a goldmine at Beaconsfield, Australia.

3/5/2006, Wednesday (+22,275) Karel Appel, artist, died (born 25/4/1921)

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30/4/2006, Sunday (+22,272) Jay Bernstein, Hollywood publicist, died (born 7/6/1937)

29/4/2006, Saturday (+22,271) Jean-Francois Revel, philosopher, died (born 19/1/1924)

26/4/2006, Wednesday (+22,268) (USA) Construction of the Freedom Tower in New York began. It was on the site of the Twin Towers destroyed in the 9-11 attacks in 2001.

24/4/2006, Monday (+22,266) King Gyanendra of Nepal restored Parliamentary Government, ending weeks of protests. Gyanendra had seized absolute power in 1/2005.

23/4/2006, Sunday (+22,265) William Gottlieb, photographer, died (born 28/1/1917).

22/4/2006, Saturday (+22,264) Alida Valli, actress, died (born 3/5/1921)

21/4/2006, Friday (+22,263) Tele Santana, Brazilian football coach, died (born 26/7/1931)

20/4/2006, Thursday (+22,262) Stanley Hiller Jr, who helped develop the helicopter, died (born 13/11/1924)

19/4/2006, Wednesday (+22,261) John Lyall, football manager, died (born 24/2/1940)

18/4/2006, Tuesday (+22,260) Ken Jones, rugby player, died (born 30/12/1921)

16/4/2006, Sunday (+22,258) Easter Sunday. Romano Prodi, Centre-Left coalition, was confirmed as winner of the Italian elections, defeating his rival Silvio Berlusconi by just 25,000 votes.

13/4/2006, Thursday (+22,255) Gyaltsen Norbu was confirmed as the11th Panchen Lama, at a ceremony of 1,000 Buddhist monks and nuns in Hangzhou, China. The 16-year-old had been selected for this role 10 years earlier, and is known as the �Chinese Panchen�, to distinguish him from the Panchen previously chosen by the exiled Dalai Lama and kept in a secret safe location.

12/4/2006, Wednesday (+22,254) Walter Pearson, world poker champion 1973, died (born 29/1/1929)

11/4/2006, Tuesday (+22,253) Iran�s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, announced that his country has �joined the club of nuclear countries�.

9/4/2006, Sunday (+22,251) Vigot Sjoman, Swedish film director, died (born 2/12/1924)

7/4/2006, Friday (+22,249) Helen Barbara Kruger, clothes designer, died (born 29/7/1913)

5/4/2006, Wednesday (+22,247) Avian flu was confirmed to have reached Britain when a mute swan was found dead of the highly pathogenic H5 strain near St Andrews, Scotland. A 1,000 square mile exclusion zone was imposed, with poultry farmers told to keep their flocks indoors at all times.

4/4/2006, Tuesday (+22,246) France equalised the permissible age of marriage between males and females. Formerly, the Civil Code of 1804 had set this age as 15 for females and 18 for males.

2/4/2006, Sunday (+22,244) Countess von Stauffenberg, widow of the officer who tried to assassinate Hitler, died (born 27/8/1913).

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28/3/2006, Tuesday (+22,239) Caspar Weinberger, US Secretary of Defence, died (born 18/8/1917)

27/3/2006, Monday (+22,238) Stanislaw Lem, author, died (born 12/9/1921)

26/3/2006, Sunday (+22,237)

25/3/2006, Saturday (+22,236) Richard Fleischer, US film director, died (born 8/12/21916)

24/3/2006, Friday (+22,235) Lynne Perrie (Jean Dudley), actress, died (born 7/4/1931)

23/3/2006, Thursday (+22,234)

22/3/2006, Wednesday (+22,233) The Basque terrorist group ETA announced a permanent ceasefire in Spain.

21/3/2006, Tuesday (+22,232) Margaret Ewing, Scottish Nationalist politician, died (born 1/9/1945)

18/3/2006, Saturday (+22,229) Channing Pollock, magician, died (born 16/8/1926)

16/3/2006, Thursday (+22,227) Moira Redmond, actress, died (born 14/7/1928)

13/3/2006, Monday (+22,224) Ivy Wallace, author, died (born 7/10/1915).

11/3/2006, Saturday (+22,222) Former President Milosevic died, see 13/2/2002.

10/3/2006, Friday (+22,221) John Profumo, British politician, died.

9/3/2006, Thursday (+22,220) The US military announced it would close the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, where there had been mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners.

8/3/2006, Wednesday (+22,219)

7/3/2006, Tuesday (-22,218) John Junkin, actor, died (born 29/1/1930)

6/3/2006, Monday (+22,217) Dana Reeve, actress, died (born 19/2/1961)

5/3/2006, Sunday (+22,216)

3/3/2006, Friday (+22,214) Ivor Cutler, poet, died (born 15/1/1923)

1/3/2006, Wednesday (+22,212) Peter Osgood, footballer, died.

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28/2/2006, Tuesday (+22,211) Professor Owen Chamberlain, physicist who discovered the anti-proton, died (born 10/7/1920)

27/2/2006, Monday (+22,210)

26/2/2006, Sunday (+22,209) Sir Hans Singer, economics writer, died (born 29/11/1910).

25/2/2006, Saturday (+22,208) The global population officially reached 6.5 billion.

24/2/2006, Friday (+22,207) Dennis Weaver, actor, died.

22/2/2006, Wednesday (+22,205)

21/2/2006, Tuesday (+22,204) Angelica Rozeanu, table tennis player, died (born 15/10/1921)

20/2/2006, Monday (+22,203) British historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison by an Austrian court for Holocaust denial.

19/2/2006, Sunday (+22,202) The Rolling Stones held the world�s largest concert on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janiero, brazil. Over one million people attended.

17/2/2006, Friday (+22,200) Sybille Bedford, writer, died (born 16/3/1911).

15/2/2006, Wednesday (+22,198) Anna Marly, singer, died (born 30/10/1917)

13/2/2006, Monday (+22,196) Sir Peter Strawson, philosopher, died (born 23/11/1919)

11/2/2006, Saturday (+22,194) Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, died (born 8/5/1940)

10/2/2006, Thursday (+22,192) Bhaskar Bhattacharyya, film maker, died (born 4/6/1950)

9/2/2006, Thursday (+22,192) Freddie Laker, aviation entrepreneur, died.

8/2/2006, Wednesday (-22,191) Akira Ifukube, composer, died (born 31/5/1914)

7/2/2006, Tuesday (+22,190) In Britain, Abu Hamza, radical Muslim cleric, 47, was jailed for 7 years after being found guilty of inciting murder and terrorism.

6/2/2006, Monday (+22,189) Two fishermen who had landed on North Sentinel Island were murdered by the inhabitants, the Sentinelese, who are one of the world�s last �Stone Age� tribes. They fiercely resist any visitors with a hail of arrows, although the Indian authorities said they would try and clandestinely recover the bodies at a later date.

5/2/2006, Sunday (+22,188) Norma Candal, actress, died.

4/2/2006, Saturday (+22,187) Betty Friedan, US campaigner for women�s rights, died.

3/2/2006, Friday (+22,186) An Egyptian ferry sank in the Red Sea, killing1,300.

2/2/2006, Thursday (+22,183) The oil tanker Seabulk Pride, carrying 100,000 barrels of oil, ran aground in the port of Nikiski, Alaska.

1/2/2006, Wednesday (+22,184) Liesel Jones, Australian swimmer, set a new world record for the 200m breast stroke of 2 minutes20.54 seconds.

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31/1/2006, Tuesday (+22,183) Moira Shearer, ballerina, died (born 17/1/1926)

30/1/2006, Monday (+22,182) Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King, died (born 27/4/1927)

29/1/2006, Sunday (+22,181) Nam June Paik, Korean composer, died aged 73

28/1/2006, Saturday (+22,180) 66 pigeon fanciers died in Katowice, Poland, when the roof of the conference hall they were meeting in collapsed under18 inches of snow.

27/1/2006, Friday (+22,179) Prince Carol of Romania died (born 8/1/1920)

26/1/2006, Thursday (+22,178) Hamas won elections in Palestine.

25/1/2006, Wednesday (+22,177) Stephen Harper, Conservative Party, became Canadian Prime Minister.

24/1/2006, Tuesday (+22,176) Fayard Nicholas, tap dancer, died (born 20/10/1914).

19/1/2006, Thursday (+22,171) The New Horizons space probe was launched towards Pluto.

17/1/2006, Tuesday (+22,169) Clarence Allen, 76, oldest prisoner on California�s Death Row, blind, with chronic heart disease,and diabetic, was executed by lethal injection. His plea that his health was so bad that execution would be cruel, failed.

15/1/2006, Sunday (+22,167) Sheikh Jaber III, Emir of Kuwait, died (born 29/6/1926)

14/1/2006, Saturday (+22,166) Shelly Winters, actress, died.

13/1/2006, Friday (+22,165)

12/1/2006, Thursday (+22,164) 364 pilgrims were killed at the Haj, Mecca, during the �stoning of the Devil� ritual.

11/1/2006, Wednesday (+22,163) DJ Spoon (Markus Loffell), pioneer of trance music, died (born 27/11/1966)

10/1/2006, Tuesday (+22,162)

9/1/2006, Monday (+22,161) Selwyn Hughes, Welsh evangelical minister, died (born 27/4/1928)