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20 Aug
2017
Jerry Lewis, famous for his slapstick comedy roles, died aged 91. Hits like The Bell Boy and The Nutty Professor made him the highest-paid actor in Hollywood in the 1960s, while he…Jerry Lewis, famous for his slapstick comedy roles, died aged 91. Hits like The Bell Boy and The Nutty Professor made him the highest-paid actor in Hollywood in the 1960s, while he also pioneered the use of videotape in moviemaking
1 year ago
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20 Aug
2014
B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world, died aged 95. He founded the style of yoga known as “Iyengar Yoga” and wrote many books on yoga practice and…B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world, died aged 95. He founded the style of yoga known as “Iyengar Yoga” and wrote many books on yoga practice and philosophy. He was credited with popularising yoga firstly in India and then around the world
4 years ago
20 Aug
2014
At least 52 people were killed in a series of landslides in Japan’s Hiroshima PrefectureAt least 52 people were killed in a series of landslides in Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture
4 years ago
20 Aug
2013
U.S. crime writer Elmore Leonard, author of such books as Get Shorty, Maximum Bob and Out of Sight, died at the age of 87 after suffering a strokeU.S. crime writer Elmore Leonard, author of such books as Get Shorty, Maximum Bob and Out of Sight, died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke
5 years ago
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20 Aug
2013
Pakistan’s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf was indicted on three counts over the murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who died in a gun and suicide attack in December…Pakistan’s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf was indicted on three counts over the murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who died in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007
5 years ago
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20 Aug
2012
Former Maltese Prime Minister Dom Mintoff, who played a dominant role in the island’s politics for two decades before and after independence from the UK, died at the age of 96.…Former Maltese Prime Minister Dom Mintoff, who played a dominant role in the island’s politics for two decades before and after independence from the UK, died at the age of 96. Known for his confrontational style and fiery speeches, he led the centre-left Labour Party from 1949-84, and was prime minister twice, from 1955-58 and from 1971-84, when he personally led the talks that ushered in the end of Britain’s 200-year-old naval presence on the island in 1979
6 years ago
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20 Aug
2012
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died from liver cancer aged 57. He died in hospital in Brussels, Belgium. Meles took power as the leader of rebels that ousted communist…Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died from liver cancer aged 57. He died in hospital in Brussels, Belgium. Meles took power as the leader of rebels that ousted communist leader Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991. He first became president in a transitional government and then, in 1995, prime minister, dominating Ethiopian public life until his death
6 years ago
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20 Aug
2011
An RAF Red Arrows pilot died when his plane crashed following a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival in southern England. Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, was killed when his Hawk T1…An RAF Red Arrows pilot died when his plane crashed following a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival in southern England. Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, was killed when his Hawk T1 aircraft - Red 4 - crashed into a field about 1km south east of Bournemouth Airport. It was one of nine Red Arrows aircraft that had earlier taken part in a display over the seafront
7 years ago
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20 Aug
2011
At least 10,000 people gathered in the Indian capital New Delhi to support a hunger strike by jailed social activist Anna Hazare in support of tougher anti-corruption legislation.…At least 10,000 people gathered in the Indian capital New Delhi to support a hunger strike by jailed social activist Anna Hazare in support of tougher anti-corruption legislation. Hazare had been arrested four days earlier ahead of his proposed fast against corruption
7 years ago
20 Aug
2010
Bolivia declared a state of emergency as around 25,000 forest fires spread across the country. Around 1.5m hectares (3.7m acres) of land and more than 60 houses were destroyedBolivia declared a state of emergency as around 25,000 forest fires spread across the country. Around 1.5m hectares (3.7m acres) of land and more than 60 houses were destroyed
8 years ago
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20 Aug
2009
Afghanistan’s presidential election was marred by lack of security, low voter turnout and widespread electoral fraud. A lengthy period of vote counting and fraud investigation…Afghanistan’s presidential election was marred by lack of security, low voter turnout and widespread electoral fraud. A lengthy period of vote counting and fraud investigation followed until, under heavy U.S. pressure, a run-off vote was scheduled for November 7 between incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his main rival Abdullah Abdullah. Shortly before the run-off Abdullah announced he was pulling out because his demands for changes in the electoral commission had not been met. The run-off was subsequently cancelled and Karzai was sworn in as president for another 5 year term
9 years ago
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20 Aug
2009
Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted of the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, but now himself terminally ill, was freed from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds and…Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted of the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, but now himself terminally ill, was freed from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds and flown home to Libya
9 years ago
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20 Aug
2009
At the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt smashed his 200m world record for the second successive year, four days after performing the same feat…At the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt smashed his 200m world record for the second successive year, four days after performing the same feat in the 100m. A year on from the Beijing Olympics, he lowered both records by 0.11 seconds, from 9.69s to 9.58s in the 100m and 19.30s to 19.19s in the 200m. Bolt picked up a third gold medal in the 4x100m relay, though the Jamaican team failed to break their world record, also set in Beijing, in this event. On the last day of the Championships, the mayor of Berlin presented Bolt with a 12-foot high section of the Berlin Wall, saying Bolt had shown that “one can tear down walls that had been considered as insurmountable”
9 years ago
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20 Aug
2008
Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the 200m gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in a new world record of 19.30 seconds, beating the mark of 19.32s set by Michael Johnson at the 1996 Olympics…Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the 200m gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in a new world record of 19.30 seconds, beating the mark of 19.32s set by Michael Johnson at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The feat made him the first sprinter since Jamaica’s Don Quarrie to hold both 100m and 200m world records simultaneously and the first since the introduction of electronic timing. Furthermore, Bolt was the first sprinter to break both records at the same Olympics
10 years ago
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20 Aug
2008
An airliner bound for the Canary Islands swerved off the runway and caught fire while departing from Madrid’s Barajas Airport, killing 154 of the 178 people on board. The crash…An airliner bound for the Canary Islands swerved off the runway and caught fire while departing from Madrid’s Barajas Airport, killing 154 of the 178 people on board. The crash of Spanair Flight JK 5022 was the world’s deadliest aviation accident in 2008 and Spain’s worst in 25 years
10 years ago
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20 Aug
2008
The U.S. and Poland signed an agreement to place a U.S. missile defence base on Polish territory despite fierce opposition from Moscow. U.S. officials insisted that the system…The U.S. and Poland signed an agreement to place a U.S. missile defence base on Polish territory despite fierce opposition from Moscow. U.S. officials insisted that the system would defend against threats from countries such as Iran and would not target Russia
10 years ago
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20 Aug
2007
Billionaire New York City hotelier Leona Helmsley died, aged 87. Her flamboyant personality and reputation for tyrannical behaviour earned her the nickname “Queen of Mean”, but…Billionaire New York City hotelier Leona Helmsley died, aged 87. Her flamboyant personality and reputation for tyrannical behaviour earned her the nickname “Queen of Mean”, but her proud boast that “only little people pay taxes” came back to haunt her when she was convicted of federal income tax evasion in 1989 and served 19 months in prison
11 years ago
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20 Aug
2006
The Pakistan cricket team became the first to forfeit a test match after they were accused of ball tampering in a match against England. Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq led his team off the…The Pakistan cricket team became the first to forfeit a test match after they were accused of ball tampering in a match against England. Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq led his team off the field after Pakistan was penalized for cheating
12 years ago
20 Aug
2004
Two French journalists were abducted in Iraq by Islamic radicals demanding that France repeal its law banning Muslim headscarves in schoolsTwo French journalists were abducted in Iraq by Islamic radicals demanding that France repeal its law banning Muslim headscarves in schools
14 years ago
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20 Aug
2001
At least 47 people died when an explosion ripped through a coal mine in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine. Outdated equipment and widespread disregard for safety rules since…At least 47 people died when an explosion ripped through a coal mine in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine. Outdated equipment and widespread disregard for safety rules since post-Soviet independence in 1991 were blamed for the accident, one of many which claimed hundreds of lives each year
17 years ago
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20 Aug
2000
Reigning U.S. and British Open champion Tiger Woods won the U.S. PGA Championship at Valhalla Country Club, Louisville, Kentucky, becoming the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953…Reigning U.S. and British Open champion Tiger Woods won the U.S. PGA Championship at Valhalla Country Club, Louisville, Kentucky, becoming the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in the same year
18 years ago
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20 Aug
1999
Four men working on behalf of a Far Eastern betting syndicate were found guilty in London of sabotaging floodlights at a soccer match between Premiership teams Charlton and…Four men working on behalf of a Far Eastern betting syndicate were found guilty in London of sabotaging floodlights at a soccer match between Premiership teams Charlton and Liverpool in 1997
19 years ago
20 Aug
1998
Monica Lewinsky testified to the U.S. grand jury for a second timeMonica Lewinsky testified to the U.S. grand jury for a second time
20 years ago
20 Aug
1998
"Posh Spice" Victoria Adams revealed she was expecting a baby by her fiance, footballer David Beckham"Posh Spice" Victoria Adams revealed she was expecting a baby by her fiance, footballer David Beckham
20 years ago
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