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21 Oct
2014
Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam died at the age of 98. Whitlam’s Labor government came to power in 1972 and introduced far-reaching reforms, but he was…Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam died at the age of 98. Whitlam’s Labor government came to power in 1972 and introduced far-reaching reforms, but he was controversially dismissed by the governor-general in 1975 after failing to secure parliamentary approval for the budget
3 years ago
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21 Oct
2014
Ben Bradlee, editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, died aged 93. Bradlee edited the Post from 1968-1991, and was credited…Ben Bradlee, editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, died aged 93. Bradlee edited the Post from 1968-1991, and was credited for transforming it into one the most respected newspapers in the United States
3 years ago
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21 Oct
2014
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was given a five-year jail sentence for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, to serve a minimum period of 10 months. In…South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was given a five-year jail sentence for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, to serve a minimum period of 10 months. In December 2015 the Appeal court overturned the verdict, finding him guilty of murder and in 2016 his sentence was increased to six years
3 years ago
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21 Oct
2014
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected by the narrowest margin since Brazil returned to democracy three decades earlier, in a runoff against centre-right challenger…Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected by the narrowest margin since Brazil returned to democracy three decades earlier, in a runoff against centre-right challenger Aécio Neves
3 years ago
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21 Oct
2014
Pro-Western parties scored a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections in Ukraine. The election took place as government forces continued to battle pro-Russian separatists in the…Pro-Western parties scored a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections in Ukraine. The election took place as government forces continued to battle pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donbas region, where self-proclaimed authorities boycotted the vote in favour of holding their own elections
3 years ago
21 Oct
2014
Scientists confirmed that a frog found living in wetlands in New York City was a new species of leopard frog, the first found in the region for 30 yearsScientists confirmed that a frog found living in wetlands in New York City was a new species of leopard frog, the first found in the region for 30 years
3 years ago
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21 Oct
2013
Record smog levels closed schools, roadways, and the airport in Harbin, China. It was thought to be due to unseasonably warm temperatures and the initiation of the region’s…Record smog levels closed schools, roadways, and the airport in Harbin, China. It was thought to be due to unseasonably warm temperatures and the initiation of the region’s municipal coal-powered heating system
4 years ago
21 Oct
2012
George McGovern, U.S. Democrat politician who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, died at the age of 90George McGovern, U.S. Democrat politician who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, died at the age of 90
5 years ago
21 Oct
2008
Thailand’s supreme court found former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty in a conflict of interest case over a land purchase, and sentenced him to two years in jailThailand’s supreme court found former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty in a conflict of interest case over a land purchase, and sentenced him to two years in jail
9 years ago
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21 Oct
2008
Trucks laden with fruit, honey and spices from the verdant Kashmir Valley crossed the Line of Control dividing disputed Kashmir as India and Pakistan opened a trade route for the…Trucks laden with fruit, honey and spices from the verdant Kashmir Valley crossed the Line of Control dividing disputed Kashmir as India and Pakistan opened a trade route for the first time in 60 years
9 years ago
21 Oct
2007
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen won his first Formula 1 drivers’ championship, ending the bid by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to make history by winning the title in his maiden seasonFerrari’s Kimi Raikkonen won his first Formula 1 drivers’ championship, ending the bid by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to make history by winning the title in his maiden season
10 years ago
21 Oct
2007
Kurdish militants killed at least 12 Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others in a cross-border attack in mountains near the Iraqi borderKurdish militants killed at least 12 Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others in a cross-border attack in mountains near the Iraqi border
10 years ago
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21 Oct
2004
Palestinian Adnan al-Ghoul, the master bomb maker of the Hamas militant group, was killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza. Al-Ghoul developed the Qassam rocket, a makeshift…Palestinian Adnan al-Ghoul, the master bomb maker of the Hamas militant group, was killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza. Al-Ghoul developed the Qassam rocket, a makeshift missile fired into Israeli towns and Jewish settlements
13 years ago
21 Oct
2004
The World Wildlife Fund reported that people were consuming the planet’s resources at a rate that outstripped its capacity to support lifeThe World Wildlife Fund reported that people were consuming the planet’s resources at a rate that outstripped its capacity to support life
13 years ago
21 Oct
2004
Pro-Syrian Omar Karami was named as prime minister of Lebanon following the resignation of Rafik al-HaririPro-Syrian Omar Karami was named as prime minister of Lebanon following the resignation of Rafik al-Hariri
13 years ago
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21 Oct
2003
Northern Ireland’s peace process gained fresh momentum with elections scheduled for November 26 and IRA confirmation that more weapons had been decommissioned. The province’s…Northern Ireland’s peace process gained fresh momentum with elections scheduled for November 26 and IRA confirmation that more weapons had been decommissioned. The province’s devolved administration was suspended a year earlier amid allegations of IRA intelligence-gathering in the Stormont government. The announcement of the election date followed weeks of top-level negotiations between Sinn Fein and the Ulster Unionists, as well as the British and Irish Governments
14 years ago
21 Oct
2003
Pope John Paul II created 30 new cardinals, bringing the total number of “princes of the church” eligible to elect his successor to 135Pope John Paul II created 30 new cardinals, bringing the total number of “princes of the church” eligible to elect his successor to 135
14 years ago
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21 Oct
2003
The 191-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding that Israel “stop and reverse the construction” of the security barrier cutting deep into…The 191-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding that Israel “stop and reverse the construction” of the security barrier cutting deep into occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank
14 years ago
21 Oct
2003
Iran signed an agreement with Britain, France, and Germany to allow increased inspection of nuclear sites and suspend its programme of uranium enrichmentIran signed an agreement with Britain, France, and Germany to allow increased inspection of nuclear sites and suspend its programme of uranium enrichment
14 years ago
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21 Oct
2000
U.S. presidential hopeful Al Gore responded to remarks by his opponent George W. Bush that if elected he would withdraw U.S. troops from peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and…U.S. presidential hopeful Al Gore responded to remarks by his opponent George W. Bush that if elected he would withdraw U.S. troops from peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Kosovo by saying that a U.S. pullout from the Balkans would result in instability in the region and the possible breakup of NATO
17 years ago
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21 Oct
1998
Bank of England governor Eddie George caused offence when he appeared to say that job losses in northern England were an acceptable price to pay for controlling inflation in the…Bank of England governor Eddie George caused offence when he appeared to say that job losses in northern England were an acceptable price to pay for controlling inflation in the south
19 years ago
21 Oct
1998
The Albert Memorial in London was officially reopened by Queen Elizabeth after a four-year restoration costing over £11 millionThe Albert Memorial in London was officially reopened by Queen Elizabeth after a four-year restoration costing over £11 million
19 years ago
21 Oct
1998
Baroness Thatcher called for the release of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, under arrest in a London clinicBaroness Thatcher called for the release of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, under arrest in a London clinic
19 years ago
21 Oct
1998
Massimo d’Alema, the new prime minister of Italy, became the first former Communist to head a major western European governmentMassimo d’Alema, the new prime minister of Italy, became the first former Communist to head a major western European government
19 years ago
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