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21 Aug
2014
Albert Reynolds, Irish politician who served as Taoiseach from 1992-94 and played a key role in the advancement of the peace process in Northern Ireland, died aged 81Albert Reynolds, Irish politician who served as Taoiseach from 1992-94 and played a key role in the advancement of the peace process in Northern Ireland, died aged 81
3 years ago
21 Aug
2014
The Bank of America agreed to pay more than $16 billion for the sale of risky mortgage-backed securities before the Great Recession of 2008The Bank of America agreed to pay more than $16 billion for the sale of risky mortgage-backed securities before the Great Recession of 2008
3 years ago
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21 Aug
2013
Several opposition-controlled suburbs of Syria’s capital Damascus were struck by rockets containing toxic sarin gas. Estimates of numbers killed in the attack ranged from 280 to…Several opposition-controlled suburbs of Syria’s capital Damascus were struck by rockets containing toxic sarin gas. Estimates of numbers killed in the attack ranged from 280 to over 1,700. The incident was the deadliest use of chemical weapons since the Iran-Iraq War
4 years ago
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21 Aug
2013
U.S. Private Bradley Manning, 25, was sentenced to 35 years in jail for leaking over 700,000 U.S. government files on military activities to WikiLeaks. The day after his…U.S. Private Bradley Manning, 25, was sentenced to 35 years in jail for leaking over 700,000 U.S. government files on military activities to WikiLeaks. The day after his sentencing, Manning announced that he was female and wanted to be referred to as Chelsea
4 years ago
21 Aug
2012
The U.S. military death toll in Afghanistan reached 2,000, an unfortunate milestone in the nearly 11-year-old warThe U.S. military death toll in Afghanistan reached 2,000, an unfortunate milestone in the nearly 11-year-old war
5 years ago
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21 Aug
2011
Rebel forces advanced into the Libyan capital Tripoli as foreigners tried to flee the city. With the rebels meeting little resistance from loyalists, residents took to the streets…Rebel forces advanced into the Libyan capital Tripoli as foreigners tried to flee the city. With the rebels meeting little resistance from loyalists, residents took to the streets to celebrate the end of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s 42 years in power
6 years ago
21 Aug
2010
Russian engineers began loading fuel into Iran’s first nuclear reactor at the Bushehr nuclear power plantRussian engineers began loading fuel into Iran’s first nuclear reactor at the Bushehr nuclear power plant
7 years ago
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21 Aug
2010
Musician Wyclef Jean, who had hoped to stand as a candidate in Haiti’s forthcoming presidential election, was formally declared unsuitable as he did not fulfil residential…Musician Wyclef Jean, who had hoped to stand as a candidate in Haiti’s forthcoming presidential election, was formally declared unsuitable as he did not fulfil residential qualifications
7 years ago
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21 Aug
2010
Laura Dekker, 14, set sail from Gibraltar on her bid to become the youngest person to solo navigate the world, overcoming objections from the child protection agencies in the…Laura Dekker, 14, set sail from Gibraltar on her bid to become the youngest person to solo navigate the world, overcoming objections from the child protection agencies in the Netherlands and various national minimum age requirements to captain her ship.
7 years ago
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21 Aug
2009
A leak at an offshore oil rig caused a large oil spill off Australia’s northwest coast. The Montara wellhead in the Timor Sea leaked approximately 64 tonnes a day for 10 weeks…A leak at an offshore oil rig caused a large oil spill off Australia’s northwest coast. The Montara wellhead in the Timor Sea leaked approximately 64 tonnes a day for 10 weeks until early November and emergency response operations continued until the well was finally capped on December 3, a total of 105 days
8 years ago
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21 Aug
2008
A double suicide attack on the Pakistan Ordnance Factories in Wah, Pakistan, killed at least 70 people and wounded over 100 in the deadliest attack on a military site in the…A double suicide attack on the Pakistan Ordnance Factories in Wah, Pakistan, killed at least 70 people and wounded over 100 in the deadliest attack on a military site in the country’s history. Both bombers detonated themselves at the factory gates as workers changed shifts. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban said they had carried out the attacks in response to army violence against militants in the country’s north-west
9 years ago
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21 Aug
2007
Hurricane Dean made landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula after cutting a swathe through the Caribbean. The Category 5 storm affected 15 countries, claimed 42 lives and caused…Hurricane Dean made landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula after cutting a swathe through the Caribbean. The Category 5 storm affected 15 countries, claimed 42 lives and caused insured damage estimated at about $6.6 billion. Dean was the most intense Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Wilma of 2005, and tied for the seventh most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded
10 years ago
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21 Aug
2006
Two passenger trains collided in northern Egypt, killing up to 60 people and injuring more than 150 others. The commuter trains collided at about 7:45 am in the town of Qalyoub, 12…Two passenger trains collided in northern Egypt, killing up to 60 people and injuring more than 150 others. The commuter trains collided at about 7:45 am in the town of Qalyoub, 12 miles north of Cairo
11 years ago
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21 Aug
2005
Dr Robert Moog, inventor of the electronic synthesiser that revolutionised music in the 1960s, died of brain cancer aged 71. The Moog synthesiser, used by bands like the Beatles…Dr Robert Moog, inventor of the electronic synthesiser that revolutionised music in the 1960s, died of brain cancer aged 71. The Moog synthesiser, used by bands like the Beatles and the Doors, pioneered the electronic manipulation of sound in pop music
12 years ago
21 Aug
2004
At least 19 people were killed when several bombs exploded at a political rally for the opposition Awami League Party in Dhaka, BangladeshAt least 19 people were killed when several bombs exploded at a political rally for the opposition Awami League Party in Dhaka, Bangladesh
13 years ago
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21 Aug
2002
U.S. President George Bush increased pressure on Saddam Hussein when he stated that "regime change" in Baghdad was in the world's interest because Iraq had failed to…U.S. President George Bush increased pressure on Saddam Hussein when he stated that "regime change" in Baghdad was in the world's interest because Iraq had failed to cooperate with UN weapons inspectors, and was developing weapons of mass destruction
15 years ago
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21 Aug
2002
Former Enron Corp executive Michael Kopper became the first of the failed energy company’s employees to be convicted of executive fraud. He agreed to cooperate with the…Former Enron Corp executive Michael Kopper became the first of the failed energy company’s employees to be convicted of executive fraud. He agreed to cooperate with the investigation and pay the U.S. government $12 billion obtained through criminal activity
15 years ago
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21 Aug
2000
Norwegian divers opened both outer and inner escape hatches at the rear of the stricken Russian submarine Kursk and confirmed that the vessel was completely flooded and that all…Norwegian divers opened both outer and inner escape hatches at the rear of the stricken Russian submarine Kursk and confirmed that the vessel was completely flooded and that all 118 crew were dead
17 years ago
21 Aug
1998
Anti-American demonstrations swept the Islamic world following U.S. cruise missile strikes on Sudan and Afghanistan in retaliation for the embassy bombings in Kenya and TanzaniaAnti-American demonstrations swept the Islamic world following U.S. cruise missile strikes on Sudan and Afghanistan in retaliation for the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania
19 years ago
21 Aug
1995
A suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 100 in a morning rush-hour bus attack in Jerusalem. The Islamic Hamas movement said it was behind the bombingA suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 100 in a morning rush-hour bus attack in Jerusalem. The Islamic Hamas movement said it was behind the bombing
22 years ago
21 Aug
1994
The last French troops pulled out of Rwanda, ending their controversial humanitarian missionThe last French troops pulled out of Rwanda, ending their controversial humanitarian mission
23 years ago
21 Aug
1993
NASA engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft, possibly because a fuel line had ruptured during tank pressurization prior to orbital insertion.NASA engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft, possibly because a fuel line had ruptured during tank pressurization prior to orbital insertion.
24 years ago
21 Aug
1991
The Baltic republic of Latvia declared its independence from the Soviet UnionThe Baltic republic of Latvia declared its independence from the Soviet Union
26 years ago
21 Aug
1991
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev declared he was back in full control after a 60-hour coup by Communist hardliners crumbled under popular resistanceSoviet President Mikhail Gorbachev declared he was back in full control after a 60-hour coup by Communist hardliners crumbled under popular resistance
26 years ago
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