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12 Dec
2015
Saudi Arabia held its first municipal elections in which women were allowed to vote and stand for office, with 20 female candidates electedSaudi Arabia held its first municipal elections in which women were allowed to vote and stand for office, with 20 female candidates elected
2 years ago
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12 Dec
2015
A deal to attempt to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C was agreed at the COP21 climate change summit in Paris. The pact was the first to commit all countries,…A deal to attempt to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C was agreed at the COP21 climate change summit in Paris. The pact was the first to commit all countries, including developing nations such as China and India, to cut carbon emissions
2 years ago
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12 Dec
2012
North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket, in defiance of international warnings. The Unha-3 rocket placed a satellite in orbit, but South Korea, the U.S. and Japan…North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket, in defiance of international warnings. The Unha-3 rocket placed a satellite in orbit, but South Korea, the U.S. and Japan condemned it as a disguised test of long-range missile technology
5 years ago
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12 Dec
2011
Iran refused a request by President Obama to return an advanced U.S. drone aircraft that Iranian forces claimed to have downed near the city of Kashmar, 225km from the Afghan…Iran refused a request by President Obama to return an advanced U.S. drone aircraft that Iranian forces claimed to have downed near the city of Kashmar, 225km from the Afghan border, on December 4. Tehran said the UAV, a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, was shot down or hacked by its electronic warfare unit, but the U.S. government said it had malfunctioned and crashed
6 years ago
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12 Dec
2010
Tom Walkinshaw, a Scottish racing car driver who later founded the racing team Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), died from lung cancer, aged 64. TWR won Le Mans twice, the World…Tom Walkinshaw, a Scottish racing car driver who later founded the racing team Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), died from lung cancer, aged 64. TWR won Le Mans twice, the World Sportscar Championship three times, and brought engineer Ross Brawn to prominence. In 1991 Walkinshaw was appointed Engineering Director of the Benetton F1 team and was involved in recruiting driver Michael Schumacher after his F1 debut for Jordan. Benetton subsequently won the 1994 Formula One World Championship. Walkinshaw later bought the Arrows team, achieving a coup for the 1997 F1 season by recruiting reigning world champion Damon Hill. Successs with Arrows was limited, however, and TWR went into liquidation in 2002
7 years ago
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12 Dec
2009
Golfer Tiger Woods announced he was taking an indefinite break from the sport following his admission of marital infidelity in order to focus on “being a better husband, father,…Golfer Tiger Woods announced he was taking an indefinite break from the sport following his admission of marital infidelity in order to focus on “being a better husband, father, and person”. The scandal cost Woods, the first sportsman to earn $1 billion, several of his lucrative sponsorship deals
8 years ago
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12 Dec
2007
Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock’s pioneers was overshadowed by his abusive behaviour towards his former wife Tina Turner, died aged 76. Turner is credited by many rock…Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock’s pioneers was overshadowed by his abusive behaviour towards his former wife Tina Turner, died aged 76. Turner is credited by many rock historians with making the first rock 'n' roll record, Rocket 88, in 1951, with its groundbreaking use of distorted electric guitar. Though his image is forever identified as the drug-addicted, abusive husband of Tina Turner, Ike managed to rehabilitate his image somewhat in later years, receiving critical acclaim for his work with his band the Kings of Rhythm. He won a Grammy in 2007 in the traditional blues album category for Risin' With the Blues
10 years ago
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12 Dec
2007
The International Olympic Committee stripped disgraced U.S. sprinter Marion Jones of the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics after she admitted having taken banned…The International Olympic Committee stripped disgraced U.S. sprinter Marion Jones of the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics after she admitted having taken banned substances
10 years ago
12 Dec
2006
Leading climatologists warned that most of the Arctic icecap will have melted by 2040 and the North Pole will be in open sea in the summer monthsLeading climatologists warned that most of the Arctic icecap will have melted by 2040 and the North Pole will be in open sea in the summer months
11 years ago
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12 Dec
2005
Lebanese MP and journalist Gibran Tueni was killed by a car bomb in Beirut. Tueni was the third prominent opponent of Syria’s occupation of Lebanon killed since the assassination…Lebanese MP and journalist Gibran Tueni was killed by a car bomb in Beirut. Tueni was the third prominent opponent of Syria’s occupation of Lebanon killed since the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in February
12 years ago
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12 Dec
2003
Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien stepped down after 10 years in office. His government was credited with tackling chronic budget deficits and subduing separatist forces in…Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien stepped down after 10 years in office. His government was credited with tackling chronic budget deficits and subduing separatist forces in French-speaking Quebec, but his refusal to give Canadian backing to the US-led war against Iraq and legislation allowing same-sex marriages turned relations between the two normally friendly neighbours decidedly chilly. He was succeeded by long-time rival and former finance minister Paul Martin, who said he was committed to improving relations with the United States
14 years ago
12 Dec
2003
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham PalaceRolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace
14 years ago
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12 Dec
2002
North Korea said it intended to immediately reactivate its nuclear facilities, frozen under a 1994 agreement with the U.S., in response to an American-led decision to suspend oil…North Korea said it intended to immediately reactivate its nuclear facilities, frozen under a 1994 agreement with the U.S., in response to an American-led decision to suspend oil aid to Pyongyang
15 years ago
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12 Dec
2002
British costume and set designer Maria Bjoernsen died in London. Her 32-year career encompassed over 125 imaginative and innovative opera, ballet and theatre productions; among the…British costume and set designer Maria Bjoernsen died in London. Her 32-year career encompassed over 125 imaginative and innovative opera, ballet and theatre productions; among the most acclaimed was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Phantom of the Opera, which opened in 1986
15 years ago
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12 Dec
2000
A marathon five-day European Union summit in Nice ended with a deal paving the way for EU enlargement from 15 to 27 member states, mainly from the former eastern bloc communist…A marathon five-day European Union summit in Nice ended with a deal paving the way for EU enlargement from 15 to 27 member states, mainly from the former eastern bloc communist countries
17 years ago
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12 Dec
2000
The U.S. Marines postponed an order for 360 Osprey aircraft after four Marines were killed in a crash on a training mission in North Carolina. It was the second fatal Osprey crash…The U.S. Marines postponed an order for 360 Osprey aircraft after four Marines were killed in a crash on a training mission in North Carolina. It was the second fatal Osprey crash of the year and the fourth since the aircraft, which takes off like a helicopter and flies like a plane, was unveiled in 1991 as an engineering marvel
17 years ago
12 Dec
2000
Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace treaty that formally ended their long-running and bloody border conflictEthiopia and Eritrea signed a peace treaty that formally ended their long-running and bloody border conflict
17 years ago
12 Dec
2000
French footballer Zinedine Zidane, captain of the national team and star of Italy's Juventus team, was voted World Player of the Year by 150 team coaches from around the worldFrench footballer Zinedine Zidane, captain of the national team and star of Italy's Juventus team, was voted World Player of the Year by 150 team coaches from around the world
17 years ago
12 Dec
2000
General Motors announced it was to phase out production of America’s oldest automobile brand, the Oldsmobile, introduced in 1897General Motors announced it was to phase out production of America’s oldest automobile brand, the Oldsmobile, introduced in 1897
17 years ago
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12 Dec
1997
Two weeks after the death of her fiancee, INXS singer Michael Hutchence, British TV personality Paula Yates suffered another shock when DNA tests proved she was the daughter of the…Two weeks after the death of her fiancee, INXS singer Michael Hutchence, British TV personality Paula Yates suffered another shock when DNA tests proved she was the daughter of the late television presenter Hughie Green
20 years ago
12 Dec
1996
Uday Hussein, eldest son of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, was shot and wounded in an apparent assassination attempt as he drove through BaghdadUday Hussein, eldest son of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, was shot and wounded in an apparent assassination attempt as he drove through Baghdad
21 years ago
12 Dec
1995
The UN tribunal investigating the genocide in Rwanda issued its first indictments, accusing eight people of taking part in the mass slaughter of thousands in a stadium and churchThe UN tribunal investigating the genocide in Rwanda issued its first indictments, accusing eight people of taking part in the mass slaughter of thousands in a stadium and church
22 years ago
12 Dec
1994
Sydney roadworker Ivan Milat was committed to stand trial over the “backpacker” murders in the Belanglo State Forest in New South WalesSydney roadworker Ivan Milat was committed to stand trial over the “backpacker” murders in the Belanglo State Forest in New South Wales
23 years ago
12 Dec
1993
Hungarian Prime Minister Jozsef Antall died in hospital at 61 after a long fight against cancerHungarian Prime Minister Jozsef Antall died in hospital at 61 after a long fight against cancer
24 years ago
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