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28 Feb
2016
At the Academy Awards, Spotlight, highlighting the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, won Best Picture, while frontrunners Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor for The Revenant,…At the Academy Awards, Spotlight, highlighting the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, won Best Picture, while frontrunners Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor for The Revenant, and Brie Larson took Best Actress for The Room
1 year ago
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28 Feb
2011
American film actress Jane Russell, one of Hollywood’s leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s, died at age 89. She made her name in Howard Hughes’ provocative film The…American film actress Jane Russell, one of Hollywood’s leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s, died at age 89. She made her name in Howard Hughes’ provocative film The Outlaw (1943), while other prominent movies included The Paleface (1948), with Bob Hope, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), with Marilyn Monroe
6 years ago
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28 Feb
2011
French actress Annie Girardot died in a Paris hospital, aged 79. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years. She made her film debut in 1955 in Treize à…French actress Annie Girardot died in a Paris hospital, aged 79. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years. She made her film debut in 1955 in Treize à table, and in 1977 won the César Award for Best Actress portraying the title character in Docteur Françoise Gailland. Her 1965 role in Trois chambres a Manhattan won her a Best Actress award at that year’s Venice Film Festival, and in 2002, she won a second César, for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in The Piano Teacher
6 years ago
28 Feb
2011
Yemeni opposition leaders rejected an offer by President Saleh to form a national unity government as vast numbers of people continued to protest throughout the countryYemeni opposition leaders rejected an offer by President Saleh to form a national unity government as vast numbers of people continued to protest throughout the country
6 years ago
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28 Feb
2011
More than 200,000 people were thought to have fled across the Tunisian and Egyptian borders as Libya’s civil war escalated. UK prime minister David Cameron called for a no-fly…More than 200,000 people were thought to have fled across the Tunisian and Egyptian borders as Libya’s civil war escalated. UK prime minister David Cameron called for a no-fly zone and the U.S. moved naval assets towards the region although Defence Secretary Robert Gates cautioned against U.S. military involvement in another Middle Eastern country and Russia expressed its opposition to military action
6 years ago
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28 Feb
2010
The Winter Olympics in Vancouver ended with host nation Canada finishing top of the table with a record 14 gold medals, while the United States placed first in total medals,…The Winter Olympics in Vancouver ended with host nation Canada finishing top of the table with a record 14 gold medals, while the United States placed first in total medals, setting a new record of 37 -- nine gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze
7 years ago
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28 Feb
2010
A storm swept across Western Europe, killing at least 50 people in Spain, Portugal and France and leaving a million homes without power. Most of the victims died in France, where…A storm swept across Western Europe, killing at least 50 people in Spain, Portugal and France and leaving a million homes without power. Most of the victims died in France, where 45 people were either drowned or hit by parts of buildings or falling trees
7 years ago
28 Feb
2010
Australian and French scientists revealed that a massive iceberg had struck an Antarctic glacier, dislodging another giant block of ice and creating a new icebergAustralian and French scientists revealed that a massive iceberg had struck an Antarctic glacier, dislodging another giant block of ice and creating a new iceberg
7 years ago
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28 Feb
2010
Egyptian authorities announced the discovery of a colossal, 3,000-year-old red granite head of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, which was unearthed at a temple in Luxor. Experts said it…Egyptian authorities announced the discovery of a colossal, 3,000-year-old red granite head of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, which was unearthed at a temple in Luxor. Experts said it was the best preserved example of the king’s face ever found
7 years ago
28 Feb
2008
Kofi Annan announced that Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga had agreed to form a coalition government to resolve the country’s political crisisKofi Annan announced that Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga had agreed to form a coalition government to resolve the country’s political crisis
9 years ago
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28 Feb
2007
Hotel and catering magnate Lord Forte died at his home in London at the age of 98. Charles Forte started his career as the owner of a London milk bar and went on to become the head…Hotel and catering magnate Lord Forte died at his home in London at the age of 98. Charles Forte started his career as the owner of a London milk bar and went on to become the head of a worldwide empire of hotels and restaurants
10 years ago
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28 Feb
2007
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced it was to cut 10,000 jobs across Europe over the next four years. The company had been hit hard by a fall in the value of the United…European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced it was to cut 10,000 jobs across Europe over the next four years. The company had been hit hard by a fall in the value of the United States dollar and costly delays with its A-380 super jumbo. Airbus president Louis Gallois said the biggest cuts would be in France, with some 4,300 job losses, followed by Germany with 3,700, 1,600 in Britain and 400 in Spain
10 years ago
28 Feb
2006
A dead cat found on the island of Ruegen in northern Germany was found to be infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus, the first mammal in Europe to be killed by the deadly strainA dead cat found on the island of Ruegen in northern Germany was found to be infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus, the first mammal in Europe to be killed by the deadly strain
11 years ago
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28 Feb
2005
At least 127 people were killed and around 200 were injured when a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle in the Iraqi city of Hilla, south of Baghdad. The targets were police and…At least 127 people were killed and around 200 were injured when a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle in the Iraqi city of Hilla, south of Baghdad. The targets were police and national guard recruits queuing for medicals but the blast occurred close to a busy marketplace thronged with women and children. At the time it was the worst single attack in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein
12 years ago
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28 Feb
2005
Lebanon’s pro-Syrian prime minister Omar Karami resigned as tens of thousands of people took to the streets for the second week in a row to protest against Syrian involvement in…Lebanon’s pro-Syrian prime minister Omar Karami resigned as tens of thousands of people took to the streets for the second week in a row to protest against Syrian involvement in Lebanon in the wake of former premier Rafik Hariri’s assassination
12 years ago
28 Feb
2003
Former prime minister Vaclav Klaus was elected president of the Czech RepublicFormer prime minister Vaclav Klaus was elected president of the Czech Republic
14 years ago
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28 Feb
2003
Bill Gates topped Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires for the ninth straight year, but the Microsoft co-founder’s fortune was down by 60 percent since April 1998, when it…Bill Gates topped Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires for the ninth straight year, but the Microsoft co-founder’s fortune was down by 60 percent since April 1998, when it briefly reached $100 billion
14 years ago
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28 Feb
2002
Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze defended his decision to allow up to 200 U.S. troops into the country to train Georgian special forces, following reports that fighters…Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze defended his decision to allow up to 200 U.S. troops into the country to train Georgian special forces, following reports that fighters allied with Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network may have taken refuge alongside Chechen separatists in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge. Initial unease in Moscow over the U.S. presence in the former Soviet republic, traditionally seen by Russia as part of its sphere of influence, was dimissed by President Putin, who said the planned deployment of U.S. forces posed no threat to Russian interests
15 years ago
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28 Feb
2001
Ten people were killed in a freak collision between a passenger train and a freight train near Selby, North Yorkshire, caused when a Land Rover towing a car on a low-loader veered…Ten people were killed in a freak collision between a passenger train and a freight train near Selby, North Yorkshire, caused when a Land Rover towing a car on a low-loader veered off the M62 motorway and plunged down an embankment onto the railway line. The vehicles were struck seconds later by the 125mph Newcastle to London express, which was derailed and ploughed into the path of the northbound freight train, travelling at around 70mph and laden with 1,000 tons of coal
16 years ago
28 Feb
2001
An earthquake measuring 6.8 struck Seattle, in the north-western United States, injuring 250 people and causing at least $1 billion in damageAn earthquake measuring 6.8 struck Seattle, in the north-western United States, injuring 250 people and causing at least $1 billion in damage
16 years ago
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28 Feb
2001
Fears that foot-and-mouth disease had crossed the Channel were confirmed after antibodies were found in the blood of five imported British sheep on a farm in Germany. Meanwhile the…Fears that foot-and-mouth disease had crossed the Channel were confirmed after antibodies were found in the blood of five imported British sheep on a farm in Germany. Meanwhile the rapidly worsening outbreak was bringing the British countryside to a standstill, with many top sporting events, such as horseracing's Cheltenham Festival and Six Nations rugby matches, cancelled
16 years ago
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28 Feb
2000
South African helicopters plucked more than 1,800 people to safety from rooftops and trees in flood-ravaged Mozambique. Around 350 people had died and over half a million had lost…South African helicopters plucked more than 1,800 people to safety from rooftops and trees in flood-ravaged Mozambique. Around 350 people had died and over half a million had lost their homes in three weeks of torrential rain
17 years ago
28 Feb
1999
German scientists claimed that global warming was causing Spring to begin in Europe on average six days earlier than 30 years previouslyGerman scientists claimed that global warming was causing Spring to begin in Europe on average six days earlier than 30 years previously
18 years ago
28 Feb
1998
The RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, used for high-altitude surveillance and security, flew for the first timeThe RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, used for high-altitude surveillance and security, flew for the first time
19 years ago
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