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A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality.

Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Works in diverse media, from literature to film, form the genre known as biography.

An authorized biography is written with the permission, cooperation, and at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs. An autobiography is written by the person himself or herself, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter. (Full article...)

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16 January 2021 – COVID-19 pandemic
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the world's largest vaccination programme against COVID-19 in India, which aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people. A sanitation worker is the first person to receive the vaccine. (BBC)
15 January 2021 –
The Lao People's Revolutionary Party elects Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith as its new General Secretary, replacing retiring chief Bounnhang Vorachit. Sisoulith was elected for a five-year term as leader of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, the top post in the country, and part of the country's Politburo. (Reuters)
14 January 2021 – 2021 Ugandan general election
Voters head to the polls to elect their next president and parliament. The two main presidential candidates are incumbent President Yoweri Museveni and opposition activist and musician Bobi Wine. The election has been widely criticized as being unfair, with both the United States and European Union cancelling their observations of the election. (BBC)
13 January 2021 – List of Speakers of the Illinois House of Representatives
The Illinois House of Representatives elects Democrat Emanuel "Chris" Welch as the first African American Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, ending the era of Democrat Michael Madigan as the 67th and 69th Illinois Speaker, having served 18 terms as Speaker for all but two years since 1983, the longest serving legislative leader in United States history. (Politico) (The Hill)
11 January 2021 – United States–Yemen relations
The leader of the Houthi movement, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, condemns a move by the United States to designate the group as "terrorists" saying that the group "reserves its right to respond to any designation" by the Trump administration. Iran and the Norwegian Refugee Council also condemn the designation, saying that it will create more devastation in the impoverished nation. (Al Jazeera)
6 January 2021 – COVID-19 pandemic
The Netherlands begins a vaccination programme against COVID-19 with a nurse becoming the first person to be vaccinated with Pfizer's Tozinameran vaccine. (RTL Nieuws) (Swiss Info)
Updated: 11:33, 16 January 2021

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"History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth."

E. L. Doctorow

Interviewed by George Plimpton in The Paris Review, Winter 1986

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