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Third Volume of a 1727 ion of Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans printed by Jacob Tonson

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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Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She is often described as the world's first computer programmer.

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28 November 2020 – Tigray conflict
Federal forces say that they have seized the town of Wukro in Ethiopia's Tigray Region as they advance on the region's capital Mekelle. Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) leader Debretsion Gebremichael confirms that government forces had started an operation to capture Mekelle, saying his forces are "ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region". (BBC)
28 November 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
Myanmar extends their restrictions for another 15 days until December 15, according to an announcement made by de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country. The current restrictions are due to end on November 30. (Bloomberg)
28 November 2020 – 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season, Female American football players
Sarah Fuller of Vanderbilt becomes the first female athlete to play in a Power Five college football game. (BBC)
24 November 2020 – Kivu conflict
Following a two-year trial, former Nduma Defense of Congo militia leader Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka is sentenced to life imprisonment for "murder, rape, sexual slavery and enlisting children under 15 years old" by a military court. The Nduma Defence of Congo (NDC), while under Sheka's command, allegedly raped nearly 400 people in 13 villages between July 30 and August 2, 2010. (Al Jazeera)
21 November 2020 –
Lobsang Sangay, the leader of the exiled Central Tibetan Administration, visits the White House, marking their first meeting in 60 years. (The Hill)
19 November 2020 – Tigray conflict
Federal troops seize the town of Shire Inda Selassie from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) as government forces advance on the Tigray Region's capital Mekelle. There are conflicting reports of the status of Axum, with both sides claiming to control the town. TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael says his forces will never surrender and calls on all Tigrayans, including children, to mobilize and take up arms. (BBC) (Reuters)
Updated: 11:33, 3 December 2020

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"If I can stop one heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching
Or cool one pain
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again
I shall not live in vain."

Emily Dickinson

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