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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 their 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 themselves, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter. (Full article...)

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  • ... that the foundation stone for the Limete Tower in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was laid by Julius Nyerere, then President of Tanzania?
  • ... that Lieutenant-General Sir David Lindsay feared being made a scapegoat for the poor state of defences at Plymouth during the Armada of 1779?
  • ... that the chief engineer of Virginia television station WRFT-TV said that "a 15-watt Christmas bulb and baling wire" kept it on the air?
  • ... that a monument in Moscow honoring North Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh has been nicknamed the "flying saucer monument" by locals?
  • ... that with her victory at the 2001 Women's World Snooker Championship, Lisa Quick became the first person to win world titles in both pool and snooker?
  • ... that multimedia artist Suki Seokyeong Kang paints a gouache painting every day as part of her work?
  • ... that Cajun accordion musician Sheryl Cormier has been named the Cajun Queen in the United States and Europe?
  • ... that President Donald Trump watched the 2019 film Joker with his friends and family at the White House and reportedly enjoyed it?
  • ... that during the Nazi occupation of Poland, Halina Kwiatkowska acted in an underground theatre alongside a future pope?
  • ... that Diane Damiano, a biomedical scientist and physical therapist, helped create a robotic exoskeleton designed to aid children with cerebral palsy to learn how to walk?
  • ... that United Nations diplomat Enuga Sreenivasulu Reddy's anti-apartheid efforts were driven by a chance encounter with African National Congress activist A. B. Xuma?
  • ... that Anna Apostolaki, the first Greek woman to work as a professional archaeologist, was also a feminist educator who promoted women's traditional crafts?

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In the news

1 March 2022 – Aftermath of the 2022 Burkina Faso coup d'état
Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, the ruling junta leader of Burkina Faso, signs a plan to begin a three-year transition to democracy. (France 24)
28 February 2022 – Russo-Ukrainian War
The Ukrainian engineer of the Russian yacht Princess Anastasia attempts to scuttle the vessel in the port of Mallorca, Spain, damaging the yacht's engine room. (Newsweek)
18 February 2022 – 2022 Winter Olympics
Timothy LeDuc becomes the first openly non-binary athlete to compete at a Winter Olympics. They competed in figure skating with their skating partner Ashley Cain-Gribble for the United States. (HuffPost)
11 February 2022 – Aftermath of the 2022 Burkina Faso coup d'état
Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, leader of the military junta, is declared president by the Burkinabé Constitutional Council. His "election", deemed retroactively effective since the coup on January 24, will be made official by an inauguration on February 16. (AP)
10 February 2022 – COVID-19 pandemic
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation proposes changing the definition of a fully vaccinated person to only include people who have received a booster dose. (ABC News Australia)
3 February 2022 – Syrian civil war
Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the leader of the Islamic State, dies after killing himself with a suicide bombing during a U.S. Joint Special Operations Command raid and battle in Atme, Idlib Governorate, Syria. Twelve more people are killed during the raid. (BBC News)
Updated: 1:33, 3 March 2022

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"Think, in this battered Caravanserai
Whose Portals are alternate Night and Day,
How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp
Abode his destined Hour, and went his way."

Edward FitzGerald

In The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám

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