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Picasso's The Women of Algiers sells for $179.3 million at Christies

The Women of Algiers (Les Femmes d'Alger) is a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings by artist Pablo Picasso. One of the paintings, 'Version O', was sold for $179.3 million to the former Qatari prime minister, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

Giacometti's Pointing Man sells for a record US$141.3 million

L'Homme au doigt is a 1947 bronze sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, that became the most expensive sculpture ever when it sold for US$141.3 million in 2015. Giacometti made six casts of the work plus one artist's proof. Pointing Man is in the collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art London's Tate Gallery, and the Des Moines Art Center.

British PM Gordon Brown resigns after 13 years of Labour rule

Brown announced he would stand down as leader of the Labour Party, and instructed the party to put into motion the processes to elect a new leader. Labour's attempts to retain power failed and in May, he officially resigned as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party.

France mints first euro coin

The very first euro coin was minted in France. The symbolic act of minting was performed by the French finance minister, Dominique Strauss-Kahn who pressed the button that produced Europe's first officially minted euro. The design of the coin was a symbol of Europe without frontiers.

Mossad agents capture Nazi fugitive Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires

After Germany's defeat, Eichmann fled to Austria. He lived there until 1950, when he moved to Argentina using false papers. A team of Mossad and Shin Bet agents captured Eichmann and brought him to Israel to stand trial on 15 criminal charges, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the Jewish people.

Israel is admitted to the United Nations

The United Nations General Assembly voted 37 to 12, with 9 abstentions, to admit Israel as a member state, making her the 59th member of the United Nations. The State of Israel had been established one year earlier.

Siam officially changes its name to Thailand

The Siamese constituent assembly voted to change the name of Siam to Thailand, and the change came into effect the following year. Muang Thai or Thailand means ‘land of the free’ and the name had been changed before, under the fascist military dictatorship of Field Marshal Luang Phibunsongkhram.

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