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Bill Gates once again becomes the world's richest man

From 1995 to 2017, Gates has held the Forbes title of richest person in the world for all but four of those years, holding it consistently from March 2014 – July 2017 with an estimated net worth of US$89.9 billion as of October 2017.

Nicolas Sarkozy takes office as President of France

Nicolas Sarkozy is a French politician who served as the President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012. During his term, he faced the late-2000s financial crisis and the Arab Spring. In the 2012 election, the Socialist François Hollande defeated Sarkozy by 3.2%.

Prague spring peaks before Soviet invasion

The Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia during the era of Soviet domination that occurred after World War II. The Prague Spring reforms were a strong attempt by Dubček to grant additional rights to the citizens of Czechoslovakia in an act of partial decentralization of the economy and democratization.

The Communist Party of China issues the "May 16 Notice"

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was a sociopolitical movement that took place in China from 1966 to 1976. Set in motion by Mao Zedong, its stated goal was to preserve 'true' Communist ideology in the country by purging the remnants of capitalism and traditional elements from Chinese society, and to re-impose Maoist thought as the dominant ideology within the Party.

End of Warsaw ghetto uprising

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the 1943 act of Jewish resistance that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland during World War II, and which opposed Nazi Germany's final effort to transport the remaining Ghetto population to Treblinka. A total of 13,000 Jews died, about half of them burnt alive or suffocated.

Joan of Arc is canonized

Joan of Arc is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War. In the 16th century she became a symbol of the Catholic League, and in 1803 she was declared a national symbol of France by the decision of Napoleon Bonaparte. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.

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died 1957

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