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Death of French play­wright Pierre Beau­mar­chais. He wrote the two come­dies The Mar­riage of Fi­garo and of Seville.

Napoleon Bon­a­parte is pro­claimed Em­peror of France. He was crowned on De­cem­ber 2, 1804.

Birth of Ber­trand Rus­sell, Bri­tish philoso­pher and math­e­ma­ti­cian. He won the No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture in 1950.

The United Na­tions moves its head­quar­ters to New York City.

The United States, the Soviet Union and 29 other na­tions sign a United Na­tions pact ban­ning ar­ti­fi­cial use of the weather as a weapon of war, pledg­ing they would never at­tack each other by start­ing man­made storms, earth­quakes or tidal waves. East and West Ger­many sign a mone­tary union treaty, the first step on the road to uni­fi­ca­tion.

Death of Ñoã Nhuanä (born 1922), Viet­namese com­poser and gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Viâeät Nam Mu­si­cians’ As­so­ci­a­tion. He is well-known for many songs, in­clud­ing

Du Kích Ca (Guer­ril­las’ March),

Soâng Thao (Guer­ril­las on the Thao River)

Gi­aûi Phoùng Ñieän Bieân (Lib­er­a­tion of

Coâ Sao (Miss Sao) and

Ngöôøi Taïc Töôïng (The Sculp­tor) are the first op­eras ever writ­ten in Vieät Nam. Sci­en­tists in Cal­i­for­nia an­nounce they have re­vived 25-mil­lion-year-old bac­te­ria from the gut of a bee trapped in a piece of am­ber.

Sierra Leone’s gov­ern­ment and the coun­try’s rebels agree to a cease­fire to end seven years of sav­age fight­ing.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proves an arms em­bargo against Ethiopia and Eritrea fol­low­ing the lat­est flare-up in their two-year border war. In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ar­chive re­veals that for­mer US Pres­i­dent Dwight D Eisen­hower kept se­cret from US al­lies his or­ders to au­tho­rise mil­i­tary com­man­ders to launch re­tal­ia­tory nu­clear at­tacks.

Mobs ram­page through poor sub­urbs of Jo­han­nes­burg in a frenzy of anti-for­eigner ha­tred, killing at least seven peo­ple, in­jur­ing dozens and forc­ing hun­dreds to seek refuge at po­lice sta­tions.

Pres­i­dent Dmitry Medvedev says Rus­sia will not scrap prospec­tive pipe­line routes by­pass­ing Ukraine, but it is ready to dis­cuss other en­ergy projects with the new Ukrainian lead­er­ship.

Swiss vot­ers re­ject a US$25 per hour min­i­mum wage.

More than 150 peo­ple are feared dead by two land­slides trig­gered by more than three days of heavy rain in cen­tral. Of­fi­cial cam­paign­ing ends in Iran with opin­ion polling show­ing Has­san Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi as the two lead­ing can­di­dates. — AP/REUTERS/VNS

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