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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 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.

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Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism. When he was twenty-four, Smith published the Book of Mormon; by the time of his death, fourteen years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers and founded a religion and religious culture that continues to this day.

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12 December 2019 – 2019 United Kingdom general election
Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn announces he will step down as party leader following the party's defeat in the general election. (The Telegraph)
The parliamentary leader of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Nigel Dodds loses his seat in Belfast North as Republican MPs become the majority in Northern Ireland for the first time in history. (Politics Home)
11 December 2019 –
During her first speech before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi denies all charges of genocide, blames separatists and says the accusations are "misleading". (Euronews) (Reuters)
10 December 2019 – Rohingya genocide case
At the International Court of Justice, The Gambia presents charges against the government of Myanmar and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who traveled to appear in the court. According to the prosecution, the Burmese government is responsible for mass rapes, widespread arson and killings of Rohingya children, among other crimes. (Reuters)
9 December 2019 –
The 2019 Lou Marsh Award for best Canadian athlete is granted by unanimous vote to tennis player Bianca Andreescu. (The Star)
8 December 2019 – 2019 Hong Kong protests
After a massive march in the city, Civil Human Rights Front leader and Rainbow of Hong Kong activist Jimmy Sham says "it is the last chance for Carrie Lam to listen to the people". (Economic Times India)
Updated: 13:33, 13 December 2019

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"A wise man ... proportions his belief to the evidence."

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In Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding, 1748

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