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Mamata Banerjee is an Indian politician who is serving as the 8th and current Chief Minister of West Bengal since the year 2011. She is the first woman to become the CM of West Bengal and the only serving female CM in India now. She is the founder of the party All India Trinamool Congress which was founded in 1998 after separating from the Indian National Congress, and became its chairperson. In 2011, under his leadership, the Trinamool Congress was able to defeat the 34-year-old Left Front government in West Bengal. This government was the longest-running democratic government in the world. In the Union Cabinet of the Republic of India, she has twice served as Minister of Railways, once as Minister of Coal and once as Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Youth, Sports, Women, and Child Welfare. She agitated against the establishment of special economic zones by forcibly acquiring peasant lands in West Bengal. In 2012, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Bloomberg Markets ranked her among the 50 most influential people in the world economy in 2012. In 2016, Scotch was named Chief Minister of the Year. (Full article...)

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  • 1812 War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain
  • 1815 Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher
  • 1928 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales
  • 1940 Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons

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