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Third Volume of a 1727 edition of Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans printed by Jacob Tonson

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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17 July 2019 –
President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen resigns from her position as Federal Minister of Defence of Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel appoints Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of the ruling CDU, as her successor. (Deutsche Welle)
16 July 2019 –
American musician R. Kelly pleads not guilty to federal sex-assault charges but is denied bail. (NBC News)
30 June 2019 – 2019 Koreas–United States DMZ Summit, North Korea–United States relations, South Korea–United States relations, North Korea–South Korea relations, 2018–19 Korean peace process
U.S. President Donald Trump, together with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Joint Security Area, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to step foot in North Korea. Trump also invites Kim to the White House to resume talks about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. (NBC News) (Business Insider) (CNN)
26 June 2019 – Producer and actress Beth Chapman died in a Honolulu hospital following a battle with throat and lung cancer.
American actor Max Wright died at his home in California following a cancer battle.
25 June 2019 – Yemeni Civil War
Saudi Arabia announces that Abu Usama al-Muhajir, the leader of ISIL's Yemeni branch, has been captured by special forces. (The New York Times)
24 June 2019 – American television and film actor Billy Drago died because of a stroke in LA.
American mandolinist, singer, and a founding member of the Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeff Austin died in a Seattle hospital because of a unspecified medical emergency.

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