On this day in history 8 November

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1999: Tenor Andrea Bocelli releases his "Sacred Arias" album, the world's best-selling classical album by a single artist.

2002: Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein.

2004: Mercury Nashville Records releases "Greatest Hits" album by Shania Twain (Billboard Album of the Year, 2005).

2005: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country.

2008: John Key leads the National Party to victory in New Zealand's general election, defeating nine year Prime Minister Helen Clark .

2014: Mikhail Gorbachev warns that tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new Cold War.

2014: US President Obama authorises deployment of 1,500 additional troops to help train.

2016: Indian PM Narendra Modi announces the demonetization of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes.

2016: Republican Donald Trump is elected President of the United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton.

2020: First test of a high-speed levitating pod system to carry people and cargo.

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