June 5, 2014 6:12 AM EDT


Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson to the position of Interim VA Secretary, after the departure of General Eric Shinseki, who resigned amid a scandal over lengthy wait times for veterans’ health care.


Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama, who was sent to an internment camp during World War II and later devoted her life to civil rights causes, at 93.


Pop singer Rihanna, with the annual Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, for what presenter and Vogue editor Anna Wintour called a “jaw-dropping” sense of style.


A whopping 2 billion times, the music video for “Gangnam Style” by South Korean rapper Psy, extending its own YouTube record.


Rugby’s fastest-ever try–that’s like a touchdown in American football–by Welsh player Dafydd Howells, 19; the feat was accomplished a mere seven seconds after play began at the sport’s Junior World Championship.


High-profile Cambodian anti-sex-trafficking activist Somaly Mam, from her own foundation, after details of her personal backstory were called into question.

This appears in the June 16, 2014 issue of TIME.

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