August 21, 2014

DIED

Licia Albanese, celebrated soprano, at the age of 105. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera more than 400 times from 1940 to 1966.

DIED

Yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who taught the practice for more than eight decades and is credited with helping bring yoga to the West. He was 95.

ANNOUNCED

By Julian Assange, that he will “soon” leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he was granted asylum two years ago. The WikiLeaks founder has not announced his next destination.

SOLD

For $38.1 million, a Ferrari, setting a new record for the most expensive car ever auctioned. The red 250 GTO Berlinetta was one of just 36 built from 1961 to 1964.

DISCOVERED

A new plant “language” in which genetic information is exchanged. Plants were already known to communicate by releasing chemicals as a signal of distress.

RETIRED

Longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta, 74, who officiated in professional basketball for 39 years, refereeing in a record 2,635 consecutive regular-season games.

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This appears in the September 01, 2014 issue of TIME.

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