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This Happened

This Happened — May 20: Cher Is Born

Cher was born on this day in 1946, in El Centro, California, United States.

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Who is Cher?

Cher is an American singer, actress, and performer who has had a career spanning over six decades. She is known for her distinctive voice, theatrical performances, and iconic fashion sense.

What was Cher’s childhood like?

Cher had a difficult childhood marked by poverty and instability. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she and her younger half-sister were raised by their mother, who struggled to support the family. They moved frequently and often lived in cheap motels. Cher attended several different schools and had difficulty fitting in with her classmates. Despite these challenges, she discovered a love for singing and performing at a young age and began pursuing a career in entertainment as a teenager.

What awards has Cher won?

Cher has won numerous awards throughout her career, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Kennedy Center Honors.

What is Cher's personal life like?

Cher has been married twice, including to her former singing partner Sonny Bono, and has two children. She is known for her advocacy work on behalf of various causes, including LGBTQ rights and HIV/AIDS awareness.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Black Sea Survivor: Tale Of A Ukrainian Special Agent Thrown Overboard In Enemy Waters

This is a tale of a Ukrainian special forces operator who wound up surviving 14 hours at sea, staying afloat and dodging Russian air and sea patrols.

Black Sea Survivor: Tale Of A Ukrainian Special Agent Thrown Overboard In Enemy Waters

Looking at the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine.

Rustem Khalilov and Roksana Kasumova

KYIV — During a covert operation in the Black Sea, a Ukrainian special agent was thrown overboard and spent the next 14 hours alone at sea, surrounded by enemy forces.

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The agent, who uses the call-sign "Conan," agreed to speak to Ukrainska Pravda, to share the details of nearly being lost forever at sea. He also shared some background on how he arrived in the Ukrainian special forces. Having grown up in a village in a rural territory of Ukraine, Conan describes himself as "a simple guy."

He'd worked in law enforcement, personal security and had a job as a fitness trainer when Russia launched its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022. That's when he signed up with the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Main Directorate of Intelligence "Artan" battalion. It was nearly 18 months into his service, when Conan faced the most harrowing experience of the war. Here's his first-hand account:

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