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20 February 2019
- 12:00, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that in 1871, Beaver Hall (pictured) was demolished so that the neighbours could have a "private green belt"?
- ... that Jennie Jackson, an original member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, performed with the ensemble before US President Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain, and Queen Victoria?
- ... that the British submarine HMS P222 was ordered to escort an Allied convoy to Malta on the surface, with the intent that it would be spotted by enemy aircraft?
- ... that Joseph Jenckes Sr., a 17th-century blacksmith in Massachusetts, was granted the first machine patent in America?
- ... that the historical card game of Briscan has been described as a "Gothic extravaganza", squeezing "a truly phenomenal range of scores and melds" from a 32-card pack?
- ... that Louis Dreller was decorated by both the United States and Brazil for designing and building World War II warships?
- ... that in 543 a Byzantine army was unexpectedly defeated by a force less than one-seventh its size, during their invasion of Sasanian Armenia?
- ... that Twitter satirist Coldwar Steve creates most of his works on a phone while travelling to work by bus?
- 00:00, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
John L. Whitehead Jr.
- ... that John L. Whitehead Jr. (pictured) was the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School?
- ... that most of the scenes in Yucatán were filmed onboard the MS Sovereign during a transatlantic crossing, with the ship's actual passengers and crew acting as extras?
- ... that David Timm, the director of music at Leipzig University, recorded his Jazz-Messe together with Reger's Der 100. Psalm?
- ... that SAP SE, Aetna, Mrs. Fields Original Cookies, and Brooklyn Union Gas have all been managed by wire?
- ... that from 1977 to 1982, Pierre Cangioni presented Téléfoot, France's first dedicated football television programme?
- ... that artificial alternatives to DNA called XNA have been proposed to reduce some hazards of synthetic biology by preventing gene flow to natural organisms?
- ... that German entomologist Ferdinand Rudow was described as "undoubtedly the most incompetent" taxonomist working with Ichneumonidae?
- ... that members of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce stole the
- 12:00, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
Emperor goose with stained head
- 00:00, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Hilda Ranscombe (pictured) captained a team that won ten consecutive Ladies Ontario Hockey Association championships?
- ... that the seaweed Padina boergesenii has been investigated for use as a bioindicator of heavy metal contamination?
- ... that Manny Parra's perfect game in 2007 was just the third nine-inning perfect game in the Pacific Coast League's hundred-year history?
- ... that Saleh Mohammad is the first politician from Jaisalmer district to become a minister of Rajasthan, India?
- ... that Francis Ford Coppola said he added "five three-minute nudie sketches in color to a stupid German movie that had been shot in black-and-white"?
- ... that Oscar de Beaux, in his 1930 publication "Biological ethics", was one of the first people to argue that conserving nature is ethical?
- ... that Louise Creighton and Kathleen Lyttelton founded the Cambridge University Ladies Dining Society in 1890 "not without an idea of retaliating on the husbands who dined in College"?
- ... that lava can form
- 12:00, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
Banner of Kunság in 1618
- ... that the population of Kunság (banner pictured) was "almost entirely wiped out" during the Ottoman occupation, before recovering through re-colonization?
- ... that Maria Guajardo's doctoral dissertation on educational attainment among Latina teens led to her hiring as Dropout Prevention Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education?
- ... that after winning a professional wrestling match at NWA New Years Clash, David Arquette shaved off the hair of his opponent?
- ... that Andrew Cudworth popularised the classification of diabetes into type 1 and type 2?
- ... that the SurfSafe browser extension is meant to combat fake news by spotting altered or misleadingly used images as they appear to a user?
- ... that Joseph A. Sellinger oversaw the merger of Mount Saint Agnes College into Loyola College in Maryland in 1971?
- ... that director Jon M. Chu pushed back production on Crazy Rich Asians by four months so actress Constance Wu could star in it?
- ... that in 1990, hornist, conductor, and composer
- 19:26, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
- 00:00, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
Les Choristes (1877)
- ... that Edgar Degas's Les Choristes (shown), stolen in 2009 from the Musée Cantini in Marseille, France, was found in the luggage compartment of a bus outside Paris a year ago today?
- ... that Megan Marie Hart has performed on stage in Detmold, Germany, as Puccini's Tosca and was soprano soloist in Mahler's Resurrection Symphony?
- ... that Rudyard Kipling may have coined the term "infantillery" to refer to the Royal Artillery Mounted Rifles?
- ... that California and the entire eastern United States are under a quarantine restriction by the U.S. state of Washington designed to protect it from apple maggot infestation?
- ... that Firhad Hakim is the first Muslim to become the Mayor of Kolkata since Indian independence?
- ... that an extract of peacock's tail is effective against the red cotton stainer?
- ... that Asim Chaudhry, who plays Chabuddy G in People Just Do Nothing, starred as an Asian Donald Trump in the 2016 short film Donald Mohammed Trump?
- ... that the capital of the Arizona Territory moved from Prescott to Tucson, back to Prescott, and then to Phoenix in its first 25 years?
- ... that the name of the
- 00:00, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that some sources believe Adele Spitzeder (pictured) created the first documented Ponzi scheme in 1869?
- ... that the rhythm of the call of the fulvous owl has been likened to Morse code?
- ... that director Manoel de Oliveira completed the 2009 feature film Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl at the age of 100?
- ... that Hawaiian legislator Pius F. Koakanu was beaten by rioters because of his support for King Kalākaua in the monarchial election of 1874?
- ... that Boybuloq Cave, the deepest in Asia, is located near Uzbekistan's highest village?
- ... that in 2017, the Tucson Girls Chorus opened the city's first public choir for girls and boys with special needs?
- ... that after he was named heir apparent to owner George Steinbrenner in 2005, Steve Swindal was bought out of the New York Yankees in 2007?
- ... that
- 00:00, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
Au Bois de Boulogne
- ... that Guth's Au Bois de Boulogne (shown) depicts a fashionable crowd, including the courtesans Liane de Pougy and La Belle Otero?
- ... that the work of physician Elizabeth Ross is still commemorated annually in Serbia despite her having spent only three weeks in the country?
- ... that Eidyn, a Brittonic district of the Early Middle Ages in present-day Scotland, is the source for Edinburgh's name?
- ... that Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore, once a war refugee, founded a nonprofit organization which publishes culturally relevant books for children in countries with low literacy rates?
- ... that the Israeli video game Piposh, to be released in 2019, will be a reboot of the original 1999 game of the same name?
- ... that the law center at Willamette University is named in honor of Oregon businessman and philanthropist Truman W. Collins?
- ... that construction on the Thessaloniki Metro triggered the largest-ever archaeological dig in northern Greece, unearthing more than 300,000 individual artefacts?
- ... that the
- 00:00, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the golden-headed cisticola (pictured) has been described as the "finest tailor of all birds"?
- ... that Gord Renwick was part of the inaugural class of the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2012?
- ... that SPLA rebels captured a large amount of military equipment from the Sudanese Armed Forces during Operation Thunderbolt, but found much of it had degraded and was of no use?
- ... that when Willem Kloos said to Jacques Perk that they were the only two young talented poets in the Netherlands, Perk mentioned his childhood friend Augusta Peaux as a third?
- ... that in a review for Mr. Shivers, debut novelist Robert Jackson Bennett was favorably compared to Stephen King and John Steinbeck?
- ... that local residents had to wait ten years for step-free access at Newbury Park tube station?
- ... that in 2014, the Australian actor Jackson Gallagher escaped without injury from a rockfall during a climbing expedition at the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand?
- ... that after the release of the Netflix show
- 00:00, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Hawaiian king Kamehameha III (pictured) relied on American and British advisors to fill his cabinet?
- ... that after recapturing escaped Luftwaffe prisoners, the British officer Guy Dury is said to have remarked: "one really has to take off one's hat to them ... I really regret having to lock them up"?
- ... that a river will be diverted for the construction of Hohhot Shengle International Airport?
- ... that William Hoskins, the co-inventor of modern billiard chalk, also invented the electric heating coil, used to create the first electric toasters?
- ... that the cypress aphid is a vector for cypress canker?
- ... that soprano Ildikó Raimondi, who appeared at the Vienna State Opera in more than 40 roles including Pamina and Mimì, sang the role of Marzelline in the opening season of the Valencia Opera?
- ... that the first discovered fossil of the dinosaur Weewarrasaurus was noted for being preserved in green-blue opal?
- ... that
- 00:00, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
British ambulance stores during the war
- ... that British ambulance units (stores pictured) served alongside armies of both combatants in the Franco-Prussian War?
- ... that for nearly 100 years, people thought Manuel Trujillo Durán introduced cinema to Venezuela, though he was just a film technician at the time?
- ... that Bierlachs, a variant of Germany's national card game, Skat, is predominantly played for beer in pubs and restaurants?
- ... that Arthur R. Gralla was the US Navy's fourth Jewish Vice Admiral?
- ... that the poem "The Aboriginal Mother" expresses grief about the massacre of at least 28 Aboriginal Australians at a time when a white settler said, "Why, we are poisoning the Blacks; which is much safer; and serve them right too!"?
- ... that Japanese voice actress Kaede Hondo decided to pursue a career in acting due to a misunderstanding?
- ... that Earth's circumference around the poles is almost exactly 40,000 kilometres or 21,600 (i.e. 360 × 60) nautical miles, because it was used to define those units of measurement?
- ... that after a
- 00:00, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
Marguerite de Witt-Schlumberger
- ... that the Inter-Allied Women's Conference, which opened in Paris 100 years ago today, marked the first time women were granted formal participation in an international treaty negotiation (conference organizer Marguerite de Witt-Schlumberger pictured)?
- ... that mountaineer Mary Jobe Akeley was hailed as "the first white person and probably the first human being" to explore a remote peak in the Canadian Rockies that she called "Big Ice Mountain"?
- ... that Typhoon Ofelia was the worst typhoon to hit eastern Taiwan in 30 years?
- ... that James Park Woods was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918 for leading a small squad in the capture of a "very formidable" enemy post and the subsequent repulsion of multiple counterattacks?
- ... that the 1954 social psychology book The Nature of Prejudice is considered a classic that defined the field of intergroup relations?
- ... that Wilhelm Kempf, Bishop of Limburg from 1949 to 1981, took part in the Second Vatican Council and introduced its innovations in his diocese, including spiritual discourse and open dialogue?
- ... that Alabama's 28-point loss against Clemson in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship was their worst-ever defeat under head coach Nick Saban?
- ... that
- 00:00, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
Flag of Somerset County, Maryland
- ... that Somerset County, Maryland, adopted the style of the Union Jack as their flag (pictured) before Great Britain did?
- ... that Roy Inwood was awarded a Victoria Cross in 1917 for several actions including the capture of a German strongpoint and a machinegun nest, mostly singlehanded?
- ... that MLS Cup 2005 featured the same teams and ended with the same scoreline as MLS Cup 2002?
- ... that the arrest of Adán Medrano Rodríguez marked a shift in how the Mexican government tackled drug cartels?
- ... that Florida's Amendment 4 reenfranchised an estimated 1.4 million ex-felons?
- ... that Swedish pool player Marcus Chamat has represented Europe at the Mosconi Cup on 10 occasions?
- ... that George Tabori wrote Goldberg Variations as a play within a play, presenting biblical scenes satirically as a series of disasters?
- ... that the
- 00:00, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
The Hague map of Crusader Jerusalem
- ... that almost all pre-modern maps of Jerusalem (example pictured) were made by Christians for a Christian European audience?
- ... that in 1908, Silver Quilty was the first man to play the flying wing position in Canadian football?
- ... that a ditch in Scotland has been the subject of acts of parliament since 1696?
- ... that Australian actor George Pullar attended an army boot camp to prepare for his role in the drama series Fighting Season?
- ... that Larry Kramer frequently invoked the AIDS–Holocaust metaphor and compared Reagan Administration officials to Nazi war criminals?
- ... that the role-playing video game Kenshi was inspired by stories of wandering rōnin, and the idea of a survivor traveling a wasteland?
- ... that Juan Gabriel's own cover of "Así Fue", which he originally composed for Isabel Pantoja, was the best-performing Latin single of 1998 in the United States?
- ... that
- 00:00, 8 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Walt Torrence (pictured) was an All-American college basketball player for UCLA before joining the US Army and winning a gold medal at the 1963 Pan American Games?
- ... that representatives from more than a dozen nations are reported to be attending today's International Conference on the Situation in Venezuela in Montevideo, Uruguay?
- ... that NASA exobiologist Darlene Lim studies underwater volcanoes and desert stations in the Canadian High Arctic to prepare humans for missions to Mars?
- ... that the Casualty production team wore medical scrubs on-set during the filming of the episode "One" so they could disguise themselves if they were caught on camera?
- ... that Marshmello was listed by Forbes as one of the ten highest-paid DJs, with $21 million in earnings in the twelve months before June 2017?
- ... that Slovak ultranationalists have exaggerated the number of presidential exemptions issued, in order to minimize the complicity of Jozef Tiso in the Holocaust in Slovakia?
- ... that when taxonomist Gloria Galeano first saw pictures of the newly discovered Sabinaria magnifica she described it as "the most beautiful of all Colombian palms"?
- ... that educator
- 00:00, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
La Grande roue de Montréal
- ... that the 60-metre-high (200 ft) Grande roue de Montréal (pictured), built in Montreal for the 375th anniversary of the city, is the tallest Ferris wheel in Canada?
- ... that Harold W. Chase argued that conscription in the United States benefited the Air Force, Navy, and Marines at the expense of the Army?
- ... that an egg strand of the southern reef squid is most commonly fertilized by three different males?
- ... that the bass-baritone Albert Dohmen appeared as Berg's Wozzeck at the Salzburg Festival in 1997, and as Wagner's Pogner at La Scala in 2017?
- ... that the freighter Selah Chamberlain sank on Lake Michigan after a collision with another ship?
- ... that Victoria Loke, who had a role in Crazy Rich Asians, has advocated for the rights of sex workers and domestic workers?
- ... that the Homeric Minimum may have been responsible for permanent snow on Mount Olympus, as referred to by Homer and in Greek mythology?
- ... that the Padule di Fucecchio massacre, in which at least 174 Italian civilians were murdered, has been described as "one of the worst Nazi atrocities in Italy"?
- ... that
- 00:00, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Chinese millionaire merchant Chun Afong (pictured) made his fortune in the "Sandalwood Mountains" and had sixteen children with a descendant of Hawaiian royalty?
- ... that the Northeast Syrtis region on Mars once had flowing water, and has sulfate and carbonate minerals?
- ... that top National Hockey League prospects Quinn and Jack Hughes learned how to skate from their mother, Ellen Weinberg-Hughes, a world championship silver medalist?
- ... that indigenous peoples in the Northern Territory of Australia would toss fruit of the river fig into rivers to attract turtles?
- ... that Charles J. Donlan was responsible for selecting the Mercury Seven astronauts and led the team selecting the Mercury spacecraft they flew?
- ... that in the presence of red rock crabs, the shell of the frilled dogwinkle tends to grow thicker, whereas when predatory starfish are around, it tends to grow longer?
- ... that two years before it closed due to lack of funds, the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights published the "Sheroes Womyn Warriors Wall Calendar" to raise money?
- ... that the Romanian pianist
- 00:00, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that photographer David Johnson (pictured) was the first African-American student of Ansel Adams?
- ... that the cable ship Alert almost completely isolated Germany from the worldwide telegraph network by cutting its submarine telegraph cables just hours after the outbreak of World War I?
- ... that Edward Stanley scored no runs, and took no catches or wickets, during his first-class cricket career?
- ... that cases against 9,700 Kashmiri youth in India were withdrawn by the government as part of its "healing touch" policy for peacebuilding in Jammu and Kashmir?
- ... that in reviewing Jude the Obscure for Life, Cyclops found that Alex Marshall as Arabella "steals the series"?
- ... that "Joy to the World" is one of the hymns based on Psalm 96, "Sing to the Lord a new song"?
- ... that in 1956, German civil servant Erica Pappritz co-wrote a book on etiquette which included sections on correct odour and on how Bonn diplomats liked to carry umbrellas?
- ... that after a nearby railroad station burned down, 12 horses pulled the old
- 00:00, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
Kansas City Union Station
- ... that Kansas City Union Station (pictured) was constructed using cement manufactured by a mill in Yocemento?
- ... that James Mason landed a role in Neighbours after two-thirds of the other actors in the audition dropped out upon learning the character was gay?
- ... that after becoming king, Kamehameha V proclaimed a constitution which restricted the power of the Privy Council of the Kingdom of Hawaii?
- ... that an interview with Sammy Woodhouse sparked an inquiry revealing the sexual abuse of about 1,400 children in Rotherham, England, between 1997 and 2013?
- ... that more than half the organic content of the tunic of the shiny orange sea squirt consists of cellulose?
- ... that bass singer Carlos Feller made his debut at the Teatro Colón in 1946, and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1988 in his signature role of Don Alfonso in Mozart's Così fan tutte?
- ... that the 1978–79 Penn Quakers men's basketball team was the only nine-seed to reach the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament until 2013?
- ... that members of the British Parliament are entitled to free snuff from the
- 00:00, 3 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that when Friedrich Spitta (pictured) revised "Im Frieden dein, o Herre mein", a 1530 German Lutheran communion hymn based on the biblical Nunc dimittis, he completely changed the meaning?
- ... that the Steinbrenner family hopes to own the New York Yankees for "eternity"?
- ... that the thornback cowfish has plate-like scales which are fused together to form a solid, box-like carapace?
- ... that Amnon Rubinstein coined the term "enclave law" to describe Israeli law in the West Bank settlements?
- ... that in 1909, Ivy Woodward became the first female member of the Royal College of Physicians?
- ... that the Chiquimula Department of Guatemala contains the Black Christ of Esquipulas, one of the most important centres for religious pilgrimage in Central America?
- ... that Ugandan military commander Isaac Maliyamungu reportedly wept after witnessing how much destruction his country's army had caused in Tanzania?
- ... that the restoration of the
- 00:00, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
- ... that DNA testing suggests that Loschbour man (pictured), an 8,000-year-old human skeleton found in Luxembourg in 1935, had dark skin?
- ... that Cemile Timur founded, played for, and now coaches a football club recently promoted to the Turkish Women's First League?
- ... that the recently rediscovered and restored 1898 short film Something Good – Negro Kiss counters racist caricatures?
- ... that Philip Petty received the Medal of Honor for raising his regiment's colors during the Battle of Fredericksburg?
- ... that a storyline about domestic abuse from the eighteenth series of Holby City sparked 177 calls to the BBC's support line?
- ... that Mamie Shields Pyle was instrumental in winning the right to vote for women in South Dakota?
- ... that green-legged curly-tail lizards living in more open, exposed locations, tend to have longer limbs and faster sprint speeds?
- ... that
- 00:00, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
Skeletal diagram of Puertasaurus
- ... that Puertasaurus (illustration shown), one of the largest dinosaurs, is known from only four vertebrae?
- ... that French surgeon Christian Cabrol performed Europe's first heart transplant in 1968?
- ... that Grand Central Palace, a former exhibition center in New York City, was used at different times as a hospital and a U.S. Army induction center?
- ... that one wrestler was injured and another stripped of her championship after a professional wrestling bout involving Lady Shani went off script?
- ... that the lead singer of the English rock band The 1975 wrote the song "Sincerity Is Scary" in order to "denounce all of that postmodern fear of ... being real"?
- ... that Canada has enacted a cap and trade program to tax carbon emissions?
- ... that when Clive Garthwaite played on the same school cricket team as his identical twin brother Peter, they caused confusion due to their similar looks?
- ... that Crooked Billet was the site of the first house in London that had a telephone, as well as electricity for illumination, boiling a kettle, and ironing?