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20 April 2019
- 00:00, 20 April 2019 (UTC)
A variant of Shepard's elephant illusion
- ... that Roger Shepard created an elephant named "L'egs-istential Quandary" (variant pictured)?
- ... that Sophie Alexander was concussed in her first AFL Women's match?
- ... that Heinrich Schütz composed Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, setting the seven Sayings of Jesus on the cross for the Evangelist, who sings in up to four voices, and Jesus, who is accompanied by obbligato instruments?
- ... that Ario Pardee's gift of $20,000 to Lafayette College in 1864 was the largest sum ever given to an educational institution in Pennsylvania at the time?
- ... that in the motet Popule meus by Tomás Luis de Victoria, which sets the Good Friday Reproaches, two choirs alternate Greek and Latin versions of the Trisagion?
- ... that a columnist for the British Internet magazine Spiked created the fictional Twitter user Titania McGrath in order to mock contemporary "woke culture"?
- ... that the Good Friday hymn "My Song Is Love Unknown" asks what Jesus had done to deserve crucifixion?
- ... that
- 00:00, 19 April 2019 (UTC)
Superbloom in California
- ... that California deserts are experiencing the second wildflower superbloom (pictured) in three years?
- ... that Bambang Dwi Hartono championed bus rapid transit in Surabaya as mayor, but his plans were overridden by the next mayor?
- ... that "Christus, der uns selig macht", a translation by Michael Weiße of a Latin Passion hymn, begins with Jesus arrested like a thief?
- ... that the dire whelk sometimes shares the prey of the ochre sea star while it is being eaten?
- ... that Ivorian special advisor Euphrasie Kouassi Yao has worked as a UNESCO chair for Water, Women and Decision-making, and has been honoured by the Global Platform for Enterprising Women?
- ... that the Mayan Train was approved in a public referendum that garnered only a one percent voter turnout?
- ... that geneticist Muntaser Ibrahim, described by Science as "one of Sudan's most distinguished living scholars", was imprisoned in February 2019 after participating in peaceful protests?
- ... that
- 00:00, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Fritz Pollard (pictured) became the NFL's first black quarterback in 1923, but it was not until 2017 that all 32 modern NFL teams had started at least one black quarterback?
- ... that All India Trinamool Congress MP Uma Saren was the first person to speak in the tribal Santali language at the Inter-Parliamentary Union?
- ... that the weevil species Sicoderus bautistai, described as resembling "black, shiny ants", is named after professional baseball player José Bautista?
- ... that Czech chemist Karel Wiesner, unable to study at university under the German occupation, set up a laboratory in the basement of his parents' house to teach himself polarography?
- ... that the Natal Border Guard, established in 1878, was expected to defend the Colony of Natal armed only with spears and shields?
- ... that American artist Lydia Purdy Hess, best known for her Portrait of Miss E. H., sketched and painted while floating on the Ohio River during her two-month honeymoon?
- ... that the Troy Museum, located close to the ancient city of Troy, is clad in rust-colored weathering steel to resemble an excavated artifact?
- ... that at the
- 00:00, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the scientific name of the Chatham shag (pictured) commemorates a former Governor of New Zealand?
- ... that Satish Namdeo Ghormade has served as commanding officer of a guided missile frigate, a submarine rescue vessel, and a minesweeper?
- ... that at the 2019 Tour Championship snooker tournament the first-round match between Neil Robertson and Mark Selby, played over 17 frames, was decided by the final black?
- ... that, inspired at the age of five by her football-playing brother, Dilan Ağgül became a footballer in Germany and later played for the Turkey women's national team?
- ... that the tragic early life of the visual-novel character Kiritsugu Emiya was written by Gen Urobuchi as a prequel to Fate/stay night, which has a happy ending?
- ... that Heinz Hoppe performed as a lyric tenor at the Hamburg State Opera, including world premieres, but became popular for operetta recordings and television shows?
- ... that more than one million people are buried on Hart Island, the potter's field for New York City?
- ... that
- 00:00, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
Gloucester Court of Probate
- ... that Thomas Fulljames designed the Gloucester Court of Probate (pictured) in a "picturesque Gothic" style?
- ... that the Spider-Man created for the 2018 video game by Insomniac Games has been used by Marvel Comics as an alternate version of Spider-Man?
- ... that volleyball player Chen Zhaodi, who was nicknamed "One-armed General" despite having two arms, became an actual general after retiring from her volleyball career?
- ... that the royal vole has larder chambers in its burrow but not latrines?
- ... that during World War II, the crew of the USS Argonaut donated their ship's bell to the Submarine Memorial Chapel before the submarine was lost in combat?
- ... that Ruth H. Alexander was the first woman selected to serve on the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition?
- ... that three times a day, the clock tower across from Southampton's Watts Park tolls out Isaac Watts's hymn "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past"?
- ... that when
- 00:11, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
James Henry Marriott
- ... that James Henry Marriott (pictured) was the first optics professional in New Zealand to make a telescope?
- ... that the colour and texture of the transparent lamellaria may vary according to the species of sea squirt on which it is living?
- ... that in 684–85, Caliph Marwan I reestablished Umayyad authority in Syria and Egypt after its collapse across the caliphate?
- ... that when HMS Courageux was wrecked, more than 100 men escaped to the shore by clambering along a fallen mast?
- ... that "Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig", a hymn about vanity by Michael Franck, is the basis of a chorale cantata by Bach, and quoted in Mauricio Kagel's Passion?
- ... that some leaves of the South African plant Romulea tortuosa are shaped like corkscrews?
- ... that Minnesotan portrait and landscape artist Gene Ritchie Monahan is known for work that Sigurd Olson said "caught the details of the changing seasons"?
- ... that Shadow the Hedgehog was originally going to appear only in Sonic Adventure 2, but proved so popular that he became a recurring Sonic the Hedgehog character?
- ... that Bandaru Dattatreya is the only minister from the Telangana state in the current Union Cabinet of India?
- ... that
- 00:11, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
Agatha Christie's The A.B.C. Murders
- ... that the ABC Rail Guide features in Agatha Christie's novel The A.B.C. Murders and on the cover of two editions of the book (first edition cover pictured)?
- ... that Rob Morrison from Australia's The Curiosity Show was an expert witness at a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the death of a girl by a dingo?
- ... that Raymund Weber wrote "Zeige uns, Herr, deine Allmacht und Güte" to be sung with a modern melody, but it appears in the German Catholic hymnal with a Baroque melody?
- ... that D. S. Kapoor designed a replica of the Eiffel Tower to serve as an entrance to the annual Chandigarh Carnival?
- ... that the U.S. Homeland Security Act of 2002 has been used to expedite government-wide hiring for medical, scientific, and cybersecurity positions into the competitive federal civil service?
- ... that Tom Oppé chaired the working party which produced a report for the British government in 1974 recommending that babies be fed with breast milk rather than formula?
- ... that a calf grazing near the scene of an 1814 battle between the Royal Navy and United States Revenue Marine became the fight's only fatality?
- ... that Mexican federal deputy
- 00:11, 13 April 2019 (UTC)
Leroy Daniels (left) with Fred Astaire
- ... that choreographer Alex Romero hired a shoeshiner, Leroy Daniels (pictured), to dance with Fred Astaire in the 1953 film The Band Wagon?
- ... that indigenous resistance by mainland Caribs and Island Caribs played a major role in the failure of Dutch, British, French, and Courlander attempts to colonise Tobago in the 17th century?
- ... that Patrick Lange, who conducted a Stephen Sondheim musical in a youth club production at age 16, became chief music director of the Wiesbaden State Opera at age 36?
- ... that the Holby City production team worked with Parkinson's UK to create a Parkinson's disease storyline for the character Alex Adams?
- ... that Indian social worker Sharda Mehta organised a protest against indentured servitude in 1917?
- ... that the former Marysville Cotton Mill now houses a data centre for departments and agencies of the Government of New Brunswick?
- ... that Tsutomu Kawabuchi was referred to as the "father of Japanese women's ice hockey"?
- ... that the mottled piculet likes to drum on bamboo?
- ... that Bulgaria's first cosmonaut, Georgi Ivanov, safely returned to Earth despite a failing main engine and a damaged backup engine on his Soyuz 33 spacecraft?
- ... that
- 00:15, 12 April 2019 (UTC)
American Adolf Hitler propaganda stamp
- ... that the German philatelic writer Wolfgang Baldus is a specialist in the forged and propaganda stamps of the Second World War, such as the American Adolf Hitler skull stamp (pictured)?
- ... that the Indian Creek mushroom can be distinguished from chanterelles by its staining dark purple when cut or bruised?
- ... that the Dutch-Belgian composer Oscar van Hemel created two operas, one of them about a prostitute?
- ... that Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival, the first queer film festival in North Africa, does not disclose its location due to security concerns?
- ... that journalist Roman Sushchenko was named by the European Parliament as one of 30 Ukrainian citizens illegally detained or imprisoned in Russia?
- ... that the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act protected more than 1.3 million acres (5,300 km2) of wilderness and created four U.S. national monuments?
- ... that Mr Justice Orr granted the wife of British spy George Blake a decree nisi for divorce on the grounds that a conviction for treason can amount to cruelty?
- ... that
- 04:23, 11 April 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the critically endangered Chinese alligator (pictured) may have helped inspire the mythology of the Chinese dragon?
- ... that Alfons Zgrzebniok commanded the first two of the three Silesian Uprisings?
- ... that Marianne Williamson, a candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, has called for $100 billion in reparations for slavery?
- ... that Siegfried Vogel, a bass at the Berlin State Opera from 1965, appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow?
- ... that Sternaspis scutata swallows mud?
- ... that American landscape and still life painter Ida O'Keeffe omitted her last name in her first exhibition to avoid comparison with her sister?
- ... that the Tugnet Ice House, the largest surviving ice house in the UK, is now a dolphin watching centre?
- ... that Indian
- 00:00, 10 April 2019 (UTC)
Pearl Doles Bell
- ... that American novelist Pearl Doles Bell (pictured) traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus for six weeks to research her 1919 novel Her Elephant Man: A Story of the Sawdust Ring?
- ... that while the fan palm Coccothrinax jamaicensis is the only Coccothrinax species native to Jamaica, the neighbouring island of Cuba has 39 native species?
- ... that photographer Nydia Blas has said she is intrigued by the use of photography to influence public opinion, for example the use of photographs by anti-lynching activists?
- ... that by winning promotion during the 1920–21 season, Cardiff City F.C. became the first Welsh club to reach the top tier of English football?
- ... that according to research led by Dana Lepofsky, some clam gardens on the Pacific Northwest Coast are up to 3,500 years old?
- ... that the All India Azad Muslim Conference represented several Islamic organisations that opposed the partition of India?
- ... that Finnish Ice Hockey Association president Harry Lindblad was a founding member of the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, and served as its first chairman?
- ... that the
- 00:00, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
- ... that in pacu jawi (pictured), the traditional cattle race of Tanah Datar, Indonesia, the jockey holds the tails of two cattle while they sprint across a muddy rice field?
- ... that Raphaëlle Boitel worked as a contortionist street performer at age eight to earn tuition for circus school?
- ... that the storyline of Holby City's two-part episode "A Simple Lie" was compared to the Charlie Gard case?
- ... that U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Lloyd Toulmin Chalker has been credited as the "father of Coast Guard aviation"?
- ... that Promachocrinus is unusual among crinoids in having ten pairs of arms?
- ... that instead of attending Columbia University, Taiwanese engineer Ye Qingyao joined the February 28 rebellion, was jailed, and then escaped to China on a sampan?
- ... that the European Commission's Joint Research Centre recommends using the spectral G-index rather than correlated color temperature to select streetlights that have low blue light content?
- ... that
- 00:00, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Ansel Adams (pictured), known for his black-and-white landscape photographs, documented a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II?
- ... that the inner core may rotate slightly faster than the rest of the Earth due to torque caused by Earth's geodynamo and the solidification of the core?
- ... that fees and penalties charged as part of criminal-justice financial obligations in the United States may lead to the justice system becoming both a result and a cause of poverty?
- ... that in a telegram to Hitler, Hans Bredow, the former head of the Reich Broadcasting Corporation, requested to be treated like his colleagues who were interned in the Oranienburg concentration camp?
- ... that the polychaete worm Poecilochaetus serpens digs a burrow with its head and lines it with particles of clay or mud cemented with mucus?
- ... that medieval historian Maria Teresa Ferrer i Mallol believed that the 14th-century Mudéjar Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities in Catalonia and Valencia co-existed due to religious segregation?
- ... that some newspapers reported as many as 3,000 deaths in Key West, Florida, during an October 1909 hurricane, but just two fatalities occurred in the city in actuality?
- ... that
- 00:00, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
Nazir Wani's wife (right) receives the Ashoka Chakra on his behalf from the President of India.
- ... that Nazir Ahmad Wani, the first Ashoka Chakra recipient from Kashmir (posthumous award ceremony pictured), was a militant before he surrendered and joined the Indian Army?
- ... that a New Jersey shopping mall has a California-style design?
- ... that Order of Australia recipient Helen Brownlee was the first woman to be elected as one of the vice presidents of the Australian Olympic Committee?
- ... that the Paris International Air Navigation Conference of 1910 was held after France became concerned about the number of foreign balloons carrying German officers that were entering their airspace?
- ... that James F. Short served as director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture under four governors?
- ... that Felix Mendelssohn first composed the motet Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen (For He shall give His angels charge) for an eight-part choir, then included it with orchestra in Elijah?
- ... that Cynthia García Coll from Puerto Rico has researched the psychological resilience of children born to teen mothers and of immigrant children?
- ... that
- 00:00, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
- ... that attendees at U.S. President Donald Trump's 2019 State of the Union Address sang "Happy Birthday" to Judah Samet (pictured), a Holocaust survivor who narrowly escaped the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting?
- ... that William Kempster's 8.44-metre-long (27.7 ft) mural British Air Transport – The Pioneering Days depicts people and aircraft from British aviation between 1919 and 1934?
- ... that Cole Porter's nickname for his romantic partner Nelson Barclift was "cute little nose"?
- ... that Cape Fugui, the northernmost point on Taiwan, includes a beach with ventifacts?
- ... that both Tom Ballard and his mother Alison Hargreaves died climbing in the Himalayas, more than 23 years apart?
- ... that Hubbard's angel insects groom themselves and each other, perhaps in order to avoid the fungal diseases that kill many zorapterans?
- ... that Dai Fudong designed Mao Zedong's villa and asked Ronald Reagan to have his father's Legion of Merit medal reissued?
- ... that Marjorie Paxson was twice demoted and replaced by a male editor when two different newspapers replaced their women’s sections with features sections?
- ... that
- 00:50, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Building
- ... that the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Building (pictured) in Flint, Michigan, made its film debut in the 2008 sports comedy Semi-Pro?
- ... that zinc oxide nanoparticles, thought to be one of the most-produced nanomaterials, are commonly used in sunscreens?
- ... that Dutch pool player Alex Lely won the 1999 World Pool Masters Tournament and collected autographs from his opponents?
- ... that the means of raising the late 18th-century British Provisional Cavalry was likened to the medieval-era feudal system?
- ... that, at age 60, Carrie Langston Hughes made her Broadway debut as Sister Susie May Hunt in Hall Johnson's Run Little Chillun?
- ... that Coccothrinax jimenezii, a palm tree native to the island of Hispaniola, was listed as a critically endangered species within two years of its formal description?
- ... that Horst Laubenthal appeared in Mozart operas at the Glyndebourne Festival as Belmonte, in Paris as Tamino, and in Turin as Ottavio?
- ... that
- 00:00, 4 April 2019 (UTC)
Memorial to Dortan victims