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14 December 2018
- 00:00, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Nazi dentist Martin Hellinger (pictured), convicted of removing dental gold from victims at Ravensbrück, was released in 1955 and given a special grant to reopen his dental practice?
- ... that the Indonesian video game Rage in Peace was loosely inspired by the works of Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho?
- ... that as a child, Japanese voice actress Nichika Ōmori wanted to become a magical girl after gaining an interest in the anime series Sailor Moon?
- ... that a research group led by Amnon Marinov claimed in 2008 that the hypothetical element unbibium could be found occurring naturally in thorium deposits?
- ... that Susanna Dinnage is expected to become the first female chief executive of the English Premier League early next year?
- ... that Meghan Trainor's 2019 album Treat Myself has been characterized as "filled with self-love anthems"?
- ... that the world's oldest known printed texts are 8th-century Buddhist charms called dharani preserved in Korean and Japanese temples?
- ... that
- 12:00, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Reconstructed mount of Irritator
- ... that Irritator (model pictured), a spinosaurid dinosaur, was named due to the frustration of palaeontologists who discovered that its skull had been covered with plaster by fossil dealers?
- ... that Native American poet Jennifer Foerster co-directs a program fostering arts education for women and girls of the Muscogee Nation?
- ... that the French submarine Regnault, built to fight in the First World War, was named after a 19th-century chemist?
- ... that Derrick Barnes, author of the award-winning children's book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, began his career as the first black male copywriter for Hallmark?
- ... that thousands of bats are protected by monks at the Bat Pagoda in Sóc Trăng City, Vietnam?
- ... that the footballer Wayne Matthews started his own manufacturing business by embroidering sportswear in his bedroom?
- ... that a geologic fault was discovered in the Yakima, Washington, area during construction of Interstate 82?
- ... that after a force of Anglo-Gascon cavalry defeated a French force, they had to walk home because the surviving French had captured their horses?
- 00:00, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Throne Hall of Dongola
- ... that the Throne Hall of Dongola (pictured) is the oldest preserved mosque in Sudan?
- ... that U.S. Representative-elect Dan Crenshaw lost an eye to an improvised explosive device while serving with SEAL Team Three in Afghanistan?
- ... that visual novel localization company Sol Press was formed because the founder was unhappy with the slow translation processes of other publishers?
- ... that until at least 2009, Chen Chuangtian's laboratory was the only one in the world that could make the nonlinear optical crystal KBBF?
- ... that lymphocytic esophagitis is a rare and poorly understood medical condition that can lead to food getting stuck in the esophagus?
- ... that in the only season W. Webber Kelly served as president of the Green Bay Packers, the team went undefeated and won their first NFL Championship?
- ... that structures which helped create oxygen in the atmosphere today persist in a group of salty turquoise lakes?
- ... that
- 12:01, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
- 00:00, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Eyrewell ground beetle
- ... that the critically endangered Eyrewell ground beetle (pictured) is known from just one locality—a pine plantation in New Zealand which is currently being cut down and turned into dairy farms?
- ... that after he was diagnosed with a heart condition, rodeo cowboy Louis Brooks agreed to retire if he won a second All-Around Cowboy title?
- ... that the construction of the Ceintures de Lyon was motivated by fear of an Austrian invasion?
- ... that in 2018, Sara Cox became the first woman to referee a Premiership Rugby match?
- ... that Young Voters for the President helped Richard Nixon capture 52 percent of the "under 30" vote during the 1972 United States presidential election?
- ... that Karel Sperber escaped to England after the German invasion of Czechoslovakia, but was sent to Auschwitz after the ship on which he served as a doctor was sunk by the Germans?
- ... that the British construction industry was told to modernise or die by a 2016 government report?
- ... that
- 12:00, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Robert and Kathleen Ridder helped the Gophers get the first ice rink for women (pictured) in college hockey?
- ... that Panzer Aces, a book series about World War II widely read in the US, was described as portraying "an almost heroic version of the German soldier, guiltless of any war crimes"?
- ... that the live concerts of the rock band Sumika feature performances by non-musicians such as painters, sculptors, architects, potters, and poets?
- ... that Ahmadou Ahidjo was the first president of Cameroon following its independence?
- ... that Edgecliff, an Illinois estate completed in 1930, had the highest residential property tax in Cook County in 2014 and 2015?
- ... that Yang Kuo-shu, who earned the first PhD in psychology in Taiwan, founded indigenous Chinese psychology and studied such phenomena as yuanfen, guanxi, and face?
- ... that Adrien Agreste's superhero identity, Cat Noir, is a tribute to the comic book character Catwoman?
- ... that in 1794, a silver statue of the Virgin Mary from the chapel at Notre-Dame de la Garde was melted down at the mint of Marseille located on Rue du Tapis-Vert?
- 00:00, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
- ... that while raising two young children, Li Minhua (pictured) became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at MIT?
- ... that though Landsat 4 suffered a second failure in 1993 that stopped it from transmitting most scientific data, it continued broadcasting telemetry, tracking, and command data until 2001?
- ... that the footballer Ted Gorin scored Scunthorpe United's first goal in the Football League?
- ... that the worm Polydora glycymerica bores into the shell of bivalve molluscs, mainly Glycymeris yessoensis, and lives inside it?
- ... that Angela Brower performed her signature role as Octavian at the Colombian premiere of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier?
- ... that the French submarine X was the first to use twin shafts?
- ... that Chinese film director Lü Ban was banned from film-making for life for his satirical comedies, the last of which, also banned, discussed the topic of film censorship?
- ... that the
- 12:00, 10 December 2018 (UTC)
Fragments of the
- 00:00, 10 December 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Dennis Albaugh's collection of about 150 classic Chevrolet convertibles includes all Tri-Fives (1957 Bel Air pictured) and models from 1912 to 1975?
- ... that larvae of the beetle Meloe franciscanus trick male bees into landing near them by mimicking the pheromones released by a female bee?
- ... that Indonesian transport minister Budi Karya Sumadi plays the acoustic guitar and sings in a band with other government ministers?
- ... that the removal of an antisemitic and antiziganistic statement delayed the release of a Slovak documentary about a post-Holocaust pogrom?
- ... that Ray Evrard, a three-term district attorney of Brown County, Wisconsin, served as the second president of the Green Bay Packers during the 1928 NFL season?
- ... that the oboe quartet Phantasy, composed by Benjamin Britten as a student, was the work that won him international recognition?
- ... that Lee Brian Schrager, known for his work with the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, opened a gay bar called Torpedo in 1987?
- ... that India's
- 12:00, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
- 00:00, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
Maria Josepha of Saxony
- ... that Bach composed the cantata Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! to honor Maria Josepha of Saxony (pictured) on her birthday on 8 December 1733?
- ... that Andy Levin will succeed his father in the U.S. House of Representatives?
- ... that in only its second season, Atlanta United FC has reached the MLS Cup, which will be played tonight?
- ... that Zhang Yonglian, who spent 20 years doing classified research for the Chinese government, founded a laboratory to study sperm?
- ... that the First World War Clairmarais aerodrome in France was utilised by the Luftwaffe from 1940 but proved to be unusable in wet weather?
- ... that Jack Brooksbank, husband of Princess Eugenie of York, was not given a peerage following his marriage, as there is no general precedent in Britain for a commoner to be given one on marrying a princess?
- ... that Comic Arts Brooklyn was inaugurated in 2013, following the cancellation of the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival?
- ... that
- 12:00, 8 December 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Wu Zhaonan (pictured), a comedian recognized by the government of Taiwan as a "national treasure", also created Mongolian barbecue?
- ... that the wildlife of Iceland includes around 550 species of lichen but no reptiles or amphibians?
- ... that in 1342, John FitzWalter accused men from Colchester of invading and damaging his park at Lexden, and soon after besieged Colchester for more than two months?
- ... that Fatih, originally named Deepsea Metro II, is Turkey's first drillship?
- ... that palaeontologist Varavudh Suteethorn has helped name and describe more than 25 fossil species from Thailand, including dinosaurs, fish, mammals, turtles, and crocodylomorphs?
- ... that the 2018 Zürich ePrix was the first circuit car race held in Switzerland since the 1954 Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten?
- ... that Wallachian statesman Stroe Leurdeanu was sentenced to live as a monk for conspiring against a rival family?
- ... that the genome of the flatworm Otomesostoma auditivum is nearly six times larger than the human genome?
- 00:00, 8 December 2018 (UTC)
The permanent trumps in Ramsen
- ... that Ramsen is a traditional Austrian and Bavarian card game with the unusual feature of four permanent trump cards (pictured) ranking just below the trump Sow?
- ... that Russian anti-syphilis campaigner Volf Bronner was arrested during Stalin's Great Purge and later executed?
- ... that Chevy Commons in Flint, Michigan, is a former Chevrolet factory being redeveloped into a park with restored grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands?
- ... that in 1919, missionary Henry Harness Fout reported his conclusion that a third of the Armenian population of Turkey had been exterminated in the Armenian Genocide?
- ... that Lord Keith followed orders not to approve the Convention of El Arish, which would have ended the French campaign in Egypt and Syria, despite personally agreeing with it?
- ... that Vorombe titan, an extinct elephant bird from Madagascar, shared its habitat with dwarf hippos, giant lemurs, and giant tortoises?
- ... that Oswald Boelcke has been described as the father of air combat tactics, the organization of squadrons, and the German Air Force?
- ... that
- 12:00, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
The Purple Noon's Transparent Might
- 00:00, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
Bedford Presbyterian Church
- ... that New York's Bedford Presbyterian Church (pictured), said to have excellent acoustics, has hosted concerts such as Bach's Mass in B minor and Britten's Saint Nicolas?
- ... that Dorothy Vredenburgh Bush was the first woman to call roll for the Democratic National Convention, doing so for 12 straight conventions?
- ... that 75 years ago today, the first Holocaust train from Milan left Platform 21 of the Milano Centrale railway station for Auschwitz carrying 169 Jews, of whom only 5 survived the Holocaust?
- ... that a book chapter by Clara Lanza about the women clerks of New York was published as a souvenir of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair?
- ... that most Buddhist discourses start with the words Thus have I heard, which are traditionally attributed to the attendant of the Buddha?
- ... that Bryn Davies was one of the first footballers to enlist during World War II?
- ... that one of the producers of the television series Disappearing World acknowledged that the episodes "more often reflect a changing world than a disappearing one"?
- ... that
- 12:00, 6 December 2018 (UTC)
Helmoreus sharpi by Des Helmore
- 00:00, 6 December 2018 (UTC)
- ... that over the course of 45 years of conservation work by ornithologist Helen Hays (pictured), the tern population of Great Gull Island increased tenfold?
- ... that ALQST is a Saudi Arabian human rights organisation created by a former Royal Saudi Air Force officer?
- ... that John Hanger, the governor of the Bank of England, was a character in W. Harrison Ainsworth's novel about the South Sea Bubble?
- ... that the interactive game Your Call Football allows participants to call plays in real time for live exhibition American football games, featuring some former NFL and CFL players?
- ... that based on her discoveries, Chen Saijuan developed treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia, turning it into a highly curable disease?
- ... that the publisher of the first picture book with lesbian characters wanted to change the names of Megan and Shannon, lest readers believe that "only women with Irish heritage were lesbians"?
- ... that Benal Nevzat İstar Arıman was elected in 1935 into the Grand National Assembly of Turkey as one of its first women members?
- ... that the hollow
- 12:00, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
- 00:00, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
- ... that The Atomic Tank (pictured) was subjected to the Operation Totem nuclear tests, but remained operational for another 23 years, including 15 months in the Vietnam War?
- ... that Anton Schmid was one of only three German soldiers executed for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust?
- ... that Carly Rae Jepsen teased "Party for One" by posting a picture of herself?
- ... that the English poet Robyn Bolam published her first poem at the age of 15 in an anthology titled Next Wave Poets 1?
- ... that members of the Brisingidae family hold up their arms while members of Freyellidae do not?
- ... that in 2008, a team led by French astrophysicist Anne-Marie Lagrange directly imaged Beta Pictoris b, an exoplanet, confirming predictions of a massive planet existing around the star Beta Pictoris?
- ... that blankets are used to teach the history of indigenous peoples in Canada?
- ... that
- 12:00, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the footballer Kevin Beattie (pictured) was described by former England manager Bobby Robson as the best England player he had ever seen?
- ... that French explorer Théodore Monod discovered more than 2,000 brass ingots from the 11th or 12th centuries at the Ma'adin Ijafen archaeological site in Mauritania?
- ... that American businesswoman and suffragist Anna Shelton was driven to eschew traditional women's roles because of a bigamy scandal involving her sister's husband, a Fort Worth mayor?
- ... that instead of meeting the blockade runner MV Alsterufer at a fixed rendezvous point in the Atlantic Ocean, the German torpedo boat T23 encountered two British cruisers?
- ... that palaeontologist Lü Junchang identified the pterosaur genus Darwinopterus, and "Mrs. T", a pregnant female discovered with her egg?
- ... that in 1346, a French army more than 15,000 strong besieged Aiguillon for five months, but failed to cut its supply lines?
- ... that Andreas Bauer has appeared in bass roles such as Mozart's Sarastro, Verdi's Philip II of Spain, and Wagner's Marke, but also as Bluebeard and Ibn-Hakia?
- ... that Cameron's Seafood Market ships thousands of dollars of crab meat each month to former National Basketball Association star Gilbert Arenas?
- 00:00, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
K2 from Godwin-Austen Glacier