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31 July 2013

  • 16:00, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Knightly portrait of King John of Bohemia

*... that King John of Bohemia (pictured) brought poet Guillaume de Machaut to the Siege of Medvėgalis so that his crusading deeds could be commemorated in songs and poems?

*... that Marte Dalelv, a Norwegian woman, received a prison sentence of sixteen months in Dubai after she reported a man to the police for rape?

*... that British record producer Naughty Boy described his debut album, Hotel Cabana, as having a concept that made it "more like a film in some respects"?

*... that the Staatstheater Mainz and the University of Mainz collaborated on the program "Mathematics and Physics in the World of Sound"?

*... that the church in the Danish village of Stokkemarke is dated to the mid-13th century?

*... that Hungarian and Romanian tennis champion and Wimbledon quarterfinalist Klára Somogyi suffered arthritis from hiding in a humid basement to avoid WWII bombings and later had to give up tennis?

*... that a July 2013 project called Gromit Unleashed saw 80 decorated giant fibreglass sculptures of Aardman Animations' character Gromit displayed in and around Bristol, England?

  • 08:00, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Com Beach

*... that Nino Konis Santana National Park (pictured), the first national park of East Timor, is named after a national independence movement hero?

*... that rugby union footballer David Gage played in 68 of 74 matches played by the 1888–89 New Zealand Native team during their tour of the British Isles?

*... that actress Erin Brown said that Duck! The Carbine High Massacre was a "crappy little movie" which "has permanently staked its place in underground cult cinema"?

*... that Dan Stemkoski and Nick Plott were the first two Western StarCraft casters in South Korea?

*... that both the silver pearlfish and the pinhead pearlfish live inside the body cavity of a sea cucumber?

*... that at 65, Jim Fitzgerald was the oldest driver to race in the Winston Cup Series until Morgan Shepherd (71) passed him in 2013?

*... that the atmospheric composition of an alien planet may signal the presence of an extraterrestrial civilization?

  • 00:00, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Campus Point

*... that Campus Point (pictured), previously a whaling site and an air station for the United States Marine Corps, was purchased in 1950 by the University of California?

*... that Sichuan leader Yang Rudai initially opposed the Three Gorges Dam project, but was pressured by China's central government to change his position?

*... that every knotted polygon in three-dimensional space can be touched at four points by a quadrisecant line?

*... that Nelle Richmond Eberhart wrote the first opera commissioned for American radio?

*... that Limerick-born jockey Martin Molony won six consecutive Irish Champion Jump Jockey titles?

*... that the dramatic moments of the Argentine telenovela Solamente Vos are interrupted with videoclips made by the characters and invited musicians?

*... that Oprah Winfrey caused a spike in online orders, valued at tens of thousands of dollars, for a specific bar of soap available on the Merz Apothecary website?

30 July 2013

  • 16:00, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

*... that the paper Korea Strategy by Huang Zunxian has been described as "a work of destiny that determined the modern history of East Asia"?

*... that the Duluth Armory hosted a performance by Buddy Holly three days before his death?

*... that root extracts from the tree species Pycnanthus angolensis can be used to treat parasitic infections, such as schistosomiasis?

*... that the artistic heroes of illustrator Thomas Fluharty are Rembrandt and Bouguereau?

*... that many soldiers and generals of the Tang Dynasty were of Turkic ancestry?

*... that former Michigan Wolverines softball outfielder Kellyn Tate won the Women's Pro Softball League batting title in 1999 with a .320 batting average?

*... that scientists have invented a type of electronic skin capable of healing itself?

  • 08:00, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Le Sacre du Printemps (Pina Bausch Tanztheater, Wuppertal), 2009

*... that in the Opernhaus Wuppertal production of The Rite of Spring (revival pictured), choreographed by Pina Bausch, the dancers performed on a stage covered with soil?

*... that Nørreballe's Romanesque Østofte Church is noted for its well-preserved medieval frescos?

*... that after approaching near-extinction in the 1950s, Japanese serow populations had increased so much by the 1970s that foresters fought to have it culled as a pest?

*... that Atatürk's cult of personality has been described as the "longest-running personality cult"?

*... that William Meschin was given the lordship of Egremont by King Henry I of England in compensation for his loss of Gilsland to the Scots?

*... that in the murder of Liu Hong Mei, the victim's body was deposited into various boxes?

*... that Tjörnin has been poetically referred to as "the biggest bread soup in the world"?

  • 00:00, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Dale Myers

*... that Dale D. Myers (pictured) refused to accept the position of Deputy Administrator at NASA until president Ronald Reagan made a personal request?

*... that Franz von Suppé's operetta Fatinitza stars a Russian army lieutenant who, while dressed as a woman, wins the love of a hot-tempered elderly general?

*... that Bronx-born folk artist Malcah Zeldis began painting in a kibbutz in Israel?

*... that the Byzantine office of Drungary of the Watch began as a military commander tasked with the emperor's security, became a senior judicial post, and ended as a sinecure and court dignity?

*... that a mural painted in 1927 by Grant Wood for the Martin Hotel was lost under layers of paint and wallpaper, before being rediscovered decades later, in 1979?

*... that Genovese sauce, named after Genoa and later popular in Paris, was invented in Naples, Italy?

*... that The Times described Bobby Beasley's victory riding Captain Christy in the Cheltenham Gold Cup as "the greatest comeback since Lazarus"?

29 July 2013

  • 16:00, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Diana dancing in Travolta dress

*... that the Travolta dress (pictured), one of Diana, Princess of Wales's most famous dresses, named after actor John Travolta, was auctioned for £240,000 in 2013?

*... that Charles Wennergren of Sweden was a six-time national tennis champion and two-time Olympian?

*... that the opera Die Hamletmaschine by Wolfgang Rihm has been described as "a total theatre of sound and nonnarrative, ritualistic drama"?

*... that Geoffrey Binnie was the third generation of his family to enter civil engineering?

*... that mole crickets of the genus Scapteriscus not only attack crops such as rice, but are also major pests that damage turf on golf courses?

*... that Danish basketball player Anne Thorius holds the Michigan Wolverines career record with 537 assists?

*... that The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the upcoming sequel to the 2012 film The Avengers, is not based on the comic book series, Age of Ultron?

  • 08:00, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Bunge church, Gotland

*... that a door in the medieval Bunge church (pictured) on Gotland island still bears marks made by crossbow bolts and pikes?

*... that Henry H. Riggs provided an eyewitness account of the Armenian Genocide and concluded that the deportation of Armenians was part of an extermination program organized by the Ottoman government?

*... that the Michigan Wolverines women's volleyball team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the last 14 years since Mark Rosen became the head coach?

*... that Selli Engler, a pioneer of the lesbian movement in 1920s Germany, later wrote a play titled "Heil Hitler"?

*... that the AC/DC song "Whole Lotta Rosie" has an opening riff directly mimicking a track from the Dave Brubeck Quartet album Countdown—Time in Outer Space?

*... that a Hong Kong architect has designed a 344 sq ft (32.0 m2) microapartment with sliding walls that convert the space into 24 different rooms?

*... that in 1904, Laurie Island became the site of the first post office built in the Antarctic?

28 July 2013

  • 23:45, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

The Great Oak, painted by Allen Butler Talcott

*... that a fellow artist said of Allen Butler Talcott that "no one was his peer in the knowledge of trees and how to paint them" (painting of oak pictured)?

*... that Benjamin Hale was the first instructor of the first vocational trade school in the United States?

*... that the Burj Qatar, a $125 million building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, rises to a height of 232 metres (761 ft) and has 46 storeys?

*... that the first coach of the Michigan Wolverines women's basketball team was the son of Polish movie actor Kurt Katch?

*... that The Voice UK has had six top 40 and twelve top 75 singles on the UK Singles Chart and two top 50 albums on the UK Albums Chart, including one top 10 placing on each chart?

*... that Pedro Pablo Caro celebrated the golden anniversary of his professional career as a lawyer in 1952?

*... that a 78-year-old bachelor had a 53-room mansion built for him in Christchurch, New Zealand?

  • 15:30, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

South façade of Bramshill House, a Jacobean mansion in Hampshire, England

*... that the Jacobean mansion Bramshill House (south façade pictured) is reportedly inhabited by 14 ghosts, including one of a bride who locked herself in a chest on her wedding night and wasn't found for 50 years?

*... that the Port of Paulsboro is targeted to become assembly and logistics center for the development of wind power off the coast of New Jersey?

*... that retirement benefits for veterans of the Imperial Roman army were paid from the aerarium militare, a military treasury funded primarily by an inheritance tax?

*... that after the destruction in 1941 of most of St Mary's Church, Walton-on-the-Hill, it was later rebuilt, retaining the exterior as before but creating a new interior?

*... that a baptismal font carved by the anonymous Romanesque sculptor Master Majestatis was exhibited at the International Exposition of 1867 in Paris?

*... that the upcoming film Suite française is based on Irène Némirovsky's 2004 eponymous novel?

*... that according to an urban legend, coconuts kill more people than sharks each year?

  • 07:15, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Lynx urinating, the urine turning to the mythical stone lyngurium. 13th-century English manuscript

*... that "almost every medieval lapidary" or book of gems included lyngurium, a gemstone supposedly formed of solidified lynx urine (creation illustrated), first described by Theophrastus?

*... that the Louisiana Purchase Exposition dollar was the first U.S. commemorative gold piece?

*... that actor Adnan Kapau Gani, star of Asmara Moerni, went on to become a National Hero of Indonesia?

*... that Johnnie Jones set rushing records at the University of Tennessee before playing pro football for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats?

*... that the Kelly bag, originally a saddle carrier, became a high-priced status symbol after a namesake princess used it to conceal her baby bump from the paparazzi?

*... that Charles Agnew's most popular recording, in a career spanning the early 1930s through the late 1960s, was "Don't Blame Me"?

*... that the lined topminnow has black teardrops?

27 July 2013

  • 23:00, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

SNSP meeting

*... that Swedish National Socialist Party (meeting pictured) leader Birger Furugård sought to invite Adolf Hitler as a guest speaker in 1931, but police authorities refused to issue a permit?

*... that while the dominant languages of the Roman Empire were Latin and Greek, most regions were multilingual in Syriac, Punic, Coptic, Celtic or other languages?

*... that the Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Railway was the first railroad to have a guarded third rail?

*... that the present theatre building of the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus has been described as "organic architecture"?

*... that after being named Big South Coach of the Year, Chris Holtmann left his head coaching job to become an assistant coach at Butler?

*... that Canute's Palace had no connection with King Canute, nor was it a palace?

  • 14:45, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

Basava, leader of the Lingaya movement

*... that Basava (pictured), a 12th-century leader of Hindus in Karnataka, protested against the caste system and favoured equality among all classes?

*... that the Irish-bred, British-trained racehorse Lethal Force set a new course record when he won this year's July Cup at Newmarket by one and a half lengths?

*... that to promote his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 and its predecessor, Justin Timberlake announced his second world concert tour?

*... that an ancestor of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, worked to create educational opportunities for women, and co-founded Leeds Girls' High School in 1876?

*... that the Old City of Zamość, one of the World Heritage Sites in Poland, is recognized as an "outstanding example of a Renaissance planned town"?

*... that cricketer Tejashwi Yadav is one of the nine children of former chief ministers of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi?

*... that when separated from its host, the badger flea jumps repeatedly in an effort to reconnect?

  • 06:30, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

Anatomical drawing by Andreas Vesalius

*... that the modern study of human anatomy is considered to have been founded by Andreas Vesalius (anatomical drawing pictured) in the sixteenth century?

*... that Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Trish Roberts played in the inaugural Olympic women's basketball game and scored a record 51 points in her first game for the Tennessee Lady Vols?

*... that Kwee Tek Hoay's stage play Allah jang Palsoe was published seven years before the first canonical Indonesian drama?

*... that Harold Tovish was an American sculptor who took classes sponsored by the Works Progress Administration, and as a perfectionist, threw out most of the works he made?

*... that males from different species of the beetle genus Anoplophora can be distinguished from one another by the structure of their genitalia?

*... that Wee Kheng Chiang, the founder of United Overseas Bank, was described as the "uncrowned King of Sarawak"?

*... that the 1989 film Edge of Sanity mixes aspects of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Jack the Ripper?

26 July 2013

  • 22:15, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Castle Itter

*... that what has been called the strangest battle of World War II was fought at a medieval castle (pictured), and was the only battle of the war in which American and German soldiers fought as allies?

*... that in his 2012 election for the Pennsylvania State House, Steve McCarter won every precinct in his district?

*... that Ágnes Keleti has won the most medals of all the Olympic female gymnasts for Hungary?

*... that all education in Medieval Scotland was originally controlled to some extent by the Christian Church, with most of the schoolmasters being clergy?

*... that "Hello It's Me" on Todd Rundgren's Something/Anything? was rehearsed and recorded live in under two hours by a pick-up band that had less than 48 hours notice?

*... that Cheryl Burnett compiled a record of 319–136 (.701) and twice advanced to the Final Four in 15 years as head coach of the Southwest Missouri State women's basketball team?

*... that long-toed water beetles, despite being referred to as aquatic insects, cannot swim?

  • 14:00, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

A musette accordion player

*... that Parisian and Italian musicians in the music scene of Paris played the accordion (pictured) in the Bal-musette style?

*... that differences in water chemistry in the two arms of the Y-shaped drainage on Hartland Moor in Dorset create both acidic and alkaline habitats in one wetland?

*... that Krzysztof Meyer's opera Cyberiada is based on a series of humorous science fiction stories by Stanislaw Lem?

*... that the Gorges de Daluis is a "long, lonely canyon" in the Alpes-Maritimes department in France?

*... that at the 2013 World Series of Poker, Marco Johnson, Loni Harwood and Matthew Ashton won their first World Series of Poker bracelets and Michael Gathy, Matt Perrins and Athanasios Polychronopoulos became multiple bracelet winners?

*... that the Merseyside Skeptics Society organised a mass overdose of homeopathic preparations?

  • 05:45, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Gene Stratton-Porter Cabin

*... that included on the grounds of the Gene Stratton-Porter Cabin (pictured), in Rome City, Indiana, is the burial place of author Gene Stratton-Porter and her daughter?

*... that whale watching brings tourists and conservationists to Pasaleng Bay in the Philippines?

*... that current Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis coached the Michigan Wolverines softball team from 1981 to 1984?

*... that the upcoming 2013 science fiction platform video game Flashback is directed by the 1992 original Flashback's lead designer, Paul Cuisset?

*... that Sir William Browne was present as Lord Mayor of London when the emissary of Pope Leo X presented Henry VIII with a "sword and cap of mystic value"?

*... that the Saugus Branch Railroad is being replaced with the Northern Strand Community Trail?

*... that cavities in the stems of the fig species Ficus subpisocarpa can host ant colonies?

25 July 2013

  • 21:30, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

Pinner House, photographed in 2007

*... that the grade II* listed Pinner House (pictured) in Middlesex is now used as a home for the elderly?

*... that All-American second baseman Kelsey Kollen-Putz and husband J. J. Putz met while both were student-athletes at the University of Michigan?

*... that the emblem of Hongcheon County, consisting of a leaf and dew, symbolises its clean environment?

*... that exiled prince Klonimir returned to Serbia in about 896, clashing with his reigning cousin?

*... that The Butcher of Amritsar took three years to write?

*... that in the 2013 New York City Comptroller Election, a former governor who resigned over a sex scandal is running against a madam who supplied him with call girls?

  • 13:15, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

Sean McColl competing at the 2012 Bouldering World Cup in Munich

*... that Sean McColl (pictured) was the second person to climb Dreamcatcher?

*... that William Harper, born in Calcutta, was a signatory of Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965, fearing "the same mistake" as the granting of independence to India?

*... that in 1794, Old Windsor Road was the second major road in Sydney?

*... that the siege at Badajoz in 1812 was reported to be Wellington's bloodiest siege?

*... that in 2012, Reach Records participated in hip-hop's takeover of the South by Southwest music festival?

*... that Norwegian footballer Aleksander Solli did not want to celebrate his match-winning goal against Vålerenga, his former team?

*... that character names in the indie video game Broforce parody "bros" and fictional action heroes?

  • 05:00, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

Nadia Comăneci

*... that Nadia Comăneci (pictured) has won the most medals of all the Olympic female gymnasts for Romania?

*... that Bill Endean, son of John Endean, was the first sitting New Zealand National Party MP who failed to be re-selected by the party for a general election?

*... that the streets in Jamestown, in the Western Cape province of South Africa, are named after varieties of the main agricultural crop grown there since 1902?

*... that Sir Thomas Tuddenham was beheaded on Tower Hill on 23 February 1462 for allegedly plotting to murder King Edward IV?

*... that the golden thorius, with a total length of 57 millimetres (2.2 in), is one of the largest species of Mexican pigmy salamanders?

*... that "Caged Bird", which refers to author Maya Angelou's first autobiography, is contained in Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?, her fourth volume of poetry?

*... that Karl Heinz Stroux directed the German premiere of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in 1953, with the author in the audience?

24 July 2013

  • 20:45, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Roundel skate

*... that the embryo of the roundel skate (pictured) develops in a mermaid's purse?

*... that British journalist Kirsty Milne was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University?

*... that the Black Hawk County Soldiers Memorial Hall in Waterloo, Iowa, was built by the Grand Army of the Republic?

*... that Czech Karel Robětín was not only an Olympian and national tennis champion but also an international paper industry tycoon?

*... that Friedrich Meyer-Oertel staged the Ring Cycle at the Opernhaus Wuppertal and the premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Die Hamletmaschine at the Nationaltheater Mannheim?

*... that French Sudan, which would become Mali, was the second French colony to vote for increased autonomy in 1958?

*... that Betty Spindler's ceramic hot dog is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum?

  • 12:30, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Atlas humanoid robot

*... that Atlas (pictured) is a humanoid robot designed to perform tasks such as navigating rough terrain, opening doors, and operating power equipment?

*... that Ziad al-Hariri was the chief leader of the 1963 Syrian coup d'état, commanding the brigade stationed on the frontline with Israel to occupy Damascus?

*... that the Dr. Hun Houses in Albany, New York, were demolished and delisted from the National Register of Historic Places within three months of being listed?

*... that hexaethyl tetraphosphate was called "another of DDT's rivals for fame" in a 1948 book?

*... that Brattata, Jet Pilot, Okay Hot-Shot, Okay!, and Bratatat! are Roy Lichtenstein works featuring pilots in cockpits during air combat, while Mr. Bellamy is an inside joke about a military officer?

*... that before James Hinchcliffe led a track-record 226 laps in the 2013 Iowa Corn Indy 250, he had led only 33 laps on an oval?

*... that flamenco percussionist Tino di Geraldo produced Jackson Browne's album Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino, in which he was featured?

  • 04:15, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Steen in position during the 2012 season

*... that Anthony Steen (pictured) did not record a penalty or allow a quarterback sack, while playing college football for Alabama during their 2012 season?

*... that the Civilization Party contested the 1924 Swedish general election using a Social Democratic ballot?

*... that the Ghegs of northern Albania are the only tribal society that survived in Europe until the middle of the 20th century?

*... that the Saint Joe River has been described as the highest navigable river in the world?

*... that Kongsøya is reported to have a population density of up to fourteen polar bear lairs per square kilometer?

*... that Hannah Louise Shearer was on the staff of both Knight Rider and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but left each show before the second season?

*... that in 965 AD, King Edgar decreed "that only one weight and one measure should pass throughout the King's dominion"?

23 July 2013

  • 20:00, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

Medieval Town of Toruń, view from the tower of the Old Town City Hall

*... that the Medieval Town of Toruń, one of the World Heritage Sites in Poland, is recognized as an excellent example of a European medieval town?

*... that Mona Røkke served as delegate to the United Nations General Assembly starting in 1987?

*... that current Indiana softball coach Michelle Gardner was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1988 while playing for Michigan?

*... that the Battle of Hulao in 621 decided the outcome of the civil wars, which followed the end of the Sui Dynasty, in favour of the Tang Dynasty?

*... that Cube World is a video game in development by husband and wife Wolfram and Sarah von Funck?

*... that the Terwilliger curves, a six-lane section of Interstate 5 in Portland, Oregon, had an average of 100 car accidents per year between 1995 and 2005?

*... that the giant barrel sponge may live up to 2,300 years, making it one of the longest-living animals?

  • 12:00, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

Connie Gilchrist, Countess of Orkney

*... that Connie Gilchrist, Countess of Orkney (pictured), was a former child actress and model once photographed by Lewis Carroll?

*... that the orchestral suite Mont Juic was composed jointly by Lennox Berkeley and Benjamin Britten on Catalan dances they heard together on Barcelona's Montjuïc?

*... that Tan Shaowen was a member of the 14th Politburo of the Communist Party of China, one of the most powerful political bodies in the nation?

*... that Olympic female gymnasts for the Soviet Union won team gold medals in all nine Olympic Games that they competed in?

*... that Mingyi Swe, Viceroy of Toungoo (r. 1540–1549) and the father of King Bayinnaung, started out as a royal household servant of King Tabinshwehti of Toungoo Burma?

*... that Jamaican-born Pollyanna Johns Kimbrough was the first Michigan Wolverines women's basketball player to be drafted by an American professional team?

*... that explorer Benjamin Anderson served as the Liberian Treasury's comptroller and secretary from 1864 to 1866, and was charged with embezzlement of its funds?

  • 00:00, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

A Polish Nobleman - the painting

*... that scholars are not sure who is portrayed in Rembrandt's painting A Polish Nobleman (pictured)?

*... that school superintendent Abram C. Shortridge defied racial segregation laws by opening the Indianapolis schools to students of any race?

*... that the "fantasy opera" Gormenghast by Irmin Schmidt was performed at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Völklingen Ironworks?

*... that Afghan teenager Sahar Gul was tortured by her in-laws after her illegal marriage?

*... that homeless people in Rhode Island have a legal right to equal treatment in public spaces?

*... that former Michigan Wolverines softball outfielder Patti Townsend was named MVP of the Women's Professional Softball League in 2000?

*... that, in case of a Sharknado, a National Weather Service representative recommended staying indoors "whether sharks are raining down or not"?

22 July 2013

  • 12:00, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Execution of Jews in Ivanhorod

*... that the photograph (pictured) of the execution of Jews near Ivanhorod, Ukraine, by members of the SS Einsatzgruppe was intercepted by the Polish resistance at the Warsaw post office in 1942?

*... that Henry W. Marshall refused to be paid for his services as president of Purdue University?

*... that Ecco Ripley in the City of Ipswich is expected to be Australia's largest master-planned community?

*... that Traci Conrad-Fischer won two Big Ten batting titles and set the Michigan Wolverines softball career record with a .389 batting average?

*... that Satsar Lake consists of seven small alpine lakes set in a cascade formation in the Kashmir Valley?

*... that when Great George Street Congregational Church, Liverpool, closed in 1967, it was converted into the first community arts project in the United Kingdom?

*... that the pilot for Devious Maids was aired on Lifetime after ABC declined to pick it up?

  • 00:00, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

The nave, the paintings visible above the arches

*... that St John the Evangelist's Church, Corby Glen (pictured) has extensive early 15th-century wall paintings?

*... that the Australian Voluntary Hospital was a military hospital, staffed by expatriates, that served on the Western Front in World War I?

*... that Palikir became the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia in 1989?

*... that there were over 2,500 Armenian churches in Turkey before the Armenian Genocide, and fewer than 40 are functioning today?

*... that Swedish journalist Elisabet Höglund is a former national cycling champion?

*... that in the film Chupkatha, singer Silajit Majumder made his debut as a film music composer?

*... that the song "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss, despite being sampled in over 94 songs, originally started life as a throwaway B-side?

21 July 2013

  • 12:00, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

Front view of the Sikorski Memorial, Gibraltar

*... that the Sikorski Memorial (pictured) commemorates the death of Polish General Władysław Sikorski in the 1943 Gibraltar B-24 crash?

*... that Edwin L. Sabin wrote the first seriously researched biography of frontiersman Kit Carson?

*... that Julius I Kán, a faithful supporter of Andrew II of Hungary, was imprisoned by the new king Béla IV of Hungary in 1235?

*... that after he retired from professional baseball, Preston Larrison opened a youth baseball academy?

*... that the subjects of Marjorie Senechal's books include quasicrystals, Albania, and silk?

*... that Honey Creek State Park, located in Iowa, is 828 acres (335 ha), 45% of which is a fish hatchery?

*... that drug lord Aurelio Cano Flores worked for a drug trafficking organization while still serving as a police officer?

  • 00:00, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

Jasmine Kara in 2013

*... that Swedish singer Jasmine Kara (pictured) has performed in front of singers Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z?

*... that historians once believed that King John's Palace, Southampton, was the residence of John, King of England?

*... that Benjamin Hanks is considered to be the first to make bronze cannons and church bells in America?

*... that at the 2013 World Series of Poker, Christian Harder and Ronnie Bardah tied the record for most consecutive World Series of Poker main event in the money finishes?

*... that current Ohio State softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly was twice named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year while playing for Michigan?

*... that Alistair Hinton persuaded composer Kaikhosru Sorabji to relax the ban he had placed on performance of his music, including the four-hour Opus clavicembalisticum?

*... that Inspector Morse was often portrayed listening to a Xerxes?

20 July 2013

  • 12:00, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

Ruins of Karakhoja

*... that after the Tang annexation of Karakhoja (Karakhoja ruins pictured), the equal-field system mandatory in all Chinese prefectures was implemented in the former kingdom?

*... that Michigan Wolverines softball player Sara Driesenga compiled a 31–9 record in 2013 and pitched a complete-game shutout in the 2013 Women's College World Series?

*... that Douglas Dayton, who was the first president of Target Corporation, said that he found donating money more satisfying than making it?

*... that the death of Sarah Guyard-Guillot was the first on-stage fatality in the 30-year history of the Cirque du Soleil?

*... that iOS 7 will feature fewer skeuomorphic elements than previous versions?

*... that the Get Reading festival had celebrities such as Boris Johnson and Warwick Davis reading to the public?

*... that "Slow Train" was called both "possibly the most irresponsible song" Bob Dylan had written and "nothing less than Dylan's most mature and profound song about America"?

  • 00:00, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

The Nativity

*... that Edward Burne-Jones's 1888 painting The Nativity (pictured) was donated to the Carnegie Museum of Art by Andrew Lloyd Webber?

*... that the Magnificent Seven and Fierce Five are the only Olympic female gymnasts for the United States to have won the team gold medal?

*... that a Pennsylvania county court ruled in 1978 that forcing someone to donate bone marrow to save someone else's life is unacceptable?

*... that the three Michelin star restaurant Sushi Saito is located on the first floor of a multi-storey car park in Tokyo?

*... that Hammet Street in Taunton was built as a result of an Act of Parliament?

*... that Jessica Merchant was captain of Michigan Wolverines softball's 2005 national championship team and National Pro Fastpitch Offensive Player of the Year in 2006?

*... that the Qaisracetus, a genus of extinct early whales, was named after a tribe in Pakistan?

19 July 2013

  • 12:00, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Western jumping mouse

*... that the western jumping mouse (pictured) hibernates for up to ten months each year?

*... that the Tujue wanted a princess, and got an invasion?

*... that a plant can be grown into two individual plants by simple layering?

*... that Alice Candy was only the second woman academic at Canterbury College, now the University of Canterbury?

*... that the murder of Darren Ng has been described as one of "Singapore's most gruesome murders"?

*... that Sara Griffin was thrice named a first-team All-American and compiled a 106–19 record as a pitcher for the Michigan Wolverines softball team?

*... that Yianni Papoutsis gave up his job at the English National Ballet to become a "street food pioneer"?

  • 00:00, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Indoor view of Estadio Chile

*... that although Víctor Jara was killed in Estadio Chile (pictured) during the 1973 Chilean coup, his last poem/song "Estadio Chile" escaped in the memory of other detainees and on scraps of paper?

*... that The Monk As Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda is one of the many books written on Swami Vivekananda?

*... that Zou Jiahua served as Vice Premier of China for seven years?

*... that Dodi Princess was first called Grains Maid?

*... that Juan Antonio Yanes was inducted into the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum sixteen years after his death?

*... that The Verge called Terry Myerson "the most important man at Microsoft" after the company's July 2013 executive reorganization?

*... that the Belgian Government in London during World War II was described as a "rump"?

18 July 2013

  • 12:00, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain

*... that the hardline faction Al Khawalid was so empowered during the reign of King Hamad of Bahrain (pictured) that they were considered a "new royal family"?

*... that Samantha Findlay led the Michigan softball team to a national championship with a home run in the 10th inning of the championship game at the 2005 Women's College World Series?

*... that the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance was created in 1993 in order to consolidate the decentralized health care system that had been inherited from SFR Yugoslavia?

*... that Riverside Park Dance Pavilion is one of the few remaining dance halls of its type in Nebraska?

*... that Vegard Lysvoll scored 30 goals in the same season that his club set a new Norwegian record when he scored their 100th goal?

*... that Pol-ka rushed the production of the Sos mi hombre Argentine telenovela because of the low rating of their previous productions?

*... that The Times of London described French ballet dancer Adèle Dumilâtre as "so ethereal ... that she almost looked transparent"?

  • 00:00, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

Moquegua river valley

*... that the Asana archaeological site, occupied over the course of 8,000 years, is located by the Asana River, a tributary of the Osmore River (river valley pictured)?

*... that Baranagar Math was the first monastery of the Ramakrishna Order, where Narendranath Datta and his brother disciples took refuge after their Master's death?

*... that SS Gallic was the last surviving cargo vessel of the White Star Line when scrapped in 1956?

*... that Haylie Wagner, a Michigan Wolverines softball player, was unanimously selected as the 2012 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 32–7 record and 1.53 ERA as a freshman?

*... that King & Maxwell is a television show based on David Baldacci's novels?

*... that the Grenada National Museum is situated in a building which at various times served as a barracks, prison, hotel, and warehouse?

*... that New York photographer Murray Korman was known for his portraits of strippers and socialites?

17 July 2013

  • 12:00, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Astrophysicist Jean Swank

*... that Jean Swank (pictured), who studied black holes and neutron stars, was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal?

*... that a single meal of fish blood will last the isopod Aega antarctica for several months?

*... that Second Harvest North Florida was selected as a favorite charity by the Jacksonville Jaguars?

*... that the title role of Boris Blacher's last opera, Yvonne, Prinzessin von Burgund, is performed by a mute dancer?

*... that Kefaya activist Mahmoud Badr is the co-founder and lead spokesman of Tamarod, the grassroots movement which organized mass demonstrations that led to Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's ouster?

*... that the fastest spreading ocean ridge is the East Pacific Rise at 15 cm/yr, located along the floor of the Pacific Ocean, while the slowest is the Gakkel Ridge in the Arctic Ocean at 2.5 cm/yr?

*... that the starting command for the 2005 Advance Auto Parts 500 was given from Iraq?

  • 00:00, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Rotary milking parlor

*... that the Rotolactor (pictured) was the first invention for milking a large number of cows successively and largely automatically?

*... that the Toquepala Caves of Peru have ancient rock paintings depicting guanacos (cameloids)?

*... that according to the Gilbert–Shannon–Reeds model of probability distribution, a deck of playing cards should be riffled seven times in order to thoroughly randomize it?

*... that the size of the Soviet Union's population in the 1950s was overestimated by most Western experts?

*... that New York Mets mascot Mrs. Met debuted in the 1960s, shortly after Mr. Met, making her one of Major League Baseball's oldest mascots?

*... that Bachata #1's contains themes which according to Allmusic "are perfect for quieter moments on the dance floor"?

*... that Olga, a British police horse, won a Dickin Medal for bravery despite initially running away from a bomb blast?

16 July 2013

  • 12:15, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Brigadier Simone Wilkie

*... that Australian Brigadier Simone Wilkie (pictured) was Assistant Chief of Staff to General David Petraeus during the Iraq War troop surge of 2007?

*... that in order for organisms to adapt their membrane's fluidity to their environment, they can change the lipid composition of their cell membrane?

*... that Josh Clayton-Felt's album Spirit Touches Ground was released two years after his death?

*... that Sir Frederick Ashton called ballet designer Sophie Fedorovitch "not only my dearest friend but my greatest artistic collaborator and adviser"?

*... that the Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne in Paris contains a collection of about three million volumes?

*... that Gloria Soluk was the first coach of the Michigan Wolverines softball team and the third coach of its women's basketball team?

*... that chef Jason Atherton was keen to prevent the menu from being "too scary" at his London-based restaurant Pollen Street Social?

  • 00:30, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Workers fight the fire on the Deepwater Horizon, 21 April 2010.

*... that the US GuLF Study is visiting 20,000 clean-up workers from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (pictured) to collect blood, hair, urine, toenail and domestic dust samples, looking for health effects?

*... that the failure of the Slavic siege of Patras c. 805/807 marked the end of independent Slavic rule in the Peloponnese?

*... that Bartlesville, Oklahoma, was officially renamed Bootsville for one day—honoring Boots Adams on his 66th birthday?

*... that the SS manager of Ostindustrie complained about his businesses becoming valueless through the "withdrawal" of Jewish slave labor in 1943?

*... that All-American second baseman Tiffany Haas did not commit an error in her last 60 games for the Michigan Wolverines softball team?

*... that in 2010, Bangladesh became only the second country after Malaysia, among the developing nations, to have successfully sequenced a plant genome?

*... that a heated on-air debate between Nico Pitney and Dana Milbank resulted in the hashtag #Dickwhisperer?

15 July 2013

  • 12:36, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz fronts the Binondo Church

*... that Teodoro Agoncillo described Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo (pictured) as "one of the most impressive open spaces of old Manila"?

*... that Mississippi prohibited black and white Americans from assembling "on terms of equality"?

*... that the inaugural Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture was given by former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar?

*... that the Carsaig Arches are a natural formation to the west of Carsaig Bay on the Isle of Mull?

*... that former Michigan Wolverines softball player Amanda Chidester hit a grand slam to lead Team USA to a victory over Brazil in the 2012 World Cup of Softball?

*... that the Hyde Park Holocaust memorial of Hyde Park, London, was the first public memorial in Great Britain dedicated to the Holocaust?

*... that the lyrics to Bob Dylan's 1979 song "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" were turned into a children's book 20 years later?

  • 00:00, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

New Brighton Tower

*... that the Beatles played at New Brighton Tower (pictured) a total of 27 times, more than any UK venue except the Cavern Club?

*... that Michigan Wolverines softball's freshman shortstop Sierra Romero was named the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year after compiling a .527 on-base percentage?

* ... that the 2013 film C/O Sir tells a fictional story of a blind school teacher's life?

*... that the Barony of Chalandritsa was a Frankish fiefdom established in the Greek Peloponnese after Crusaders conquered the peninsula?

*... that the 2013 album Extol marks the reunion of the band of the same name after a five-year hiatus?

*... that Bulgarian footballer Boris Nikolov was the Turkish club Galatasaray S.K.'s first captain and manager?

*... that Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino in Bonaire is reputedly the "world's first barefoot casino"?

14 July 2013

  • 12:00, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Mural Presencia de América Latina at Casa del Arte (Concepción, Chile)

*... that the Casa del Arte (mural pictured) of Concepción, Chile, has the largest collection of Chilean art and the second largest collection of paintings in the country?

*... that Sankari Prasad Basu, an Indian scholar, won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1978 for his research work Vivekananda o Samakalin Bharatbarsha?

*... that Typhoon Longwang was the deadliest tropical cyclone to impact China during the 2005 Pacific typhoon season?

*... that after the Japanese lighthouses on Saipan and Poluwat were attacked during World War II, neither was ever used again?

*... that Joey Clinkscales was a Pittsburgh Steelers replacement player during the 1987 NFL players' strike and stayed on the roster after the strike ended?

*... that phones belonging to Turkish journalist Mehmet Baransu and his wife were illegally tapped by the Turkish Gendarmerie, which falsely represented the phones' owners as militant members of the PKK?

*... that St Mungo's sheltered the homeless in a Marmite factory?

  • 00:00, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Ivetofta Church

*... that Sophia Brahe donated an altar, pulpit, pews and a baptismal font to the church of Ivetofta (pictured), and planned on being buried there?

*... that Nundkol Lake lies at the foothills of Mount Haramukh?

*... that the runaway train in the Lac-Mégantic derailment involved 72 DOT-111 tank cars?

*... that hosts for the parasitic isopod Aega psora include the Atlantic cod, sharks and skates?

*... that the ten tracks from Matt and Kim's fourth album Lightning were actually pared down from 25 or 26 songs the group originally wrote for the album?

*... that the A82 in Glasgow was described by Tam Galbraith as "the most noble entry to any city in Europe"?

*... that in 2011, the teaching ministry of Christian pastor Chip Ingram was broadcast to 100 million households in Arab countries?

13 July 2013

  • 12:00, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

Nancy flying an American flag

*... that the captain of the brig Nancy (pictured) is said to have raised the first American flag in a foreign port, during the Revolutionary War?

*... that William de Courcy, a 12th century Anglo-Norman baron, not only gave land to Abingdon Abbey but also a fishery named "Sotiswere"?

*... that Palkonda literally means "milk hills"?

*... that actress Verna Hillie got her first movie contract when she lost a contest to be the Panther Woman in Island of Lost Souls?

*... that the Plaza de Armas of Manila may have been the exact site where Rajah Sulayman's palisade once stood?

*... that in 2007, ONCE named Maximiliano Óscar Rodríguez Magi the Sportsman Lucense do Ano and Disability Sport winner?

*... that the recent popularity of Amish romance novels has been seen as a reaction to the increasing popularity of erotic fiction such as Fifty Shades of Grey?

  • 00:00, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel

*... that in addition to painting The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel (pictured), Louis Daguerre built a 70-ft (21 m) wide diorama of the painting's subject?

*... that Duke Ellington praised pianist Maurice Rocco's sophisticated performance style?

*... that the film The Private Affairs of Bel Ami showed the 1945 painting The Temptation of St. Anthony by Max Ernst on-screen?

*... that in 2012, Alberto Suárez Laso won the Asturian Sports Press Association award for best male athlete?

*... that despite a 1985 law mandating its creation in every town and city, by 2006 only one city in the Philippines had an official freedom park before the Supreme Court ruled on its constitutionality?

*... that the groom for the first wedding in Prescott, Arizona, W. Claude Jones, abandoned his bride less than six months after the event?

*... that in a 1989 promotional stunt, Bar/None distributed deprecated, irrelevant 8-track tapes with labels advertising They Might Be Giants' single "Purple Toupee"?

12 July 2013

  • 08:45, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Portrait of Joshua Soule Zimmerman

*... that West Virginia House Delegate Joshua Soule Zimmerman (pictured) practiced law for 66 years and engaged in commercial apple production?

*... that despite remaining offshore, the outer bands of Hurricane Erick brought extensive flooding to the Mexican state of Nayarit?

*... that Richard Orsini arranged the marriage of his son, John I Orsini, to a daughter of Nikephoros I Komnenos Doukas, ruler of Epirus, without the latter's permission?

*... that tourism led to both the opening and the discontinuation of service at the passenger rail depot in Tower, Minnesota?

*... that Pete Hamilton won the 1970 Alabama 500 after Buddy Baker's car caught fire?

*... that St Peter's Church, Ropsley, built in the 11th century, had a stained glass window erected in 1949 in honour of a Royal Air Force fighter pilot?

*... that although Olympic tennis player Ludwig von Salm-Hoogstraeten was banned from competing many times in his career for on-court misconduct, he taught tennis etiquette to children?

11 July 2013

  • 20:30, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Rokel River Estuary at Freetown

*... that the Rokel River estuary (pictured), which extends over an area of 2,950 square kilometres (1,140 sq mi), became a Ramsar wetland site of importance in 1999?

*... that Richard de Courcy was one of the few nobles to witness charters from both of the warring brothers Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy, and King William II of England?

*... that Les Gold began his business career at age seven?

*... that the Wirgman Building in Romney, West Virginia, housed three banks and a newspaper office, and served as a military prison during the American Civil War?

*... that And Still I Rise, Maya Angelou's third volume of poetry, contains two of the author's most famous poems?

*... that Andrée Howard created over 30 ballets, mostly for Ballet Rambert and The Royal Ballet, of which little now remains?

*... that the two men's parking spaces in Triberg, Germany, have drawn accusations of sexism?

  • 08:15, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Pate drum

*... that the music of Tokelau is dominated by communal singing in harmony, with percussive accompaniment including log drums called pate (pictured)?

*... that Théodore Steeg strongly opposed Jewish settlement in Madagascar?

*... that Abbot's Wood, a large country house near Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was built between 1857 and 1859 for Sir James Ramsden, and demolished in 1961?

*... that during the American Civil War, court clerk John Baker White salvaged records from destruction by Union Army forces who later turned the Hampshire County Courthouse into a stable?

*... that the First Lady of Colombia symbolizes national unity, according to the Constitutional Court of Colombia?

*... that upon Swami Vivekananda's arrival in South India in 1897, a 40-foot (12 m) high monument was built by the king of Ramnad to celebrate his achievements in the West?

*... that the star cluster NGC 6811 has been described as looking like "a jeweled mask a woman might wear at a masquerade ball"?

10 July 2013

  • 20:00, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

John W. Dwinelle

*... that John W. Dwinelle (pictured) helped establish the University of California, the right of black children to attend public school, and San Francisco's claim to much of the land within its borders?

*... that if the embryo of the blue bat star is split into its constituent cells, they can recombine into a viable starfish larva?

*... that Emperor Wudi of Han launched a military campaign against the kingdom of Dian in 109 BC and established the Jianwei commandery in Yunnan?

*... that the H.M. Coastguard Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was originally known as the Board of Trade Rocket Apparatus Long Service Medal?

*... that in the 2013 Milwaukee IndyFest, Takuma Sato led 109 laps, but fell behind a lap after pitting before a caution occurred?

*... that "Where's Captain Kirk?" by punk/new wave band Spizzenergi was the first number one single on the UK Indie Chart?

*... that Kate Garvey managed Tony Blair's diary with a "grip of iron"?

  • 08:00, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Photograph of the Davis Theater along Lincoln Avenue

*... that the Davis Theater (pictured), which was built in the silent-film era, is one of the few operating neighborhood movie theaters in Chicago?

*... that half of the candidates who contested Gibraltar's 2013 parliamentary by-election are children of former Gibraltarian political leaders?

*... that Hyrule Historia reveals the official timeline of fictional events in The Legend of Zelda series, following years of speculation by fans?

*... that at the 1865 Hampton Roads Conference, Union and Confederate leaders discussed a possible alliance against France?

*... that Ostrvica was the main castle in the region of Rudnik in Serbia at the end of the Middle Ages?

*... that pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's 1956 lithograph Ten Dollar Bill has been called "a Picasso-esque vision of what currency could look like"?

*... that King Charles I created Alice Dudley a duchess for life partly in reparation for the Star Chamber having found her husband to be a bastard?

  • 00:00, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Han Dynasty

*... that the Han Dynasty (empire pictured) decided to intervene in a war between Minyue and Eastern Ou because of a belief in the Son of Heaven's mandate as emperor, a Chinese political and philosophical concept?

*... that with his victory in the 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar Series race?

*... that the Germanic bodyguard were the Roman emperor's personal guards recruited from distant parts of the Empire, so they had no political or personal connections with Rome or the provinces?

*... that in What's Your Raashee?, Priyanka Chopra became the first actress in the world to portray twelve distinct characters in one film?

*... that the 2006 Vadodara riots were caused by the demolition of the shrine of a medieval Sufi saint?

*... that Slavery by Another Name argues that slavery in the United States continued after the Civil War?

*... that one of the stories included in Star Trek: The Manga was originally pitched alongside "The Trouble With Tribbles" for Star Trek: The Original Series?

9 July 2013

  • 16:00, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Cologne Opera

*... that Bluthochzeit (Blood Wedding), Wolfgang Fortner's opera based on García Lorca's play Bodas de sangre, premiered in 1957 at the Cologne Opera (pictured)?

*... that Gary Chalandon won the Formula Le Mans class of the Le Mans Series in 2010?

*... that Betty Woz Gone is based on a true story of a mother who sold her body to help fund her addictions to alcohol and drugs?

*... that the Byzantine official known as epi tou eidikou was responsible for providing all kinds of matériel for the Byzantine military, including Arab clothing for spies?

*... that the participants in the 2013 Great North 10K run shared the finish line at Gateshead International Stadium with Mo Farah?

*... that K. Hariharan in his initial days started making films for the Children's Film Society, India?

*... that the concrete bunker housing RAAF North-Eastern Area Command's operational headquarters during World War II was topped with a suburban house to mislead enemy aircraft?

  • 08:00, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Cat Creek, Petroleum County, Montana

*... that Petroleum County (pictured) in Montana is the seventh least populous county in the United States?

*... that Pavhari Baba, an Indian ascetic and a practitioner of Hatha yoga, reportedly used to meditate for days in his underground hermitage at Ghazipur?

*... that Argentine actress Griselda Siciliani broke her arm during the filming of Farsantes?

*... that the CEO of a Singaporean healthcare firm is also a musician, with one studio album under his name?

*... that according to John J. Puccio of Movie Metropolis, the shorts included on Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 1 are "among the finest cartoons ever made"?

*... that Nio Joe Lan was trained to maintain aircraft, but instead became a journalist and history teacher?

*... that The Chicago Lincoln statue was once located in a three-way intersection considered to be one of the most dangerous in Chicago?

  • 00:00, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Szebnie 1938 - Helena Gorayska i St Dubiel

*... that the 30-year-old heiress of the Szebnie estate (pictured) died of typhus contracted while caring for sick prisoners at the Szebnie concentration camp in 1942?

*... that when house dress designer Nell Donnelly was kidnapped in 1931, she was reportedly rescued by gangsters and taken to a candy shop?

*... that in The Song of the Sannyasin, Swami Vivekananda defined the ideals of Sannyasa or monastic life?

*... that American speed skater and Olympic hopeful Brittany Bowe previously played elite-level basketball, and at the age of two gave dribbling exhibitions at halftime of college games?

*... that the Georgia blind salamander and the Dougherty Plain cave crayfish both live underground and one may prey on the other?

*... that Amrut Distilleries, which makes India's first single-malt whisky, has found that whisky matures in the barrel much faster in India than in Scotland?

*... that a mystery surrounds the finding of genetically modified wheat being produced on a US wheat farm in Spring 2013?

8 July 2013

  • 16:00, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Lucy Island Lighthouse built in 1907

*... that a storm on Lucy Island (pictured) unearthed 5,500-year-old remains of a woman whose DNA has been directly linked to a modern-day descendent, a Tsimshian woman living near Prince Rupert?

*... that Tahir Aydoğdu and his father Gültekin are both players of the qanun, an instrument of Turkish classical music?

*... that the Zytek Z11SN won the LMP2 class of the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans?

*... that Emilia Appelqvist was the captain of the Swedish team at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup?

*... that the song "Ice Cream Truck" by Cazwell was originally written for the 2010 film Spork, before it was suggested by his manager that a music video be done for the song?

*... that Claude Houghton's novel I Am Jonathan Scrivener may have influenced the film Citizen Kane?

*... that the promise of "forty acres and a mule" originated in part from military policies for managing refugee camps?

  • 08:00, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Nik Wallenda

*... that on Skywire Live, Nik Wallenda (pictured) became the first person to highwire walk over a Grand Canyon area gorge?

*... that Roberto Pannunzi, the "biggest cocaine trafficker in the world", was caught on July 6?

*... that Southam House, once owned by Baron Ellenborough, who had been Governor General of India, was converted into a private girls' school and later became a hotel?

*... that Buddy Parrott served as crew chief for Richard Petty's 200th win in the 1984 Firecracker 400?

*... that the most expensive work purchased by an Australian art gallery was taken in a 1986 theft from the National Gallery of Victoria—and the crime is still unsolved?

*... that longtime Indian communist leader Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri remained on hunger strike for nine weeks while in jail?

*... that Goldie Blox is a toy designed by a Stanford-educated engineer to introduce girls to engineering?

  • 00:00, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Miriam Battista as crippled Minnie Ginsberg in Humoresque, 1920

*... that child star Miriam Battista (pictured) was often called upon to cry on camera?

*... that the Soviet submarine K-51 Verkhoturye was used for testing the R-29RM submarine-launched ballistic missile?

*... that the Barony of Arcadia was the last remnant of the Principality of Achaea to fall to the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea?

*... that Cat Creek Oil Field in Montana reached its peak of production in 1922, with 11 wells drilling 3 million barrels of oil?

*... that NI21 intends to be the first official opposition in the Northern Ireland Assembly?

*... that from 2000 to 2002, over 100,000 Brazilians participated in Organization Workshops, creating over 3,000 startup companies?

*... that although Beyoncé Knowles' song "Poison" wasn't released as a single, it peaked at number one on the South Korea Gaon International Chart?

7 July 2013

  • 16:00, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

Nancy Chang, winner of the 2012 Biotechnology Heritage Award

*... that biochemist Nancy Chang (pictured) became interested in biology after reading James Watson's book on the discovery of the double helix?

*... that the folk-rock band Bangla's debut album, which featured several little-known folk songs, sold over a hundred thousand copies in the first two weeks of its release?

*... that British Major-General Edward Charles Ingouville-Williams was killed in action while commanding the 34th Division at the Battle of the Somme?

*... that the book Inspired Talks (1909) contains a series of lectures delivered by Swami Vivekananda in mid-1895 to a group of selected disciples at the Thousand Island Park, New York?

*... that current Colombian Senator Juan Manuel Galán Pachón is the son and political heir of the assassinated political leader Luis Carlos Galán?

*... that Mahoning Creek was in the vicinity of one of the last Native American villages and first European settlers in its part of Pennsylvania?

*... that Garrett Wang's inclusion in a list of sexiest men saved his character, Harry Kim, from being killed off during season three of Star Trek: Voyager?

  • 08:05, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

Mae West's RV

*... that the RV/MH Hall of Fame houses the 1931 recreational vehicle (pictured) that Paramount used to bribe Mae West into making more movies?

*... that Windmill Hill, Gibraltar, is used by Barbary Partridges to raise their chicks and by British Army units to train for deployment to Afghanistan?

*... that the rape of Iryna Krashkova led to the storming and torching of a police station?

*... that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, only gillnetting was employed for commercial fishing on the Egegik River?

*... that Nigel Malim was torpedoed by the Italians and interned by the collaborationist French?

*... that Denmark's biggest gold hoard from the Migration Period was found at Broholm?

*... that Britney Spears's son was blessed in a Hindu ceremony at Malibu Hindu Temple in Los Angeles County in 2006?

  • 00:20, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

View of Tompkins Corners United Methodist Church from the southwest on a late winter day in 2009

*... that the current Tompkins Corners United Methodist Church building (pictured) in Putnam Valley, New York, was designed by the nephew of the original church's architect, who had the same name?

*... that the Lone Signal project sends messages by ordinary citizens to extraterrestrial civilizations using the Jamesburg Earth Station?

*... that Argentine actor Roberto Carnaghi has appeared in 44 films, had major roles in Shakespeare's plays, worked in advertising and TV comedy, and performed in telenovelas?

*... that printer Samuel Keimer gave Benjamin Franklin his first paying job?

*... that Albert White Hat, translator for the movie Dances With Wolves, taught the Lakota language at Sinte Gleska University?

*... that the Las Vegas Valley had a population of 13,937 in 1940, increasing to 35,000 in just two years?

*... that Iranian dancer Mohammad Khordadian was barred from professional work and from attending wedding ceremonies as part of his sentence?

6 July 2013

  • 16:35, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

The Ilyushin Il-76TD that crashed in 2011; picture taken in 2007

*... that several attempts to get to the wreckage of an Azeri aircraft (pictured) that crashed near Kabul in 2011 were repelled by gunshots?

*... that Bruno Möhring was a proponent of high-rise construction in Berlin at a time when most of his fellow German architects opposed skyscrapers?

*... that a prisoner of the French at Laghouat told the Red Cross, "Technically we are not prisoners of war but up to the present have not been able to find a difference"?

*... that at the Onda Cero Sport Awards in 2009, Manuel Garnica Roldan earned an award for the best athlete with a disability?

*... that in 2012 Nimbuzz moved its headquarters from Rotterdam to New Delhi, to be closer to the mobile Internet boom expected to happen in India in the next five years?

*... that in 2000–09, approximately 3.1 million acres in the United States were under rice production?

*... that Djoemala was paired with Roekiah for four films despite the latter already being married?

  • 08:50, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

Sheep farm in Wales

*... that sheep farming in Wales (pictured) led to the development of Dre-fach Felindre in the Teifi valley, which became known as the "The Huddersfield of Wales"?

*... that the Central City Red Zone cordon established after the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake has only just been lifted?

*... that Australian actor Sachin Joab had to put on an Indian accent for his role in a City Homicide episode?

*... that the southward expansion of the Han Dynasty brought the empire into direct contact with the kingdoms of Southeast Asia?

*... that Bhupendranath Datta discussed his older brother Swami Vivekananda's socialist views in his book Swami Vivekananda, Patriot-prophet?

*... that the 1855 Atlantic hurricane season had the lowest Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) total on record until the 1907 season?

*... that after Cal Ripken, Jr. waved the green flag at the 2001 MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400, he flew to Baltimore to play his final career baseball game?

  • 00:00, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

inspiring hyperbolic

*... that M. C. Escher's woodcut Circle Limit III was inspired by an illustration of a hyperbolic tessellation (example pictured) in a paper by H. S. M. Coxeter?

*... that in 1897 Russian physicist Ivan Borgman first demonstrated that X-rays and radioactive materials induced thermoluminescence?

*... that the green spider flower was the first grevillea known to science?

*... that Nushagak Peninsula had been devoid of caribou for over 100 years until their reintroduction in the late 1980s?

*... that Belarusian chess Grandmaster Sergei Azarov is ranked third in his country?

*... that the Gothic detailing on the Knickerbocker and Arnink Garages in Albany, New York, might have been inspired by the nearby headquarters of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad?

*... that Paul Jenkins decided to become an actor after ruling out priesthood as a career?

5 July 2013

  • 16:00, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

Tēvita ʻUnga

*... that Crown Prince Tēvita ʻUnga (pictured) served as the first Prime Minister of Tonga and composed the words to the national anthem?

*... that the colors of the Charlottesville and Albemarle Railway's streetcars made them "more attractive to the students" of the University of Virginia?

*... that Peter Wickens Fry reputedly experimented with photogenic drawing before Henry Fox Talbot developed the calotype process in 1841?

*... that John Rocque's Map of London, 1746, has been considered "one of the greatest and most handsome plans of any city"?

*... that Confederate colonel Angus William McDonald previously served as superintendent of the Northwestern Turnpike and as a commissioner to resolve a Virginia–Maryland boundary dispute?

*... that podium girls are employed to present the winners of cycle races with prizes and kisses?

*... that Rat, Bat, Mole, and Mouse are Purdy Islands?

  • 08:00, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

One of a pair of armlets from the Oxus Treasure, which has lost its inlays of precious stones or enamel.

*... that the Ancient Persian Oxus Treasure (armlet pictured) "has passed through places of evil repute and cannot have come out quite unscathed"?

*... that a review for Djaoeh Dimata called Ratna Asmara an "unprecedented tragedienne"?

*... that the Kamorta is the first stealth corvette being built for the Indian Navy?

*... that a Tang Dynasty garrison, one of the Four Garrisons of Anxi, was installed in the Tarim Basin kingdom of Karasahr after the conquest of Karasahr?

*... that as Chairman of the Department of Physics at Cornell University, Roswell Clifton Gibbs hired Hans Bethe, who later won the Nobel Prize in Physics?

*... that Plaza Moriones in Tondo, Manila, is second only to Plaza Miranda in terms of its political significance?

*... that Indonesian boy band Coboy Junior are only allowed to tour on weekends, as they have to go to school the rest of the week?

  • 00:00, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

Swami Vivekananda

*... that Swami Vivekananda (pictured) wrote To the Fourth of July on the celebration of United States' Independence and incidentally died on the same date four years later?

*... that between 1944 and 2012 there were 508 high fatality aircraft accidents and incidents, across all seven continents, in which 53,419 people died?

*... that Willie "Pappy" Stokes was the only caddie that Jack Burke, Jr. ever asked for advice throughout his entire professional career in golf?

*... that rather than celebrate February's Valentine's Day, which often conflicts with Brazilian Carnival, Brazilians celebrate Dia dos Namorados in June?

*... that Lord Pretender was hailed as a "master" of extempo, a lyrically improvised form of calypso music considered a forerunner of rap?

*... that the National Theatre of Bahrain is the third largest theatre in the Middle East?

*... that Shane Wilson began building race cars before earning his driver's license?

4 July 2013

  • 16:00, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Firefighters on the Blackwater fire of 1937

*... that in 1937 the Blackwater fire (pictured) killed 15 firefighters and injured 38 in Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming?

*... that historian Conyers Read issued a call to action against Fascism, Communism, and Thomism?

*... that My Master is an English book combined from two lectures delivered by Swami Vivekananda in New York and England in 1901?

*... that according to a report in TUAW, in order to join Apple Inc.'s MFi Program, suppliers must agree to be bound to Apple's Supplier Responsibility Code?

*... that the Little Chapel is believed to be the world's smallest consecrated church?

*... that Pallagrello bianco was one of the grape varieties included in Luigi Vanvitelli's Vigna del Ventaglio vineyard created for the royal palace of King Ferdinand I?

*... that L.S. Alexander Gumby complied 300 scrapbooks documenting African-American history, and was known as the "Great God Gumby"?

  • 08:00, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Emperor Gaozong of Tang

*... that Emperor Gaozong of Tang (pictured) controlled the former Western Turkic Khaganate through military garrisons and proxy rulers following General Su Dingfang's defeat of the Western Turk qaghan Ashina Helu in 657?

*... that had the Donner Party received the warning from Edwin Bryant, they might have avoided being stranded in the mountains?

*... that the Muhafiz Khan Mosque is considered to be an excellent example of Mughal architecture?

*... that the Streaker, a rocket developed by SpaceDev, is designed to operate at a cost of under $5 million per launch?

*... that after being released from prison, Diaa al-Din Dawoud successfully appealed to the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt to be allowed reentry into political life and subsequently founded the Nasserist Party?

*... that the Pacific transparent sea squirt invaded the contiguous United States via Long Beach Harbor?

*... that you can buy "British Airways" at an ice cream store in Mérida, Venezuela?

  • 00:00, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Schauspielhaus Wuppertal, 2005

*... that the Schauspielhaus Wuppertal (pictured), a 745-seat municipal theatre for plays in Wuppertal, opened in 1966 and closed on 30 June 2013?

*... that Amir Hamzah treats God almost as a lover in his collection Nyanyi Sunyi?

*... that Elder Villages are a part of the "aging in place" movement?

*... that Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough are shooting a film near Pennyghael on the Isle of Mull?

*... that since wasting disease has become established in dwarf eelgrass and common eelgrass beds, populations of overwintering Brent geese have declined in Europe?

*... that Cuban actress Danay García turned from dancing to modeling because she wanted a "career for life"?

*... that shuttle kissing continued in Lancashire, England, long after it was outlawed in several U.S. states?

3 July 2013

  • 16:00, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

Ashy-gray tube-nosed bat in flight

*... that three new species of tube-nosed bats from Southeast Asia were identified in 2011: the Beelzebub's, Ashy-gray (pictured), and Walston's?

*... that the Grey Cairns of Camster, built 5,000 years ago to serve as tombs, are among the oldest buildings in Scotland?

*... that though Amir Hamzah was a Muslim, analyses of his poem "Padamu Jua" have found Christian influences?

*... that touring by boat is the only way to explore a large part of Florida's Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge?

*... that translators of Franz Kafka's works must cope with ambiguous words like Verkehr, which refers both to traffic and sexual intercourse?

*... that southern India's Papagni River is so named for having turned a king's sins to ashes?

*... that after being defeated at Gibraltar, the Duke of Crillon wrote to his former adversary, General George Eliott, calling him "my dear and respectable enemy"?

  • 08:00, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

Elsa Hosk

*... that Victoria's Secret model Elsa Hosk (pictured) was formerly a professional basketball player?

*... that the village name of Toreby is derived from the man's name Thôri (Thor) and "by" meaning village?

*... that upcoming indie video game Secret Ponchos was inspired by Team Fortress, Street Fighter II, and League of Legends?

*... that the Act of 1948 incorporated Tokelau into New Zealand?

*... that Elsie Spain was one of the last female leads of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company personally trained by W. S. Gilbert?

*... that most foreign fighters for the opposition during the Syrian civil war were Libyan, following their own Libyan civil war?

*... that John Buttencourt Avila has been called the father of the sweet potato industry?

  • 00:05, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

Queen Pōmare and her family during the French invasion of Tahiti, 1845

*... that Tahitian Queen Pōmare IV (pictured with her family) named her youngest daughter Victoria after the British Queen Victoria in hopes that Victoria would name some future daughter Pōmare?

*... that Toftes Gave served as an institution for maladapted children for more than a hundred years?

*... that after completing his prison sentence in the U.S., drug lord Javier Torres Félix was deported to Mexico and arrested as he crossed the international border?

*... that Sister Gargi, an American, wrote a highly regarded six-volume book on Swami Vivekananda?

*... that according to oral tradition, the Chachi people originated from the mountains near Ibarra, Ecuador?

* ... that No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit staff were responsible for translating training material from French into English prior to delivery of the Dassault Mirage III to the RAAF?

*... that during his stay at the Kolobeng Mission, David Livingstone wrote in his memoir that the soil temperature in the sun at noon reached 134 °F (57 °C)?

2 July 2013

  • 16:20, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
Screenshot from the Rymdkapsel video game, with colorful tetromino-shaped pieces that form the floor of a space station where tiny rectangles work on station maintenance tasks and staying alive

*... that one of the player objectives in the minimalist real-time strategy video game Rymdkapsel (pictured) is to have the workers research four TMA-1-style monoliths?

*... that the rabbit flea is a vector for the virus that causes myxomatosis?

*... that Monty Oum, the creator of Rooster Teeth Productions' upcoming series RWBY, was concerned that the show focused on female characters but was being developed by a mostly male crew?

*... that the Lyon Armenian Genocide Memorial has been vandalized twice?

*... that the first open heart surgery in Nigeria was performed by Fabian Udekwu, Sir Magdi Yacoub and others in 1974?

*... that Chamossaire contested all three legs of the Triple Crown in 1945, winning the St. Leger Stakes in front of a crowd of 150,000?

*... that Philadelphia Distilling has created a bitters using a recipe from the family of 18th-century botanist John Bartram and bark from a tree in his garden?

  • 08:35, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

The tavern when it was first built in the 1640s

*... that the Dog and Duck (pictured) lost its licence after becoming "a house in which gangs of both whores and rogues were constantly associated"?

*... that as of 2007, New Zealand had nearly 10 times as many sheep as people?

*... that Gustava Aigner made the first discovery of graptolites in the northern greywacke zone of the Alps, with her former fellow student, Ida Peltzmann, who named two species for her?

*... that leaving Mount Tzouhalem in search of a 15th wife led to the killing of the mountain's namesake?

*... that one of the luxurious model 8 mandolins of Italian luthier Luigi Embergher was purchased by Maria Feodorovna, Empress of Russia?

*... that Joan Wilkinson was a silkwoman to Anne Boleyn and supplied bonnets and frontlets to Lady Lisle?

*... that Vlambeer's iOS indie video game Ridiculous Fishing was beaten to market by a clone deemed an "overnight sensation" only to release their own version to "near-universal perfect scores"?

  • 00:50, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

The ant-like male

*... that Formiscurra indicus (pictured), a caliscelid planthopper with ant-mimicking males, was described only in 2011?

*... that General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the tunnels of Gibraltar, his base for the November 1942 Allied invasion of North Africa, "the most dismal setting we occupied during the war"?

*... that Oscar S. Heizer reported that many Armenian children were put into boats, taken out to sea and thrown overboard during the Armenian Genocide?

*... that Matar Matar, who represented Bahrain's largest electoral constituency in the parliament, was imprisoned and allegedly tortured due to his role in the Bahraini uprising?

*... that in the UK, actors were employed to speak the words of certain people whose voices were banned from the airwaves because of broadcasting restrictions introduced in 1988?

*... that several of Amy Tan's family members had roles in the film adaptation of her novel The Joy Luck Club, but she did not take part in choosing the cast?

*... that American ice cream taster John Harrison has a tongue worth a million dollars?

1 July 2013

  • 17:05, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

TowerFall combat between three players

*... that multiple reviewers cited TowerFall (pictured) as the preeminent game for the Ouya video game microconsole at the time of its launch?

*... that the 2013 film Arjun – Kalimpong E Sitaharan, based on the stories Sitaharan Rahasya and Khunkharapi by Samaresh Majumdar, is the first of a series of films to feature Arjun, a young fictional sleuth?

*... that the soundtrack from a beer commercial, featuring the Abbey Tavern Singers, became the best-selling Irish record in Canada?

*... that in March 1871, Sensuntepeque was raided by Salvadorian Liberals with Honduran army backing after Honduras declared war on El Salvador?

*... that Gabriela Rivadeneira, a 29-year old former local beauty queen, has been mentioned as a possible successor for President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa?

*... that Armenian soap operas have been criticized for "advocating aggression"?

*... that "the world's most famous baby" is expected to be born in July 2013 and generate £260 million worldwide?

  • 09:20, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Chairil Anwar

*... that in one of his 75 poems, Chairil Anwar (pictured) predicted his place of burial?

*... that Dean H. Kenyon's Biochemical Predestination has been cited as "one of the most widely used graduate textbooks" which expounds that life arose through "natural forces within the constituents of matter itself"?

*... that upcoming indie video game Below uses tilt–shift photography to emphasize the tiny player-character's scale?

*... that "what Mahadev Desai and Pyarelal did to immortalise Gandhi through their memoirs and biographical writings," Kanu Gandhi is said to have done through his photos?

*... that Maribo open-air museum is the third-oldest open-air museum in Denmark?

*... that the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles suffered such heavy casualties in World War I that at one point the battalion was reduced to one officer and 60 other ranks?

*... that the slapstick joke of slipping on a banana peel might have originated from the perception of those peels as dangerous garbage in 19th-century America?

  • 01:35, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Female specimen

*... that both the Angelina Jolie Trapdoor Spider (pictured) and Bono's Joshua Tree Trapdoor Spider inject their prey with venom after ambushing it from their burrows?

*... that the Tang Dynasty conquest of Kucha, a kingdom in the northern Tarim Basin in Xinjiang and a Turkic vassal, was led by Ashina She'er, a Turkic Tang general?

*... that Winrich Kolbe pushed for a female captain in Star Trek: Voyager, and later dated the actress for about three years?

*... that after helping organize the armed struggle against Dutch forces, National Hero of Indonesia Izaak Huru Doko worked mainly as an educator?

*... that the letters written by John Husee while he was servant to Lord Lisle in 1533–40 have been described as "a joy and a revelation to read"?

*... that in the upcoming Xbox One "game maker" video game Project Spark, the player creates a world with programmed behaviors for specific objects, such as a rock that bounces when a player is nearby?

*... that Hinckley Priory in Leicestershire, England, was an alien monastery, dependent on Lyre Abbey in Normandy, France?

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