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31 May 2013

  • 16:00, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Buchwaldoboletus lignicola, underside of cap showing pores

*... that the mushroom Buchwaldoboletus lignicola (pictured) is parasitic on another fungus – Phaeolus schweinitzii?

*... that Elena Piskun won two gold medals at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships?

*... that the lime trees of Duncliffe Wood are reputedly among the oldest living things in the county of Dorset?

*... that Aram Yerganian assassinated the former Prime Minister of Azerbaijan for his alleged role in massacres against Armenians?

*... that Gurlen is a major centre for cotton production in Uzbekistan?

*... that Jack Manning played for four different football clubs during their debut seasons in the Football League?

*... that the Singaporean Satay Club re-sold leftover sticks of satay?

  • 08:00, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Alasinga Perumal

*... that Alasinga Perumal (pictured) sold his wife's jewelry to help the financially beleaguered Swami Vivekananda, a participant in the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago?

*... that Upper Paleolithic wall paintings in the Lascaux Cave in France are now threatened by Ochroconis anomala, a new species of fungus recently discovered in black stains on the wall inside the cave?

*... that the film Panggilan Darah, about two orphaned girls, may have been sponsored by a cigarette factory?

*... that the 11th century church at Cocking, West Sussex had no dedication until, in April 2007, the congregation agreed to dedicate it to St Catherine of Siena?

*... that each Sunday until 1870 the Jews of the Roman Ghetto had to attend compulsory sermons in front of the church of San Gregorio della Divina Pietà?

*... that an unexpurgated journal of Queen Victoria records her delight in watching Prince Albert shave?

  • 00:00, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Gloriosa superba

*... that the flame lily (pictured) is the national flower of Zimbabwe?

*... that Mary Scrope was among those who walked with Anne Boleyn to the scaffold?

*... that the Indies film Matjan Berbisik was criticised for the Westernised fighting techniques used?

*... that the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture is housed in a former stables, built in a dramatic architectural style named for a British Queen, in a park honoring a famous German?

*... that an 1847 painting by Theodor Sockl, the portrait of his future wife Clara, is considered representative for the Biedermeier period in Transylvania?

*... that an Admiral was believed to have kept alligators in a bath at Pitfour in rural Aberdeenshire?

30 May 2013

  • 16:00, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Flag of Senegal

*... that the green star on the Flag of Senegal (pictured) represents Islam, the religion practiced by 94% of Senegalese?

*... that Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, an attraction at SeaWorld Orlando which combines a trackless dark ride with a penguin exhibit, had queues in excess of four hours on opening day?

*... that Baisikeli Ugunduzi has developed a replacement for bicycle tire inner tubes that cannot go flat, specifically for use in Sub-Saharan Africa?

*... that Rothley Temple was a preceptory of both the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitallers?

*... that Joe Marhefka was the last surviving member of the 1925 Pottsville Maroons, who were controversially denied that year's NFL championship?

*... that the lyrics of the 1983 Orange Juice song "Rip It Up" claim that the singer's favourite song is "Boredom" by Buzzcocks?

*... that Eugène Hénard envisaged roof-top helicopter landing pads in 1910, before helicopters had been invented?

  • 08:00, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

A brick building with large arched windows

*... that the Glenford Bank (pictured) has been converted into a house?

*... that Emilio Boggio is credited as the first Impressionist painter of Venezuela?

*... that Tygodnik Ilustrowany was a major Polish magazine published from 1859 until World War II?

*... that Berit Brænne's first children's book, from 1958, is a story about a sailor's family who adopted children from different parts of the world?

*... that stingrays are eaten in Singapore with raw peanuts and sugar?

*... that Tokujiro Kanamori responded to over a thousand questions in defence of the Constitution of Japan, with his answers taking up to an hour and a half each?

*... that the spermatophore of Zorotypus impolitus, one of the smallest in the insect world, contains a single giant sperm cell that is almost as long as the insect itself?

  • 00:00, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

*... that Margaret Bourke-White (pictured) was the first female photojournalist to work for Life magazine?

*... that the Salón Elíptico of the Palacio Federal Legislativo in Caracas has a golden dome?

*... that Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa, Albert Pujols, and Mark McGwire have all won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award?

*... that the wrinkled star broods some of its eggs in a brood chamber?

*... that the Newkirk House, the oldest surviving structure in Jersey City, New Jersey, dates to 1690?

*... that the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library in Timbuktu in Mali houses a collection of manuscripts begun more than 500 years ago?

*... that followers of the Coconut Religion ate only coconuts and drank only coconut milk?

29 May 2013

  • 16:00, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Nike Zeus A being launched at White Sands Missile Range

*... that the US Army's Nike Zeus (pictured) was cancelled when serious questions arose over its costs and ability to shoot down the enemy ICBM warheads it was designed to attack?

*... that mathematician Zhang Yitang proposed a proof that there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers with a prime gap of 70 million or less?

*... that Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC is co-owned by Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees?

*... that S. P. Balasubrahmanyam holds the record for most songs recorded by a male playback singer?

*... that Catedral Nuestra Señora in La Asunción is the oldest church in Venezuela?

*... that William Post, who won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania Lottery, was successfully sued by his ex-girlfriend for a third of his winnings?

  • 08:00, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Simón Bolívar

*... that the Palace of San Carlos in Bogotá was the scene of an assassination attempt on President Simon Bolivar (pictured), who was taking a bath and escaped through a window after his friend tipped him off?

*... that the two last Byzantine Emperors were maternally Dejanović?

*... that the original members of the Sugababes performed "New Year" during their first gig in over ten years?

*... that local MP Ian Paisley objected when All Saints GAC applied for planning permission to build a clubhouse?

*... that Tina Turner sang on "A Fool in Love"—her breakthrough hit—after original vocalist Art Lassiter failed to turn up for the song's recording session?

*... that Hollie Sims moved his newspaper, The Negro Star, from Mississippi to Kansas following local anger over his tribute to the black soldiers of World War I?

*... that the first major idiom dictionary of American English was created for deaf people?

  • 00:00, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

*... that Siri Engberg curated Lifelike, an "uncannily realistic" show that originated at the Walker Art Center (pictured) in Minneapolis?

*... that when the racehorse Hethersett won the St. Leger Stakes in 1962, it was Dick Hern's first British Classic victory in his career as a trainer?

*... that rugby union footballer Keith Davis was awarded his Test cap in 2010, 58 years after first playing for the All Blacks?

*... that the Oslo breakfast was provided free of charge to all primary school children in Oslo from 1932?

*... that José Acevedo y Gómez was one of the group of patriots of Colombia who met on 20 July 1810 and made a proclamation of independence of the Viceroyalty of New Granada?

*... that the possession or sale of the Japanese river goby, the largest species of goby found in estuaries of California, is illegal in New South Wales?

28 May 2013

  • 16:00, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Bertholdia trigona

*... that the tiger moth Bertholdia trigona (pictured) produces clicks at a very high rate (up to 4,500 clicks per second) to jam bat echolocation?

*... that Cyril Smart, an English cricketer, was such a powerful hitter that he once took a world-record 32 runs off a single over, and held the record number of sixes for his club, Glamorgan?

*... that Paquito D'Rivera won a Latin Grammy Award with a suite?

*... that paraphrenia is a mental disorder characterized by paranoid delusions (with or without hallucinations) without deterioration of intellect or personality?

*... that the final conviction in the Chełmno Trials of the Chełmno extermination camp personnel was imposed in Poland 56 years after the war ended?

*... that the young of the tiny starfish Parvulastra parvivipara are cannibals?

*... that 300 years after Sir Michael Dormer purchased property that became a free school in Horsham, it was found that the school belonged to his heir at law?

  • 08:00, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Roholte Church

*... that a now nonexistent sixteenth-century crucifix inscription in Roholte Church (pictured) is considered to have been one of the oldest of its kind?

*... that Carlos Rojas Pavez, along with José Arraño Acevedo and Miguel Larravide Blanco, founded Periódico Pichilemu in 1944, but only managed to publish nine editions?

*... that in the wildlife of Haiti, the endemic national bird of the country, the Hispaniolan Trogon (Priotelus roseigaster) is near threatened according to the IUCN Red List?

*... that prominent Tucson physician John Handy, the first Chancellor of the University of Arizona, threatened to kill his abused wife's attorney, but was shot and killed when he assaulted Francis Heney?

*... that the Japanese Constitution Popularisation Society published 20,000,000 copies of New Constitution – Bright Life, and sent them to every household in Japan?

*... that Benjamin Odeje was the first black footballer to represent England at any level?

*... that freshly minted "cybernat" Stuart Campbell is a well-known figure in the Scottish Independence debate and has been described as "videogames journalism's answer to Al Qaeda"?

  • 00:00, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Aerial view of the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater

*... that 87,000 cubic feet (2,500 m3) of Mountain White marble from Danby, Vermont were used in the construction of the Memorial Amphitheater (pictured) in the U.S. National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia?

*... that Horace Greeley bought a new house in Chappaqua, New York, after anti-abolitionist mobs threatened his wife at their old one?

*... that the two terms Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu served as MP of the Kumbungu constituency were sandwiched between the terms of Muhammad Mumuni?

*... that Gisselfeld features a moat and a frog-embellished fountain?

*... that the Grotta di Lourdes complex of Vatican City is a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France?

*... that over 300,000 hours of training materials have been developed and are maintained using the United States Navy's Authoring Instructional Materials management system?

*... that Syair Siti Zubaidah Perang Cina uses its rhyming pattern as a reason for not explicitly discussing sex?

27 May 2013

  • 16:00, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Façade of the old Notre Dame Cathedral now preserved as the entrance

*... that the exterior wall of Taiohae's Notre Dame Cathedral (pictured) is made up of stones from each of the six inhabited islands of the Marquesas?

*... that Douglas Maclean was regarded as New Zealand's most successful breeder of shorthorn cattle and Welsh Ponies?

*... that on 11 April 1996, smouldering polystyrene slabs in a ceiling at Düsseldorf International Airport evolved into a major fire?

*... that Turkey's first female sculptor was Mari Gerekmezyan, an ethnic Armenian?

*... that Arunima Sinha is the world's first female amputee to climb Mount Everest?

*... that journalist Hasan Cemal acknowledged and apologized for the Armenian Genocide, a crime committed by his grandfather Cemal Pasha?

*... that John Hales was fined 1000 marks and imprisoned for allowing two of the Marprelate tracts to be printed at the Whitefriars, Coventry?

  • 08:00, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Shelby Miller pitching

*... that Shelby Miller (pictured) threw four no-hitters in high school, including three consecutively, one of which was a perfect game?

*... that Leona Lewis can be heard "cooing impossibly high melodies over bouncing club beats" on "Outta My Head"?

*... that the destroyer HMS Versatile once rammed and almost sliced a submarine in half during a military exercise off the coast of Gibraltar?

*... that the 2013 film Meghe Dhaka Tara is inspired by the life and works of Ritwik Ghatak who made a film of the same name in 1960?

*... that St Helen's Priory, Derby became a hospital in 1160, after the majority of its canons transferred to nearby Darley Abbey in 1157?

*... that Lil Bub & Friendz, starring "perma-kitten" Lil Bub, won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film?

*... that although implicated in corruption in the administration of the Mint in 1528, Robert Amadas retained his position as Henry VIII's Master of the Jewel House until his death in 1532?

  • 00:00, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Dragon breathing fire

*... that the Wawel Dragon statue (pictured) in Kraków, Poland, breathes fire?

*... that Amba was given the epithet "incarnation of penance” for her undaunted courage and dedicated approach to do penance seeking revenge against Bhishma?

*... that the wedding of Lydia Kandou to a Muslim singer led to widespread debate in Indonesia about the acceptability of interfaith marriages?

*... that upon completion in 1848, the original Palacio Liévano was the largest building in Bogotá?

*... that Ananda Chandra Barua was a writer, poet, playwright, translator, journalist and actor from Assam, who received Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country in 1970?

*... that one factory owner forced all his employees to enlist in the British Volunteer Corps?

26 May 2013

  • 16:00, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Jesus and Nicodemus, by Crijn Hendricksz, 1616–1645

*... that the text for Bach's last cantata in his second year in Leipzig, Es ist ein trotzig und verzagt Ding, BWV 176, reflects the meeting of Jesus and Nicodemus (pictured)?

*... that in 1317, a canon from Beeston Priory had to travel to Rome to seek absolution from Pope John XXII for attacking the Bishop of Norwich with a sword?

*... that the Flag of Benin, first chosen in 1959, was reinstated in 1990 following the collapse of the People's Republic of Benin?

*... that on the night of 24 February 1874, David Livingstone's corpse was placed in the tower of the Holy Ghost Mission in Bagamoyo, Tanzania?

*... that Fu Sheng was credited with saving the Confucian classic Book of Documents from the book burning of the First Emperor of China?

*... that the Metropolitan's Residence in Chernivtsi expresses the "cultural identity of the Orthodox Church within the Austro-Hungarian Empire during a period of religious and cultural toleration"?

*... that Ohio's current Perry County Courthouse was the county's fifth courthouse in seventy years?

  • 08:00, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Congressional Palace of Argentina

*... that the Congressional Palace of Argentina (pictured) once had a barber shop in the basement?

*... that record-breaking middle-distance runner Archie San Romani was run over by a truck as a child and his right leg nearly had to be amputated?

*... that the song "Don't Hold the Wall" by Justin Timberlake is a mix of hip hop, Bollywood and Bhangra music?

*... that Albert Seedman was the only Jewish chief of detectives for the New York City Police Department?

*... that a 100-metre-deep sinkhole that formed in Guatemala City in 2007, killing five people, was caused by ruptured sewage pipes?

*... that Iva Withers once played the leading roles in both Carousel and Oklahoma! on Broadway on the same day?

*... that in Tony Harrison's play The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus the satyrs are depicted as hooligans playing a soccer match with a ball fashioned out of the Ichneutae papyrus?

  • 00:00, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

female Turquoise Parrot

*... that the Turquoise Parrot (female pictured) was formerly used as pie-filling?

*... that the release of "Love a Woman", a duet by Mary J. Blige and Beyoncé Knowles, was delayed due to Knowles' pregnancy?

*... that Samina Peak was named after Samina Baig, who at the age of 22 became the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest?

*... that Ohio's Washington Cemetery is the burial place of two congressmen and U.S. Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty?

*... that the button everlasting of eastern Australia can resprout and flower 16 weeks after a bushfire?

*... that Indian cricketer M. P. Bajana was known as "Pyjamas" during his time with Somerset County Cricket Club?

*... that the wandering leg sausage was one of the International Institute for Species Exploration's Top 10 new species of 2012?

25 May 2013

  • 16:00, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Krishna with eight wives

*... that the Hindu god Krishna is described as having eight chief queens (pictured with Krishna) – Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra and Lakshmana – and 16,000 other wives headed by Rohini?

*... that Boundary Channel off the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. was dredged and widened to provide fill material to raise the ground by more than 8 feet (2.4 m) when The Pentagon was constructed?

*... that Bachata #1's, Vol. 2 was the tenth best-selling Tropical Album of both 2008 and 2009?

*... that Lin Tie studied at the University of Paris and the Communist University of the Toilers of the East?

*... that actor N. Viswanathan started his career as an English professor at St. Xavier's College, Calcutta?

*... that the desert shrimp can colonise new areas even when dead?

  • 08:00, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Cardinal Wolsey

*... that after Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (pictured) died at Leicester Abbey in 1530, his body was put on display so it could be viewed by the people of Leicester?

*... that Harry Kizirian was awarded the Navy Cross for killing 12 Japanese soldiers while being unable to walk?

*... that the author Zadie Smith declined to adapt her own novel, White Teeth, into the television miniseries to complete her next novel, The Autograph Man?

*... that the lime for Midhurst Whites came from Cocking?

*... that Erhard Egidi conducted at the Neustädter Kirche both the first performance after more than 300 years of a funeral music by the church's first organist and Bach's Mass in B minor?

*... that the Soft and Hard Adult Film and Television Awards are the only pornographic film awards in the UK to have winners determined by public votes?

  • 00:00, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Gazebo in San Marco Square

*... that Jacksonville, Florida's San Marco neighborhood (Gazebo in San Marco Square pictured) was once an independent city called South Jacksonville?

*... that Raha Moharrak is the youngest Arab and the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest?

*... that Old Fort Park and Golf Course in Murfreesboro, Tennessee contains the remains of the largest earthwork fortification built during the American Civil War?

*... that the Jordaanlied, a genre of sentimental songs celebrating the Amsterdam neighborhood the Jordaan, was popularized by a cabaret artist from Utrecht, a composer from Rotterdam, and a singer from England?

*... that Mei Ze's forgery of Kong Anguo's compilation of the Book of Documents was officially recognized as a Confucian classic for over 1000 years?

*... that according to Greece's 2013 Eurovision entry, "Alcohol Is Free"?

24 May 2013

  • 16:04, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Sir James Chadwick

*... that James Chadwick (pictured), who was later to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron, experimented with radioactive toothpaste during World War I?

*... that Mr England became the official mascot of the England rugby union team because the Rugby Football Union noticed his costume?

*... that the ball used in women's Test cricket can be up to 1316 ounces (23.03 grams) lighter than that used in men's cricket?

*... that although Anthony Stapleton was granted the reversion of the office of Town Clerk of London in 1544, he was not able to take up the position until 1570?

*... that Dale Earnhardt won the 1999 Goody's Headache Powder 500 after starting in 26th, the lowest starting position for a winner at Bristol Motor Speedway?

*... that a meeting on 24 May 1963 brought black leaders together with U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who complained, "You can't talk to them the way you can talk to Martin Luther King"?

  • 08:19, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Mondeuse grapes growing in Savoie

*... that Mondeuse noire (pictured) has been speculated to be the Ancient Roman wine grape Allobrogica described by Pliny the Elder, Columella and Celsus?

*... that U.S. Civil War general James Spears, who joined the Union Army after a threat of arrest for disloyalty to the Confederacy, was later dismissed from the army for statements opposing the U.S. government?

*... that former baseball player Chris Bando once posted a .139 batting average only a season after batting .291?

*... that Air Mata Iboe (Mother's Tears), reportedly finished during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia, had newspaper reviews before then?

*... that Mario Bichón Cáceres was the president of the Pichilemu Football Association during a time of "football rejuvenation"?

*... that Verdi, like Brahms and Scarlatti, lies within Shakespeare?

  • 00:34, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Oenococcus oeni, a member of the lactic acid bacteria family that is used in winemaking

*... that the "buttery" flavor associated with Chardonnay is created by bacteria (pictured) as a by-product of malolactic fermentation?

*... that Phil Plait, the author of Bad Astronomy, attempts to explore common fallacies and popular misunderstandings within the field of astronomy?

*... that Asa Lansford Foster was among the leading experts on the geology of the Coal Region in Pennsylvania?

*... that Guy Fulton designed 34 campus buildings and 16 fraternity/sorority houses at the University of Florida plus the spring-fed pool at Glen Springs?

*... that 2013 Preakness Stakes winner, Oxbow, won his first stakes race, the Lecomte Stakes on January 19, 2013?

*... that Mariblanca Sabas Alomá, Cuban journalist and Minister without portfolio, considered lesbianism to be a social disease?

23 May 2013

  • 16:49, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

*... that although Joe Moore was Missouri's all-time leading rusher, he was only able to record 281 rushing yards with the Chicago Bears?

*... that the York, a tributary of the Pinguk River, rises on the eastern flanks of Brooks Mountain, the highest mountain in the York Mountains range?

*... that in 1832, Duchess Marie of Württemberg became the stepmother of her first-cousin, Prince Albert?

*... that members of the Berisha claim they are the oldest tribe of northern Albania?

*... that Bruce MacKinnon, cartoonist for the Chronicle Herald, received an honourary doctorate from NSCAD University, twenty-five years after he left it without a degree?

  • 09:04, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Helicia glabriflora - foliage

*... that there are around 100 species of Helicia (H. glabriflora pictured) found from Sri Lanka and China to Australia?

*... that while he was working at Duke University, eventual Penn State American football head coach Bill O'Brien tried to recruit Andrew Szczerba, who attended Penn State?

*... that despite not being Kanye West's "biggest fan", Leona Lewis attributes him as a source of inspiration for her Glassheart Tour?

*... that Javed Akhtar won the Filmfare Award and the Screen Award for writing the lyrics of the song Sandese Aate Hai, whereas its singer Sonu Nigam won the Zee Cine Award?

*... that John Netherland could not seek re-election after his first term as a Tennessee State Senator because a new amendment to the state constitution made him temporarily ineligible for the office?

*... that Johann Sebastian Bach reworked music from more than three decades earlier for the central piece Crucifixus in the symmetrical structure of his Mass in B minor?

  • 00:39, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

St Kilda field mouse

*... that the St Kilda field mouse (pictured) lives 100 miles (160 km) off the coast of Scotland, and is twice the size of mainland mice?

*... that Stryker Trahan was named for the title character in B.L. Stryker?

*... that lesser mouse-tailed bats, when flying in a group, choose one of three frequencies for echolocation so as to avoid jamming each other?

*... that Alice Ball developed an injectable medicine that was the most effective treatment of leprosy before the 1940s?

*... that Momoiro Clover Z premiered their "Hymn to Labor" on a rooftop in Tokyo while wearing energy-saving suits?

*... that Jameson Parker played fictional philanderer Brad Vernon in his first featured television role on One Life to Live?

*... that the 1852 manuscript Meanderings of Memory is used as an early or first source for 51 entries in the Oxford English Dictionary, but when looked for in 2013, could not be located?

22 May 2013

  • 16:54, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Krake's splashdown

*... that Krake (pictured) was Germany's first ever Dive Coaster?

*... that Paquito D'Rivera became the first performer to be honored in the Jazz and Classical musical fields after winning a Latin Grammy for the albums Brazilian Dreams and Historia del Soldado?

*... that African Americans made up almost one-fifth of the U.S. population in 1790?

*... that the narrowest section of Christmas Island is through Murray Hill, and its highest point is the hill's summit?

*... that women in Sierra Leone got the right to vote in 1930?

*... that the controversial album art on NOFX's album Heavy Petting Zoo features a man and sheep sixty-nining, which led to the LP version being confiscated in Germany?

  • 09:09, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Diamond Trust of London paper prototype

*... that in the Nintendo DS video game Diamond Trust of London (prototype pictured), players compete to extract diamonds from Angola before the implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme?

*... that Argentine actor Marco Antonio Caponi, a native of the Mendoza Province, played a Mendocine character in Herederos de una venganza?

*... that the graffiti that has been removed from San Francisco's Vaillancourt Fountain includes slogans painted on it by its sculptor?

*... that W. David Kingery is considered the "father of modern ceramics"?

*... that the production of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Sword of Kahless" featured two former The Next Generation actors and a guest star from The Original Series?

*... that Sally Mann dug up the body of her dead pet greyhound and photographed it for her photo-book What Remains?

  • 01:24, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

No. 33 Squadron RAAF Boeing 707 refuelling a US Navy F/A-18 Hornet for its part in the war in Afghanistan, April 2002

*... that No. 84 Wing RAAF (Boeing 707 tanker pictured) received a Meritorious Unit Citation for its part in the war in Afghanistan?

*... that Carlos Echazarreta Iñiguez has been a candidate for political offices in Pichilemu, Chile, representing three different parties?

*... that in April 2013, Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør made her U.S. television debut by performing "Oblivion" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!?

*... that the 68-percent windfall tax on copper and gold mining in Mongolia was repealed in 2009?

*... that the Kitlope Heritage Conservancy is the largest preserve of coastal temperate rainforest on the planet?

*... that Singaporean rocker Ramli Sarip was banned from performing in Malaysia for seven years because he had long hair?

21 May 2013

  • 17:39, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

Caracas Cathedral

*... that priests of Caracas Cathedral (pictured) believed that the 1812 earthquake which devastated the church and city was divine retribution?

*... that while serving as the first Chair of the School of Aeronautics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Montgomery Knight developed one of the first jet-powered helicopter rotors?

*... that perfume critic Luca Turin considers the monks of Caldey Abbey to produce "simply the best lavender soliflore on earth"?

*... that a great-grandniece of George Washington, Eugenia Washington, founded two lineage societies including the Daughters of the American Revolution?

*... that King Razagyi of Arakan sacked and burned down Pegu, the capital of Toungoo Empire in 1600?

*... that mento artist Count Lasher was covered by Bob Marley and once recorded a song about an old lady offering strains of cannabis with names like "Deadman Get-up" and "Granny Crack Cracks"?

  • 09:54, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

Mount Elbert

*... that to ensure Mount Elbert (pictured) remained the highest of the Rockies, its supporters tore the top off another mountain?

*... that Miao Wei was nominated by BusinessWeek as a "Star of Asia" for rescuing China's then second biggest carmaker from near bankruptcy and transforming it into a profitable company?

*... that after running for seven consecutive years, the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards were cancelled in November 2001 following security concerns after the September 11 attacks?

*... that Martin Krumbiegel sang the tenor part in Bach's cantata Erschallet, ihr Lieder (Resound, ye songs) and his "Pipe Aria"?

*... that the efforts of Judge Vance Peterson, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, led to the establishment of a veterans' court in Spokane County, Washington?

*... that Samuel Jackson was regarded as the father of the legal profession in Auckland, New Zealand?

  • 00:19, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

Christiana Mariana von Ziegler, poetess

*... that poetess Christiana Mariana von Ziegler (pictured) ended her text for Bach's cantata Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68, for Pentecost Monday with a quotation from the Gospel?

*... that Tony's Cronies included Tony Blair's former boss, school friend and office manager, who some viewed as appointed to official positions because of their personal friendships with Blair?

*... that a baseball field and building named after Joe Tinker in Orlando, Florida, are on the United States National Register of Historic Places?

*... that for the 1956 wedding anniversary of Johnny Jordaan, the king of the Jordaanlied, 30,000 people showed up?

*... that although most sources say that Stefano Pendinelli was martyred by Turks as the archbishop of Otranto, at least one source suggests that he died of fright?

*... that Andrei Krauchanka's pole snapped during the 2010 European decathlon, but he still won a medal after rival Darius Draudvila lent him his pole?

20 May 2013

  • 16:34, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Rosario de Acuña Villanueva de la Iglesia

*... that Rosario de Acuña Villanueva de la Iglesia (pictured) is cited as the "first woman playwright to have a theater closed down"?

*... that Norwegian referee Einar Halle has admitted that some clubs have tried to bribe him ahead of matches?

*... that during Paraguay's Revolt of the Comuneros the rebels were briefly excommunicated after raiding a Jesuit college and chapel?

*... that When the Game Stands Tall is an upcoming film about the De La Salle High School 151-game high school football winning streak?

*... that 400 years after Alice Baldwin surrendered Burnham Abbey at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, it was sold to a religious order and again became a community of nuns?

*... that Nolan Ryan is the only player to pitch an immaculate inning in both the American League and National League?

*... that in 2004 a special issue of the Journal of Nietzsche Studies was published which aimed to build upon the scholarship of 1991's Nietzsche and Asian Thought?

  • 08:49, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Pinemere Camp sign

*... that when German teenagers attended Pinemere Camp (sign pictured) in Pennsylvania, they were shocked at sharing living quarters with their counselors?

*... that Indonesian "sex bomb" Meriam Bellina has been called "the fantasy girl come true for the movie-going public"?

*... that some signatories of the I Apologize campaign, which was in regards to the Armenian Genocide, received death threats?

*... that Joe Childs rode Gainsborough to win the British Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in 1918, and donated his riding fees for the year to the British Army's cavalry?

*... that Sillerman joked that he would give up shares of his EDM promoter SFX Entertainment if people catch its staff gouging the price of wine at its nightclubs?

*... that Singaporean rapper Shigga Shay has been hailed as "Singapore's Kanye West?"

*... that the ragworm changes colour from brown to green as the breeding season approaches?

  • 01:04, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Later artist's impression of the Gibbet of Montfaucon, after Viollet-le-Duc

*... that executed bodies could be left on the Gibbet of Montfaucon (illustrated) outside the walls of Paris for as long as three years?

*... that Amtrak's Pacific Parlour Car lounges on the Coast Starlight are refurbished Budd Company Hi-Level lounges originally built for the El Capitan in 1956?

*... that not Memphis Slim but 1930s St. Louis blues pianist Pinetop Sparks wrote the blues standard "Every Day I Have the Blues"?

*... that Jeff Gordon won the 1997 California 500 despite running out of fuel?

*... that The Cooper Review, a weekly newspaper published in Cooper, Texas, was founded in 1880, making it the oldest business in its county?

*... that after the 1964 Alabama Crimson Tide football team was recognized as national champions, they were defeated by Texas in the Orange Bowl?

*... that Chicago PD is scheduled to be spun off from the NBC series Chicago Fire during the 2013–14 United States television season?

19 May 2013

  • 17:19, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Gustave Pellet published Elles by Toulouse-Lautrec

*... that Gustave Pellet published artworks by Toulouse-Lautrec (artwork pictured) and Louis Legrand?

*... that an ill-considered inscription on a bonshō (Japanese temple bell) led directly to the Siege of Osaka?

*... that the starfish Iconaster longimanus produces large eggs which develop directly into juveniles without an intervening larval stage?

*... that identified as "the outstanding Australian batsman of his generation", Greg Chappell scored 27 centuries in Test and One Day International cricket matches?

*... that although both Mieke Wijaya and her daughter have been nominated for Citra Awards, only Mieke has won?

*... that in 1933 St. Louis blues singer Dorothea Trowbridge recorded "Grinding Blues", the lyrics of which are cited as an "open declaration of erotic desire"?

*... that Pittsburgh industrialist Aaron S. French co-founded the largest vehicular spring manufacturer of the 19th century?

  • 09:34, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Chapel Cleeve Manor

*... that Chapel Cleeve Manor (pictured) was used for ghost hunting, with special excursions being run by the West Somerset Railway?

*... that the major themes represented in the 12th-century dramas written by William of Blois are guile, deception, lust and sexual scheming?

*... that in the 1983 film Octopussy, James Bond's command to a tiger to "sit" is a reference to Barbara Woodhouse's catch-phrase from her hit TV-show Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way?

*... that John Milton Hawks recruited emancipated slaves to serve in the Union Army?

*... that a possible source for the poem The Fox, the Wolf and the Husbandman, by the 15th-century Scottish poet Robert Henryson, was Aesop's Fables as published by William Caxton?

*... that the NRHP-listed Lincoln Branch Library was the third and last Carnegie library built in Duluth, Minnesota?

*... that on Earth Day, HBO apologized to the elephants?

  • 01:49, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Râpa Roşie Geological monument

*... that the first report on finding the Coţofeni culture at Râpa Roșie (pictured) in Alba County, Romania was made in 1865?

*... that riddim composer Di Genius had his first hits in Jamaica in 2004, while still in high school?

*... that the World War II-era diary of British Empire Games gold medalist Doreen Cooper, who wrote daily messages to her missing husband, was published in 2012?

*... that the spring-fed pool at Glen Springs in Gainesville, Florida, was once used by Gators, but is now home to catfish that are owned by Elks?

*... that King's Mead Priory was the only Benedictine Nunnery in Derbyshire?

*... that Squirrel was the damsire of seven British Classic-winning Thoroughbred racehorses?

*... that although it is the capital city of Wallis and Futuna, Mata-Utu doesn't have any street names?

18 May 2013

  • 18:04, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Rock Drill

*... that Epstein's Rock Drill (pictured), a "vivid illustration of the greatest function of life", was destroyed and recreated?

*... that Ram Raja Prasad Singh was sentenced to death in absentia following the Nepal bombings in 1985?

*... that Jennifer Lopez's song "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)" was supposed to be recorded on September 11, 2001, but was postponed due to the September 11 attacks?

*... that technical analyst and author Anne-Marie Baiynd was interviewed for a book on the "World's Most Successful Traders"?

*... that the Stevenston Canal was the first commercial canal built in Scotland?

*... that in some classification systems, the subfamily Hippocampinae includes several genera of pygmy pipehorses, which look like seahorses but do not swim upright?

*... that 19th century publisher John Harris's colourfully illustrated children's books, meant to amuse and entertain, were sold from his premises at St. Paul's churchyard?

  • 08:00, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

View of the North Acropolis at Tikal

*... that the North Acropolis (pictured) at the ancient Maya city of Tikal served as a royal necropolis and contains the tombs of a number of identified Maya rulers?

*... that the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Korean official Yoon Chang-jung overshadowed Korean president Park Geun-hye's first visit to the USA?

*... that in 1730, the Dutch Republic persecuted more than two hundred suspected "sodomites", in what became known as the Utrecht sodomy trials?

*... that Gao Hucheng, the Commerce Minister of China, worked and studied in Kinshasa, Zaire and Paris, France?

*... that one of the plot points in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Heart of Stone" was based on a scene from the Ken Kesey novel Sometimes a Great Notion?

*... that a surgery simulator allows medical students to practice surgery without a patient, cadaver, or animal?

*... that the fungus Durianella was so named for the resemblance of its fruit bodies to little durians?

  • 00:00, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Via fence on an 11 GHz pcb circuit

*... that via fences (pictured), used to shield printed circuit lines, can also be used to form waveguides?

*... that after arriving at Pichilemu, Chile on his holidays in 1933, Basilio Sánchez Berguiristain decided to stay and work there as a doctor because of "the place's beauty"?

*... that former Chicago Tribune journalist Geoff Dougherty used craigslist to look for writers for his then-new online newspaper Chicago Daily News in 2005?

*... that the peppery bolete has been used as a peppery condiment in some countries?

*... that in 1919, the year Indian discontinued its Model O flat-twin motorcycle, Harley-Davidson introduced a flat-twin motorcycle?

*... that Liu Hui, a Hui, is one of the few women among China's high-ranking officials?

*... that observations made with the sundial at the Gregorian Tower of Vatican City provided essential confirmation of the need to reform the Julian calendar?

17 May 2013

  • 16:00, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Seen from the Academy Park side

*... that Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren and Henry James all either lived in or visited the townhouses on Elk Street (pictured) in the Lafayette Park Historic District in Albany, New York?

*... that Sir Robert Peel couldn't be bothered to fix his cotton mills, so he proposed an Act of Parliament to do it for him?

*... that the recently discovered Eocypselus rowei may be ancestral to both hummingbirds and swifts?

*... that former British National Party fundraiser Jim Dowson is registered as the leader of the recently founded loyalist party Protestant Coalition?

*... that Richard Buck opened the first session of the Virginia General Assembly at Jamestown, Virginia on July 30, 1619 with a prayer?

*... that stolen beer bottles once led to the postponement of a football cup semi-final at Stangmore Park?

*... that Du Jiahao, acting governor of China's Hunan province, began his career as a farm tool factory worker?

  • 08:00, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Mongolian death worm (Allghoikhorkhoi)

*... that Ivan Mackerle hunted the Mongolian death worm (pictured), the Loch Ness monster, the Tasmanian tiger, and the elephant bird?

*... that after the 1975 end of the Laotian Civil War, the lyrics to the national anthem of Laos, "Pheng Xat Lao", were changed but the music remained the same?

*... that the Thermal work limit has led to a substantial decrease in incidences of heat illness in the Australian mining industry?

*... that before Zhou Benshun was recently appointed party chief of Hebei province, he worked under Zhou Yongkang, China's former security czar?

*... that Vaanam Vasappadum (2004), directed by P. C. Sreeram was India's first high-definition digital motion picture?

*... that Australian Sam Fullbrook was known as the "last of the bushman painters" (rural artists), yet his works were sophisticated, widely shown and collected internationally?

*... that, although Ernest Hemingway wrote many words, he probably didn't write "For sale: baby shoes, never worn"?

16 May 2013

  • 23:48, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

The galactic habitable zone of the Milky Way is often seen as an annulus, although the reality may be far more complex

*... that the galactic habitable zone (pictured) may encompass our entire galaxy?

*... that the hot air balloon The Skywhale has been described as "massive and wondrous", "a great achievement", "an embarrassing indulgence" and "terrifyingly nipply"?

*... that while North Korea is abundant in natural resources worth trillions of dollars, most of these often cannot be mined due to the acute shortage of electricity in the country?

*... that the Open Source Satellite Initiative put a ten-centimeter cube satellite into space?

*... that Hao Peng has worked as a sent-down youth, a flight control system technician, vice chairman of Tibet, and governor of Qinghai?

*... that the NRHP-listed Shiawassee County Courthouse in Corunna, Michigan, has served as a courthouse and housed county offices for almost 110 years?

*... that while under the captaincy of Michael Burns, ten Somerset County Cricket Club players were sent letters threatening them with the sack?

  • 15:33, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

Two sea urchin tests

*... that the spines of a sea urchin (two pictured) are connected to other ossicles by ball and socket joints?

*... that Braden Shipley is expected to be the first ever first-round pick in a Major League Baseball Draft from the University of Nevada, Reno?

*... that the Palace of Inquisition is cited as one of Cartagena's "best examples of late colonial, civil architecture"?

*... that Johnny Kraaijkamp could have recorded the first version of "Aan de Amsterdamse grachten", one of the best-known Dutch songs of all time, had he not been out drinking the night before?

*... that filming of the Mad Max sequel Fury Road in 2012 caused significant damage to the habitat of Dorob National Park?

*... that Maria Konopnicka's poem Rota became so popular it was seen as an unofficial anthem of Poland?

*... that Tony Harrison's 1998 film-poem features a giant golden statue of Prometheus nicknamed Goldenballs travelling through Eastern Europe in the back of a truck?

  • 07:08, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

Carolina Muzzilli

*... that Carolina Muzzilli (pictured) was the first woman to be made an official of Argentina's National Department of Employment?

*... that Dove Real Beauty Sketches is a short film that contrasts the way women see themselves with the way others see them using blind forensic sketches?

*... that Moses Amadu Yahaya is the only Convention People's Party Member of Parliament in the current Parliament of Ghana?

*... that Willie Nelson sold his song "Night Life" for US$150 to a guitar instructor, and it later became a hit for Ray Price in 1963?

*... that María Jesús Alvarado Rivera was cited by the National Council of Women of Peru in 1969 as the "first modern champion of women's rights in Peru"?

*... that rather than there being one implicit personality theory applied by everyone, all individuals undertake impression formation in their own unique ways?

*... that Bazy Tankersley bred over 2,800 Arabian horses in a career as a horse breeder that spanned over 70 years?

15 May 2013

  • 23:08, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

A Popemobile

*... that the Vatican Historical Museum contains a collection of decorated carriages (pictured), saddles, sedans, wagons and the first cars used by the popes?

*... that public health activist Gabriela Laperrière de Coni was the first woman to serve on the executive committee of the Argentine Socialist Party?

*... that the "Big Hill" necessitated the construction of Mount Stephen House in Field, British Columbia?

*... that in the music video for "Confe$$ions" by Lecrae, a wolf symbolizes the greed of a millionaire for money?

*... that Los Angeles band The Dream Syndicate retired in 1984, released Out of the Grey in 1986, retired again, then released Ghost Stories in 1988, then retired again until 2012?

*... that between 1904 and 1906, the Strelitz Buildings in Fremantle, Western Australia, housed an office for Herbert Hoover?

*... that the reality television poetry competition Prince of Poets is more popular than football in countries of the Arab world, where it airs?

  • 08:21, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

An adult standing inside a large rockshelter

*... that this rockshelter (pictured) may have been inhabited more than ten thousand years ago?

*... that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won a record-tying seven Olivier Awards at the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards on April 28, 2013?

*... that 2013 NFL Draftee Mike Catapano is the first Princeton Tigers football player to be drafted since 2001?

*... that according to 2009 figures, approximately 77% of households in Vanuatu are involved in fishing activity?

*... that although Ear Mountain is located in an area long known for its tin deposits, its own were only confirmed in 1953–54 during a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Mines?

*... that Nandan, the government sponsored film and cultural center of Kolkata, was inaugurated by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray in 1985?

*... that the leaves of Grevillea pteridifolia were used by Groote Eylandt indigenous people as stuffing for emu meat, and by early settlers as stuffing for pillows?

  • 00:36, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

The façade of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

*... that Hong Kong's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (pictured) was officially opened, consecrated and bombed by the Japanese on separate December 8ths?

*... that The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 2013?

*... that Duccio Tessari's 1970 work La morte risale a ieri sera contains "a great deal more humanity" than most giallo films?

*... that Wing Commander Richard Pink led No. 2 (Indian) Wing during Pink's War, the first independent action of the Royal Air Force, and is the only RAF officer after whom a campaign is named?

*... that Kokila was the first Kannada film to be screened for 100 days in Madras?

*... that Bholu, a cartoon elephant, is the mascot of Indian Railways?

14 May 2013

  • 16:51, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Model of the treasure ship on display at the Ibn Battuta Mall

*... that Ming China's treasure voyages were undertaken by Admiral Zheng He's expeditionary fleet (ship model pictured), even though the 15th-century Portuguese thought that the unknown ships belonged to white Christians?

*... that the 1960 North Indian Ocean cyclone season featured two tropical cyclones that struck East Pakistan three weeks apart, resulting in over 20,000 fatalities?

*... that Xie Fuzhan, Governor of China's Henan province, is an award-winning economist who has studied at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge?

*... that the proceeds from the Jackson Barnett No. 11 Oil Well led Jackson Barnett to be described as the world's richest native American?

  • 09:06, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

INS Satpura (F48)

*... that the Indian Navy's Satpura (pictured) participated in the Malabar 2012 exercise with the United States Navy?

*... that Freguesia São Bartolomeu dos Galegos has been inhabited since the Neolithic period?

*... that the cretaceous subfamily Sphecomyrminae has not been included in several recent phylogenetic studies of the ant family?

*... that Tang Shu-wing has been described as "one of the most talented theatre directors of Hong Kong"?

*... that a hoard of coins of the Durotriges tribe was found in the rampart of Castle Rings, an Iron Age hill fort in Wiltshire?

*... that Jerzy Żuławski's Lunar Trilogy published in the 1900s was a major milestone in the history of science fiction and fantasy in Poland?

*... that only five of the twelve tracks on Bachata #1's, Vol. 3 are actually number-one singles?

  • 00:10, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Full View Selworthy Beacon

*... that in the sixteenth century, Selworthy Beacon (pictured) was used to warn of impending invasions?

*... that the authors of The Discipline of Market Leaders were accused of purchasing thousands of copies of their own book in order to get it on the New York Times Best Seller list?

*... that in 2007, South African journalist Deon Maas was dismissed after advocating religious tolerance in his Rapport column, as a result of the ongoing Satanic Panic in South Africa?

*... that Captain Kidd's pirate ship Adventure Galley was rediscovered off the coast of Madagascar by a Discovery Channel expedition?

*... that the cathedral of Mata-Utu bears a Maltese cross between its twin towers?

*... that the Benedictine abbot Bernard Smith served as a Roman guide to the future British King Edward VII, U.S. President Franklin Pierce, and Nathaniel Hawthorne?

*... that the slime sponge was observed growing in Monterey Bay Aquarium and other marine aquaria before it was discovered in the wild?

13 May 2013

  • 16:25, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Island ladies making Kava

*... that although the native language spoken daily by the islanders (pictured) of Wallis and Futuna is the 'Uvea language, the official language is French?

*... that the military career of Major Ernest Gambier-Parry was ended by wounds sustained in a campaign to avenge the grisly death of renowned General Charles George Gordon?

*... that Kigali City Tower is the tallest building in Rwanda?

*... that in 1344 Derby Black Friary was ransacked by a group of over 40 men, who stole £60 worth of goods?

*... that the Danish poet Karl Gjellerup, who in 1917 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, was born at Roholte's rectory in 1857?

*... that Hong Leong Group founder Kwek Hong Png was one of the world's richest men with an estimated net worth of S$3 billion?

*... that the Wizard beat Iron Man?

  • 08:40, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Gold glass bottom, with 4th century married couple, inscribed "PIE ZESES"

*... that ancient Romans marked and decorated their graves in the Catacombs of Rome with the broken-off bottoms of drinking cups with designs in gold sandwich glass (example pictured)?

*... that the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at the American Jewish University has prepared thousands of people to convert to Judaism since 1986?

*... that the Coen brothers film A Serious Man, nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture, used a book by Brad Zellar for inspiration?

*... that stone images at Devtamura in Tripura are reported to mark the revival of Brahminism during the 15/16th century when the influence of Buddhism waned in India?

*... that the Egyptian men's handball team qualified for the 1996 Olympics by finishing sixth at the World Championships, at the time the highest placement for a squad from Africa?

*... that Mariah Carey does not sing any lyrics for the first third of her new single "#Beautiful"?

*... that attorney John Baxter provided legal defense for the participants in the East Tennessee bridge-burning conspiracy and the Great Locomotive Chase?

  • 00:55, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Matthew Piers Watt Boulton, c.1840

*... that Matthew Piers Watt Boulton (pictured) patented the aileron 36 years before it was adopted for use in an airplane?

*... that the Buberuka Highlands is a major agroecological zone in Rwanda?

*... that the workers' association CITYPEG has criticised both the Gibraltarian and Spanish governments for their policies affecting Spanish workers in Gibraltar?

*... that former AT&T engineer Mike Cierpiot now reviews communications bills for the Missouri House of Representatives?

*... that Ferreirasdorp is the oldest part of Johannesburg, but as the city expanded it ultimately became "synonymous with practically everything that is vile and violent" about Johannesburg?

*... that cardiac surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan will head the cardiac surgery department of the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology?

*... that the documentary film Touch the Sound features profoundly deaf Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who has learnt to "hear with her body"?

12 May 2013

  • 16:55, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

St. Michael's Cathedral

*... that St. Michael's Cathedral (pictured) in Sitka, Alaska, was pillaged by forces under Major General Jefferson C. Davis in 1867?

*... that Sandy MacGregor considered himself to be the first western soldier in the Vietnam War to explore the Cu Chi tunnels?

*... that Patty Duke and Meredith Baxter portray a longstanding lesbian couple on Glee's fourth season finale, roles that are set to recur in the fifth season?

*... that engines made by William Roberts & Co of Nelson are still steamed regularly?

*... that the Wheeler No. 1 Oil Well in Drumright, Oklahoma was still producing after 100 years?

*... that Hindi film actress Smita Patil's father Shivajirao Girdhar Patil is a social activist and politician and was presented with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India this year?

*... that the émigré Russian publication Fashist falsely claimed to have a vast network of "fascist correspondents" inside the Soviet Union?

  • 06:58, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Mahango Game Park

*... that Mahango Game Park (pictured) in the Caprivi Strip has been designated an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International?

*... that Poland has over 2,000 nature reserves, the first of which were created in the 19th century?

*... that music critics have predicted that Jennifer Lopez's new single "Live It Up" will be the summer hit of 2013?

*... that the Battle of Florvåg may have been the deadliest naval battle in Norwegian history?

*... that when she was nine years old, Magnanime returned to the place of her origin to launch an attack upon it?

*... that Dido's first studio album No Angel, initially a modest commercial success, increased in sales after American rapper Eminem sampled its single "Thank You" in his hit song, "Stan"?

*... that Gerd Kristiansen is the second female leader of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions?

11 May 2013

  • 17:33, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

St. Lamberti, Hildesheim, 2007

*... that the late Gothic church St. Lamberti (pictured) in Hildesheim was rebuilt after destruction in World War II, but a southern annex was kept in ruins as a memorial ?

*... that Karja church on the Estonian island of Saaremaa is the rural church richest in medieval carved stone decoration in all the Baltic states?

*... that Wigan Athletic have already qualified for the Europa League regardless of the result against Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup Final today?

*... that Tang Qunying has been cited as one of the "best-known women activists in modern Chinese history"?

*... that the East German Communist Party and the West German Social Democratic Party could both trace their lineage back to the 19th century Social Democratic Workers' Party of Germany?

*... that the Prague-based Nova borba was the first Yugoslav Cominformist émigré mouthpiece?

*... that in the first episode of Never Ever Do This At Home, hosts Teddy Wilson and Norm Sousa tested the hazards of using fireworks indoors?

  • 09:10, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Sir Alan McNicoll circa 1940s

*... that after a 46-year career in the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Sir Alan McNicoll (pictured) was appointed as Australia's first ambassador to Turkey?

*... that, after it featured in an episode of Nip/Tuck, "So Damn Beautiful" by Poloroid was described by musicOMH as being a "truly haunting song"?

*... that former chef Aziza Ali is credited with establishing Singapore's first Malay restaurant?

*... that Dian Sastrowardoyo received concurrent nominations for the Citra Award for Best Leading Actress?

*... that Chia Thye Poh, formerly detained under Singapore's Internal Security Act, has been called "the world's second longest serving prisoner-of-conscience after South Africa's Nelson Mandela"?

*... that the Regency Café has appeared in the films Layer Cake and Brighton Rock, as well as in Japanese Vogue?

*... that "Biscuit King" Rajan Pillai actually controlled only three percent of Britannia Industries, India's largest biscuit-making concern?

  • 00:21, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Gobi desert dunes in the Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia

*... that some of the wildlife of Mongolia is found in the Gobi desert (pictured), the fifth largest desert in the world?

*... that pioneering French acoustician Joseph Sauveur proposed unsuccessfully that middle C be set to 256 Hz, the system later called scientific pitch?

*... that the Argentine branch of the Anonymous group helped the organization of the 18A cacerolazo?

*... that Bombino bianco is known under the synonyms Debit and Pagadebit because of the wine grape's reputation for reliably yielding large crops that would help growers pay off their debts?

*... that the Nada Tunnel of Kentucky serves "as the gateway to the Red River Gorge"?

*... that Ben Harvey was sacked by Pertemps Bees after a poor run of results?

*... that the melody of the hymn "What Wondrous Love Is This" is generally believed to have been borrowed from a ballad about pirate William Kidd?

10 May 2013

  • 16:00, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Sorrow by Vincent van Gogh

*... that van Gogh used his Sorrow (pictured) to "express something of life's struggle"?

*... that the final version of the 33-metre-high (108 ft) Temple 33 at the ancient Maya city of Tikal in Guatemala was completely destroyed by archaeologists in 1965?

*... that in the Glee episode "Wonder-ful", Katey Sagal appears as the mother of Kevin McHale's character Artie Abrams, months after McHale had suggested her for the role at a Comic-Con panel?

*... that Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, who was able to play Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Clavier from memory as a teenager, studied composition with Bach's sons and the violin in Italy?

*... that Cuthbert Christy was senior medical officer to the second battalion, West African Field Force in Northern Nigeria from 1898 to 1902?

*... that "Buenos Amigos" was a career-launching song for American singer Selena, who recorded it as a duet with Alvaro Torres in 1991?

*... that in 1941 the manager of Yeeda Station fatally shot himself by accident only to be replaced by a man who was arrested for cattle stealing?

  • 08:00, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Close up of Gorgon at the pediment of Artemis temple in Corfu

*... that Tony Harrison's film-poem The Gaze of the Gorgon (Gorgon pictured) is narrated by a statue of Heinrich Heine and depicts Kaiser Wilhelm II as an archaeologist excavating the Artemis Temple of Corfu?

*... that Mahee Castle, in Northern Ireland, has a bawn, a boatbay, and a murder-hole?

*... that Cuban composer César Portillo de la Luz founded the filin movement?

*... that after Robert Pakington was shot to death on the morning of 13 November 1536 while on his way to Mass, his murder was interpreted as a Protestant martyrdom?

*... that from 1194 to 1196 William de Warenne was responsible for the Honour of Gloucester?

*... that Brooks Mountain in Alaska contains deposits of zeunerite?

*... that French admiral Latouche-Tréville, who had defeated Horatio Nelson at Boulogne, was chastised by his superior because he had brought a female companion to war?

  • 00:00, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Louis-André de Grimaldi

*... that nobleman Louis-André de Grimaldi (pictured) introduced unpopular improvements, such as dismissing the high altar and selling the Medieval and Renaissance silver, during his term as bishop of Le Mans?

*... that the origins of the dance move slutdrop can be traced back to music videos such as Dirrty by Christina Aguilera?

*... that the orange icing sponge often grows on the underside of the mustard hill coral?

*... that Lola Maverick Lloyd, the granddaughter of Samuel Maverick, co-founded the Campaign for World Government?

*... that Tropical Storm Lucille in 1960 was the first tropical cyclone in the Western Pacific to have its name retired?

*... that the restaurant Quo Vadis under chef Jeremy Lee was recently named Best Kitchen by Tatler magazine?

*... that the career of record-breaking discus thrower Eric Krenz was cut short when he drowned in Lake Tahoe?

9 May 2013

  • 16:00, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Gasherbrum II from Base Camp

*... that Gasherbrum II (pictured) is the 13th-highest mountain on Earth?

*... that Horacio Cartes, president-elect of Paraguay, has been president of the Libertad football club since 2001?

*... that Bach's first cantata for the feast of the Ascension, Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 37, omits the topic of the Ascension and derives from the quoted Gospel (Mark 16:16) Lutheran thoughts?

*... that the union of Hungary and Poland fell apart due to the regent Elizabeth of Bosnia's reluctance to give up her grip on power by moving from Buda to Kraków, where she had no supporters?

*... that the bowl of a font in Braaby Church has relief decorations of the magi, an angel holding back a hunter, and Satan in the form of an ape?

*... that during a long career in the Royal Navy, Admiral Stephen Lushington received honours from Britain, France, Greece and the Ottoman Empire?

*... that the Corporation of Derby used to pay two pounds of wax, annually, to the monks of St. James Priory, for the right to cross St. James Bridge?

  • 08:00, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

A Qing Dynasty illustration of Lu Xun

*... that Lu Xun (pictured), a Chinese politician and general known for upholding Confucian ethics, once ordered an attack which led to the deaths and capture of over 1,000 civilians?

*... that though the Sulu Bleeding-heart has not been definitively seen since 1891, there is still hope that it is not extinct?

*... that The Searchers, listed in a recent survey as the seventh greatest film ever made, was edited by Jack Murray, along with fourteen other films directed by John Ford?

*... that Saradha Group financial scandal is possibly the biggest ponzi collapse in India?

*... that Sharon Kinne remains wanted for a crime for which she was tried three times in the 1960s?

*... that the president of the UNGA, Vuk Jeremić, believes that the boycott of the thematic debate on the role of international criminal justice in reconciliation was not successful?

*... that John Christian Reid, a future three-term Mayor of Newcastle, Australia, was appointed the French consular agent there despite his poor grasp of the language?

  • 00:00, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Frontispiece and title page to eighteenth-century miscellany, illustrating a bog-house and title page to The Merry Thought: or, The Glass-Window and Bog-house Miscellany

*... that one of about 1,000 English poetry miscellanies (pictured) of the 18th century included "the Lucubrations of the Polite Part of the World, written upon walls, in Bog-Houses"?

*... that Italian interior designer Stefania Follini spent 130 days of isolation in a cave?

*... that Bangladesh Games, the national multi-sport event of Bangladesh, was previously known as Bangladesh Olympic Championships?

*... that Vilde Frang played the Carmen Fantasy by Pablo de Sarasate, with Mariss Jansons conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, at age 13?

*... that forensic developmental psychology focuses on the reliability, credibility, and accuracy of children's testimonies in the courtroom?

*... that screenwriter Sally Wainwright was inspired by her mother's second marriage when writing Last Tango in Halifax, a story of romance between two widowed septuagenarians?

*... that tangled honeypots can be found in kwongan?

8 May 2013

  • 16:00, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

*... that the Neanderthals of Gibraltar (male pictured) were among the first to be discovered and may have been among the last surviving members of their species?

*... that Beethoven improvised for an hour on piano to comfort Dorothea von Ertmann, his student and possible Immortal Beloved, over the death of her son?

*... that the furry flower spikes of Banksia baueri take up to six months to develop?

*... that Syair Abdul Muluk was authored by either Raja Ali Haji or his sister?

*... that geologist Sharon A. Hill has investigated and reported on recent claims about Bigfoot DNA evidence?

*... that Casimir Pulaski Monument in Savannah, the first American monument to Pulaski, was built over 70 years after a US Congress resolution calling for it?

*... that Sophia Loren punished cat burglar Peter Scott with a 'gypsies' curse'?

  • 08:00, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Paoli Dam

*... that film actress Paoli Dam (pictured) holds a post-graduate degree in chemistry and initially wanted to become a researcher of the subject?

*... that the yeast Sporobolomyces koalae was isolated from nasal swabs collected from koalas housed in a Japanese zoo?

*... that Ariya Jutanugarn, at age 11, was the youngest player ever to qualify for an LPGA Tour event?

*... that Wild Mary Sudik spewed more than 200,000 barrels of oil over Oklahoma City?

*... that Nathan Astle's 153-ball double century is the fastest in Test cricket?

*... that the web series My Best Gay Friends, considered to be the first gay sitcom in Vietnam, was filmed using a DSLR camera?

*... that some players preferred receiving cufflinks or shotguns over a World Series ring?

  • 00:00, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Dirt and grass along the edge of a river

*... that much of the Yankeetown Site (pictured) was flooded by the construction of a new dam on the Ohio River?

*... that Harald Sandvik was in command of the Special Operations Executive branch Kompani Linge in 1943–44?

*... that St. Pierre Cathedral in Saint Pierre and Miquelon contains stained glass windows that were given by Charles de Gaulle during his 1967 visit?

*... that Disgraced is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that depicts the challenges for upwardly mobile Muslim Americans in the post-9/11 America?

*... that Latu Makaafi became one of Jersey's first professional rugby players?

*... that the inmates of Poniatowa camp dug their own graves as fake air-raid trenches?

*... that Commander de Fréminville was not only a keen explorer, zoologist and archeologist, but also the anonymous author of a book exalting female clothes?

7 May 2013

  • 16:00, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Illustration of Noah's Ark landing on the Mountains of Ararat (fol. 521a)

*... that the 13th-century illuminated manuscript North French Hebrew Miscellany (illustration pictured) contains biblical and religious texts as well as poetry, legal materials, and a calendar?

*... that the seven home runs hit by Jack Stivetts as a pitcher in 1890 stood as the record until Wes Ferrell hit nine in 1931?

*... that Lawrence Fuchs, an American studies professor at Brandeis University, was also a Peace Corps country director in The Philippines and a Navy medic?

*... that the Majdanek State Museum, with its permanent collection of evidence and rare artefacts from the Holocaust in Poland, was the first museum of its kind in the world?

*... that the wildlife of Rwanda includes an estimated one-third of the worldwide population of mountain gorillas?

*... that the Blue Qur'an is written in gold and silver on parchment colored with indigo?

*... that Yoram Tsafrir was the superintendent of the Holyland Model of Jerusalem?

  • 08:00, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Merlot grapes

*... that Merlot blanc is the offspring of the Bordeaux wine grape Merlot (pictured) and the Cognac grape Folle blanche?

*... that attendees of the annual International Conference on Hollywoodism, held by the government of Iran in Tehran, include a former U.S. senator and presidential candidate?

*... that PR executive Rembrandt Flores has produced parties for Justin Bieber, Usher, and Kim Kardashian as well as coordinated events for The Grammys, The Sundance Film Festival and The Oscars?

*... that one of the skyscrapers proposed for the Yongsan Dreamhub in Korea caused controversy over its design reminiscent of the 9/11 events?

*... that the filly Seabreeze, the runner-up in the 1888 1,000 Guineas Stakes, set new race records when she won the Epsom Oaks and then the St. Leger Stakes later that year?

*... that pioneering Jamaican producer Ken Khouri set up a studio on the island, worked with Lord Flea, Prince Buster and Coxsone Dodd, but felt that he had been forgotten?

*... that the Inclosure Act 1773 eventually stopped traffic flowing along the Shit Brook?

  • 00:00, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Mythicomyces corneipes

*... that although the fungus Mythicomyces corneipes (pictured) was given its current name in 1986, the name was republished 25 years later when the initial publication was found to be in error?

*... that no active American football player has publicly come out as gay in either the National Football League (NFL) or in the Division I level of college football?

*... that before the exodus that started in 1988, many of the over 200,000 Baku Armenians spoke the Karabakh dialect?

*... that as a choreographer and dancer, Morleigh Steinberg presented her arms as noodles, but to much of the public she is known for being next to The Edge?

*... that Lie Tek Swie's Si Ronda (The Watchman) was the debut of Bachtiar Effendi?

*... that basketry artist Shōkansai Iizuka devoted the first decade of his training to the correct method of cutting bamboo?

*... that the energy drink Pussy is advertised as "100% natural"?

6 May 2013

  • 16:05, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Map of Christmas Island published by Goos

*... that Pieter Goos was the first man to map Christmas Island, which he labelled "Mony" in his 1666 map (pictured) of the East Indies?

*... that each frame in the world's smallest film is only 45 nanometers wide?

*... that completion of the Hector-class ironclad HMS Valiant was delayed for nearly five years by a shortage of rifled muzzle-loading guns?

*... that with more than 1.3 million visitors in 2010, the Mont Saint Michel Abbey was among most visited cultural sites in France?

*... that while governor of Mecca, Khalid al-Qasri declared that he was prepared to demolish the Kaaba and transport it to Jerusalem?

*... that Cyclone Favio was the first known tropical cyclone that passed south of Madagascar to strike Africa as an intense tropical cyclone?

*... that Oscar Wilde's tomb had controversial testicles?

  • 08:20, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

George Juskalian in military uniform

*... that George Juskalian (pictured) had honors that are amongst the highest given to any U.S. military personnel?

*... that seeds of the fossil yew genus Diploporus are larger than Taxus seeds and smaller than Torreya seeds?

*... that Funny or Die's Steve Jobs biopic, entitled iSteve, was written in three days and shot in five?

*... that Magnus Stamnestrø scored the goal that made his club have the worst season-opener by a defending champion in Norwegian football?

*... that First Lady Dolley Madison and Senator John C. Calhoun spent three weeks together in the Public Vault at public expense?

*... that 180 students from across Europe gather twice a year during the international session of the Model European Parliament to simulate how the European Parliament works?

*... that Japanese sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa, whose strict demeanor inspired comparisons to Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi" character, once ejected actress Charlize Theron from his restaurant?

  • 00:00, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Portrait by Antoine Maurin

*... that Jean-Baptiste Willaumez (pictured) was given a reflecting circle by Louis XVI, seconded D'Entrecasteaux in his expeditions, and refused to commit war crimes ordered by General de Rochambeau?

*... that the statue of Saint Patrick outside St Patrick's Church, Liverpool, was moved from a Dublin insurance building in 1827?

*... that Ones ranked as the 88th Top Latin Album of the 2000s decade?

*... that more than seventy percent of the Assa River basin is subject to avalanches?

*... that the John Steinbeck play adaptation Of Mice and Men debuted on Broadway while the novel of the same name was still on the best seller lists?

*... that no tropical cyclones made landfall in the United States during the 1853 Atlantic hurricane season?

*... that aspiring politician Pim Fortuyn wrote De puinhopen van acht jaar Paars because he believed journalists were "too lazy" to read his previous work?

5 May 2013

  • 16:00, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

St Michael's Church, Duntisbourne Rouse

*... that, late in life, architect Sidney Gambier-Parry lived in the old rectory of St Michael's Church, Duntisbourne Rouse (pictured), while he restored the church?

*... that BirdLife International considers it unusual for the Grauer's Swamp Warbler and White-winged Swamp Warbler species to live together at the Rugezi Marsh in Rwanda?

*... that Pierowall has an Iron Age dry-stone Atlantic roundhouse?

*... that minuscule 897, 922 and 1187 contain the spurious biblical text of Pericope Adulterae but are marked as doubtful?

*... that Bård Finne scored four goals when SK Brann won 14–0 in the 2013 Norwegian Football Cup?

*... that the 1959 ascent of Mir Samir was the "first ascent of a great peak in Afghanistan"?

*... that a guard rail around the Vlah Church is made of captured Ottoman rifle barrels?

  • 08:00, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Banksia speciosa, San Francisco Botanical Garden

*... that whole populations of Banksia speciosa (pictured) have perished from Phytophthora cinnamomi dieback in Western Australia?

*... that Wang Ruowang was a political prisoner of both the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communists?

*... that Hurricane Joanne was one of four tropical cyclones to bring gale-force winds to the Southwestern United States?

*... that RNA-binding proteins help guide embryonic development?

*... that Kris Bryant allowed a classmate to take his place as salutatorian?

*... that the Fremont Hotel, originally managed by Thomas Pascoe, appeared in the background near the end of Charlie Chaplin's debut film, Making a Living, in 1914?

*... that James the Just is praised in the Ascents of James for starting the first Christian Church instead of Saint Peter?

  • 00:00, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Waveguide post filter

*... that waveguide filters (example pictured) used in multiplexers originally needed decoupling resonators for each input, but these were found to be unnecessary by E. J. Curly when he accidentally mistuned a diplexer?

*... that Halvor J. Sandsdalen's poem about the Telemark cattle has been displayed on a stone erected at the cattle show place in Seljord?

*... that Red Bank Plantation House, a former plantation house in Jacksonville, Florida, is now a private home in the residential neighborhood that grew around it?

*... that Lower Elwha Klallam elder Adeline Smith, who created the Klallam alphabet, contributed 12,000 words to the first Klallam language dictionary?

*... that during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Yanuh-Jat was the only Druze town in the Galilee to combat Israeli forces?

*... that Goodnight Mister Tom, which is an adaptation of the children's novel of the same name, won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment at the 2013 Olivier Awards?

*... that Jean Segura stole first base?

4 May 2013

  • 16:00, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

*... that the threat to the wildlife of Mali (pictured) due to deforestation resulted in economic damage of an estimated 5.35 per cent of GDP, in 1997?

*... that Tunbridge Wells sold over 2,600 tickets in 24 hours for the 2013 FA Vase Final against Spennymoor Town, contrasting with regular crowds of 138?

*... that the barque Skomvær was the first sailing ship constructed with steel in Norway?

*... that the veterinarian René Malbrant was a member of all legislatures of the Fourth Republic, representing French citizens in French Equatorial Africa?

*... that since 1970 London's Raphael Portrait of Pope Julius II has been recognized as the first or prime version, rather than the Uffizi's?

*... that John Gunther's description of Knoxville as the "ugliest city" in America in his book Inside U.S.A. spurred the establishment of the city's annual Dogwood Arts Festival?

*... that Maria van Oosterwijck included a specific species of butterfly in most of her major paintings?

  • 08:00, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Maria Tallchief in 1954

*... that the choreography of George Balanchine combined with the dancing of prima ballerina Maria Tallchief (pictured) is credited with revolutionizing ballet?

*... that Tocha is a Japanese game involving the identification of different types of tea?

*... that Cheer C.P.S., the cheerleading squad of Colegio de la Preciosa Sangre from Pichilemu, Chile, has participated twice in international competitions held in the United States?

*... that the best-selling biography Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal, which created Earp as a "superman", omitted his common-law wife of 46 years after his widow threatened to sue the author?

*... that after surviving service as a aircraft/seaplane carrier in World War I, the Nairana was twice almost capsized by rogue waves during her career as a Bass Strait ferry?

*... that Clay Hopper, Jackie Robinson's first manager in organized baseball, asked Branch Rickey to assign Robinson to a different team?

*... that you started out as a blastula?

  • 00:00, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Mariano Rivera pitching

*... that a year ago, Mariano Rivera (pictured) shagged a baseball and tore his anterior cruciate ligament as a result?

*... that advertised as a "Photographed Play", Satyawadi Raja Harishchandra (1917) is India's first remake feature film?

*... that Dan Paul represented the Miami Herald before the US Supreme Court?

*... that author Thomas Hardy wrote the novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd at his birthplace?

*... that the Malay-language newspaper Pembrita Betawi had Eurasian, Chinese, and Javanese writers?

*... that as many as 367 species of birds have been reported in the Congo-Nile Divide of Africa?

*... that while the heroine of India's first full length film was a man, Mohini Bhasmasur was the first Indian film to feature actresses?

3 May 2013

  • 16:00, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Hunterwali film poster

*... that in Hunterwali (poster pictured), Fearless Nadia appears as a swashbuckling princess in disguise wearing hot pants, "with her big breasts and bare white thighs" setting things right with a scowl?

*... that Freerslev Church contains nine vertical blank windows?

*... that in 2008 Pakistani politician Hanif Abbasi won by-elections as a member of the right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami party, and the general election as a member of the centre-right Pakistan Muslim League-N?

*... that Master Vithal, the hero of India's first talkie Alam Ara and many silent stunt films, was known as the "Douglas Fairbanks of India"?

*... that Andreas Tegström and Andreas Augustsson scored the goals when Norwegian football club Sandefjord secured promotion to Tippeligaen for the first time?

*... that while fighting for Britain in the Second World War, future Rhodesian prime minister Ian Smith underwent plastic surgery to his face after crashing his plane?

*... that Erwin Arnada's nudity-free edition of Playboy led to his imprisonment for indecency?

  • 08:00, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Sant Tukaram

*... that Sant Tukaram (scene pictured) was the first Indian film to receive international recognition and was adjudged as one of the three best films of the world at the Venice Film Festival?

*... that Captains Albert W. Stevens and Orvil A. Anderson set a new altitude record on November 11, 1935 by ascending to 72,395 feet (22,066 m) on the helium balloon Explorer II?

*... that Team Syachihoko is a sister group of Momoiro Clover Z and Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku and, having been formed in 2011, is the "youngest sister" of the three?

*... that Jonathan Gray turned down a $500,000 offer to play baseball for the New York Yankees so that he could attend the University of Oklahoma?

*... that some historians believe that presumed reels of India's first feature film Raja Harishchandra (1913) are actually of its remake Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra (1917)?

*... that the Red Sealing Wax Palm, a popular ornamental plant, was included in the IUCN Red List in 1995 and removed in 2000?

*... that National Hero of Indonesia Tirto Adhi Soerjo was paid in newspapers?

  • 00:00, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

The B-2 Spirit took up its design from Hal Markarian

*... that Hal Markarian produced a sketch that has been a recognizable ancestor of the modern B-2 Spirit (pictured)?

*... that John Glenn saw the Devil's Cigarette Lighter from orbit?

*... that the Treaty of Buda enabled Louis I of Hungary to become king of Poland because his uncle had no legitimate sons, but had to be followed by the Treaty of Košice because Louis himself had no sons?

*... that actor Víctor Laplace played Argentine president Juan Perón in the film Puerta de Hierro, el exilio de Perón?

*... that Daddy Yankee's performance of "Limbo" at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards included "performers pounding skyscraper-size drums"?

*... that Akokan is one of Niger's two "uranium towns" located nearby the COMINAK and SOMAIR uranium mines?

*... that Grover Cleveland was the only person ever to simultaneously be a former U.S. President and a U.S. President-elect?

2 May 2013

  • 16:00, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

All Saints' Church, Winthorpe

*... that, after the Act of Uniformity of 1559, an investigation of an early version of All Saints' Church, Winthorpe (pictured), found the chancel to be topless?

*... that Dorothy Kitson was one of the few women in Tudor England to nominate burgesses for Parliament?

*... that Oh Iboe (Oh Mother) was made by three The brothers?

*... that as part of the history of breakfast, in the 1700s fashionable people in Great Britain adopted coffee and chocolate as breakfast drinks?

*... that Captain Solomon Ferris was forced to surrender his ship at the First Battle of Algeciras, after running aground?

*... that the Earl of Harrington's former London townhouse, Harrington House, is currently the official home of the Russian Ambassador to the UK?

*... that Ohio's Reamer Barn was architect-designed but built to house dairy cattle?

  • 08:00, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Rembrandt self-portrait, 1635

*... that Self-portrait wearing a white feathered bonnet (pictured) is the only Rembrandt owned by the National Trust?

*... that, although a British engineer is generally credited with design of Melbourne's sewerage system, a recent biography attributes the project's success to the Australian William Thwaites?

*... that Kevin Bacon made his debut as a director in 1996 with the Golden Globe Award winning television film Losing Chase?

*... that Belmont University's Ian Clark was named the 2012–13 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in the school's first year in the conference?

*... that the 1975 LaGuardia Airport Bombing, which killed 11 people, remains unsolved?

*... that Elvira Rawson de Dellepiane is remembered as the "mother of women's rights in Argentina"?

*... that Frans Masereel's 1920 wordless novel The Idea and its 1932 animated adaptation feature a naked woman who runs rampant through a city, thereby disrupting the social order?

  • 00:00, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

PSY performing on March 9, 2013

*... that the music video for "Gentleman", the latest single by PSY (pictured), has set a world record with over 38 million single-day page views?

*... that Wang Huiwu has a memorial in Wuzhen, extolling her contribution to the cause of women in 20th-century China?

*... that late 19th-century poverty in Austrian Galicia, punctuated by numerous famines, resulted in millions of migrants and even became proverbial?

*... that the "nakimu" in Nakimu Caves means "grumbling spirits" in Shuswap?

*... that swordsmith Akitsugu Amata was originally employed as a masseur by his teacher?

*... that the soldiers who enlisted in the Polish Armed Forces in the West during WWII were known as "Sikorski's tourists"?

*... that before the Kandyan naval raid against the Portuguese Empire occurred, the Kingdom of Kandy had been saved from conquest by a "balance of weakness"?

1 May 2013

  • 16:00, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

Viking siege of Paris

*... that Danish Vikings sacked Paris in 845 (pictured), and did not leave until being paid a ransom of 7,000 pounds (3,200 kg) of gold and silver?

*... that Mount Ollivier, named after Arthur Ollivier, was proposed to be renamed in honour of New Zealand's great mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary?

*... that the name of the Omaha Hotel created the impression that it was affiliated with the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway?

*... that James Leal Greenleaf was a civil engineer who also landscaped the Lincoln Memorial?

*... that Eliel Saarinen's Tribune Tower design for the Chicago Tribune earned him $20,000 but was never built?

*... that Liu-Wang Liming, a Chinese feminist, was imprisoned after being accused of being a spy of the CIA in 1966?

*... that a commercial for the anime Free! led fans to create various fan works expanding upon the nameless characters from the ad?

  • 08:00, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

No. 1 Squadron RAAF Lincoln bomber at Tengah, Singapore, in 1950

*... that No. 90 (Composite) Wing (Avro Lincoln pictured) was formed so that RAAF units in the Malayan Emergency would not be absorbed by the RAF, as happened in Britain during World War II?

*... that The Daughter of Dawn is a rare, full-length silent film from 1920, with an all Native American cast, that had only been shown once until being rediscovered and restored 85 years later?

*... that Xyza Diazen is one of the incumbent city councilors of Marikina City's Second District?

*... that four singles from Romeo Santos's debut album reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart?

*... that chef Kenny Atkinson has won Michelin stars at two restaurants, and has twice been one of the winners of the Great British Menu?

*... that in Novartis v. Union of India & Others, Indian Supreme Court refused to evergreen the patent for an anti-cancer drug because it was not sufficiently inventive?

*... that Mary Cooper (fl. 1743–1761) printed, besides erotic fiction, the first English collection of nursery rhymes?

  • 00:00, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

Test of Cidaris cidaris

*... that the long-spine slate pen sea urchin (pictured) can suffer from bald sea urchin disease?

*... that American political pressure prevented Austrian communist actor and director Karl Paryla from performing in the 1952 Salzburg Festival?

*... that General Grant Grove, a 154-acre (62 ha) section of Kings Canyon National Park, is home to the 3rd and 11th largest trees in the world?

*... that former Gewandhaus organist Matthias Eisenberg was made an honorary professor in 2003 by the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein for his contributions to organ music?

*... that Douce noir, which is known as Charbono in California and Bonarda in Argentina, has been called both a "cult wine" and "the Rodney Dangerfield of wine"?

*... that Tamil Nadu's V. B. Chandrasekhar set the record for the fastest hundred in Indian First-class cricket when he reached his century off 56 balls in the 1988 Irani Trophy?

*... that "Play That Song" was already "bubbling up the charts" prior to its official release?

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