Wikipedia:Today's featured list/July 2017

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July 3
Seven-time 50-goal scorer Alexander Ovechkin
Seven-time 50-goal scorer Alexander Ovechkin

Scoring 50 goals in one season is one of the most celebrated individual achievements in the National Hockey League (NHL). In 1944–45, Maurice Richard became the first player to score 50 goals in a season. Bernie Geoffrion became the second player to reach the milestone 16 years later in 1960–61. Fifty-goal seasons increased in frequency during the 1970s and 1980s as offense increased across the league. By 1980, it had been reached 24 times in NHL history; the plateau was reached 76 times in the 1980s alone. Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th goal in his 39th game in 1981–82, the fastest any player has done so. He also shares the record for most 50-goal seasons with Mike Bossy, each having reached the milestone nine times in their careers. A record fourteen players exceeded 50 goals in 1992–93, after which offence declined across the league, and with it the number of players to reach the total. Ninety unique players have scored 50 goals in any one NHL season, doing so a combined 186 times. (Full list...)


July 7
The cast of Parks and Recreation at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards in 2012
The cast of Parks and Recreation at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards in 2012

The American television show Parks and Recreation was nominated for a variety of different awards throughout its run, including sixteen Primetime Emmy Award nominations, twice as a comedy series and twice for writing. Parks and Recreation is a situation comedy created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. The show premiered on NBC on April 9, 2009 and concluded on February 24, 2015 after airing seven seasons. The series stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, an ambitious, mid-level bureaucrat working in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. It was nominated for fifteen Critics' Choice Television Awards (three wins), two Art Directors Guild Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards (one win). Poehler received the most recognition with 25 nominations for acting, winning an American Comedy Award, a Critics' Choice Television Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Gracie Award, and receiving six consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. (Full list...)


July 10
A standard British Monopoly board
A standard British Monopoly board

The locations on the standard British version of the board game Monopoly are set in London and were selected in 1935 by Victor Watson, managing director of John Waddington Limited. Watson became interested in the board game after his son Norman had tried the Parker Brothers original US version and recommended the company produce a board for the domestic market. He took his secretary Marjory Phillips on a day-trip from the head offices in Leeds to London and the pair looked for suitable locations to use. The London version of the game was successful, and in 1936 it was exported to Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, becoming the de facto standard board in the British Commonwealth. It became such a success in the UK that Waddingtons ran Monopoly competitions in locations depicted on the board (pictured); one such contest was held on platforms 3 and 4 of Fenchurch Street station. The resulting board has been perennially popular around the world and the chosen locations have become familiar to millions. (Full list...)


July 14

English writer and journalist W. E. Johns wrote over 150 books and was, after Enid Blyton, "the most prolific and popular children's writer of his time". Most of Johns's work—102 books—consists of the stories of Biggles, a First World War pilot and, later, adventurer, detective and Second World War squadron leader. He also wrote science fiction stories, and two further series of war stories, featuring the characters Worrals of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and Gimlet, a British Commando. Johns served in the army during the First World War. On leaving the Royal Air Force he became a journalist and illustrator. In 1932 he founded Popular Flying magazine and became its first editor. He used the magazine to publish his Biggles short stories. He continued to publish his stories in periodicals and newspapers throughout his career. Six months after the first Biggles stories were published they were collected in book form in The Camels are Coming. Johns also wrote eight non-fiction books, most of which related to flying and pilots. (Full list...)


July 17

Rail transport in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts can be found in every theme park resort property owned or licensed by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The inclusion of transport by rail in its parks began on July 17, 1955, with the opening of the original Disneyland (a key component of the Disneyland Resort) in California, and has since spread to other parts of the world with the opening of Walt Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and Shanghai Disney Resort. Each Disney theme park resort has a rail transport system serving its general resort area, whether it's a monorail system or a conventional rail system. Several Disney park resort properties contain theme parks that feature genuine steam-powered railroads. Additional Disney resort rail systems resemble steam-powered railroads, but their locomotives are powered by internal combustion engines. Other rail transport modes found in Disney parks include horse-drawn streetcar rail lines, as well as replica vintage electric rail lines. The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chain of theme parks is the largest on the planet by annual attendance, and its rail systems play key roles as modes of transportation and as attractions for its visitors. (Full list...)


July 21
Oh Land
Oh Land

Danish singer-songwriter Oh Land has recorded material for four studio albums, and guest features. She has also released an EP and a soundtrack album, and appeared as a featured artist for songs on other artists' releases. After solely writing and independently issuing Fauna in 2008 with Fake Diamond Records, Oh Land released her eponymous second studio album in 2011. Oh Land explored dance and modern pop music and featured contributions from a variety of producers. Five singles were released from the effort, with three of them ("Sun of a Gun", "White Nights", and "Speak Out Now") peaking within the top forty of the single charts in Denmark. The singer's Wish Bone was released in 2013. The record contained music from the pop genre, and was announced alongside the release of three singles: "Renaissance Girls", "Pyromaniac", and "Cherry on Top". Oh Land's fourth studio album, Earth Sick, was released in 2014 and promoted by singles "Head Up High" and "Nothing Is Over". (Full list...)


July 24
Bislett stadion
Bislett stadion

Ten competition and eight non-competition venues were used during the 1952 Winter Olympics, which were held in and around Oslo, Norway, from 14 to 25 February 1952. Six of the competition venues were located in Oslo, while one each was located in Bærum, Skedsmo, Drammen and Krødsherad. Bislett stadion (pictured) was the centerpiece of the games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, the speed skating and the figure skating. Bislett featured both a 400-meter (1,300 ft) circumference speed skating track and a 60-meter (200 ft) long rink used for figure skating, separated by snow banks. Jordal Amfi, an outdoor artificial ice rink, was built with a capacity for 10,000 spectators. This allowed ice hockey to be played on artificial ice for the first time at the Olympics. The ski jumping, cross-country skiing and Nordic combined events were held at Holmenkollbakken, 8 kilometers (5 mi) from the city center. The alpine skiing events were split between Rødkleiva, located in Oslo near Holmenkollen, and Norefjell, located at Krødsherad, 113 kilometers (70 mi) from Oslo and the only venue outside Greater Oslo. (Full list...)


July 28
Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season was well above average in the number of tropical cyclones that formed, at nineteen. It was the first time that the first eight tropical cyclones of the season failed to attain hurricane status. Although Tropical Storm Arlene formed on June 28, the season officially began on June 1 and ended on November 30, dates that conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones develop in the Atlantic basin. The season produced twenty tropical depressions, of which nineteen further intensified into tropical storms; seven strengthened into hurricanes, and four hurricanes ultimately intensified into major hurricanes. The two most significant storms, in terms of loss of life and damage, were Hurricane Irene (pictured) and Tropical Storm Lee. Hurricane Irene was a powerful and unusually large storm that made several landfalls along the East Coast of the United States after peaking with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 km/h). Tropical Storm Lee was a disorganized tropical cyclone that moved ashore the coastline of Louisiana before producing historic flooding in the Northeast United States as an extratropical cyclone. (Full list...)


July 31
J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons

The 2014 American drama film Whiplash garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories. The film stars Miles Teller as an ambitious jazz drummer selected to join a school studio band taught by a cruel music instructor played by J. K. Simmons (pictured), and was written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The film premiered at the opening night of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 16, where it went on to win the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Dramatic Feature. At the 87th Academy Awards, the film received five nominations with Simmons winning for Best Supporting Actor and Tom Cross winning for Best Film Editing. Whiplash garnered five nominations at the British Academy Film Awards with Simmons winning for Best Supporting Actor. The American Film Institute included the film in their list of top ten movies of the year. (Full list...)

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