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25 September 2018
- 00:00, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station
- ... that the Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station (pictured), built in 1897 to rescue shipwrecked mariners, was itself rescued from the sea and given a new lease of life?
- ... that Arthur Rook and Ian Whimster wrote important articles on keratoacanthoma and blistering skin diseases?
- ... that during the Quasi-War, the Inspector General of the United States Army, Alexander Hamilton, acted as the de facto head of the United States Army?
- ... that sociologist Ashley Mears conducted an ethnography of the fashion industry while working as a model in New York and London?
- ... that the name of Melimoyu, a volcano in Chile, means "four breasts"?
- ... that Manuel Torres was the first foreign diplomat to die in the United States?
- ... that the Stratford Dialectical and Radical Club, formed in 1880, was one of the first openly socialist societies in London?
- ... that the Israeli actor
- 00:00, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
Bazoline Usher in 1982
- ... that in 1944, educator Bazoline Estelle Usher (pictured) became the first African American to have an office at Atlanta City Hall?
- ... that The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, a 1991 Newbery Honor book, was written in the style of a 19th-century travelogue?
- ... that Walter Freudenthal distinguished between the skin conditions keratoma senile and verruca senilis, before leaving Nazi-occupied Europe?
- ... that deserters from the South Sudanese army embarked on a long march north, across the border into Sudan, to escape their former comrades?
- ... that singer Elise Barensfeld is a possible dedicatee of Ludwig van Beethoven's Für Elise?
- ... that the cover of Houses of the Holy was designed by Hipgnosis and based on photographs taken at the Giant's Causeway?
- ... that in 1901, Herbert R. Spencer described how to turn a baby should it be in the breech position before birth?
- ... that
- 00:00, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that General Frisbie (pictured) accidentally sank two ships and disabled a third, was renamed Commander, and then turned into a salmon cannery?
- ... that Israa al-Ghomgham could become the first Saudi woman to be beheaded as punishment for defending human rights?
- ... that under low relative humidity conditions, protonymph pyroglyphid mites may die, or they may enter a state of diapause until conditions improve?
- ... that Austrian fencer Ernst Königsgarten once performed in front of King Edward VII?
- ... that the expedition to Valdivia seized and then abandoned the last Dutch possession on the Pacific coast of the Americas?
- ... that after Australian rules footballer Nathan Murphy was drafted by Collingwood, cricketer Shane Warne rang club president Eddie McGuire to commend the selection?
- ... that a verse from Psalm 36 is seen as endorsing animal welfare and animal rights?
- ... that the suspected Mexican drug lord
- 00:00, 22 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that flowers of the long-stalk spiderhead (pictured) produce a sweet smell late in the afternoon?
- ... that Kalākaua restored the hula, which had previously been banned from being publicly performed, and sponsored other Native Hawaiian traditions in the first Hawaiian Renaissance?
- ... that brownies, helpful household spirits from British folklore, are said to leave a house forever if offered a gift of clothing?
- ... that Brian Kershisnik's experiences of the births of his children inspired his painting Nativity?
- ... that Leonard Bernstein composed Opening Prayer on a commission from Carnegie Hall for its reopening in 1986?
- ... that during the Wars of the Roses, the son of William Bonville was killed at the Battle of Wakefield in 1460, and Bonville himself was executed a few months later after the Second Battle of St Albans?
- ... that FRoSTA, the largest frozen food company in Germany, suffered huge losses when it adopted sustainable sourcing and eliminated food additives from its products?
- ... that the
- 00:00, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
Helen Woodrow Bones
- ... that Helen Woodrow Bones (pictured), U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's first cousin, became a "surrogate First Lady" for 16 months between the death of his first wife and his second marriage?
- ... that despite the Democratic Republic of the Congo's $24 trillion in mineral reserves, more than 80% of its residents live in extreme poverty?
- ... that Mark Aubry is a lecturer on concussion awareness, a team physician for the Ottawa Senators, and the chief medical officer of Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation?
- ... that science fiction writer Harlan Ellison's earliest known published work was a fan letter to the comic book Real Fact Comics?
- ... that Dorothy Papadakos, the first female organist at New York's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, wrote a musical portraying Roman life in ancient Pompeii when it was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius?
- ... that the bluegrass billbug feeds on maize and other grain crops as well as on Kentucky bluegrass?
- ... that The New York Times published the anonymous essay "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration" despite its history of publishing few such works?
- ... that during
- 00:00, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
The Windscale Piles (centre and right) in 1985
- ... that while the filters added to the chimneys of the Windscale Piles (pictured) were mocked as "Cockcroft's Follies", they prevented what might have been a disastrous radioactive accident?
- ... that as a child in Pontianak, Indonesia, Sutarmidji used to hawk newspapers close to the mayor's office that he would later occupy?
- ... that Big Tips Texas features scantily-clad waitresses from Redneck Heaven, a breastaurant whose body-paint events led to nudity law changes in at least three Texas municipalities?
- . .. that Tonatiuh Bravo Padilla stepped down as rector of the University of Guadalajara to seek a return to elected office as a Mexican federal deputy?
- ... that a former island is named after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology?
- ... that soldiers from the Axis powers of Germany and Italy committed more than 5,000 war crimes in Italy during World War II?
- ... that a pyemotid mite, commonly known as the straw itch mite, has been investigated for use in biological pest control?
- ... that after being rejected by European and Chinese teams,
- 00:00, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Belgian footballer Romelu Lukaku (pictured) has scored two international hat-tricks, but only one is recognised by FIFA?
- ... that the murder of Deborah Linsley on a train in 1988 hastened the speed with which British Rail abolished the use of the type of compartment coach in which she died?
- ... that from 1660 to 1700, the majority of Japanese porcelain was made to be exported?
- ... that attorney Kristin Cooper, the current First Lady of North Carolina, has performed in several plays with her daughters?
- ... that Arrowe Country Park sits on land purchased in 1800 by the Mayor of Liverpool with money earned from the slave trade?
- ... that the German composer Karl Ludwig Drobisch and his brother calculated planetary movements?
- ... that Sabrina, a critique of the modern "fake news" era, is the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the Booker Prize?
- ... that
- 00:00, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the brown-hooded kingfisher (pictured), about 22 centimetres (8.7 in) long, has been recorded eating reptiles as long as 25 centimetres (9.8 in)?
- ... that basketball player Trey Kell signed with the Bosnian team Igokea over nine other European offers?
- ... that "Wenn ich, o Schöpfer, deine Macht", part of German Protestant and Catholic hymnals, began as a poem by Christian Fürchtegott Gellert from the Age of Enlightenment?
- ... that Kaʻiminaʻauao, a younger sibling of Hawaii's Queen Liliʻuokalani, died in an epidemic that killed more than 10,000 people, mostly Native Hawaiians?
- ... that Niel Gow, a Scottish fiddler, is said to have composed many of his best-known tunes under a tree on the banks of the River Tay?
- ... that in 1381, during the Peasants' Revolt, John Fresshe—later to be Lord Mayor of London—was widely suspected of encouraging the mob to burn down the Marshalsea Prison?
- ... that the United States government purchased John Lennon's boyhood stamp album for the National Philatelic Collection?
- ... that
- 00:00, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
Dancers, c. 1763
- ... that some Ludwigsburg porcelain figures from the 1760s (example pictured) show the lighter dance costumes pioneered by the ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre?
- ... that a record reward was raised by the local Crime Stoppers in the month-long search for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who was found dead in a cornfield?
- ... that around one million pilgrims visit the Sanctuary of San Gerardo Maiella in Materdomini, Italy, each year?
- ... that in 2018, Diede de Groot became the first woman in wheelchair tennis to win both the women's singles and doubles events at Wimbledon?
- ... that the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail in Wenatchee, Washington, was funded by a local utility company as part of environmental mitigation for hydroelectric dams?
- ... that juvenile ladder hornsnails tend to live underwater while the adults mostly live above the high water mark?
- ... that with the USC Trojans, beach volleyball player Sara Hughes won 103 consecutive matches and 2 NCAA Championships?
- ... that during the
- 00:00, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
All-black crew of the Yarmouth
- ... that on arriving in Cuba in 1920, the SS Yarmouth (crew pictured), flagship of Marcus Garvey's Black Star Line, was hailed as the "Ark of the Covenant of the colored people"?
- ... that "Love Men Holic" by Shiena Nishizawa is a love song that uses ramen-related puns in its lyrics?
- ... that the Überwasserkirche, a Gothic hall church in Münster, was the location of the second of three sermons held in 1941 by Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen in defiance of the Nazi regime?
- ... that common names for Eucalyptus exserta include Queensland peppermint, bendo, and messmate?
- ... that the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India has sometimes been more influential than senior government ministers?
- ... that United States Route 66, decommissioned in 1985, was recently designated as a bicycle route?
- ... that in 1855, Soorjo Coomar Goodeve Chuckerbutty became the first Indian to pass the Indian Medical Service examination?
- ... that perfumer
- 00:00, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Das goldene Kreuz (The Golden Cross), the second opera by Ignaz Brüll (pictured), was an immediate international success but was later banned by the Nazi regime?
- ... that in 1985, Shiv Pande arranged for a joint India-Pakistan cricket team to play "the rest of the world" in aid of Mother Teresa's charity and the orphans of the Bhopal gas disaster?
- ... that the comic book The Accelerators was originally conceived as a screenplay?
- ... that James T. Mullen was the first Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus?
- ... that a reconstruction of a Roman bath house at the Hull and East Riding Museum includes an original mosaic and a life-sized bather?
- ... that Mexican senator Delfina Gómez Álvarez entered politics at the urging of a former mayor who later ran for the Senate alongside her?
- ... that the 2018 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship took place at the Edel-optics.de Arena in Hamburg?
- ... that
- 00:00, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
Male Luna moth
- ... that the long tails on the hindwings of the Luna moth (pictured) are thought to interfere with echolocation detection used by predatory bats?
- ... that five years ago today, Tiffany Whitton left her handbag and flip-flops behind when she ran out of a Walmart at 2 a.m., and has not been seen since?
- ... that the Hanbo scandal, one of South Korea's largest corruption cases, involved presidential aides, a former minister, and top banking executives?
- ... that Magne Dæhli was part of the gold-winning team in the men's relay of the World Orienteering Championships for three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018?
- ... that a Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp escaped disguised as an SS guard along with an SS-Rottenführer?
- ... that in 2017, Lorena Cuéllar Cisneros joined eight other Mexican senators in switching parties after a dispute over commission seats, more than doubling the Labor Party's ranks?
- ... that a line of T-shirts produced by Massive Goods featuring art by Gengoroh Tagame became popular in the LGBTQ hip-hop scene?
- ... that American pediatrician
- 00:00, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Mount Cayley massif
- ... that the Mount Cayley massif (pictured) in British Columbia has been investigated as a potential geothermal energy resource?
- ... that Reginald St John Battersby joined the British Army aged 14, was commissioned at 15, and lost a leg at 17?
- ... that Vanessa Delgado's 112-day term in the California State Senate will be the shortest tenure since 1903?
- ... that pieces of Hirado ware decorated with seven boys chasing butterflies were once made only for the shōgun and emperors of Japan?
- ... that in 2001, HIV/AIDS campaigner Minoo Mohraz defied a media ban by using the word "condom" on Iranian national television?
- ... that season 9 is the longest-running of SpongeBob SquarePants seasons, airing for four and a half years?
- ... that in 1948, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Fredric Wertham helped establish the Lafargue Clinic in New York City, one of the first to provide low-cost psychiatric services to black patients?
- ... that the
- 00:00, 12 September 2018 (UTC)