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- 1 Did you know...
- 1.1 18 August 2017
- 1.2 17 August 2017
- 1.3 16 August 2017
- 1.4 15 August 2017
- 1.5 14 August 2017
- 1.6 13 August 2017
- 1.7 12 August 2017
- 1.8 11 August 2017
- 1.9 10 August 2017
- 1.10 9 August 2017
- 1.11 8 August 2017
- 1.12 7 August 2017
- 1.13 6 August 2017
- 1.14 5 August 2017
- 1.15 4 August 2017
- 1.16 3 August 2017
- 1.17 2 August 2017
- 1.18 1 August 2017
Did you know...
18 August 2017
- 00:45, 18 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Schloss Ledenburg (pictured), the residence of several families in succession, housed music that seemed lost?
- ... that surgeon Pankaj Chandak and his colleagues are believed to be the first surgical team to act in a television drama, namely The Crown?
- ... that during the early winter, the amphipod Paramoera walkeri nearly cover the underside of Antarctic ice sheets?
- ... that "Gotta Get a Grip" is one of two new singles by Mick Jagger, his first solo material since the album Goddess in the Doorway was released in 2001?
- ... that Ayn Rand found the title for her novel The Fountainhead, her first major success, in a thesaurus?
- ... that Seyyed Abdollah Behbahani, a Shia theologian and leader of the constitutional movement, was assassinated in Iran and buried in Iraq?
- ... that video game Godville is a zero-player game, requiring no player interaction with the main character?
- ... that the band Liimanarina take their name from a Finnish word for "glue" and the creaking sound a door makes when it is opened?
17 August 2017
- 01:00, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the Japanese regent from 1585 to 1591, ordered the construction of the Golden Tea Room (pictured), a chashitsu that was completely covered in gold?
- ... that the 2017–18 London & South East Premier season will be the first under that name, as the Rugby Football Union felt the previous "National League 3" name was misleading?
- ... that Henry Semon lost his seat in the Oregon legislature when he accepted a position on the state's agriculture board, but was reappointed to the legislature after resigning from the board?
- ... that the opera Alceste, composed by Anton Schweitzer with a libretto by Wieland, is regarded as a milestone of German opera?
- ... that the site of Kayak Point County Park was originally proposed as an oil refinery?
- ... that the Japanese pygmy woodpecker becomes smaller and darker from the north of its range to the south?
- ... that Bill McCann was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for "courage and fine leadership" during the capture of Crépey Wood?
- ... that a story about the state of American football in the year 17776 has been compared to the work of Don DeLillo, Italo Calvino, Thomas Pynchon, and robot trolls on Reddit?
16 August 2017
- 01:15, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Clint Dempsey (pictured) has 57 international goals, ranking third among active male footballers behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?
- ... that a swamp in the watershed of Red Brook is home to part of the largest population of yellow-bellied flycatchers in Pennsylvania?
- ... that in 1977, symphony conductor Helen Quach was one of two women who led major orchestras anywhere in the world?
- ... that the "Whacky Tobaccy" music video from the Toby Keith album The Bus Songs contains a cameo appearance by Willie Nelson?
- ... that the single species of the ant Aneuretellus is named from the Latin for "deformed"?
- ... that Handel composed the Foundling Hospital Anthem in 1749 for a benefit concert for abandoned children in London?
- ... that William A. Starrett, builder of the Empire State Building, sent his steel construction technology to Japan to help design buildings to resist earthquakes?
- ... that an argument over a horse led to a law banning all black settlers from Oregon in 1844?
15 August 2017
- 01:30, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the grey-headed woodpecker (pictured) was split into three separate species in 2014?
- ... that Elizabeth Mounsey became the organist of St Peter upon Cornhill when she was 14 years old?
- ... that cheese and crackers has been described as one of the first fast foods in the United States?
- ... that Isaac Asiamah, Ghana's new Minister for Youth and Sports, was at one time the country's youngest legislator?
- ... that the Mexican Seismic Alert System provided Mexico City 80 seconds of advance notice prior to the 2012 Oaxaca earthquake?
- ... that Rano M. Shaiza helped further the Naga peace accord by brokering a meeting between her uncle, the founder of the Naga separatist movement, and the Prime Minister of India?
- ... that the star S Coronae Borealis has been estimated as having around 1.34 times the Sun's mass but 308 times its radius?
- ... that Toronto Blue Jays baseball player Riley Adams has a black belt in karate?
14 August 2017
- 01:45, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Minneapolis–Saint Paul's Metro system (train pictured) provided 23 million rides across its 37 light rail stations in 2016?
- ... that the banded woodpecker has adapted well to living in man-made surroundings and is of low concern to conservationists?
- ... that the Theater Bonn opened a new opera house in 1965?
- ... that the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided that "lines, chevrons, and colorful shapes" on cheerleading uniforms could be eligible for copyright protection?
- ... that London Fog 1966 features the earliest known live recordings by the Doors?
- ... that Typhoon Page was the record-setting sixth tropical cyclone to hit Japan in 1990?
- ... that Katharine Peabody Loring taught history with Alice James at the first correspondence school in the United States?
- ... that Knuckles' Chaotix was not developed by Sonic Team, but rather a separate, internal development team at Sega?
13 August 2017
- 02:00, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that commander Seth Ledyard Phelps (pictured) helped hoist the American flag over the Confederate Fort Henry after it fell to the Union?
- ... that the scorpion Cheloctonus jonesii has been reported killing the red-billed quelea?
- ... that four years ago today, Tiffany Daniels left her job at Pensacola State College early after telling her supervisor she would not be back for a few days, and has not been seen since?
- ... that the CAMS 54 long-range flying boat attempted an east-west transatlantic crossing, but was returned to France by ship from the Azores?
- ... that actress Lucinda Dryzek secured the role of Jasmine Burrows in Holby City while she was training as a hairdresser?
- ... that additional fire sprinklers were installed in Seattle's Westlake station to accommodate parties and receptions on the station's mezzanine?
- ... that "5,6,7,8" is the third-highest selling and most streamed song of Steps' career, despite being one of their lowest charting?
- ... that Kojo Armah once chaired a parliamentary committee to investigate the substitution of cocaine with corn dough in the Police Narcotics Exhibit Room of the Ghana Police Service?
12 August 2017
- 00:00, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the dunes of the Hagal dune field on Mars (detail pictured) look like dots and dashes, and are called the "Martian Morse Code"?
- ... that former Sha Na Na member Jon "Bowzer" Bauman was the co-author of Truth in Music Advertising legislation in most of the United States?
- ... that Baa Baa Land, an eight-hour slow cinema film containing nothing but long shots of grazing sheep, is described by its producers as "the dullest movie ever made"?
- ... that Tarabya, the self-proclaimed king of Pegu, was executed on the order of King Wareru of Martaban, who was his father-in-law and son-in-law?
- ... that San Francisco's Julius' Castle on Telegraph Hill was once painted pink?
- ... that Laurie Davidson was inspired for his role as William Shakespeare in Will by Straight Outta Compton and 8 Mile, but not by modern depictions of Shakespeare such as Shakespeare in Love?
- ... that Typhoon Gene resulted in the cancellation of the final round of the 1990 Top Cup Tokai Classic?
- ... that the obituary of Dewey Readmore Books, a library cat, appeared in more than 270 national and international newspapers?
11 August 2017
- 00:00, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the Slovenian soprano Sabina Cvilak (pictured) was Puccini's character Mimi in Washington, Wagner's Sieglinde in Wiesbaden, and performed Britten's War Requiem in London on the composer's centenary?
- ... that Sonam Kapoor won the National Film Award and the Filmfare Award for the 2016 biographical thriller Neerja?
- ... that Renga is a video game designed for movie theaters in which up to one hundred players use laser pointers to control and defend a space ship?
- ... that Devil's Bargain describes how Steve Bannon used his experience at Breitbart News to gather white men to support Donald Trump?
- ... that Phillip Davey was awarded the Victoria Cross for killing an eight-man machine gun crew, which "saved his platoon from annihilation"?
- ... that a hotel shaped like a starship, based on the Star Wars franchise, is planned for Walt Disney World?
- ... that Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah is the first black equerry to a British monarch?
- ... that in the 1970s Amtrak had two new locomotives, the GE E60 and the EMD SDP40F, which had trouble staying on the tracks?
10 August 2017
- 00:00, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the rock-cut structure Qadamgah (pictured) near Persepolis, once thought to be an unfinished Achaemenid royal tomb, may actually be a completed work with a possible religious function?
- ... that in 2017 Dan Botwe, a former political exile, became a cabinet member and minister in Ghana's newly created Ministry of Regional Reorganization and Development?
- ... that the Chinese Expeditionary Force in the Burma Campaign was commanded by an American general?
- ... that following the death of Nicole van den Hurk, her stepbrother falsely confessed to killing her to get her body exhumed for DNA testing?
- ... that in 1963, over 200,000 students of the Chicago Public Schools boycotted class to protest segregation and poor conditions?
- ... that Mahant Chandnath, a Member of the Indian Parliament, is also the head of the Nath sect of Hinduism?
- ... that the decorator worm lives in a tube adorned with shell fragments and tiny pebbles?
- ... that Foreign Minister Nicolae Petrescu-Comnen promised that Romania would only "take a few badly aimed potshots" at Soviet planes entering its airspace during the Munich Crisis?
9 August 2017
- 00:00, 9 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the 1841 conservation agreement between the owners of the land where the Saw Kill (falls pictured) drains into the Hudson River is one of the earliest in American history?
- ... that Céleste Mogador may have been the inspiration for the title character in Georges Bizet's opera Carmen?
- ... that Darren Sammy took seven wickets for 66 runs in his debut Test for the West Indies in 2007?
- ... that the extinct ant species Cephalotes hispaniolicus was first described from a single Miocene fossil found in amber on Hispaniola?
- ... that beer ice cream has been served at the Great American Beer Festival?
- ... that the Guilden Morden boar may have adorned a helmet like those worn by the poetical warrior Beowulf?
- ... that René Morax founded the Thêatre du Jorat, where his play Le Roi David premiered with dramatic music by Arthur Honegger?
- ... that the extinct Nicarao people of pre-Columbian Nicaragua shared many cultural traits with the Aztecs of Mexico, including their calendar, screenfold books, and human sacrifice?
8 August 2017
- 00:00, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that "Cherry Garcia" (pictured) is a cherry ice cream named after Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead?
- ... that a clinical pharmaceutical scientist is both a practicing pharmacist and a scientist?
- ... that the specimen from which the blind snake Typhlops meszoelyi was described had a diameter of 3 millimeters (0.12 in)?
- ... that the 2017 comics series X-Men Gold and X-Men Blue take their titles from a storyline from the early 1990s?
- ... that Bart Sawyer's pro wrestling gimmick was inspired by Bart Simpson?
- ... that Melusine, the second opera by Aribert Reimann, premiered at the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen in 1971 and was revived in 2016 by students in Berlin for the composer's 80th birthday?
- ... that Typhoon Caitlin provided drought relief to Okinawa, where reservoir levels rose from 35% to over 80% capacity?
- ... that the family of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon kept a slave for 56 years?
7 August 2017
- 00:00, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the Gevninge helmet fragment (pictured) once adorned a pre-Viking Age helmet?
- ... that Matthew Pottinger, a member of the U.S. National Security Council, was a journalist in China for seven years before becoming a U.S. Marine?
- ... that both the adult and fledgling of the moustached hawk-cuckoo have a moustache?
- ... that pianist Abdullah Ibrahim recorded the Cape jazz instrumental "Mannenberg" in response to the forced relocation of Coloured families by the South African government during apartheid?
- ... that CUBRIC at Cardiff University can create a map of someone's brain?
- ... that Typhoon Hattie was the fifth of a record six tropical cyclones to hit Japan in 1990?
- ... that the East Asian holiday White Day served as the basis for the horror game White Day: A Labyrinth Named School?
- ... that Clementina Anstruther-Thomson and Vernon Lee openly lived together as a lesbian couple during the Victorian era?
6 August 2017
- 00:00, 6 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Theater Magdeburg's opera house (pictured), an operetta and variety theatre, is a reconstruction of the original destroyed in World War II?
- ... that consistent misrepresentation of a frequently-cited 1980 letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine has been blamed for contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic?
- ... that Sekondi MP Andrew Mercer helped repay the debt owed to the Ghana Football Association by Sekondi Eleven Wise, a Division 1 league club in his constituency?
- ... that cargo had to be loaded and unloaded by hand onto the SS John Sherman, the first freight ship used on Lake Michigan?
- ... that Ariana Grande said she wanted her "Baby I" music video to emulate the "breeziness" of early 1990s music videos by TLC and Will Smith?
- ... that Poland's National Council of the Judiciary has been criticized for including only 6 women among its 25 members?
- ... that the Life sculpture was designed by Joseph Drapell shortly after landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as a refugee?
- ... that around the shores of Long Island, the ghost anemone can cause "clam diggers' itch", while the lined anemone is responsible for "seabather's eruption"?
5 August 2017
- 00:00, 5 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that numerous writers have called the Airplane Coaster (pictured) the greatest roller coaster ever built?
- ... that freedom fighter K. E. Mammen was expelled from Madras Christian College for participating in the Quit India Movement?
- ... that male serpentine leafminers sometimes feed at leaf wounds made by females, as they are unable to puncture the leaves themselves?
- ... that Michael Boder conducted new operas, including Penderecki's Ubu Rex for the Munich Opera Festival, Henze's Phaedra in Berlin, and Reimann's Medea in Vienna?
- ... that the Rabbitkettle Hot Springs in the Northwest Territories are both the largest tufa mounds in Canada and the only known tufa mounds on permafrost?
- ... that as you progress through your 90-minute sleep cycle, your brainwaves change and your body secretes different hormones?
- ... that the 1963 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship Game was the first NCAA title game to feature a majority of black starters?
- ... that the call of the dusky long-tailed cuckoo is faster in Lower Guinea than it is in Upper Guinea?
4 August 2017
- 00:00, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that one of the largest colonies in England of the rare sea aster mining bee (pictured) is in an artificial mound of sand?
- ... that Prince Știrbei, the Romanian arts patron, buried sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux in Courbevoie, then fought over the remains with Carpeaux's widow?
- ... that "Denes nad Makedonija" was chosen to be the national anthem of the Republic of Macedonia, even though it finished runner-up in a contest held soon after independence in 1991?
- ... that in a pioneering study, American pedagogue Florence E. Bamberger quantified the effects of book design on stimulating a child's interest in reading?
- ... that the United States Marine Corps tiara was designed by the New York fashion house Mainbocher?
- ... that those implicated in the 1957 alleged coup attempt against King Hussein of Jordan were later pardoned and given senior posts in the government?
- ... that at age 18, Daniel Schiebeler wrote the libretto for an opera by Telemann based on an episode from Cervantes' Don Quixote, which he could read in Spanish?
- ... that people may be fined US$250,000 for importing monkey meat into the United States?
3 August 2017
- 00:00, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the bagel and cream cheese (example pictured) was a very popular dish in the United States in the early 1950s, having permeated American culture?
- ... that radioactive nanoparticles are being investigated as a treatment for cancer?
- ... that Daniel Tilton, one of the first three judges of the Mississippi Territory, lacked any legal experience prior to his appointment?
- ... that the stag beetle Geodorcus servandus is unable to fly, and is known to occur only on a single mountaintop in New Zealand?
- ... that Seattle's International District/Chinatown station is located under a large concrete lid that supports several office towers and a public plaza?
- ... that Angelo De Donatis is the first non-cardinal to be appointed Vicar General of Rome since the sixteenth century?
- ... that the 2008 film Dostana inspired several fashion trends in India, with Priyanka Chopra's silver sari, worn in the song "Desi Girl", becoming very popular?
- ... that the various versions of Titian's Venus and Musician include organists, lute-players, Cupids, and dogs, but always a nude Venus?
2 August 2017
- 00:00, 2 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Harry Traver's Jazz Railways, Sesquicentennial Cyclone, and Giant Cyclone Safety Coasters (including the notorious Palisades Park Cyclone, Oaks Park Zip, Crystal Beach Cyclone, and Revere Beach Lightning) all included rapidly undulating "Jazz Track" (diagram pictured)?
- ... that Mitali Madhumita is the first female officer in the Indian Army to receive a gallantry award?
- ... that despite living in complete darkness at bathyal depths, the sea anemone Allantactis parasitica synchronises its breeding activity with the phases of the moon?
- ... that George Huebner is known as the "father of the automotive gas turbine engine"?
- ... that Typhoon Phyllis and Typhoon Rita were responsible for the majority of Japan tropical cyclone casualties in the 1975 Pacific typhoon season?
- ... that an ultra-Orthodox mother of eleven runs the office of the President of Israel?
- ... that in 2017, the Brooklyn Street Circuit hosted the New York City ePrix, the city's first automobile race since 1896?
- ... that Ghanaian highlife musician Paapa Yankson was first signed to a band while performing at his mother's funeral?
1 August 2017
- 00:00, 1 August 2017 (UTC)
- ... that King Kamehameha III (pictured) held a grand luau at his summer palace of Kaniakapupu for ten thousand guests during the 1847 celebration of Hawaiian Sovereignty Restoration Day?
- ... that Christoph Bock, the 2017 Overton Prize recipient, is a leading scientist in the International Human Epigenome Consortium?
- ... that "Kum-A-Kye" was the regimental march of the British South Africa Police in Rhodesia?
- ... that the relationship of manga character Boruto Uzumaki with his father Naruto was based on the artist Masashi Kishimoto's own relationship with his children?
- ... that the white anemone has been found growing in grooves in the shell of a loggerhead sea turtle?
- ... that David Asante-Apeatu, acting Inspector General of Police of Ghana, once oversaw a police operation that led to the seizure of 588 kg (1,296 lb) of cocaine worth US$38 million?
- ... that episode 5276 of the BBC soap opera EastEnders features a transgender character being rejected by his mother?
- ... that during the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany, Arpad Weixlgärtner refused to hand over the keys to the Imperial Treasury to the SS?