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- 1.1 22 October 2018
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- 1.13 10 October 2018
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- 1.15 8 October 2018
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Did you know...
22 October 2018
- 00:00, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Japanese musician May'n (pictured) adopted her stage name because she wanted her fans to consider her their "main" singer?
- ... that an underwater mountain between Greenland and Norway has been compared to a coral reef?
- ... that German wheelchair basketball player Barbara Gross plays for the University of Alabama team, which includes two other Germans?
- ... that when Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean pitched DC Comics on reintroducing Black Orchid in 1988, editor Karen Berger had never heard of the main character?
- ... that the company set up by horticulturist Theodosia Burr Shepherd is considered the foundation of the California seed industry?
- ... that Theater Bremen, the state theatre in Bremen for operas, plays, dance, and student programs, was selected as opera house of the year by Opernwelt in 2007?
- ... that Adam Marshall was the first Catholic chaplain in the United States Navy, albeit unofficially?
- ... that the entire fourth serial of Doctor Who is missing after being erased by the BBC in 1967?
21 October 2018
- 00:00, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Valentin Peter Feuerstein created a cycle of seven stained-glass windows (three pictured) for the Überwasserkirche in Münster?
- ... that in 1906, Russian-Jewish immigrant Abe Spring first proposed Alaska as a refuge for Jews, but the suggestion was rejected by the US Congress?
- ... that Karolin Margret Natasa is the first Dayak woman to serve as a regional head in Indonesia?
- ... that on May 14, 1980, Salvadoran forces massacred more than 300 civilians while Honduran soldiers prevented them from escaping across the border?
- ... that E. C. Stoner was one of the first black American comic book artists?
- ... that the palebelly searsid undertakes daily vertical migrations in the deep sea?
- ... that British pathologist Ian Whimster was part of the medical team that entered the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after the Germans had left?
- ... that the name of the undersea volcano Ita Mai Tai (No Damn Good) was given by a scientist presumably upset by unsuccessful attempts to drill into it?
20 October 2018
- 00:00, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that wild Selangor silvered langur monkeys (pictured) at Bukit Melawati in Malaysia sometimes touch or even climb onto human visitors?
- ... that the Israeli team at the 1972 Summer Olympics attended the German production of Fiddler on the Roof as guests of its star, Israeli actor Shmuel Rodensky, the night before the Munich massacre?
- ... that Nanchang Xiangtang Airport served 102 passengers in its first full year of operation, and more than 800,000 four decades later?
- ... that sugar refiner William Camden was also a partner in a business shipping slaves to the Caribbean?
- ... that the 2011 horror webtoon "Bongcheon-Dong Ghost" was released with a warning for "pregnant women, the elderly, and those suffering from serious medical conditions"?
- ... that Abhilasha Kumari, the first female Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court in India, served for only 13 days?
- ... that the shooting of Oscar Grant motivated Angie Thomas to write a short story that became the basis for her debut novel, The Hate U Give?
- ... that Canadian wheelchair basketball player Sandrine Bérubé is a brown belt in karate?
19 October 2018
- 00:00, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that passersby in Munich's Luitpoldpark may get soaked when a figure on the Pumuckl fountain (pictured) spits intermittently?
- ... that during a 15-year period researching George Washington's correspondence, William Wright Abbot read or edited more than 135,000 documents?
- ... that Filipinos became the first Asians to have a documented presence in the Americas when they landed in what is now California on 18 October 1587?
- ... that basketball player Bol Bol received his first NCAA Division I offer at the age of 15?
- ... that the slots in the test of the six-holed keyhole urchin may help prevent it from being washed away by the current?
- ... that in 2017, Renee Rabinowitz successfully sued El Al after the airline forced her to move at the request of a Haredi Jewish man who refused to sit beside her?
- ... that there is in excess of 150 million tons of phosphorite ore on Ioah Guyot, a seamount in the Pacific Ocean?
- ... that professional League of Legends player Imaqtpie was married in a T-shirt and shorts?
18 October 2018
- 00:00, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Ana María Campos, who died 190 years ago today, is celebrated (monument pictured) as a heroine of the Venezuelan War of Independence?
- ... that Floyd Bennett Field, New York City's first municipal airport, was not commercially successful due to its remoteness from Manhattan?
- ... that John Lennon was inspired to write the song "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by his anger over the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre?
- ... that in 1981, Elnora M. Gilfoyle became the first occupational therapist to receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree?
- ... that the full implementation of the Calais Conference proposals was thwarted by the threatened resignations of Field Marshal Douglas Haig and General Sir William Robertson?
- ... that the regent of Karawang, Indonesia, claims to have been named after a car?
- ... that during the American Revolution, the British stronghold of Fort Granby in the South Carolina colony was attacked with a Quaker gun?
- ... that while in prison, Richard W. Meade wrote a political pamphlet about rotten cheese?
17 October 2018
- 00:00, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Schloss Weilburg, a Baroque garden palace, contains a Renaissance palace (engraving pictured)?
- ... that Reggie Upshaw was considered one of Tennessee's best high school athletes in American football, basketball, and the high jump?
- ... that Pope Pius XII did not condemn the roundup and deportation of more than a thousand Jews "under his very windows" 75 years ago today?
- ... that former ballerina Miranda Esmonde-White claims that people can practice "aging backwards" through eccentric exercise?
- ... that the German-language weekly Der Nordstern (The North Star) was founded in 1874 to serve the Minnesota area's large German immigrant community?
- ... that Tan Tjoen Tiat, the second Majoor der Chinezen of Batavia, advised the colonial government in 1870 that women should not act as guardians for minors?
- ... that the adventure video game Unavowed uses pixel art because the development studio lacked the resources to create a 3D video game?
- ... that Mary Jane Reoch rode 12 miles (19 km) to the hospital on her racing bike to give birth to her daughter?
16 October 2018
- 00:00, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Greek water-carrier Spyridon Louis (pictured) became a national hero as a result of winning the inaugural modern Olympic men's marathon?
- ... that Venezuelan political activist Rafaela Requesens was a flamenco dancer for fifteen years from the age of six?
- ... that the Harvard Graduate Students Union, a labor union representing 5,000 student workers at Harvard University, is affiliated with the United Automobile Workers?
- ... that the fee in excess of £2,000 paid by Blackburn Rovers in 1921 for the footballer Fergie Aitken was the record that Bury had received for a player?
- ... that Wandersong was one of the first GameMaker Studio titles to be released on the Nintendo Switch, along with Hyper Light Drifter and Undertale?
- ... that basketball player Trey Lewis transferred to Louisville with hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament, but the team declared itself ineligible for the tournament after he joined?
- ... that Don Raimondo Viale was honoured as Righteous Among the Nations for assisting Jews who had escaped from the Borgo San Dalmazzo concentration camp?
- ... that Henry G. Hanks left Cleveland to join the California Gold Rush, only to end up selling paint and studying mineralogy?
15 October 2018
- 00:00, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that in the mid-18th century, small "Toys" inscribed with "amorous suggestions" (example pictured) were made in Chelsea?
- ... that Matt Mobley set an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament record with nine 3-pointers in a victory over Richmond?
- ... that the contents of the Biblioteca della Comunità Israelitica in Rome, with volumes dating back to the 16th century, were looted by Nazi Germany 75 years ago today, and never recovered?
- ... that Max Jessner travelled to Buriat-Mongolia as part of the Soviet-German Syphilis Expedition?
- ... that Bontecou Lake, near Millbrook, New York, is divided between two drainage basins, making it a bifurcation lake?
- ... that in 1903, the 25-year-old daughter of an illiterate Irish immigrant became the first woman to stand for the Australian House of Representatives?
- ... that the hymn "Mein ganzes Herz erhebet dich", a paraphrase of Psalm 138 based on the Protestant Genevan Psalter, is also sung by German-speaking Catholics?
- ... that businessman Jose Yao Campos admitted in 1986 to having organized 40 different shell companies through which Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos could hide his wealth?
14 October 2018
- 03:30, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that humans carved petroglyphs into the cooled lava flows of the Cima volcanic field (pictured)?
- ... that today is No Bra Day, on which women are encouraged to go braless to promote breast cancer awareness and gender equality?
- ... that footballer Sandy Allan was the first player to score a headed hat-trick in a European club competition?
- ... that in his Berceuse, Chopin created a lullaby for piano in 16 continuous variations on an ostinato ground bass?
- ... that Giovanni Fornasini, an Italian priest murdered by the Nazis in 1944, was posthumously awarded Italy's Gold Medal of Military Valour and is a candidate for sainthood?
- ... that the spot-winged glider is a migratory dragonfly?
- ... that after his ban on playing League of Legends was lifted, Loltyler1's return set a new record for viewership on Twitch.tv?
- ... that the leader of the Caiazzo massacre on 13 October 1943 eluded arrest for nearly 50 years because authorities were searching for him under the wrong name?
13 October 2018
- 00:00, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that at the age of 13, Madeleine Thompson (pictured) was the youngest wheelchair basketball player ever to represent Great Britain?
- ... that Galán, one of the largest exposed calderas in the world, contains the Laguna Diamante lake, where life has to tolerate extreme environmental conditions?
- ... that Emil Mattiesen, a composer of lieder, chamber and organ music, also wrote books on parapsychology?
- ... that Miami University's Herron Gymnasium, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was demolished and replaced with a parking lot?
- ... that American missionary Clarissa Chapman Armstrong led Bible study meetings for Queen Kalama in Hawaii while her husband served as Minister of Public Instruction under King Kamehameha III?
- ... that Großtarock, a card game played with a 78-card Tarot pack that originated in Germany and spread to the Netherlands and Scandinavia, has survived only in the Danish variant known as Tarok?
- ... that Henry Weston Farnsworth served in the French Foreign Legion and was one of the first American soldiers killed in World War I?
- ... that East Sutherland Gaelic has just one remaining native speaker?
12 October 2018
- 00:00, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Frogmore Paper Mill (pictured) is the oldest surviving mechanical paper mill in the world?
- ... that Beerbohm, a cat owned by the Gielgud Theatre, became famous for entering actors' dressing rooms, attacking props, and wandering across the stage during performances?
- ... that photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva won the trust of a Siberian mammoth-tusk hunter by stitching up his injured hand?
- ... that Sam Hornish Jr. of Panther Racing won the 2002 Delphi Indy 300 by 0.0024 seconds, the closest margin of victory in Indy Racing League history?
- ... that Türkan Rado was the first female professor of law in Turkey?
- ... that despite John Fogerty's agreement with hippie generation political concerns, his lyrics for Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Don't Look Now (It Ain't You or Me)" were critical of hippie attitudes?
- ... that footballer Willie Anderson agreed to join the Portland Timbers despite not knowing where the team was based?
11 October 2018
- 00:00, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Claude Debussy dedicated a piano piece to Yvonne Lerolle (pictured) in 1894, and included it in his suite Pour le piano in 1901?
- ... that according to family lore, George FitzGeorge Hamilton, a godson of George V, was killed in a World War I bombing raid while retrieving his leave pass?
- ... that pieces of the original New York Penn Station have been found at a recycling center in the Bronx, underneath the New Jersey Meadowlands, and in other U.S. states?
- ... that Baby Rani Maurya, who in August 2018 was sworn in as the seventh governor of Uttarakhand, India, is the second woman to hold that post?
- ... that the flooding of a tunnel on the Singapore MRT, causing more than S$2 million in damages, was blamed on falsified maintenance records?
- ... that Pietro Bandini, a Catholic priest, established Tontitown, Arkansas, as a colony of Italian immigrants in 1898?
- ... that the wasp Nealiolus curculionis is a parasitoid of the sunflower stem weevil?
- ... that at age 14, Luc Van Slooten was the youngest player at the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship?
10 October 2018
- 00:00, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that despite the party's anti-smoking faction, the Sturmabteilung was funded by a Nazi cigarette company (advertisement pictured)?
- ... that to receive a work permit to play in Luxembourg, Bosnian footballer Sanel Ibrahimović had to pretend to be a specialist in his country's cuisine?
- ... that in his 1994 opera La Belle et la Bête, Philip Glass wrote dialogue and music for soloists and ensemble to match the 1946 film by Jean Cocteau?
- ... that architect Rose Connor found in 1958 that only one percent of registered architects in the U.S. were female, and seven states had no female architects at all?
- ... that the mitochondrial DNA molecules of Medusozoa are linear rather than circular as in almost all other animals?
- ... that in 2015, Maya Krishna Rao became the first artist to return the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award?
- ... that Soulard Farmers Market is reputed to be the oldest public market in the US west of the Mississippi River?
- ... that "Beatles-ologist" Kolya Vasin proposed a 210-foot (64 m) tall "temple" be constructed in Saint Petersburg in honour of John Lennon?
9 October 2018
- 00:00, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Chaophraya Phrasadet Surentharathibodi (pictured) wrote a manual on etiquette in order to teach proper manners to Siam's newly educated class?
- ... that the unsolved killing of a Chinese immigrant family in Guilderland, New York, four years ago today was the first quadruple homicide in the state's Capital District?
- ... that Eleonore Trefftz was the second woman to become a scientific member of the Max Planck Society?
- ... that in "Mein Gott, wie schön ist deine Welt", a 1936 hymn by Georg Thurmair, every stanza declares three times, "How beautiful is Your world"?
- ... that Zena Edosomwan was the first top-100 high school basketball recruit to commit to Harvard?
- ... that Project Harvest Moon intended to commercialize space by selling moon rocks to pay for further lunar experiments?
- ... that ships of Thomas King's firm Camden, Calvert and King carried more than 20,000 slaves from West Africa to the Caribbean?
- ... that Working with Lemons participated in an event in Provo, Utah, that broke the world record for most people participating in a live nativity scene re-enactment?
8 October 2018
- 00:00, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that children from the Białystok Ghetto (pictured) panicked when their hair was cut and they were told to undress and shower upon arriving at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, because they knew about gas chambers?
- ... that most of footballer Laurence Abrams's transfer fee for his move from Hearts was never paid, after Chelsea claimed it would force them to fold?
- ... that a section of Washington State Route 24 through Hanford was closed to traffic during World War II, and never reopened?
- ... that in 1833, Ursula Newell Emerson drew some of the earliest surviving manuscript maps of Hawaii for instructional use?
- ... that Cristin Milioti describes her character Nanette Cole from the Black Mirror episode "USS Callister" as "a woman in charge [fighting] against a small-minded, misogynist bully"?
- ... that Emilio Álvarez Icaza will enter the Mexican Senate as an independent, refusing to affiliate with any of the three parties that supported his candidacy?
- ... that Willem Adriaan van der Stel introduced the ivy-leaved pelargonium to the Netherlands from South Africa in 1700?
- ... that the Hindu goddess Matangi is worshipped with the taboo offering of leftovers?
7 October 2018
- 00:00, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that American surgeon Dallas B. Phemister created a bone grafting technique which now bears his name?
- ... that Velters Cornewall Berkeley infuriated some of his fellow British officers by failing to engage the 130-gun Santisima Trinidad?
- ... that the release of Led Zeppelin III was held up for two months because of its volvelle-based sleeve design?
- ... that a Chinese Indonesian billionaire became the oldest medal winner for that country at the 2018 Asian Games?
- ... that Cruz Pérez Cuéllar ran for Governor of Chihuahua, Mexico, in 2016 on a platform that called for voters to decide if the governor should be removed midway through his term?
- ... that the sandalled anemone reproduces by longitudinal fission?
- ... that two years after winning the throne of the Byzantine Empire in battle, Isaac I voluntarily abdicated and retired to a monastery?
- ... that the No. 19 pastrami on rye at Langer's Deli (pictured) in Los Angeles has been called "the Marilyn Monroe of pastrami sandwiches"?
6 October 2018
- 00:00, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that overfishing of European pilchard (pictured) and anchovy in the Adriatic Sea can cause dramatic changes in the ecosystem?
- ... that tenor Daniel Behle had a single day to learn rarely performed romantic duets when he stepped in at short notice for a 2018 Rheingau Musik Festival concert with Annette Dasch?
- ... that Our Lady of Pompeii in New York City was founded in 1892 as a church for Italian immigrants?
- ... that during his time in Slovakia to play professional basketball, J. R. Cadot was assaulted and followed to the hospital by a racist mob?
- ... that the 1980s-themed cover for Muse's album Simulation Theory was made by Stranger Things artist Kyle Lambert?
- ... that Lucius Neratius Marcellus was involved in the establishment of the defensive line that later became Hadrian's Wall?
- ... that during World War II, the United States Lake Survey published 370 tons of maps including 8,109 different charts and maps, distributing over 9 million items to the armed forces?
- ... that Sam Frost received death threats after her Home and Away character Jasmine Delaney's first scenes were aired?
5 October 2018
- 00:00, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the palace theatre Schlosstheater Schönbrunn (hall pictured), commissioned by Maria Theresa, opened on 4 October 1747, her husband's name day?
- ... that Bob Lowes is a two-time winner of the Coach of the Year Award in the Canadian Hockey League?
- ... that the Furgate scandal in the late 1990s, described as one of the largest in South Korea, involved influence peddling through the giving of luxury items?
- ... that upon its completion in 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando, Mako became the tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster in the Orlando area of Florida?
- ... that French poet René Ghil worked towards developing an ideal poetic language that would "subsume and supersede all the other arts" by establishing his own system of verbal instrumentation?
- ... that to create the fireball effect in episode 1094 of Casualty, the show's production team packed ten different explosions into one blast?
- ... that Almeda Eliza Hitchcock became the first female lawyer in the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1888?
- ... that one of the dogs belonging to Imran Khan, the Pakistani prime minister, accompanies him on his daily helicopter ride to the office and in official meetings at his home?
4 October 2018
- 00:00, 4 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Hungry Tree in Dublin is "eating" a park bench (pictured)?
- ... that Wally Schirra, one of the original seven astronauts in NASA's first manned spaceflight program, was Walter Cronkite's co-anchor during the seven Moon landing missions?
- ... that in 1889, the Edinburgh College of Medicine for Women was established in direct competition with Sophia Jex-Blake's School of Medicine for Women?
- ... that Harry Kupfer, the stage director at the Komische Oper Berlin for decades, presented Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer at the 1978 Bayreuth Festival as a psychological drama?
- ... that when the Colonial Plaza shopping center opened in 1956 in Orlando, Florida, its sidewalks were tinted green to reduce glare?
- ... that Wilma Mankiller faced sexism during her campaign for Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation, despite Cherokee society being traditionally matrilineal?
- ... that Quodlibet is a card game played by student fraternities with William Tell cards, where the dealer is known as the "beer king"?
- ... that despite Alexis Sánchez's seven goals in qualification, Chile failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
3 October 2018
- 00:00, 3 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Aglantha digitale (pictured) has a slow swimming action but a rapid escape response?
- ... that one of the two temples visited most often by the Buddha was built by Visakha, a wealthy aristocratic woman who was considered his chief female lay disciple?
- ... that the Scottish Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean asked Douglas Young to destroy some of the poems in Dàin do Eimhir, now regarded as MacLean's masterpiece?
- ... that professional basketball player Daniel Dixon enrolled in military school after drawing interest from only one college during high school?
- ... that a scandal at the administrative post of Lioma led to a landmark decision that provided better legal protection for all students in Mozambique?
- ... that Jake was one of two Overwatch League players invited to a summit between the International Olympic Committee and the eSports community?
- ... that the designs for the 170-gun HMS Duke of Kent may have been fabricated in an attempt to claim credit for several ship-building innovations?
- ... that Justin I arrived at Constantinople as an illiterate teenage peasant and died as Emperor of Byzantium?
2 October 2018
- 00:00, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that US Army combat medic Ronald J. Shurer's (pictured) Silver Star commendation for service in Afghanistan is being upgraded to a Medal of Honor today?
- ... that upon their return to the Philippines after attending college in the United States, pensionados were referred to as "American boys" and faced discrimination?
- ... that heavy metal vocalist Jill Janus performed at the World Trade Center the night before the September 11 attacks?
- ... that when the designer Mariano Fortuny established his studio in the Palazzo Pesaro Orfei in Venice, he was one of about 350 people using the building?
- ... that Neeru Chadha is the first Indian woman to be elected as a judge to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea?
- ... that the boys choir Wiesbadener Knabenchor has performed as an "ambassador" of Wiesbaden, Germany, including in Bulgaria and Australia?
- ... that in 1887, eleven Lepidodendron stump fossils were discovered in the Fossil Grove in Glasgow, Scotland, during excavation work?
- ... that after the arrest of suspected drug lord El 85, shootouts, burning vehicles, and roadblocks were staged in Guadalajara, Mexico, possibly to allow his allies to escape undetected?
1 October 2018
- 00:00, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Nordhausen concentration camp (survivors pictured), where more than a thousand corpses were found, was described as "the most horrifying example of Nazi terrorism imaginable"?
- ... that Home and Away actress Sarah Roberts met with gambling addicts as research for Willow Harris's storylines?
- ... that a volcanic field in Death Valley formed only about 2,100 years ago?
- ... that Orthodox Jewish sports agent Marc Kligman organizes Hanukkah candle-lighting for Jewish attendees at the baseball Winter Meetings?
- ... that the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada was created as a result of a commission calling for "culturally appropriate curricula" for Aboriginal Canadian students?
- ... that Afro-Cuban poetry reciter Eusebia Cosme performed only in Spanish, but packed American venues such as Carnegie Hall?
- ... that the 2018 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship saw the best-ever performance by Team Great Britain, which won the men's competition and was runner-up in the women's?
- ... that Adrienne Maree Brown writes for Bitch?