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- 1 Did you know...
- 1.1 16 August 2018
- 1.2 15 August 2018
- 1.3 14 August 2018
- 1.4 13 August 2018
- 1.5 12 August 2018
- 1.6 11 August 2018
- 1.7 10 August 2018
- 1.8 9 August 2018
- 1.9 8 August 2018
- 1.10 7 August 2018
- 1.11 6 August 2018
- 1.12 5 August 2018
- 1.13 4 August 2018
- 1.14 3 August 2018
- 1.15 2 August 2018
- 1.16 1 August 2018
Did you know...
16 August 2018
- 00:00, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the painting Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan has been attacked and damaged twice (damage pictured)?
- ... that Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 contains as its third movement a Marche funèbre, which was composed earlier than the other music?
- ... that ethnic Croat journalist Štefica Galić has been called the "Schindler of Ljubuški" for helping save an estimated two-thirds of the town's Bosniaks during the Croat–Bosniak War?
- ... that Indian Railways runs loss-making trains on the Patna–Digha Ghat line to prevent encroachment?
- ... that South Dakota architect Harold Spitznagel designed the original Mount Rushmore visitor center with Cecil Doty as part of Mission 66, providing a setting for Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film North by Northwest?
- ... that Charles Darwin made descriptive notes on the Brazilian sandperch after a specimen was caught with hook and line off the coast of Patagonia during the voyage of Beagle?
- ... that as CEO of Denver Health, Dr. Patricia A. Gabow streamlined operations, improved patient care, and cut excessive spending using a system based on the Toyota Production System?
- ... that members of the Djajadiningrat family fought on both sides of the Indonesian Revolution?
15 August 2018
- 00:00, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that during the Cuban Missile Crisis, each of Britain's "V force" squadrons kept one nuclear-armed V bomber (Avro Vulcans pictured) and crew at 15 minutes' readiness?
- ... that Mary Fenton, the first Anglo-Indian actress of the Parsi, Gujarati, and Urdu theatre, was introduced to acting by her husband, Kavasji Palanji Khatau?
- ... that Helleria brevicornis is the only terrestrial woodlouse that has retained the ancestral aquatic isopod behaviour of mate guarding?
- ... that American video game producer Ben Judd is fluent in the Japanese Kansai dialect?
- ... that Loggerheads Country Park has a corn mill with a restored water wheel?
- ... that the South African composer Stefans Grové wrote a setting of Psalm 138 for choir, children's choir, African drums, marimba, and string orchestra?
- ... that the deposed Byzantine emperor Maurice was forced to watch his six sons executed before he was beheaded himself?
- ... that Atlantis moved from Ireland to Colombia?
14 August 2018
- 00:00, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Marie Lehmann, one of the Rhinemaidens (pictured) at the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876, sang the soprano solo in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the groundbreaking of the Bayreuth Festival Theatre?
- ... that Robert Lebel was inducted in the inaugural class of three ice hockey halls of fame?
- ... that the Wirral Model Engineering Society operates a raised railway track for fine scale models of full-size steam locomotives at Royden Park?
- ... that when King Kamehameha III died in 1854, the throne of Hawaii passed to his nephew Kamehameha IV instead of his son Albert Kūnuiākea?
- ... that Gheorghe A. Lăzăreanu-Lăzurică, a self-proclaimed "Voivode of the Gypsies", supported Romania's far-right groups, beginning with the National Agrarian Party?
- ... that Old North, built between 1794 and 1797, is the oldest standing academic building on Georgetown University's campus?
- ... that Badr Shirvani, a Persian poet from Shirvan in the present-day Republic of Azerbaijan, received patronage from numerous rulers at the same time?
- ... that the plot of the 1994 comic book Archie Meets the Punisher was modeled after the 1948 film Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein?
13 August 2018
- 00:00, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Chinese spy Zheng Pingru (pictured), who was executed after an assassination attempt on a Japanese collaborator, is believed to have inspired the novella Lust, Caution, and its film adaptation?
- ... that Wood-Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in the United States, is sometimes staffed by a single ranger?
- ... that Grace Macurdy shaped the field of classics by pulling together both material and textual evidence as sources in her studies of individual women?
- ... that the flowers of the Redelinghuys pincushion are pollinated by rodents?
- ... that Chip Rives was one of the eight people named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 1987?
- ... that the Church of Saint Jacob in Nisibis in southeastern Turkey was originally the baptistery of a Syriac Orthodox cathedral which no longer exists?
- ... that Michael Martin, project director of the recently completed £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing, was inspired to study engineering through reading back issues of New Civil Engineer?
- ... that according to some accounts, the legendary Georgian hunting dog Q'ursha had eagle's wings, a thunderous bark and a gigantic leap?
12 August 2018
- 00:00, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the frescos (pictured) in Fulltofta Church were discovered in 1907 after being hidden since the Reformation?
- ... that George Whitney Calhoun and Curly Lambeau founded the Green Bay Packers 99 years ago today?
- ... that in July 2018, U2 topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart for the first time in seventeen years with "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way"?
- ... that Colombian Supreme Court judge Augusto Ibáñez Guzmán claimed that in 2008, a dozen armed men stormed his house to steal his personal computer?
- ... that the flatworm Procerodes littoralis is tolerant of wide fluctuations in salinity, being able to survive both in freshwater and in seawater?
- ... that plastic surgeon Patrick Clarkson had the idea for the Hand Club to help injured airmen, and established the Children's Burns Unit at Guy's Hospital?
- ... that the Fisher Ridge Cave System is the fifth-longest cave in the United States and one of the longest in the world?
- ... that the Belgium international player Leander Dendoncker is one of three footballer brothers from a pig-farming family?
11 August 2018
- 00:00, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Sycamore Gap Tree (pictured) has been featured in a Hollywood blockbuster, a Bryan Adams music video and a TV crime drama?
- ... that the Russian Liberation Army defected for the second time when it turned against Nazi Germany in the Prague uprising on 6 May 1945?
- ... that the blazar TXS 0506+056 is the first identified source of high-energy astrophysical neutrinos?
- ... that in 1965, Benjamin Steinberg, a violinist in the NBC Symphony Orchestra with Arturo Toscanini, started the first racially integrated symphony orchestra in America, the Symphony of the New World?
- ... that Mexican federal deputy Carlos Hermosillo Arteaga and his wife were found to own six properties worth a total of 14 million pesos in the state of Chihuahua?
- ... that the University Hospital in Pleven was the first hospital in Bulgaria to perform robot-assisted surgery?
- ... that the research of 2017 Spinoza Prize winner Eveline Crone has led the Netherlands to extend its juvenile detention age limit from 18 to 23?
- ... that despite being a crustacean, a parasitic copepod found on a flying fish was described as a "gill-worm" by Hans Severin Holten, the Danish naturalist who discovered it?
10 August 2018
- 00:00, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Teuira Henry (pictured) reconstructed her English missionary grandfather's lost manuscript describing Tahitian history by using his notes?
- ... that Mexico was represented by a single athlete at the 2014 Winter Paralympics?
- ... that the Argentinian mezzo-soprano Alicia Nafé appeared in her signature role as Bizet's Carmen alongside Plácido Domingo in San Francisco, and at the Metropolitan Opera with Domingo as conductor?
- ... that the antependium of Lyngsjö Church has been said to be "better suited for the high altar of a cathedral than a countryside church"?
- ... that the Samec'niero, written by Iase Tushi, contains one of the earliest examples of a Georgian–Persian dictionary, and is the earliest Georgian manuscript so far discovered in Iran?
- ... that brass bands have been a feature of Vale Park since its opening in 1899, when one played the crowd in through the gates?
- ... that Neocalanus plumchrus is able to uptake dissolved glucose directly from seawater despite its exoskeleton?
- ... that the footballer Mark Aizlewood once celebrated scoring a goal by flicking the V at fans of his own team?
9 August 2018
- 00:00, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Torrance Barrens (pictured) is Canada's first dark-sky preserve?
- ... that Erinea Garcia Gallegos, one of the first college-educated Hispanic women in Colorado, was appointed postmistress of the city of San Luis by President Franklin D. Roosevelt?
- ... that Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung, the governing body for the majority of equestrian sports in Germany, promotes the status of the horse as a cultural asset?
- ... that Farouk Topan described the English language as "the elephant in the room" in relation to the use of Kiswahili in East Africa?
- ... that when the besieged town of Berwick-upon-Tweed refused to surrender, the governor's son was hanged outside the town gates?
- ... that the history of the Jews in Atlanta dates to 1845, the same year the city changed its name from Marthasville?
- ... that the sea chubs Graus nigra and Medialuna ancietae, the Chilean sandperch, and the Galápagos sheephead wrasse all live in the forest?
- ... that John Joseph Merlin crashed into a mirror at Carlisle House while playing the violin on the roller skates that he had invented?
8 August 2018
- 00:00, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that each of the sixty geese in Michael Snow's Flight Stop (pictured) is decorated with the image of the same dead Canada goose culled from Toronto Island?
- ... that Clifford Braimah, head of the Ghana Water Company, is a supporter of Operation Vanguard and its mission to end illegal mining?
- ... that the rising prosperity of the Wang family of Lingshi County during the Qing dynasty financed the multi-generation construction of a grand residential complex of hundreds of courtyards with over 2,000 rooms?
- ... that Governor-elect of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, was the first winning gubernatorial candidate to come from the Movimiento Ciudadano party?
- ... that the YouTube channel ContraPoints releases humorous, left-leaning educational videos responding to the arguments of the growing community of right-wing YouTubers?
- ... that the mezzo-soprano Carla Henius performed in the premiere of Luigi Nono's Intolleranza 1960 at La Fenice, and had a composition by Dieter Schnebel written for her voice?
- ... that Neocalanus cristatus nauplii feed off their yolks during the 40 days it may take them to ascend to the surface of the sea?
- ... that chemical engineer Robert Edgeworth-Johnstone invented a flute made from the aluminium brass tubing used in oil refineries?
7 August 2018
- 00:00, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the conjoined liver of the Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker (pictured) is on display at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia?
- ... that Malala Yousafzai's 2013 autobiography I Am Malala was banned in 152,000 private schools in Pakistan?
- ... that followers of the second-century Carpocratian Christian leader Marcellina venerated Greek philosophers alongside Jesus?
- ... that in 1918, Richard Strauss composed Sechs Lieder, Op. 68, based on poems by Clemens Brentano, with the voice of Elisabeth Schumann in mind?
- ... that Carrie Goldberg, who is representing two women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, once served as a case manager for Holocaust victims?
- ... that US Senate page boys were required to wear knickers when the film Adventure in Washington was made in 1941?
- ... that British surgeon Jim Dempster published more than 100 scientific articles on kidney transplantation in dogs?
- ... that jewel anemones split apart but stay together?
6 August 2018
- 00:00, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the pinkish-red portion of the flag of Sioux Falls (pictured) represents the Sioux Quartzite stone which was quarried nearby and used to build early Sioux Falls buildings?
- ... that when Gaius Hospes wore his award for valour at public gatherings, it was expected that he be applauded by every person present?
- ... that verses 2 to 6 of Psalm 97 in Czech were set to music by Antonín Dvořák in his Biblical Songs?
- ... that despite being portrayed favorably in a Soviet propaganda film, Konstantin Petrovich Nechaev was later accused by Leon Trotsky of supporting Chinese monarchism?
- ... that the pharmacist-to-pharmacy technician ratio has generally increased as pharmacy technicians have become less like retail clerks and taken on more responsibilities?
- ... that Scott Smith's management and marketing of international events was cited by the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a reason for the growth of Hockey Canada?
- ... that the announcement of Steel Division 2 came after half the team at Eugen Systems, the video game's developers, went on strike?
- ... that after Isaac Stevens, the governor of Washington Territory, was found guilty of contempt over his conduct during martial law in Pierce County, he pardoned himself?
5 August 2018
- 00:00, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Franz Schubert (pictured), a prolific composer of songs, symphonies and other works, gave only one public concert presenting his own works?
- ... that butyrolactol A, a polyketide derived from Streptomyces rochei, demonstrates broad antimicrobial activity against fungi, including Candida albicans?
- ... that John Davy Rolleston highlighted the seriousness of otitis media as a complication of scarlet fever?
- ... that the video game Detroit: Become Human has three playable characters, each with their own composer and style of cinematography?
- ... that the mangrove kingfisher, found in Africa, migrates away from mangroves to breed?
- ... that Kelly M. Quintanilla, the first person in her family to attend a university, became the first female president of Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi?
- ... that the World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee created the Solid Project to reclaim the Web from corporations and return control of data to users?
- ... that Maria and Bogdan Kalinowski were recognized as the most avid filmgoers in Poland, having seen more than 13,000 movies together?
4 August 2018
- 00:00, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the creeping comb jelly lives on the surface of a starfish (pictured) in the family Echinasteridae?
- ... that the 27-year-old Uzbekistani pianist Behzod Abduraimov has already performed at the BBC Proms twice?
- ... that an illegal Jewish organization in an Axis puppet state proposed an ambitious scheme to bribe Heinrich Himmler into halting the systematic extermination of European Jews?
- ... that despite never completing his university studies, R. H. Wilenski was appointed a special lecturer in the history of art at the University of Manchester?
- ... that specimens of the fish Palatogobius grandoculus were collected as early as 1976 but not identified as a new species until 2002?
- ... that Gerd Hatje went from being a typesetter to founding the internationally renowned publishing house which still bears his name?
- ... that some railway surgeons opposed the introduction of first aid kits on trains, maintaining that only doctors should carry out this work?
- ... that the developers of Vampyr chose to include only one save slot, so that the player's actions would have "real, meaningful impact"?
3 August 2018
- 00:00, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Dharma Bum Temple helped organize the first Buddhist college fraternity in the United States, Delta Beta Tau (pledge class pictured), at San Diego State University?
- ... that Chinese-Indonesian businessman Sutanto Djuhar was the last surviving member of the "Gang of Four" of the Suharto era?
- ... that the trunk of the King Oak is more than 8 metres (26 ft) in girth?
- ... that Sara Hershkowitz, who usually appears on the opera stage as the Queen of the Night and Zerbinetta, parodied Donald Trump in Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre at the Lowlands Festival?
- ... that prior to the first town council elections in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida, a political forum for the candidates was hosted at a nudist resort?
- ... that Michael Peter Kaye was the first director of what became the largest registry of heart and lung transplantation data in the world?
- ... that the purple eagle ray (Myliobatis hamlyni) was named after Ronald Hamlyn-Harris, director of the Queensland Museum?
- ... that the sport of duck netting may be unique to the Imperial House of Japan?
2 August 2018
- 00:00, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that in 1939, Benjamin Seielstad drew four different versions of the end of the world ("giant meteor" collision pictured) for Popular Science Monthly?
- ... that incendiary balloons—made from condoms or party balloons—and incendiary kites have been launched from the Gaza Strip and started hundreds of fires in Israel in 2018?
- ... that Catherine Gayer, who was a coloratura soprano for four decades at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, premiered Nono's Intolleranza 1960 in Venice, and Reimann's Melusine at the Schwetzingen Festival?
- ... that the time limit in the puzzle game Cloud Kingdoms is calculated in 99 intervals called "manukas"?
- ... that when biochemist Li Lin was a Ph.D. student, he often went to slaughterhouses and wet markets to buy chicken and pig livers for his experiments?
- ... that the $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub, built after the September 11 attacks, has been described as the world's most expensive train station?
- ... that Averroes wrote on subjects as diverse as philosophy, Islamic jurisprudence, medicine, and astronomy?
- ... that the first episode of the first Doctor Who series had to be rerecorded because the TARDIS doors would not close?
1 August 2018
- 00:00, 1 August 2018 (UTC)
- ... that scientist Gustaf Gabriel Hällström (pictured) initiated the first regular meteorological observations in Finland?
- ... that the Flint Public Library created the Julia A. Moore Poetry Contest to celebrate bad poetry?
- ... that when Marcus Bibulus opposed a law proposed by Julius Caesar, he was publicly soaked with excrement?
- ... that Ninurta, the Mesopotamian god of hunting, is believed by many scholars to be the source of the biblical figure Nimrod?
- ... that at the time of its release in 2002, economic simulations like Sea Trader: Rise of Taipan were uncommon on handheld systems like the Game Boy Advance?
- ... that Joseph Mohr left Germany when Jesuit institutions were dissolved, and wrote his popular hymn abroad?
- ... that some leeches feed only twice a year?
- ... that before she became a star in Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Dee Booher's first professional match was against a 700-pound (320 kg) bear?