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27 February 2021
- 00:04, 27 February 2021 (UTC)
26 February 2021
- 00:04, 26 February 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the first telephone designed in Canada, Nortel's Contempra (example pictured), became so famous it was featured on a stamp?
- ... that at the time of her death at age 90, Lilliane Brady was the mayor of Cobar Shire and the longest-serving female mayor in New South Wales's history?
- ... that British jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia's debut album Source, which incorporates reggae, cumbia, calypso, hip-hop, and soul, is an ode to her musical history?
- ... that Libuše Domanínská, a soprano of Prague's National Theatre, performed in all of Janáček's operas, and a recording she made as his Jenůfa made his works better known beyond their home country?
- ... that Roy Brown, credited with downing the Red Baron, suffered a serious accident not long after being posted to Marske Aerodrome?
- ... that in 2019 Joel Farabee became the first player born in the 2000s to become a Philadelphia Flyers player?
- ... that black-sided flowerpeckers camouflage the outside of their nests with lichens?
- ... that the Language Integrator is a peep show intended only for inhabitants of the 82nd century to use?
25 February 2021
- 00:00, 25 February 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam (pictured), Governor of Anguilla, attended her own swearing-in ceremony remotely due to quarantine restrictions?
- ... that Ismith Khan's novel The Jumbie Bird explores the transformation of immigrants from India into Indo-Trinidadians?
- ... that translator and journalist Frederika Randall, who moved from the United States to Italy, identified as a "dispatriate" to distance herself from her homeland?
- ... that New York City's Western Union Telegraph Building was built on land once owned by Thomas W. Evans, dentist to French emperor Napoleon III?
- ... that with compositions such as Con brio, clarinetist Jörg Widmann was ranked the third-most-performed contemporary composer in 2018?
- ... that Tailors' Hall, a surviving guildhall of Dublin, hosted fencing and dancing classes, the United Irishmen and a British Army garrison, Dublin Corporation and an insolvency court?
- ... that the UConn student body voted 169–7 to fire the basketball coach after he benched Harrison Fitch because a rival team refused to play against an African American?
- ... that Troy, Montana, has flying squirrels?
24 February 2021
- 00:00, 24 February 2021 (UTC)
Humphrey Bogart in Brother Orchid (1940)
23 February 2021
- 00:00, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
George Washington by John Trumbull
22 February 2021
- 00:00, 22 February 2021 (UTC)
Robert C. Pringle as Chequamegon
21 February 2021
- 00:00, 21 February 2021 (UTC)
Pelican Rock at Martin's Beach
20 February 2021
- 00:00, 20 February 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Lucy Monroe (pictured), the "star-spangled soprano", estimated that she performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" over 5,000 times?
- ... that the cover of Red Meat Republic, a book on the history of beef production in the United States, has the look and texture of butcher paper?
- ... that the English clergyman Frank Thewlis was related to Prime Minister Harold Wilson and wore a red handkerchief in his jacket pocket when preaching to show his support for Wilson's Labour Party?
- ... that the war in Uganda (1986–1994) involved rebel armies led by a prophetess, her father, spirits, "Hitler", ex-ministers, and Joseph Kony?
- ... that AJ Rafael started Crazy Talented Asians, a live variety show, after being influenced by the film Crazy Rich Asians?
- ... that although the 1786 tignon law in Spanish Louisiana was intended to hinder free black women, those who followed it made the tignon a "mark of distinction"?
- ... that some of the Sheffield Wednesday team participated in a conga on the M4 motorway after winning the 2005 Football League One play-off Final?
- ... that Keith Gill's username, "DeepFuckingValue", was chosen to reflect his belief in value investing?
19 February 2021
- 00:00, 19 February 2021 (UTC)
1847 caricature of Barnett Nathan
- ... that Barnett Nathan (caricature pictured) was famous for dancing the hornpipe, while blindfolded, on a stage covered with eggs and teaware?
- ... that Shandon Castle was destroyed in the Siege of Cork in 1690, and sandstone from its ruins used to build the Church of St Anne in 1722?
- ... that baseball pitcher Dennis Rasmussen nearly had to have his foot amputated when he was 14 years old?
- ... that the Ćmielów Porcelain Works are Poland's oldest porcelain works, and Europe's largest thin-walled-china works?
- ... that Biserka Cvejić, a Serbian mezzo-soprano who appeared at the Vienna State Opera in 372 performances, made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1961 as Amneris in Verdi's Aida?
- ... that the theme song for the tabletop role-playing game F.A.T.A.L. was described by a reviewer as "sound[ing] like the Cookie Monster chasing a drum kit being pushed down a flight of stairs"?
- ... that Francesca Coppa, a professor of English, compiled "the first anthology of fan fiction for use in the classroom"?
- ... that Pliofilm, a pre-war food wrap, was used to waterproof firearms during the Normandy landings?
18 February 2021
- 00:00, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
Arik Brauer in front of his painting, 2009
- ... that Universalkünstler Arik Brauer (pictured) created paintings in Fantastic Realism, songs in Austropop, stage sets for the Paris Opera, and house facades in Austria and Israel?
- ... that the 1888 eruption of Ritter Island reduced the 780-metre tall (2,560 ft) volcano to a height of just 140 metres (460 ft)?
- ... that sisters Amal, Hadia, and Hayat Talsam, known as Al Balabil, were referred to as "The Sudanese Supremes"?
- ... that academic analysis of The Diving Pool has interpreted the use of food as a way to poison others as a critique on Japanese femininity?
- ... that the world's richest self-made woman, Zhong Huijuan, started out as a middle-school chemistry teacher?
- ... that 23 Wall Street has been called one of the "big little buildings of Wall Street"?
- ... that the 2018 comedy film A Bread Factory, about the difficulty of producing meaningful artistic work in a market economy, received acclaim from critics but earned less than $18,000 at the box office?
- ... that Gauthier Mvumbi has been called the "Shaq of handball", the "Congo Colossus", and "the most popular handball player on the Earth"?
17 February 2021
- 00:00, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
16 February 2021
- 00:00, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
Puppet show at Expo 67
15 February 2021
- 00:00, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the Strängnäs stone (pictured), long considered a forgery, is probably authentic?
- ... that the silent film The Honeymoon Express was reported to have been withdrawn from release despite being screened later in 1926?
- ... that Elizabeth Pulane Moremi became regent of baTawana after the death of her husband Moremi III?
- ... that the picture book Maiden & Princess, in which a maiden and princess fall in love, shares a fictional universe with Prince & Knight, in which a prince and male knight do the same?
- ... that the church led by Ernest T. Campbell sponsored Marina Oswald, the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald, to study at the University of Michigan?
- ... that the vocalist in "Erlkönig", published as Schubert's Op. 1, portrays four characters that differ in vocal register, rhythm, and harmony?
- ... that François Henri Mouton fought for the Sikhs during the First Anglo-Sikh War whilst on leave from the French Army?
- ... that a scene from the music video for "End Game" features Taylor Swift playing the video game Snake, a reference to her reputation as a "snake"?
14 February 2021
- 00:00, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
Al Pacino as Frank Serpico
13 February 2021
- 00:00, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
A Ride for Liberty – The Fugitive Slaves
12 February 2021
- 12:00, 12 February 2021 (UTC)
- 00:00, 12 February 2021 (UTC)
Thomas catching Mary's belt
11 February 2021
- 12:00, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
Facade of the Attara Kacheri, Bangalore
- 00:00, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
Gwendolyn Garcia dancing to "Mabuhi!"
- ... that Gwendolyn Garcia (pictured), the governor of the Philippine province of Cebu, has a signature song?
- ... that one of Finland's longest unsolved crimes, a 1987 murder on board the cruiseferry MS Viking Sally, is going to court after 33 years?
- ... that American Nobel Prize laureate Herbert A. Simon underwent surgery at UPMC Presbyterian to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen in January 2001?
- ... that Jewish-Russian Zinaida Vengerova, a pioneer in Russian decadence, allowed a circle of intellectuals to drink her blood in a ritual described as anti-Semitic?
- ... that members of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps of New Zealand were known as Tuis, after a native bird?
- ... that Sibongile Khumalo, who sang both national anthems at the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final, said that it was "the one and only time I've ever watched a rugby match, at any level, of any kind"?
- ... that solar radio emission was first observed in 1942 during World War II by British radar operators?
- ... that New Zealand geneticist Neil Gemmell hunted the Loch Ness Monster to show how science works?
10 February 2021
- 12:00, 10 February 2021 (UTC)
Plate of the Sèvres Egyptian Service
- 00:00, 10 February 2021 (UTC)
HOE hit-to-kill missile
9 February 2021
- 12:00, 9 February 2021 (UTC)
Bottle of Un Jardin sur le Nil
- 00:00, 9 February 2021 (UTC)
Newspaper cartoon of Mary Aldis published in 1897
8 February 2021
- 12:00, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
Abraham Lincoln by Daniel Chester French
- 00:00, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
Monumento a la Raza
7 February 2021
- 12:00, 7 February 2021 (UTC)
Mimbres fish pot, c. 1000–1150
- 00:00, 7 February 2021 (UTC)
Hall of Famer Phyllis Stadler
- ... that the first women inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame included a WASP pilot, a World War II Marine, a "Chickie", a Hall of Fame lacrosse player, a world-champion softball player, an All-College basketball player, the founder of the first collegiate squash program in the United States, a professor and a valedictorian of Ursinus College, and a resident of Atlantis (pictured)?
- ... that "The House of Asterion" by Jorge Luis Borges was one of the first works by a major author to examine a well-known tale from the monster's perspective?
- ... that Driveways director Andrew Ahn said that the experience of directing a script he did not write improved both his writing and directing?
- ... that helicopters from Acer cascadense were found in Moose Mountain?
- ... that in the beginning of the 18th century, an estimated 2,100 Cherokee people inhabited more than sixteen Cherokee settlements in villages east of the Blue Ridge Mountains?
- ... that Duo Yun Xuan held the first art auction on the Chinese mainland?
- ... that AFC Wimbledon were promoted for a sixth time since their formation in 2002 when they won the 2016 Football League Two play-off Final?
- ... that rapper Zane One does not listen to much hip hop music, and her debut album features samples from classic rock and folk songs?
6 February 2021
- 12:00, 6 February 2021 (UTC)
- 00:00, 6 February 2021 (UTC)
Statue of Sir Nigel Gresley
5 February 2021
- 12:00, 5 February 2021 (UTC)
- 00:00, 5 February 2021 (UTC)
A Reading from Homer
4 February 2021
- 12:00, 4 February 2021 (UTC)
First-issue stamp of the Ottoman Empire (1863–1865)
- ... that Mehmet Ismet Başaran's research into the first stamps of the Ottoman Empire (example pictured) was hampered by the loss of the official records?
- ... that after twelve years of attempts, Kyle Larson won the Chili Bowl Nationals back-to-back in the first two years when he participated under his own team?
- ... that Pakistani historian Suhail Zaheer Lari and his wife, architect Yasmeen Lari, threatened to elope to Scotland to get married because the legal marriageable age there was lower than in England?
- ... that the Remsen Cemetery, one of the few remaining private burial grounds on Long Island, contains the remains of an American Revolutionary War colonel and his family members?
- ... that journalist Charles Mayer proposed an election procedure change in his attempt to become president of the National Boxing Association?
- ... that See You in the Cosmos, published as a children's book, has adult themes throughout?
- ... that Spiel nicht mit den Schmuddelkindern, a 1965 album and song that Franz Josef Degenhardt wrote and sang to his guitar, anticipated the opposition of the student movement?
- ... that although Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln never met, Whitman once wrote "I love the President personally"?
- 00:00, 4 February 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Schloss Freudenberg (pictured) and its park in Wiesbaden-Dotzheim offer an exhibition for the senses, with a Dunkelbar for drinking in darkness?
- ... that when New York City's Harlem Ship Canal Bridge had to be replaced, it was floated down the river to become the University Heights Bridge?
- ... that Anna Utenhoven, who was buried alive in 1597, was the last person executed for heresy in the Low Countries?
- ... that after NBCUniversal shut down KMAS-TV in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, its chief engineer suggested it be donated to his former employer, Rocky Mountain PBS?
- ... that the English and French agreed to a draft treaty in 1354 to end what was to become the Hundred Years' War, but the French reneged and the war continued for a further 101 years?
- ... that Wahsayah Whitebird's Communist Party membership was not publicly known until after he was elected?
- ... that Valentina, with her song "J'imagine", brought France its first victory at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest?
- ... that Elsa Schiaparelli prevented Salvador Dalí from adding mayonnaise to her lobster dress?
3 February 2021
- 12:00, 3 February 2021 (UTC)
- 00:00, 3 February 2021 (UTC)
F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela
2 February 2021
- 12:00, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
Monk and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (middle) showing Canada's gift to President Gerald Ford
- 00:00, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
1 February 2021
- 12:00, 1 February 2021 (UTC)
- 00:00, 1 February 2021 (UTC)