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24 July 2021
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- 00:00, 24 July 2021 (UTC)
- ... that "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort", translated as "Eternity! tremendous Word", is a hymn by Johann Rist (pictured) that served as the basis for the first work in Bach's chorale cantata cycle?
- ... that Barakat Al-Harthi missed his layover and lost some of his sports equipment before competing for Oman at the 2016 Summer Olympics?
- ... that although the Pat Buchanan campaign commercial Meatballs was created by a Houston-based ad agency, it was not initially aired in Houston, lest its message turn off voters?
- ... that income inequality in China is considered to be a major cause of mass incidents?
- ... that in 1593, French amateur mathematician François Viète found the first formula in European mathematics to represent an infinite process, a product of square roots that he used to compute π?
- ... that Marita Camacho Quirós, who was First Lady of Costa Rica (1962–1966), is the oldest former first lady in the world and a supercentenarian?
- ... that in Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers, Jude Ellison Doyle proposes that Frankenstein is about maternal fear that the author Mary Shelley experienced after family tragedies?
- ... that Duffy Lewis was the only major league player to pinch hit for Babe Ruth?
23 July 2021
- 12:00, 23 July 2021 (UTC)
- 00:00, 23 July 2021 (UTC)
22 July 2021
- 12:00, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
- 00:00, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
Denise Biellmann performing an upright spin
- ... that the Biellmann spin, a difficult variation of the upright spin in figure skating, was created by world champion skater Denise Biellmann (pictured)?
- ... that nurse and Jordanian senator Sawsan Al Majali followed in the footsteps of both her mother (who was a nurse) and her father (who was prime minister of Jordan)?
- ... that a British company is developing plastics that are vulnerable to sunlight, air and water?
- ... that the Uganda Volunteer Reserve helped intern German nationals at the start of the First World War?
- ... that during the 2021 food crisis in southern Madagascar, people have resorted to eating things such as raw red cactus fruits, wild leaves, locusts, ashes mixed with tamarind, and shoe leather?
- ... that Lindy Cameron, who leads the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, says that ransomware is the major cyber threat?
- ... that although Vivaldi composed cello sonatas for private international customers, six of them were published in Paris in 1740 without his permission?
- ... that the American Pre-Raphaelite painters had an obsession with depicting birds' nest still lifes?
21 July 2021
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Mr. Bean in Leicester Square
20 July 2021
- 12:00, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the Shanka Basadi (pictured), one of the Lakshmeshwara Jain temples, features a rare monolithic pillar with the carving of 1008 tirthankaras known as the Sahasrakuta Jinabimba?
- ... that James A. Gilmore reorganized the Federal League, hoping that it would become a third major league?
- ... that Survivalcraft, a game inspired by Minecraft, was once one of the most downloaded games on Windows Phone and iPad?
- ... that the slave trader Thomas Leyland won a lottery, transported 22,365 enslaved Africans, and became Lord Mayor of Liverpool?
- ... that the Women's National Basketball Players Association was the first trade union for professional women athletes?
- ... that before he died in the Battle of Iwo Jima, Japanese composer Shimaguchi Komao left behind an unfinished song bidding farewell to his family?
- ... that the coat of arms of Montserrat features Erin holding a Celtic harp, alluding to the Irish immigrants to the island during the 17th century?
- ... that when Johnny Duncan performed "Last Train to San Fernando" in Liverpool, the audience included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison?
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19 July 2021
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18 July 2021
- 12:00, 18 July 2021 (UTC)
S. lateriflorum flower heads
- 00:00, 18 July 2021 (UTC)
17 July 2021
- 12:00, 17 July 2021 (UTC)
New Forest Buckhounds
- 00:00, 17 July 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Theodolinda Hahnsson (pictured) is the first known Finnish-language female author?
- ... that Chinese-descended mining federations in Indonesia, like the Santiaogou Federation, fought bitter battles with the Dutch to preserve their democratic forms of government in the early 19th century?
- ... that a Midtown Manhattan townhouse at 46 West 55th Street, once occupied by doctors, was later bought by a clothing store and a fashion firm?
- ... that Lebanese academic Zahia Kaddoura was the first woman to be appointed a dean at the Lebanese University?
- ... that Leonard Woods, a Black miner accused of killing a white mine foreman from a prominent family, was possibly lynched to prevent a trial that could have tainted the reputation of the foreman and his family?
- ... that for the morning song "Die güldne Sonne voll Freud und Wonne", the poet found a new metre, and the composer a new melody, to reflect the many meanings of "rising"?
- ... that in the 1990s, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire was the largest third party in the United States in terms of state legislators since the Socialist Party of America in the 1930s?
- ... that in the surreal art game Islands: Non-Places, a bus stop may become an egg incubator and a fountain may conceal a vast underground space?
16 July 2021
- 12:00, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
Coral reef restoration
- 00:00, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
The Angel with Golden Hair
- ... that The Angel with Golden Hair (pictured) is one of Russia's oldest icons?
- ... that in the 1920s Edward A. Everett, with help from his stenographer Lulu G. Stillman, concluded that the Iroquois had been defrauded of their land, but their report was "buried" until the 1970s?
- ... that rugby league's Hull F.C. forced rugby union's Hull KR out of their home ground by paying triple the rent before the teams became part of rugby league's Hull Derby?
- ... that when María Elena Medina-Mora Icaza was appointed to lead the psychology department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, she proposed a "zero tolerance" policy for gender violence?
- ... that government-funded non-profits are not subject to a special motion to strike, and so are exempt from California's anti-SLAPP law?
- ... that William Lovelady, who wrote Incantations for guitar, set Psalm 104 as a cantata on a request from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh?
- ... that in the United States, Black people are twice as likely as the general population to identify as vegan?
- ... that the Latin meaning of rostrata is 'beaked', suggesting that the eastern shovelnose ray was named after its triangular snout?
15 July 2021
- 12:00, 15 July 2021 (UTC)
Political cartoon depicting Truman and Dewey
- ... that despite most of the polls and 50 major political writers predicting victory for Thomas E. Dewey, Harry S. Truman won the 1948 presidential election (candidates pictured)?
- ... that Mahmut Bozteke, whose arms were partially disabled in an accident, started performing Para Taekwondo upon the advice of his physiotherapist, who commented that he can use his legs very well?
- ... that the Tiféret Israel Synagogue, the oldest in Caracas, Venezuela, was profaned during the 2008–2009 Gaza War?
- ... that George Case was the co-owner of the slave ship whose crew perpetrated the Zong massacre?
- ... that many Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters were able to reunite with their kidnapped families after the 2021 Battle of Sambisa Forest?
- ... that Ludwig Wüllner sang in the U.S. premiere of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder in 1910, conducted by the composer?
- ... that "I Found a Way", written by Drake Bell and Michael Corcoran, became the theme song for the Drake & Josh show?
- ... that in his ruling in Miller v. Bonta, Judge Roger Benitez compared AR-15s to Swiss Army knives?
- 00:00, 15 July 2021 (UTC)
Urine deflector at the Bank of England
- ... that the Bank of England has a device to prevent unwanted deposits (pictured)?
- ... that the Goethe-Gymnasium, founded as the first school of higher education for girls in Dortmund in 1867, is now focused on competitive sports?
- ... that the seagrass asterina is a sequential hermaphrodite, starting life as a female and later becoming a male?
- ... that Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe was the top try scorer at the 2018–19 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, the first time the feat had been achieved by someone not from Australia or New Zealand?
- ... that three generations of a Muslim family were killed in London, Canada, last month?
- ... that Annita Demetriou is the first woman and youngest person elected as Speaker of Cyprus' House of Representatives?
- ... that the Society of Catholic Scientists sponsors Gold Masses, following the tradition of Red Masses for lawyers, White Masses for those in healthcare, and Blue Masses for public-safety professionals?
- ... that B. Max Mehl, a coin dealer in Texas who made the hobby popular, advertised his "Mehl-ing list" in the 1920s?
14 July 2021
- 12:00, 14 July 2021 (UTC)
Detail of Van Ruytenburch from The Night Watch
- 00:00, 14 July 2021 (UTC)
Pole Vault antenna
- ... that the first troposcatter communications system, Pole Vault (antenna pictured), linked Pinetree Line radars along 2,250 km (1,400 mi) of wilderness in Labrador?
- ... that Mariano Fiallos Oyanguren refused to participate in an attempt to rig the 1990 Nicaraguan presidential election?
- ... that there was an assassination attempt on the president-elect during the presidential transition of Franklin D. Roosevelt?
- ... that Pyrenean Mountain Dogs were urgently introduced onto French farms in the 1990s to protect flocks from wolves that had arrived from Italy?
- ... that Benjamin Rathbun constructed more than one hundred buildings in Buffalo, New York, in the 19th century, and was later jailed for forged endorsements?
- ... that Swedish painter, ceramist, designer, and writer Tyra Lundgren was one of the most versatile artists of the 20th century?
- ... that British logistics in the Siegfried Line campaign used so many jerricans that stocks in the UK were depleted, and shipments became limited to the production rate?
- ... that model and shoe designer Hélène Arpels believed that "diamonds go with everything"?
13 July 2021
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12 July 2021
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Enslaved people being thrown from a ship
11 July 2021
- 12:00, 11 July 2021 (UTC)
Jews forced to perform calisthenics during the Eleftherias Square roundup
- ... that 9,000 Greek Jews were targeted by the 1942 Eleftherias Square roundup (pictured), and those who collapsed were attacked by dogs?
- ... that Ellora Derenoncourt demonstrated that the expansion of minimum wage in 1967 accounted for 20 percent of the reduction in racial income gaps in the United States during the civil rights era?
- ... that Japanese industrialist Ichizō Kobayashi established the Takarazuka Grand Theater in the city of Takarazuka because it was located at the terminus of a train line owned by his company?
- ... that Marja Kubašec was both the first Sorbian woman to receive a formal teacher training and the first woman to write a novel in Upper Sorbian?
- ... that the many refugees who have entered Canada via Roxham Road at the border between New York and Quebec since 2017 may not have been breaking any laws?
- ... that the volcanic crater Cerro Overo formed about 77,000 years ago?
- ... that June Fernández wrote "I Wanted Sex But Not Like That"?
- ... that the meagre attendance at the 1960 European Nations' Cup Final in Paris was blamed on crowds who "wanted western European glamour, not mysterious teams from the other side of Europe"?
- 00:00, 11 July 2021 (UTC)
10 July 2021
- 12:00, 10 July 2021 (UTC)
Red-billed pied tanager
- 00:00, 10 July 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Max Liebling and his three brothers, Georg (pictured), Emil, and Sally Liebling, were all successful concert pianists and composers who trained under Franz Liszt?
- ... that for the first time this century, this year's British Athletics Championships were not broadcast on live television?
- ... that after her election as Florida's agriculture commissioner, Nikki Fried was sworn into office using the first Hebrew Bible published in the United States?
- ... that the fan disc of the visual novel Kichiku Megane includes a salacious typing game?
- ... that British army officer Thomas Stanton Lambert was killed by an IRA ambush while returning from a tennis match in 1921?
- ... that Homestead, Florida, radio station WOIR was credited with saving the lives of hundreds of farmworkers in a labor camp before the arrival of Hurricane Andrew?
- ... that, after her death, contemporaries of Frankish queen Austregilde both called her "the light of her homeland, the world, and the court" and compared her to Herod?
- ... that The City in the Middle of the Night, a 2019 climate-fiction novel by Charlie Jane Anders, is set on a tidally locked planet?
9 July 2021
Shrine of Miosach, late 11th and early 16th centuries
Charlie N. Holmberg
8 July 2021
Little Island panorama
One of the first stamps from the Pitcairn Islands
- ... that a decline in the sale of stamps from the Pitcairn Islands (example pictured) led to the territory's bankruptcy?
- ... that the National Institutes of Health's first mycologist, Chester W. Emmons, demonstrated that fungal infections were common and widespread?
- ... that the Basilica of Saint Maternus in Walcourt, Belgium, contains one of the oldest preserved Marian devotional statues in Western Christianity?
- ... that Mexican politician Rubén Rocha Moya obtained a law degree while serving as a senator?
- ... that before she entered the U.S. Army in 1942, Jane Douglass White, a songwriter for soldier's shows, had already composed the tune which would become the official "Song of the Women's Army Corps"?
- ... that during the 1940s, Sigge Stark became Sweden's most published, most read, as well as most criticised author?
- ... that the theme song for Guilty's live-action television series is Toshi's first original song in 22 years?
- ... that two of the men in the Dover Eight were going to join the raid on Harpers Ferry led by John Brown but ultimately backed out?
7 July 2021
Nubian pyramids in Sudan
6 July 2021
Coat of arms of the British Virgin Islands
5 July 2021
Rib vault of the Heiligen-Geist-Kapelle, Bruck
- ... that the Heiligen-Geist-Kapelle in Bruck, a unique late-Gothic chapel with a star rib vault (pictured), was almost demolished to make room for a highway?
- ... that the Rhodesian Independence Bell, a replica of the American Liberty Bell, was inscribed "I toll for justice, civilization and Christianity"?
- ... that South African American-football kicker Ryan Pretorius wore cleats two sizes too small at Ohio State to simulate kicking barefoot?
- ... that although Dmitri Shostakovich initially dismissed his own Piano Sonata No. 2 as a "trifle, something impromptu", he would later consider it his most important piano composition?
- ... that Peter Clavelle did not face either a Republican or a Democratic opponent in the 1991 Burlington mayoral election?
- ... that María Teresa Sesé wrote 500 romance novels in her native Spanish, then wrote several books in Basque after studying the language for two years?
- ... that the current Indonesian ambassador to Nigeria, Usra Hendra Harahap, personally led a rescue operation to free Indonesian crew members taken hostage by pirates in June 2020?
- ... that leopards live in the forest in Turkey?
4 July 2021
Gabi with his mother Tamar
- ... that the 2005 birth of Gabi (pictured with mother), the first elephant in Israel conceived through artificial insemination, was viewed live by more than 350,000 people in 108 countries?
- ... that future cantor David Werdyger was saved from a Nazi firing squad when he sang the Jewish prayer for the dead?
- ... that Kanfei Nesharim Street is long and wide and straight like a runway, because it was originally built as one?
- ... that in 1975 Time named Schwester Selma, head nurse at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, one of the world's "living saints", alongside Mother Teresa and Sister Annie?
- ... that the Diaspora Yeshiva Band infused rock and bluegrass with Jewish lyrics, creating a music style it called "Hasidic rock" or "Country and Eastern"?
- ... that Topol, who won a Golden Globe for his performance as Tevye in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof, played the role in shows and revivals about 3,500 times?
- ... that a verse from Psalm 85 has inspired artworks depicting the kiss of Justice and Peace?
- ... that Bambi delivered more than 35,000 babies?
3 July 2021
Parliament Hill, Ottawa
2 July 2021
Flag of Nova Scotia
1 July 2021
Illustration from the Anis Al-Hujjaj