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- 1 Did you know...
- 1.1 19 February 2018
- 1.2 18 February 2018
- 1.3 17 February 2018
- 1.4 16 February 2018
- 1.5 15 February 2018
- 1.6 14 February 2018
- 1.7 13 February 2018
- 1.8 12 February 2018
- 1.9 11 February 2018
- 1.10 10 February 2018
- 1.11 9 February 2018
- 1.12 8 February 2018
- 1.13 7 February 2018
- 1.14 6 February 2018
- 1.15 5 February 2018
- 1.16 4 February 2018
- 1.17 3 February 2018
- 1.18 2 February 2018
- 1.19 1 February 2018
Did you know...
19 February 2018
- 00:00, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Phoenix Arising for bassoon and piano was composed by Graham Waterhouse (pictured) in memory of his father, the bassoonist William Waterhouse, who believed in his instrument's "broad expressive possibilities"?
- ... that Asa Miller, one of only two athletes competing for the Philippines at the 2018 Winter Olympics, was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and still lives there?
- ... that the greater thornbird builds a cone-shaped nest, usually over water, while the freckle-breasted thornbird makes a gourd-shaped nest with a long entrance tunnel?
- ... that 109 years ago today, William Howard Taft was made a Mason at sight?
- ... that the French Constitutional Council triggered a by-election in a constituency representing French nationals in Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and Monaco?
- ... that Australian mathematician Katherine Heinrich was the first female president of the Canadian Mathematical Society?
- ... that in July 1918, Jagdgeschwader III faced the problem of self-igniting ammunition?
- ... that the setting of the film Interstellar was inspired by the Dust Bowl that occurred in 1930s America during the Great Depression?
18 February 2018
- 00:00, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that in the poll for China's 100 major archaeological discoveries in the 20th century, the Shang dynasty capital Yinxu (oracle bone pictured) received the highest number of votes?
- ... that before a distraught Marilyn Bergeron disappeared ten years ago today, a friend says she told him what was bothering her was worse than witnessing a murder or being raped, but would not say what?
- ... that long face syndrome may be associated with sleep apnea?
- ... that siblings Thomas, Glen, and Eve Muirhead are all competing in curling for Great Britain at the 2018 Winter Olympics?
- ... that during the Vietnam War, Pacific Architects and Engineers provided cover for the CIA's Phoenix Program?
- ... that the announcement of the reopening of the Embassy of Poland in Manila coincided with Poland's decision to expand its economic involvement in Asia?
- ... that Mu-ming Poo led a team of scientists that created the world's first primate clones with the same technique used to create Dolly the sheep?
17 February 2018
- 00:00, 17 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Vadstena Town Hall (pictured) once contained a jail, and the town executioner lived next door?
- ... that the 2017 Finnish film The Unknown Soldier set the Guinness World Record for most high explosives detonated in a single film take?
- ... that Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King played most of his first season with an injury to his shoulder which dislocated several times and left him unable to lift his arm over his head?
- ... that Aplerbeck, now part of Dortmund, is associated with two legendary martyrs and a regional psychiatric clinic founded in 1890?
- ... that the Japanese names of the fireflies Luciola cruciata and Aquatica lateralis may derive from two early Japanese novels or the two clans that fought the Genpei War?
- ... that a housewife, Bhogeswari Phukanani, played a part in the Quit India Movement and lost her life in doing so?
- ... that the Typhon surface-to-air missile was developed as part of a system to replace the United States Navy's "3T"s?
- ... that many modern Bible scholars consider the story of the prophet Jonah a work of satire?
16 February 2018
- 00:00, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Fifth Dynasty Pyramid of Neferirkare (pictured) was originally conceived as a step pyramid, a design which had been deprecated at the end of the Third Dynasty more than a century prior?
- ... that in 1912, Granville Pearl Aikman, a judge of the 13th District Court of Kansas, appointed the first female bailiff in US history?
- ... that the critically endangered Tuncurry midge orchid is threatened by rabbits and urban developments?
- ... that French politician Ian Boucard was the announcer at ASM Belfort home matches?
- ... that the Los Frailes ignimbrite plateau has a volume of about 2,000 cubic kilometres (480 cu mi), and volcanism may have continued into the Holocene?
- ... that claims have been made that the headquarters of the African Union, donated by the Chinese government, was bugged by the Chinese?
- ... that the longest-serving woman in the House of Commons of Northern Ireland was also the grandmother of two prime ministers?
- ... that there is a conspiracy theory about the presence of an abandoned subway station in New York City east of Euclid Avenue?
15 February 2018
- 00:00, 15 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Lenten rose (pictured) is named after its flowering period being in Lent?
- ... that a Women's Night is still celebrated by a group of indigenous people in Taiwan as a legacy of their centuries-long matrilineal practice?
- ... that Holy Trinity, Cork, is the only church dedicated to Father Mathew?
- ... that the General Alliance against Racism and for Respect for French and Christian Identity sued Le Figaro for defamation against Catholics?
- ... that Captain G. S. Salaria is the only United Nations peacekeeper to have been awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest wartime military decoration?
- ... that the effects of Hurricane Irma in Florida resulted in at least $50 billion in damage, far surpassing Hurricane Andrew as the state's costliest tropical cyclone?
- ... that there was a 58-year gap between the terms of office of the first and second women cabinet ministers of the Republic of Ireland?
- ... that the original lyrics of Maurice Chevalier's song "Valentine" were changed so as not to shock the American public?
14 February 2018
- 00:05, 14 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that both small pleasure boats and ships (example pictured) can be listed as historic vessels in Sweden?
- ... that one of the stained glass windows in the Duluth Public Library was exhibited at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition?
- ... that Bambang Soesatyo lost four elections before being elected to the People's Representative Council of Indonesia on his fifth attempt?
- ... that prototypes of the JB-3 Tiamat air-to-air missile were the first missiles to be launched at the Wallops Flight Facility by the Langley Research Center?
- ... that Saw Ganesan founded the Kamban Kazhagam to promote the epic poem Kamba Ramayanam, written by the medieval Tamil poet Kambar?
- ... that while five of the states of the US observe a variation of Disability History Month in October, it is unofficially observed in the United Kingdom from November to December?
- ... that Pandri is the first decentralized solar-powered village in India?
- ... that American historian William Chaney would pretend to shiver and look the other way whenever he walked by a statue of General Sherman?
13 February 2018
- 00:20, 13 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Summer Lake Hot Springs bathhouse (pictured), built in 1928, is a timber and tin structure with a 15-by-30-foot (4.6 m × 9.1 m) bathing pool inside?
- ... that the Zulu festival Umkhosi Wokweshwama was a partial inspiration for the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa?
- ... that American psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee briefed 12 members of the U.S. Congress on the mental health of President Donald Trump, although she had never met him?
- ... that despite being considered obsolete, the yacht Voortrekker placed second in the 1982/83 BOC Challenge, beaten only by a yacht purpose-built for the race?
- ... that Viking expert David M. Wilson became just the 17th Director of the British Museum in its 224 years?
- ... that the history of speciation largely began with Charles Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species?
- ... that Siegfried Lorenz, the first lyrical baritone of the Berlin State Opera, recorded 151 songs by Schubert and sang "with an enviable control of line and dynamics", according to Alan Blyth?
- ... that the director of the Noyes Museum of Art said it "was in a beautiful location but it was in the middle of nowhere"?
12 February 2018
- 00:35, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Carolwood Pacific Railroad was a ridable miniature railroad run by Walt Disney in his backyard (locomotive pictured)?
- ... that John Clemm built the first church organ in America?
- ... that Sufjan Stevens wrote both "Mystery of Love" and "Visions of Gideon" for the 2017 film Call Me by Your Name, even though he was only asked to write one song?
- ... that the small town of Mintaro, South Australia, produces world-class slate from what is believed to be the oldest continuing operating quarry in Australia?
- ... that Illinois-born basketball player Erin Lawless played for Slovakia, despite not being able to speak the language?
- ... that hardware-based encryption is probably in your computer?
- ... that the third opera by Alessandro Solbiati, Il suono giallo, is based on Wassily Kandinsky's experimental play The Yellow Sound and premiered in Bologna in 2015?
- ... that a tripwire can be used to deter salami attacks?
11 February 2018
- 00:50, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the AAM-N-10 Eagle air-to-air missile was intended to be tested using an aircraft (pictured) nicknamed "Snoopy"?
- ... that Jérémie Azou was unbeaten in men's lightweight double sculls races from 2015 to October 2017?
- ... that "Irish villagers" and "girls in clinging lace costumes" could once be seen along the boardwalk of Bergen Beach, a residential neighborhood in New York City?
- ... that Elad Chakrina initially won Mayotte's 1st constituency by 12 votes, lost by 54 votes after a counting error was corrected, then forced a by-election after an appeal?
- ... that Robin Lee Wilson project-managed the installation of an Archimedes' screw water turbine at the 18th-century Coultershaw Wharf and Beam Pump to supply electricity to the National Grid?
- ... that the crab hacker barnacle is a parasite of crabs and manipulates its host into caring for its eggs?
- ... that the song "Gallan Goodiyaan" from the 2015 Indian comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do was apparently filmed in a single five-minute take?
- ... that the Australian yachtsman Vinny Lauwers circumnavigated the globe solo with his "mistress"?
10 February 2018
- 01:05, 10 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that New York-style pizza (pictured) is most commonly ordered by the slice in New York City?
- ... that at age 12, Edin Šehić became the youngest footballer to sign a scholarship contract with NK Zagreb?
- ... that the Evangelical Heritage Version of the Bible was translated by a group of Lutheran volunteers?
- ... that in 1953, the council architect's department of the London County Council employed more than 1,500 people?
- ... that the North American fungus Boletus aurantiosplendens has been found in only seven distinct locations?
- ... that Aileen Hernandez was once told that she would have to hire a "black" taxi if she was going to travel to the traditionally African-American Howard University?
- ... that the Mediterranean Sea may have been filled by a giant flood with a discharge rate about 1,000 times larger than that of the Amazon River?
- ... that in Nazi Germany, Karl Maria Zwißler conducted major works by composer Igor Stravinsky regarded as degenerate music, including the ballet The Firebird and the German premiere of Dumbarton Oaks?
9 February 2018
- 01:20, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Chrysler Turbine Car (pictured) could burn a variety of unusual fuels, ranging from furnace, peanut, and soybean oils to tequila?
- ... that Russian serial killer Mikhail Popkov has confessed to murdering more people than either Andrei Chikatilo or Alexander Pichushkin?
- ... that the seeds of the Bredasdorp sceptre are carried underground by ants?
- ... that, from 1966 to 1991, the Yearbook on International Communist Affairs was the most comprehensive annual survey of Communist activities worldwide?
- ... that Blanche Georgiana Vulliamy was fond of portraying bats, goblins, and other reclusive and grotesque creatures?
- ... that in a recent court case, the Minnesota Supreme Court resolved a dispute between the state's legislative and executive branches for the first time in its history?
- ... that the Church of St. Lambertus in Immerath, Germany, withstood artillery fire in World War II, but not the expansion of a lignite mine in 2018?
- ... that People described a carry-on manufactured by Away as "the little black dress of luggage"?
8 February 2018
- 01:35, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that, in Māori mythology, the severed tail of a taniwha which fell at the base of the Wainui Falls (pictured) is thought to be responsible for staining the rocks downstream reddish-brown with its blood?
- ... that a "near-riot" broke out after Cory Booker cast the deciding vote to seat Shanique Speight as a member of the Newark, New Jersey city council?
- ... that HPgV-2 is the second human pegivirus ever discovered?
- ... that the Easton Area Public Library holds what is believed to be the original Flag of Easton that was flown in the town during the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence?
- ... that fourteen players have scored an international hat-trick for the Wales national football team?
- ... that King Abdullah II of Jordan, who claims to be a 41st-generation direct descendant of Muhammad, funded the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 2017?
- ... that Stuart Mustow recommended that Birmingham City Council lose responsibility for maintaining the city's Inner Ring Road due to construction defects?
- ... that despite director John Frankenheimer's preference for the first ending he had shot for Ronin, the test audience "hated it"?
7 February 2018
- 01:50, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that New Zealand's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi (pictured), barely escaped burning in a fire, was lost for decades, and then was found in a damp basement heavily water damaged and chewed by rodents?
- ... that German author Natalie Grams set out to write a scientific defense of homeopathy, but instead discontinued her homeopathic practice and wrote a book called Homeopathy Reconsidered?
- ... that four years ago today, 2,000 passengers stranded in China's Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport during a snowstorm rioted over delayed flights, destroying check-in desks and assaulting staff?
- ... that the M60 and Q70 bus routes in New York City were upgraded because LaGuardia Airport had no other rapid transit options?
- ... that the Republic SD-4 and Fairchild SD-5 reconnaissance drones were designed to provide targeting data for tactical ballistic missiles?
- ... that General Sir Brian Robertson said: "General Montgomery does not cheat – whether that is due to his innate honesty or the fact that I watch him like a cat does not matter"?
- ... that though the Saleh Kamboh Mosque of Lahore was built during Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's reign, it has architectural features of the Shah Jahani era?
- ... that the New Zealand Māori folk song "Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi" was hijacked by British and Irish Lions rugby fans?
6 February 2018
- 02:05, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Humphrey IV of Toron married Isabella of Jerusalem (marriage ceremony pictured) in Kerak Castle in 1183, but a siege by Saladin disturbed the wedding?
- ... that prickly felicia belongs to the daisy family and is found on sand dunes in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa?
- ... that Celia M. Burleigh became the first woman pastor ordained into the Unitarian ministry?
- ... that an archaeological find identified as a 10th-century Viking helmet has been alleged to actually be a World War II Luftwaffe helmet?
- ... that all of the proposals to honor Michael Jackson at New York City's Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets subway station have been declined?
- ... that Chinese naval commander Zhang Wendan exchanged information on pirate activity with the Japanese, in a rare occasion of military cooperation between the two countries?
- ... that the Rahway River Parkway, designed by Olmsted Brothers in the 1920s, was a project of the newly-formed Union County parks commission?
- ... that, according to Lord Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth II planned to hit Idi Amin with the Pearl Sword if he came to her Silver Jubilee?
5 February 2018
- 02:20, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Skydart target rocket (pictured) used the same launching rails as the missiles used to shoot it down?
- ... that Donna Kennedy became the world's most-capped women's rugby player in 2004, and by 2007 was also the most-capped player in Scotland, retiring in 2010 with 115 caps?
- ... that before one pharaoh could construct his own monument, the Pyramid of Nyuserre, he had to complete the three monuments to his mother, father, and elder brother?
- ... that the upcoming film Paul, Apostle of Christ features Jim Caviezel's first appearance in a biblical film since he portrayed Jesus in The Passion of the Christ?
- ... that the African weaver ant has been used to control the coconut bug?
- ... that in one 1858 baseball game, Frank Pidgeon threw more than 400 pitches?
- ... that a BBC executive boasts that actors of the Corporation's Radio Drama Company can be "mice, ants, naiads or dryads, men morphing into hares, maggots in a fisherman's sack, or even a tray of fancy cakes"?
- ... that the first time Ethel Page met her husband – a future Australian prime minister – he accidentally set her on fire?
4 February 2018
- 00:00, 4 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that a portrait (pictured) of the Cavalier Viscount Grandison caused a sensation at Detroit, but later turned out to be that of another man?
- ... that filming of the two-episode event "Gorilla City" on the third season of the 2014 television series The Flash was moved south of the original filming location, due to prolonged snowfall in Vancouver?
- ... that Savannah Jordan was the first soccer player in the history of the Southeastern Conference to be named SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman?
- ... that Cortinarius metallicus got its name from its bluish metallic sheen?
- ... that during the Siege of Katsurayama, the castle garrison poured rice from their walls to fool the besiegers into thinking they had ample water?
- ... that at 0.7 miles (1.1 km) long, Interstate 878 is the shortest interstate highway in the U.S.?
- ... that when soprano Lucy Crowe became ill, her replacement Sabina Puértolas had only three hours to rehearse before performing at the Royal Opera House in London?
- ... that Palazzo Corpi, the longtime United States consulate in Istanbul, was acquired by the American government in a poker game?
3 February 2018
- 00:00, 3 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Rick Kirby's Sutton Hoo Helmet (pictured) is 360 times heavier than the original?
- ... that the night before the 2003 Football League Second Division play-off Final, the Queens Park Rangers' team hotel was targeted by a malicious false fire alarm?
- ... that the first Edison incandescent lamp-illuminated home was James Hood Wright's residence in New York City in 1881?
- ... that the Swan with Two Necks was one of the principal departure points for coach travel to the north of England from London?
- ... that Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, sued her own agency?
- ... that the horseshoe shrimp Hutchinsoniella macracantha is the first example of a new class of crustaceans that was given the name Cephalocarida?
- ... that Montana lieutenant governor Archibald E. Spriggs participated in a secret scheme to allow William A. Clark to retain his Senate seat?
- ... that after making a portrait bust of Giuseppe Garibaldi, sculptor Elisabet Ney is thought to have provided him with military intelligence during the Third Italian War of Independence?
2 February 2018
- 00:00, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Ollagüe (pictured) has a vigorous steam plume that is visible from tens of kilometres away?
- ... that the Twinnies would play accordion and sing while rollerblading?
- ... that the Seattle Sounders FC were second-to-last when they hired coach Brian Schmetzer, but finished the season by winning the MLS Cup?
- ... that after a bitter dispute over its curriculum in 1890, the High School of Montreal was destroyed by fire?
- ... that Nikolaus Herman based the melody of his Christmas carol "Lobt Gott, ihr Christen alle gleich" on the Gregorian hymn "Puer natus est nobis"?
- ... that Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong met for the last time during the Chongqing Negotiations?
- ... that Isaiah Livers won the closest Mr. Basketball of Michigan vote in history?
- ... that while pushing for the repeal of New Jersey's obscenity laws, Assemblyman Walter Kern argued that "adults should be able to purchase whatever their perverted hearts desire"?
1 February 2018
- 05:48, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
- ... that in 1918, infected crew members aboard HMS Mantua (pictured) inadvertently spread the Spanish Flu to Africa?
- ... that the footballer Robin Turner scored twice on his home debut for Swansea City, equalling the number of league goals he scored for former club Ipswich Town in nine seasons?
- ... that when Cristo Rey OKC high school opens in fall 2018, students will be able to work for Boeing, Love's Travel Stops, and more than 30 other employers as part of work-study?
- ... that French politician Véronique Hammerer, a member of La République En Marche!, said it was "terrible" that her husband could not buy a Porsche Cayenne for fear of public criticism?
- ... that Thyonicola dogieli, a parasite of sea cucumbers, is the longest gastropod in the world?
- ... that Yves Volel was Anderson Cooper's math teacher at the Dalton School in Manhattan before returning to Haiti to run for president, where he was assassinated?
- ... that The Colossus of Rhodes, a painting by Salvador Dalí, is heavily influenced by an article by the sculptor Herbert Maryon?
- ... that at two million words, Men of Good Will by Jules Romains is one of the longest novels ever written?