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- 1.1 20 September 2018
- 1.2 19 September 2018
- 1.3 18 September 2018
- 1.4 17 September 2018
- 1.5 16 September 2018
- 1.6 15 September 2018
- 1.7 14 September 2018
- 1.8 13 September 2018
- 1.9 12 September 2018
- 1.10 11 September 2018
- 1.11 10 September 2018
- 1.12 9 September 2018
- 1.13 8 September 2018
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- 1.15 6 September 2018
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20 September 2018
- 00:00, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that while the filters added to the chimneys of the Windscale Piles (pictured) were mocked as "Cockcroft's Follies", they prevented what might have been a disastrous radioactive accident?
- ... that as a child in Pontianak, Indonesia, Sutarmidji used to hawk newspapers close to the mayor's office that he would later occupy?
- ... that Big Tips Texas features scantily-clad waitresses from Redneck Heaven, a breastaurant whose body-paint events led to nudity law changes in at least three Texas municipalities?
- . .. that Tonatiuh Bravo Padilla stepped down as rector of the University of Guadalajara to seek a return to elected office as a Mexican federal deputy?
- ... that a former island is named after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology?
- ... that soldiers from the Axis powers of Germany and Italy committed more than 5,000 war crimes in Italy during World War II?
- ... that a pyemotid mite, commonly known as the straw itch mite, has been investigated for use in biological pest control?
- ... that after being rejected by European and Chinese teams, DeMario Mayfield began his professional basketball career in an Iraqi league?
19 September 2018
- 00:00, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Belgian footballer Romelu Lukaku (pictured) has scored two international hat-tricks, but only one is recognised by FIFA?
- ... that the murder of Deborah Linsley on a train in 1988 hastened the speed with which British Rail abolished the use of the type of compartment coach in which she died?
- ... that from 1660 to 1700, the majority of Japanese porcelain was made to be exported?
- ... that attorney Kristin Cooper, the current First Lady of North Carolina, has performed in several plays with her daughters?
- ... that Arrowe Country Park sits on land purchased in 1800 by the Mayor of Liverpool with money earned from the slave trade?
- ... that the German composer Karl Ludwig Drobisch and his brother calculated planetary movements?
- ... that Sabrina, a critique of the modern "fake news" era, is the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the Booker Prize?
- ... that Alexander Polycleitos Cawadias denied there was such a thing as a true hermaphrodite?
18 September 2018
- 00:00, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the brown-hooded kingfisher (pictured), about 22 centimetres (8.7 in) long, has been recorded eating reptiles as long as 25 centimetres (9.8 in)?
- ... that basketball player Trey Kell signed with the Bosnian team Igokea over nine other European offers?
- ... that "Wenn ich, o Schöpfer, deine Macht", part of German Protestant and Catholic hymnals, began as a poem by Christian Fürchtegott Gellert from the Age of Enlightenment?
- ... that Kaʻiminaʻauao, a younger sibling of Hawaii's Queen Liliʻuokalani, died in an epidemic that killed more than 10,000 people, mostly Native Hawaiians?
- ... that Niel Gow, a Scottish fiddler, is said to have composed many of his best-known tunes under a tree on the banks of the River Tay?
- ... that in 1381, during the Peasants' Revolt, John Fresshe—later to be Lord Mayor of London—was widely suspected of encouraging the mob to burn down the Marshalsea Prison?
- ... that the United States government purchased John Lennon's boyhood stamp album for the National Philatelic Collection?
- ... that Bob Wood, co-creator of the comic Crime Does Not Pay, served three years in prison for manslaughter, and was murdered a year after his release?
17 September 2018
- 00:00, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that some Ludwigsburg porcelain figures from the 1760s (example pictured) show the lighter dance costumes pioneered by the ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre?
- ... that a record reward was raised by the local Crime Stoppers in the month-long search for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who was found dead in a cornfield?
- ... that around one million pilgrims visit the Sanctuary of San Gerardo Maiella in Materdomini, Italy, each year?
- ... that in 2018, Diede de Groot became the first woman in wheelchair tennis to win both the women's singles and doubles events at Wimbledon?
- ... that the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail in Wenatchee, Washington, was funded by a local utility company as part of environmental mitigation for hydroelectric dams?
- ... that juvenile ladder hornsnails tend to live underwater while the adults mostly live above the high water mark?
- ... that with the USC Trojans, beach volleyball player Sara Hughes won 103 consecutive matches and 2 NCAA Championships?
- ... that during the Battle of Neville's Cross, King David II of Scotland was shot twice in the face by arrows and taken prisoner after knocking out the teeth of his captor?
16 September 2018
- 00:00, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that on arriving in Cuba in 1920, the SS Yarmouth (crew pictured), flagship of Marcus Garvey's Black Star Line, was hailed as the "Ark of the Covenant of the colored people"?
- ... that "Love Men Holic" by Shiena Nishizawa is a love song that uses ramen-related puns in its lyrics?
- ... that the Überwasserkirche, a Gothic hall church in Münster, was the location of the second of three sermons held in 1941 by Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen in defiance of the Nazi regime?
- ... that common names for Eucalyptus exserta include Queensland peppermint, bendo, and messmate?
- ... that the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India has sometimes been more influential than senior government ministers?
- ... that United States Route 66, decommissioned in 1985, was recently designated as a bicycle route?
- ... that in 1855, Soorjo Coomar Goodeve Chuckerbutty became the first Indian to pass the Indian Medical Service examination?
- ... that perfumer Alberto Morillas has created nearly 7,000 fragrances?
15 September 2018
- 00:00, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Das goldene Kreuz (The Golden Cross), the second opera by Ignaz Brüll (pictured), was an immediate international success but was later banned by the Nazi regime?
- ... that in 1985, Shiv Pande arranged for a joint India-Pakistan cricket team to play "the rest of the world" in aid of Mother Teresa's charity and the orphans of the Bhopal gas disaster?
- ... that the comic book The Accelerators was originally conceived as a screenplay?
- ... that James T. Mullen was the first Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus?
- ... that a reconstruction of a Roman bath house at the Hull and East Riding Museum includes an original mosaic and a life-sized bather?
- ... that Mexican senator Delfina Gómez Álvarez entered politics at the urging of a former mayor who later ran for the Senate alongside her?
- ... that the 2018 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship took place at the Edel-optics.de Arena in Hamburg?
- ... that Radio Times critic Alison Graham called the character Jacob Masters "a cocky narcissist" following his debut in Casualty?
14 September 2018
- 00:00, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the long tails on the hindwings of the Luna moth (pictured) are thought to interfere with echolocation detection used by predatory bats?
- ... that five years ago today, Tiffany Whitton left her handbag and flip-flops behind when she ran out of a Walmart at 2 a.m., and has not been seen since?
- ... that the Hanbo scandal, one of South Korea's largest corruption cases, involved presidential aides, a former minister, and top banking executives?
- ... that Magne Dæhli was part of the gold-winning team in the men's relay of the World Orienteering Championships for three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018?
- ... that a Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp escaped disguised as an SS guard along with an SS-Rottenführer?
- ... that in 2017, Lorena Cuéllar Cisneros joined eight other Mexican senators in switching parties after a dispute over commission seats, more than doubling the Labor Party's ranks?
- ... that a line of T-shirts produced by Massive Goods featuring art by Gengoroh Tagame became popular in the LGBTQ hip-hop scene?
- ... that American pediatrician Frank Spooner Churchill believed that breast milk could be spoiled if the mother was anxious?
13 September 2018
- 00:00, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Mount Cayley massif (pictured) in British Columbia has been investigated as a potential geothermal energy resource?
- ... that Reginald St John Battersby joined the British Army aged 14, was commissioned at 15, and lost a leg at 17?
- ... that Vanessa Delgado's 112-day term in the California State Senate will be the shortest tenure since 1903?
- ... that pieces of Hirado ware decorated with seven boys chasing butterflies were once made only for the shōgun and emperors of Japan?
- ... that in 2001, HIV/AIDS campaigner Minoo Mohraz defied a media ban by using the word "condom" on Iranian national television?
- ... that season 9 is the longest-running of SpongeBob SquarePants seasons, airing for four and a half years?
- ... that in 1948, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and Fredric Wertham helped establish the Lafargue Clinic in New York City, one of the first to provide low-cost psychiatric services to black patients?
- ... that the bioluminescent scales of the worm Lepidonotus squamatus adhere to any predator that feeds on it, making the attacker more visible to its own predators?
12 September 2018
- 00:00, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Elizabeth Kekaʻaniau (pictured) was the last surviving royal student from the Chiefs' Children's School, a select school for the nobles and rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii?
- ... that the Royal Air Force's "Winkle" system tracked aircraft by listening for their radar jammers?
- ... that editorial cartoonist Etta Hulme began her artistic career at Walt Disney animation studio under Ward Kimball?
- ... that the breakout single "broken" by lovelytheband was inspired by its vocalist after he split up with his previous band, Oh Honey?
- ... that Fredy Hirsch saved the lives of children at Auschwitz by impressing SS guards, even though he was Jewish and openly gay?
- ... that the oceanic two-wing flyingfish exhibits countershading?
- ... that Roberto Benedicto was so close to his fraternity brother, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, that he had full access to the presidential quarters in Malacañang Palace?
- ... that sections of Washington State Route 821 are shut down for annual cattle drives, a marathon, and a heritage tractor run?
11 September 2018
- 00:00, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the 2018 animated film Seder-Masochism was said to turn parts of the Exodus (God figure pictured) "into Busby Berkeley-style song-and-dance numbers"?
- ... that the surgeon Graham Stack advocated naming the fingers of the hand, rather than numbering them, in order to avoid surgical errors?
- ... that the United States Lifesaving Association calculated that a person has a 1 in 18 million chance of drowning at a beach patrolled by lifeguards affiliated with the association?
- ... that mezzo-soprano Sybille Specht appeared as La Belle in a chamber opera by Philip Glass at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz?
- ... that Godfrey's Cordial, a popular infant sedative in Victorian Britain, led to numerous fatalities?
- ... that American missionary Mary Sophia Hyde Rice taught Sanford B. Dole, who later became Hawaii's only president?
- ... that though caterpillars feed on the leaves of Hypericum punctatum, the foliage is toxic to mammals?
- ... that Max Steiner was often criticized for his excessive use of "Mickey Mousing" in his film scores?
10 September 2018
- 00:00, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that despite homosexuality being punishable by death, Iranian LGBT activists celebrate IranPride Day (logo pictured) by secretly photographing themselves holding rainbow flags in Tehran and other cities?
- ... that Milton Griepp was receiving unemployment benefits when he co-founded Capital City Distribution, which became the largest comic book distributor in the United States?
- ... that the skeleton shrimp Caprella penantis may take on some of the coloration of whatever it is feeding on?
- ... that in 2016, Jaime Bonilla Valdez invited current Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador to his suite at Petco Park to watch the Major League Baseball All-Star Game?
- ... that Australian artist John Peter Russell painted a portrait of Vincent van Gogh and gave it to him as a mark of their friendship?
- ... that police investigating the 1988 murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley believed that the murderer also left threatening notes with used condoms on girls' bicycles in 2004?
- ... that if completed, the proposed 1,422-foot (433 m) Tribune East Tower would be the second tallest building in Chicago, behind the Willis Tower?
- ... that in 1985, Victor Almaraz made a charro outfit which consisted mainly of pull tabs from 2,500 aluminum cans?
9 September 2018
- 00:00, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku II (pictured) formed the Kawaihau Glee Club, said to be composed of the "very purest and sweetest male voices to be found amongst the Native Hawaiians"?
- ... that despite winning Roush Fenway Racing's 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in the 2007 Dodge Dealers 400, driver Carl Edwards was penalized for his car being too low at the right-rear?
- ... that when Castile invited Navarre to join an alliance against Muhammad VII of Granada, Charles III of Navarre informed Muhammad VII of this scheme, called him "my brother" and sent him military aid?
- ... that the first NCAA Basketball Championship Game was attended by James Naismith, the inventor of basketball?
- ... that Japanese voice actress Azumi Waki initially wished to pursue a career as a flight attendant, but gave up because she felt that her English language skills were inadequate?
- ... that in most of the killings of the Bangladesh Drug War the victims were shot at night, and weapons and drugs were found near the bodies?
- ... that before becoming a college professor, Alan L. Gropman flew more than 670 combat missions during two tours of Vietnam?
- ... that every Australian has the right to a free portrait of the Queen?
8 September 2018
- 00:00, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that while attempting to escape from underwater predators, the tropical two-wing flyingfish (pictured) may find other hazards above the waves?
- ... that Canadian basketball player Grandy Glaze made his professional debut in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, which he led in rebounding?
- ... that the surrender of the Polish garrison at the Battle of Westerplatte on 7 September 1939 ended what has been described as the opening battle of World War II?
- ... that Margaret Storkan made seven trips to the developing world on the hospital ship SS Hope where she was the only dermatologist?
- ... that in 2016, fifty years after the Batman villain Poison Ivy was introduced, she starred in her own comic book miniseries?
- ... that the first victim of the Turkish serial killer Hamdi Kayapınar was his sibling?
- ... that sand from Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and New York City's Rockaway Peninsula was brought by barge to Orchard Beach?
- ... that the social and political theorist Dinesh Wadiwel argues that humans are waging a war on animals?
7 September 2018
- 00:00, 7 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that paper wheels (pictured) provided a quiet and smooth ride in Pullman dining and sleeping cars?
- ... that the 19th-century writer Athalia Schwartz addressed the conditions and lives of prostitutes in England, the Netherlands, and Belgium?
- ... that the proposed Ybor Stadium would be the smallest in Major League Baseball by seating capacity?
- ... that as a volunteer infantryman in the American Civil War, Felix Agnus saved the life of Captain Judson Kilpatrick?
- ... that MIS416, a drug derived from bacteria that cause acne, was used to treat multiple sclerosis in New Zealand under a compassionate use law before clinical trials were unable to prove its efficacy?
- ... that Mulshankar Mulani introduced tragedy to Gujarati theatre?
- ... that The Mass Extermination of Jews in German Occupied Poland was the first official document to inform the Western Allies about the Holocaust?
- ... that by the end of the 2017–18 season, IFK Kristianstad had won 66 consecutive home matches against domestic opposition?
6 September 2018
- 00:00, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that raindrop cake (pictured) is a dessert made of water and agar, and has practically no calories?
- ... that Slovene-American Katka Zupančič wrote children's poetry about the austerity of immigrant life?
- ... that there are no rules against reverse rotational lifts, in which the woman lifts the man, as competition elements in ice dance?
- ... that the B&B Carousell, built over 100 years ago, is the last operating carousel in Coney Island?
- ... that Tosia Altman's blonde hair and fluency in Polish enabled her to pass as a gentile and travel between Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Poland to organize armed resistance to the Holocaust?
- ... that the Jordan Misja Artistic Lyceum in Tirana counts among its alumni most Albanian professional artists, as well as the current Prime Minister of Albania?
- ... that Mary Blair Moody became the first woman to earn an MD from Buffalo Medical College?
- ... that one of the scientific names in use for the Kimberley death adder was given in honour of actor Burt Lancaster?
5 September 2018
- 00:00, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that one account has it that King Charles II offered his mistress Nell Gwyn (pictured) "all the land she could ride around before breakfast"—and the next morning she rode out early and encircled what would become Bestwood Park?
- ... that 15 future professors of medicine in Japan worked in Ken Hashimoto's American laboratory?
- ... that the sea anemone Diadumene cincta reproduces by basal laceration, with pieces of tissue becoming detached from the base and developing into new individuals?
- ... that in 1608, Greek spy Petros Lantzas devised a plan to assassinate the Ottoman Sultan by placing a present containing explosives in front of him?
- ... that Arthur Machen's novella The Great God Pan has influenced such writers as H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Stephen King?
- ... that Ramiz Kovaçi, a baritone at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania, was also a jury member for a light music festival?
- ... that in 1959, the US Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional for a prosecutor to knowingly use false testimony, even if the testimony does not directly relate to the defendant's guilt?
- ... that Manchester City player Claudio Gomes won a trophy at Wembley Stadium one second into his professional debut?
4 September 2018
- 00:00, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the cocoi heron (pictured) is the largest heron in South America?
- ... that Ronald Smelser's 2008 book The Myth of the Eastern Front focuses on the myth of the clean Wehrmacht?
- ... that for his song of praise "Lobet den Herren alle, die ihn ehren", Paul Gerhardt used the Sapphic stanza?
- ... that Hawaiian diplomat John Mākini Kapena was sent to Japan in 1882 to discuss Japanese immigration to Hawaii?
- ... that prior to heading Ghana's petroleum authority, lawyer Hassan Tampuli secured the release of a journalist who had been detained for writing about the country's president?
- ... that the Palembang Light Rail Transit, which opened last month, is the first operational light rail system in Indonesia?
- ... that clothes created by Matilda Etches in the 1940s were the first modern fashion items to be honoured as key acquisitions by London's Victoria and Albert Museum?
- ... that Major League Baseball umpires have visited 131 hospitals since 2006, giving seriously ill children more than 12,500 stuffed toys, through their UMPS CARE charity?
3 September 2018
- 00:00, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that exports of Vienna porcelain (example pictured) to the Ottoman Empire reached 120,000 pieces a year in the 18th century?
- ... that a lost film by Andy Warhol shows the production of Jack Smith's Normal Love?
- ... that minoritized languages are languages targeted for extermination, even when spoken by a majority of the population?
- ... that Japanese erotic film star Mitsu Dan writes fiction for literary magazines?
- ... that HMS Romulus used false colours to capture a Spanish corvette without a shot being fired?
- ... that former CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles twice escaped from prison in Venezuela, where he faced trial for the bombing of Cubana Flight 455?
- ... that Leasowe Lighthouse had the only known female lighthouse keeper when it ceased operating in 1908?
- ... that Munafri Arifuddin ran unopposed for mayor of Makassar, Indonesia, won more than 250,000 votes, and lost?
2 September 2018
- 00:00, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Wieluń, Poland, became the first city to sustain major damage and casualties from German bombing (pictured) in World War II?
- ...that Keanolani was the illegitimate daughter of King Kamehameha V, who died in 1872 without naming an heir to the throne?
- ... that biblical criticism was dominated by white male Protestant Christians until the late twentieth century?
- ... that SpaceX's Rocket Development and Test Facility is on the site of Bluebonnet Ordnance Plant, a former World War II bomb-making facility?
- ... that Texas-born Mario Alberto Peña became a suspected regional leader of the Gulf Cartel and a gangster folk hero on both sides of the Mexico–United States border?
- ... that Charles Wood's Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D has been regarded as an "epitome of Church of England worship"?
- ... that Ian Aird performed chest surgery on a wounded German officer after the British surgeon had been captured by a German Panzer column during the North African Campaign?
- ... that Wikipedia has a rule allowing its editors to "ignore all rules"?
1 September 2018
- 00:00, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the parasitic sprat eye-maggot (pictured) attaches to its sprat host through its eye?
- ... that voice actress Aya Hirano played the lead role in the multi-award-winning anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya?
- ... that a 156-foot (48 m) tunnel for the Lower Manhattan Expressway was built in New York City in the 1960s, but was never used?
- ... that Bulgaria's first cosmonaut, Georgi Ivanov, safely returned to Earth despite a failing main engine and a damaged backup engine on his Soyuz 33 spacecraft?
- ... that Anastasia Soare is the "Eyebrow Queen"?
- ... that the creators of the video game franchise God of War named their main character Kratos without knowing that an actual god by that name appears in the Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound?
- ... that despite having Stage IV lung cancer, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho continues to act as spokesman for the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management?
- ... that where the United States has FAANG, China has BAT?