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20 May 2019
- 00:00, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that although the Grünbaum–Rigby configuration (pictured) has been studied since 1879, it was not depicted in its realization as three overlaid heptagrams until 1990?
- ... that Soviet admiral Yuri Panteleyev was appointed a Companion of the Bath by the British for his role in supporting attacks against the German battleship Tirpitz?
- ... that more than twenty species of cetaceans have been stranded on the mudflats of Bahía Lomas?
- ... that Mary Stuart Fisher, a Temple University professor of radiology who was named Physician of the Year in 1996, was discouraged from following her chosen career path by her father, a physician himself?
- ... that Luciano Burti's 111G crash at the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix led to a ban on creating holes in racing helmets for drinking tubes and radio communication wires?
- ... that the motto of Midleton College, Spartam nactus es, hanc exorna, is a mistranslation of a line from a Greek play by Euripides?
- ... that George Backhouse Witts read the Riot Act on a hill in Gloucestershire?
- ... that the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island banned automobiles for more than a decade starting in 1908?
19 May 2019
- 00:00, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Edwin Clarke (pictured) combined research into the structure, functions, and diseases of the human nervous system with "impressive rhythm on the dance floor"?
- ... that Watford's appearance in today's FA Cup Final is their first since 1984?
- ... that Kyrgyzstani author Tugelbay Sydykbekov won the Stalin Prize in 1949 for the novel People of our Time, which simultaneously embraced Soviet-style communism and traditional culture including Islam?
- ... that according to a US Supreme Court decision, the Fourth Amendment does not always apply to searches at the border?
- ... that the 1919 Australian federal election was the first to use preferential voting?
- ... that sturgeons are ancient fishes, widely sought after for caviar and more critically endangered than any other group of animal species?
- ... that the Disher Challenge Cup, an annual rowing race, is named after Clive Disher, who rowed for the winning Australian eight in the 1919 Henley Royal Peace Regatta?
- ... that although measles was declared eradicated from the United States in 2000, more than 500 people there have been diagnosed with the disease so far in 2019?
- ... that South African Willem Botha adapted the 2008 Latvian Eurovision entry as an Afrikaans song for the Springboks rugby team, and helped to produce the 2013 Belarusian Eurovision entry?
18 May 2019
- 00:00, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the 100th anniversary of the Memorial Cup (trophy pictured) was celebrated by the Canadian Hockey League with a commemorative coin, a postage stamp, and a Santa Claus parade?
- ... that Shah Jahan II's food, clothes, and meetings were decided by the powerful Sayyid brothers who had chosen him as the Mughal emperor?
- ... that the girls of the Mädchenkantorei Limburg joined a women's choir to perform sacred choral music by contemporary composers at a 2019 concert in Limburg Cathedral?
- ... that Wenona Giles helped 59 people in the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya, earn a Certificate of Completion in Educational Studies from Canada's York University?
- ... that the Arlington Museum of Art occupies a former J. C. Penney store in downtown Arlington, Texas?
- ... that Xiong Zhaoren, whose battle experience was adapted into two films, lived to 107, the longest among China's founding generals?
- ... that for the first six months that Janis Ian performed the song "At Seventeen", she closed her eyes because she was afraid the audience would laugh at her?
- ... that some ancient trees of the olive cultivar Bidni have been recognised as "national monuments" in Malta?
17 May 2019
- 00:00, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the Hotel International Prague (pictured) was built to strengthen ties with the Soviet Union?
- ... that the earliest permanent Filipino American residents settled in Louisiana's bayou country?
- ... that basic economy fares can cause airline passengers to pay more to fly?
- ... that after Chief Justice Xiao Yang implemented reforms requiring all capital punishment cases to be reviewed by the Supreme Court, death sentences in China dropped by 30% in a year?
- ... that the journal Minnesota History covers topics ranging from the Dakota War of 1862 and cholera in the state to root beer stands of the Midwest?
- ... that Australian rules footballer Haneen Zreika is the first Muslim to play in the AFL Women's?
- ... that the deepwater crinoid Notocrinus virilis broods its young in pouches on its arms?
- ... that Emil Spiridonov, commander of the Soviet Pacific Fleet, was among the sixteen admirals and generals killed in the 1981 Pushkin Tu-104 crash?
- ... that Michael Jordan broke one of the unwritten rules of baseball?
16 May 2019
- 01:33, 16 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Giselher Klebe's opera Das Märchen von der schönen Lilie, with a libretto by his wife based on Goethe's fairy tale, was premiered at the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen (pictured) 50 years ago today?
- ... that in 1987, Royal Society of Canada fellow Kathryn Brush was one of the first women to be hired for a full-time position in art history at the University of Western Ontario?
- ... that El Drago Milenario, located in Parque del Drago, Tenerife, is the largest and oldest known specimen of Dracaena draco?
- ... that the remains of missing Israeli soldier Zechariah Baumel were discovered in a cemetery in the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, Syria, nearly 37 years after he disappeared in the 1982 Lebanon War?
- ... that Saint Petersburg's Red Square is now Alexander Nevsky Square?
- ... that the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius co-ruled with his adoptive brother Lucius Verus in the first joint rule between Roman emperors, and later co-ruled with his own son Commodus?
- ... that the Georgetown Neighborhood Library houses the collection of its predecessor library established by George Peabody in 1872?
- ... that a nine-day-old citizen of the United States, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, is seventh in the line of succession to the British throne?
15 May 2019
- 00:00, 15 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that from 1867 to 1869 Albert Estcourt built the "most elaborate Victorian house in Gloucester" (pictured)?
- ... that the premise for the comic book Sleepless came to writer Sarah Vaughn when she was trying to sleep?
- ... that Vice-Admiral Georgy Stepanov of the Soviet Navy was sentenced to ten years in prison for passing technical secrets to the Allies?
- ... that after winning the 2001 Austrian Grand Prix, driver David Coulthard refrained from spraying champagne on the podium out of respect for Ilmor Engineering's Paul Morgan, who had died the day before?
- ... that the dancer and cabaret artist Hedi Schoop emigrated to California with her husband, the composer Friedrich Hollaender, where she created and manufactured pottery?
- ... that the top trumps in Knüffeln, the centuries-old national card game of Frisia, are the five "Old Ones"?
- ... that Nawab Ahmad Ali Khan was the only ruler of the Malerkotla State who had his name inscribed on coins?
- ... that actress Chloe Howman compared her Casualty character Rita Freeman to a Jack Russell Terrier?
14 May 2019
- 00:00, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that crinoids (example pictured) are closely related to sea urchins and starfish?
- ... that Colonel Pavlos Kouroupis was the first commanding officer defending Cyprus at the start of the Turkish invasion and is considered the first missing person of the conflict?
- ... that the Maybrat language of West Papua traditionally uses a base-5 counting system?
- ... that D. J. Butler worked as a corporate attorney for more than ten years before beginning his career as a speculative fiction writer?
- ... that the early study of the geology of China led to the idea of a changeable climate and that drinking dissolved fossils was good for your health?
- ... that Wolfgang Meyer, who recorded Mozart's Clarinet Concerto on a historical basset clarinet, played his last concert with jazz saxophonist Peter Lehel?
- ... that the U.S. Supreme Court case of Bowen v. Georgetown University Hospital held that federal agencies cannot promulgate retroactive rules without express authorization by Congress?
- ... that a player once danced with Canadian hockey referee Fred Page at center ice after scoring a goal?
13 May 2019
- 00:00, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Redoshi (pictured), a West African woman who lived in Alabama and died in 1937, was the last known survivor of the transatlantic slave trade?
- ... that the Canadian ice hockey show Coach's Corner has been described by one of its hosts as "six minutes of psychotherapy for athletes"?
- ... that POW/MIA activist Ted Sampley, who died 10 years ago today, discovered that the Vietnam War Unknown Soldier was in fact Michael Blassie?
- ... that the 13 km (8.1 mi) Mazeno Ridge route to the summit of Nanga Parbat was first completed in 2012?
- ... that Oriana Wilson discovered a new species of bat, which was then named after her?
- ... that although KGTO-TV in Fayetteville, Arkansas, signed on as an NBC affiliate, it received no network compensation for carrying its programs?
- ... that forest ranger Nels Bruseth turned down an offer to become mayor of Darrington, Washington, due to his ineligibility as a federal employee?
- ... that in a 2016 portrait, Queen Elizabeth II is depicted with someone else's bust?
12 May 2019
- 00:00, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Charles Darwin contributed funds to the building of New Zealand's oldest surviving church (pictured)?
- ... that despite spending the majority of his career with the Russian Northern Fleet, Aleksandr Moiseyev was appointed commander of the Black Sea Fleet in 2018?
- ... that Martin Luther wrote "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" as a close paraphrase of the Latin hymn "Veni redemptor gentium", with a melody derived from the plainchant?
- ... that, inspired at a young age by Polish footballer Roman Kosecki of Galatasaray S.K. in Turkey, Nurcan Çelik became a player and later established her own football club?
- ... that the Sword of State of South Carolina is listed in the FBI National Stolen Art File?
- ... that after being influenced by Wahhabism, Mubarez-ud-Daulah wanted to overthrow the Nizam of Hyderabad and the British in India?
- ... that the 1897 supernatural novel Gulabsinh by Gujarati-language writer Manilal Dwivedi is an adaptation of the mystical novel Zanoni by English writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton?
- ... that Tim Morgan's Veins are made of steel and glass?
11 May 2019
- 00:00, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Margaret Hayden Rorke named the color of Mamie Eisenhower's inaugural ball gown (pictured) "First Lady Pink"?
- ... that there may be an island of stability with so-called magic numbers of protons and neutrons?
- ... that Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena was found guilty of separatism by Russian courts for his coverage of the annexation of Crimea for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty?
- ... that Michael Osterholm and Mark Olshaker's book Deadliest Enemy provides a nine-point plan to defeat "killer germs"?
- ... that collegiate soccer coach Pete Fewing has also officiated at the weddings of two of his former players?
- ... that naval officer Mikhail Zakharov is one of several admirals buried in the Serafimovskoe Cemetery in Saint Petersburg?
- ... that the Khan of Manavadar Ghulam Moinuddin Khanji played in the Indian hockey team at the Western Asiatic Games?
- ... that the ASV Mark III radar was able to hunt down German U-boats with deadly efficiency in part because of a little white lie?
10 May 2019
- 00:00, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that only one of the gang that carried out the gold bullion robbery in 1935 at Croydon Aerodrome (pictured) was convicted, and the gold was never found?
- ... that imaging scientist Katie Bouman first learned of the Event Horizon Telescope in 2007, while still in high school, and joined the project six years later?
- ... that the 12th-century archbishop of Ohrid John IV was born as a Byzantine prince of the Komnenos dynasty?
- ... that Vera Deakin's missing persons bureau issued 400,000 responses to enquiries from the families of Australian soldiers during World War I?
- ... that The Elvis Dead, a retelling of Evil Dead II in the style of Elvis Presley, features songs such as "Standing in a State of Shock", "I've Been Possessed", and "Wrapped Up in Vines"?
- ... that Fiji won a record-breaking fifth consecutive title at the 2019 Hong Kong Sevens?
- ... that Satya Rhodes-Conway is the first openly gay politician to serve as Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin?
- ... that during the siege of Leningrad, citizens were warned that "this side of the street is the most dangerous"?
- ... that the town of Morpeth held its own professional Olympic games from 1873 to 1958?
9 May 2019
- 00:00, 9 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that King's Cross Thameslink railway station, then known as King's Cross Metropolitan (pictured), was one of the initial seven stations on London's first underground line?
- ... that Japanese singer Alisa Takigawa's debut song "Season" was originally a demo that was not intended to be her debut release?
- ... that 53,034 people attended the 2019 AFL Women's Grand Final, a record for a standalone women's sporting event in Australia?
- ... that in the first successful kidney transplant in the UK, the surgeon James Ross harvested the kidney which was transplanted into the donor's twin brother?
- ... that the murder of American musician Dimebag Darrell occurred on the 24th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon?
- ... that the mecha dieselpunk art of Polish painter Jakub Różalski has inspired a board game, a video game, a short film, and a book anthology?
- ... that when Syracuse University outbid the Prussian government to purchase the Ranke Library in 1887, The New York Times called the collection "probably the rarest historical one ever owned by any one"?
- ... that Noel Marshall directed and starred with his family in Roar, promoted as "the most dangerous movie ever made" for its many on-set injuries to the cast and crew working with more than 100 big cats?
8 May 2019
- 00:00, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the Silesian Wars made Frederick (pictured) "Great"?
- ... that the splendid hermit crab almost exclusively chooses to inhabit a shell on which a colonial hydroid is living?
- ... that in 1990, Forbes named Carmen Thomas one of the 100 most influential women in Germany for running Hallo Ü-Wagen, a weekly travelling talk radio show with audience participation?
- ... that Teide Cableway climbs more than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) in 8 minutes to the top of Spain's tallest mountain?
- ... that Eric Milnes has conducted Bach cantatas with the Montreal Baroque Orchestra, with singers performing one voice per part?
- ... that Given will be the first yaoi anime series to be broadcast on Noitamina, Fuji TV's anime programming block?
- ... that Chinese mathematician Leetsch C. Hsu and his American colleague Henry W. Gould began collaborating years before formal relations were established between their countries?
- ... that R. Kelly's 19-minute song "I Admit", which contains no criminal admissions, was described as an act of trolling and compared to O. J. Simpson's book If I Did It?
7 May 2019
- 00:00, 7 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Monteverdi set the beginning of Psalm 70, traditionally opening vespers (pictured), in his Vespro della Beata Vergine as a "call to attention"?
- ... that goaltender Konstantin Mihailov played in 28 Ice Hockey World Championships with the Bulgarian national team until the age of 49?
- ... that Shirou Emiya was initially conceived as a female character but was changed to a male in order to fit the demographic of the visual novel Fate/stay night?
- ... that according to legend, Welsh nobleman Hywel Sele was killed by Owain Glyndŵr and his body hidden in the hollow of a tree?
- ... that Fight the New Drug's advocacy against pornography uses what The Atlantic describes as "a just-some-of-the-facts approach"?
- ... that James Curle, a Scottish mining engineer in South Africa, argued that the white race was being out-bred by other races?
- ... that no Ukrainian presidential election has had a higher voter turnout than the 84% of the first election in 1991?
- ... that pianist Wu Yili made her public debut in her teens, released her first album in her 70s, and went viral in her 80s?
6 May 2019
- 00:00, 6 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Katja Wulff (drawing shown) of Hamburg, who learned expressionist dance from Rudolf von Laban, was still running her dance school in Basel at the age of 90?
- ... that Kardaki Temple is considered to be the only Greek temple of Doric architecture that does not have a frieze?
- ... that Carey Wentworth Styles founded The Atlanta Constitution, then had to surrender his interest in the newspaper when he could not pay for the purchase?
- ... that the Pan Inuit Trails Atlas database depicts traditional place names and routes in the Canadian Arctic used by the Inuit, showing connections between their communities from Greenland to Alaska?
- ... that newly-elected parliamentarian Gadeer Mreeh will be the first Druze woman to serve as a member of the Israeli Knesset?
- ... that Meghan Trainor's 2014 song "I'll Be Home" did not debut on the Austrian charts until January 2019?
- ... that Australian rules footballer Eleanor Brown was also a netballer and cross country runner in her junior career?
- ... that honeybees can be trained to search for landmines?
5 May 2019
- 00:00, 5 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that of the thirty-six ornamental spans in New York City's Central Park, only the Bow Bridge (pictured) was intended to stand out from the surrounding environment?
- ... that in 2008, ethnohistorian Jennifer S. H. Brown was the first woman from the University of Winnipeg to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada?
- ... that the Mongol invasion of 1258–1259 was likely the most devastating event for 13th-century Lithuania?
- ... that after Asman Jah represented the Nizam of Hyderabad at the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, he was promoted to prime minister of the state?
- ... that the hairy sea squirt is preyed on by the Oregon hairy triton?
- ... that the bass-baritone Hans Günter Nöcker appeared in several world premieres of operas in Berlin, Schwetzingen, and Munich, where he created a stirring portrayal of Gloucester in Reimann's Lear?
- ... that the inaugural MLS Cup was played in heavy rain in the aftermath of Hurricane Lili?
- ... that Theresa May described her leadership as "strong and stable" but her critics called it "weak and wobbly"?
4 May 2019
- 00:00, 4 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the missionary ship Messenger of Peace (pictured) was built in 15 weeks using scrap metal, ropes made of hibiscus, and sails made of matting?
- ... that before joining AMD and then Intel, Raja Koduri developed hardware that enabled Apple to launch its Retina displays?
- ... that the burrow of the spoon worm Maxmuelleria lankesteri is sometimes modified by fish and crustaceans that take up occupancy there?
- ... that Liselotte Hammes, a soprano with the Cologne Opera, appeared as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival alongside Teresa Żylis-Gara in the title role and Montserrat Caballé as the Marschallin?
- ... that recent research has shown the presence of a deep water cycle all the way down through the Earth's lower mantle?
- ... that Polish nun and supercentenarian Maria Roszak was named a Righteous Among the Nations for helping shelter Jewish refugees during the Holocaust?
- ... that to emphasize the pseudo-Japanese style of Doki Doki Literature Club! the characters were given Japanese names, with the exception of Monika, who was given an English name to hint at her individual nature?
- ... that Wayne Gretzky offered journalist Jay Greenberg a private interview after the latter was unable to ask questions during a press conference following "The Trade"?
3 May 2019
- 00:00, 3 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Hermann Herlitz (pictured), born to Jewish parents in Prussia in 1834, was pastor of the Lutheran Trinity Church in East Melbourne, Australia, for 46 years?
- ... that in UK elections, it is illegal for candidates to treat the voters?
- ... that Chicago Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi was named Illinois Sportswriter of the Year 19 times?
- ... that staghorn hydrocoral grows on a mollusc shell occupied by a hermit crab?
- ... that six years after Zhang Yiming founded ByteDance, it surpassed Uber to become the most valuable startup company in the world?
- ... that a newly discovered cave has been temporarily named after a Star Wars character?
- ... that after a spinal cord injury, Marni Abbott-Peter won three Paralympic gold medals with the Canada women's national wheelchair basketball team?
- ... that in his book The Unending Game, Indian spymaster Vikram Sood explains that the real world of espionage is less like a James Bond movie and more like a George Smiley novel?
2 May 2019
- 00:00, 2 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Christa Wolf's Der geteilte Himmel (cover pictured), published in East Germany in 1963, was called a "socialist bestseller"?
- ... that Andrey Starovoytov, the general secretary of the Soviet Union Ice Hockey Federation for 17 years, negotiated Soviet participation in the Summit Series?
- ... that despite Shrub's Wood Long Barrow in Kent being nearly 30 m (100 ft) high, it was not discovered until about 1970?
- ... that Xing Shizhong was promoted for his performance in the Sino-Vietnamese War and later served as president of a university that trains China's top military officers?
- ... that Rosana Sullivan, director of the animated short Kitbull, said that she identified with the kitten in the film?
- ... that though Isaac Komnenos was his oldest surviving son, John II Komnenos chose Isaac's younger brother Manuel to succeed him as Byzantine emperor?
- ... that Dumelow's Seedling is known by more than 50 alternative names?
- ... that Robert Nasmyth was Surgeon-Dentist to Queen Victoria in Scotland while his brother Alexander was Surgeon-Dentist to her in England?
1 May 2019
- 00:00, 1 May 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the fashion designer Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (pictured) is the closest relative of Queen Elizabeth II who cannot succeed to the British throne because of conversion to Catholicism?
- ... that the Pacific baza has been rumoured to imitate the calls of tree frogs when hunting, inducing them to return the call?
- ... that evidence given by Lincolnshire County Council chief executive David Bowles led to one council leader being jailed and his successor banned from being a county councillor, for seeking revenge against Bowles?
- ... that among the judges of the 1954 Armed Forces March Competition were the last two living cornet soloists to have performed under John Philip Sousa?
- ... that Stella Abidh is believed to be the first Indo-Trinidadian woman to become a medical doctor?
- ... that Western Australia was held scoreless in the pool A final at the 2016 AFL Youth Girls National Championships?
- ... that Rosl Schwaiger appeared as Mozart's Blonde at the Salzburg Festival in 1945 and the Glyndebourne Festival in 1957?
- ... that so many people attended a 2017 Pokémon Go live event in Yokohama, Japan, that the city declined to host it the following year?