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17 September 2019
- 00:00, 17 September 2019 (UTC)
Ye Zhemin at graduation from Peking University
16 September 2019
- 12:00, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
- 00:00, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
Silver dirham minted in the name of Ziyad ibn Abi Sufyan
- ... that Ziyad ibn Abi Sufyan (dirhams pictured), the first governor of a unified Iraqi province, restarted the Muslim conquests in Khurasan?
- ... that Yella Beezy's father was murdered when the rapper was 12 years old?
- ... that a dark form of the Angolan slender mongoose is found to the south of the Cunene River and a pale form to the north?
- ... that Thuy Trang became so ill on her voyage out of Saigon to seek political asylum in the US that other passengers wanted to throw her overboard, thinking she was dead?
- ... that the Bronx–Whitestone Bridge's stiffening trusses accounted for a quarter of the weight held up by its suspension cables, contributing to the bridge's deterioration and necessitating their removal?
- ... that after studying excavated legal documents from the ancient Qin dynasty, Gao Heng concluded that Qin's sentence of penal servitude was a lifelong punishment?
- ... that Ariana Grande's song "In My Head" includes a voicemail recorded by her best friend, Doug Middlebrook, because it suited the lyrics?
- ... that in 1862, the pilot of the steamboat Spread Eagle rammed into the Emilie in a desperate attempt to reach Fort Benton first?
15 September 2019
- 12:00, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the mushroom Pholiota squarrosoides (pictured) has decayed logs of the trees Acer saccharum and Tilia glabra in the Great Lakes region of the US?
- ... that while Greenpeace activist Steve Sawyer was celebrating his birthday ashore with his crew, French agents bombed and sank their boat, the Rainbow Warrior?
- ... that Bharatiya Janata Party politicians Maneka Gandhi and Santosh Gangwar, current members of the 17th Lok Sabha, have been elected to the Indian lower house for the eighth time?
- ... that during the English Civil War, Katherine Stuart smuggled messages from Charles I to royalist sympathisers in London?
- ... that in 1949, the students of Northwestern Schools underwrote the US$40,000 cost to build KTIS in Minneapolis, the first radio station of Northwestern Media?
- ... that Australian astrophysicist Kirsten Banks was inspired to learn about her Wiradjuri heritage while training at the Sydney Observatory?
- ... that Alexander's bush squirrel is named after Lieutenant Boyd Alexander, a British Army officer, explorer, and ornithologist?
- ... that 19-year-old mxmtoon, who records lo-fi songs in her parents' guest bedroom, reached 100 million streams and nearly sold out an international tour before releasing her first album?
- 00:00, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
14 September 2019
- 12:00, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
Empress Elisabeth Bridge
- ... that the Empress Elisabeth Bridge (pictured), a chain bridge over the Elbe that opened in 1855, was named in honor of the newly married Elisabeth of Austria?
- ... that Donald Balfour, who began working at the Mayo Clinic as a pathology assistant, later became the director of the Mayo Foundation?
- ... that cricket coach Gurcharan Singh survived the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi with the help of his trainees?
- ... that Ernst Dammann, an early member of the Nazi Party, was a founding figure of African studies in East Germany – together with Walter Markov, a communist who spent much of the Nazi era in prison?
- ... that the Texas Reliability Entity monitors the state's electrical grid to ensure its reliability?
- ... that twelve years after his death, Mou Zuoyun became the first Chinese person to be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame?
- ... that the Asian garden dormouse can enter torpor, a state in which it may remain for several days?
- ... that the novel Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann uses stream of consciousness narrative and mostly consists of a single sentence running over more than 1,000 pages?
- 00:00, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
Chinese sang de boeuf bowl
13 September 2019
- 12:00, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
Trypanosoma parasites in blood
- 00:00, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
12 September 2019
- 12:00, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
- 00:00, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
Glastonbury Tor and the 14th-century
tower of St Michael's Church
11 September 2019
- 12:00, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
Map of Poland showing provinces and counties declared LGBT-free zones
- 00:00, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
10 September 2019
- 12:00, 10 September 2019 (UTC)
The Brooch, Eva Mudocci
by Edvard Munch
- ... that English violinist Eva Mudocci (depiction shown) was a muse to Edvard Munch and Henri Matisse?
- ... that the Namib day gecko can sprint at 2.5 m/s (8 ft/s) in bright light?
- ... that Guo Zhenqian and his successor, Guo Shuyan, both ended their governorships of Hubei prematurely due to disagreement with the province's party secretary?
- ... that the video for Marilyn Manson's soft-rock ballad "Running to the Edge of the World" was widely condemned for its depiction of violence against women?
- ... that Noelle Campbell-Sharp has led the Cill Rialaig project, hosting over 5,000 artists on residencies in County Kerry, Ireland, since 1991?
- ... that at the Battle of Sourton Down, a Parliamentarian ambush by 108 soldiers successfully routed a Royalist army of 3,600?
- ... that Russian breakdancer Sergei Chernyshev, the 2018 Youth Olympics B-Boys champion, competes under the nickname Bumblebee, after a robot superhero in the Transformers franchise?
- ... that Jones Bar-B-Q is old school, but Jones Bar-B-Q is an American classic?
- 00:00, 10 September 2019 (UTC)
Betula leopoldae leaf fossil
9 September 2019
- 12:00, 9 September 2019 (UTC)
Aerial view of Mikhailovsky Garden
- 00:48, 9 September 2019 (UTC)
8 September 2019
- 14:48, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
West Point cadets toss their hats.
- 04:48, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
Lebombo wattle in the sand forest
- ... that the Lebombo wattle (pictured), the water ironplum, and the Zulu coshwood grow in the Southern African Sand Forest, where they are often swathed in pinhead orchids and other epiphytes?
- ... that an anti-suffragist threw rocks at Nora Houston as she was giving a speech advocating for women's voting rights, and Houston kept one of the rocks for the rest of her life?
- ... that several entrants in the 2019 Riga Masters professional snooker event—including the defending champion—missed the tournament because their flights were cancelled?
- ... that four species of reptile, a bird, and an amphibian were named after Arthur Lennox Butler?
- ... that Qatar expressed interest for its industrial security personnel to be trained at the National Industrial Security Academy of India?
- ... that Steve McClellan booked Prince in the early 1980s, when Minneapolis discouraged black musicians from playing downtown?
- ... that after the fall of the state of Zhongli, its eponymous capital remained an "important governmental, economic, cultural, and military center" for over a thousand years?
- ... that Hungarian MEP Anna Júlia Donáth represents the third generation of her family to enter political office, each time for a different party?
7 September 2019
- 13:42, 7 September 2019 (UTC)
Samragyee RL Shah
- ... that Samragyee RL Shah (pictured) is the highest-paid actress in Nepali cinema as of 2019?
- ... that the melody of the Christian hymn "Ich steh vor dir mit leeren Händen, Herr" is written without bar lines, reflecting the singer's insecurity and questions?
- ... that in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, the player character Caveira's "Silent Step" ability featured a game-breaking bug?
- ... that the polluted Roberts Landing on San Francisco Bay, California, was cleaned up to create a housing development and a marsh, now home to the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse?
- ... that the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh suspended a bylaw to enable Thomas Chavasse to apply for a surgeon's post?
- ... that eight years to the day after it first signed on, WVOB radio in Bel Air, Maryland, lost its tower when a construction worker clipped the tower's guy wires?
- ... that with 20 goals, Hassan Maatouk is the Lebanon national football team's joint top-scorer?
- ... that James Blake took inspiration from the 1967 film Barefoot in the Park for his song of the same name, despite never having watched it?
- 00:00, 7 September 2019 (UTC)
Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt
6 September 2019
- 12:00, 6 September 2019 (UTC)
Joseph J. Himmel
- ... that Joseph J. Himmel (pictured), once president of Georgetown University, lived out his final years as a recluse in the university's archives?
- ... that India is creating the post of Chief of the Defence Staff twenty years after it was officially suggested?
- ... that Ursula Boese, a long-time member of the Hamburgische Staatsoper, appeared as Stravinsky's Iocaste at La Scala, and at the San Francisco Opera in the presence of the composer?
- ... that radio station KSUN in Bisbee, Arizona, sold its call letters to a station in Phoenix after going off the air due to financial troubles?
- ... that when Chen Shunyao served as deputy party chief of Tsinghua University, the future Chinese president Hu Jintao was a protégé of hers?
- ... that the father of athlete Safia Abukar Hussein disliked the idea of her competing for Somalia at the 2000 Summer Olympics, as he thought it would prevent her from finding a husband?
- ... that Celso-Ramón García oversaw early clinical trials of the first contraceptive pill in Puerto Rico?
- ... that a Neanderthal man, whose upper jaw was found in the Cova Foradà in Spain, used a toothpick because he had sore gums?
- 00:00, 6 September 2019 (UTC)
The Buckie Cathedral, viewed from the sea
5 September 2019
- 12:00, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
Aleksei Grishin on a Belarusian stamp
- 00:00, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
Enischnomyia fossil in Dominican amber
4 September 2019
- 12:00, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
Carlisle Military Academy students, 1910
- ... that while Carlisle Military Academy was nominally a school for boys, it also accepted a "limited number of girls" (female students pictured)?
- ... that social worker Damodar Ganesh Bapat helped around 26,000 leprosy patients?
- ... that the scaly ground roller mostly eats earthworms and centipedes, but has been known to also eat frogs, lizards, and shrews?
- ... that in 1877, the Wellington County House of Industry and Refuge spent less than Can$0.76 per week on the care of each resident?
- ... that after the U.S. Congress passed a resolution urging the IOC to reject Beijing's bid for the 2000 Olympics, the city's vice mayor Zhang Baifa threatened to boycott the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta?
- ... that the Palembang Light Rail Transit, which opened last year, is the first operational light-rail system in Indonesia?
- ... that Vice-Admiral Aleksandr Nosatov was appointed head of the Russian Naval Academy in 2016, but spent only one and a half months in the post?
- ... that in its early years, New York City's Sunset Park could only be reached by 60-foot (18 m) ladders?
- 00:00, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
Montanhof in Hamburg's Kontorhaus District
3 September 2019
- 12:00, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
Figurines of Jewish men in Kraków
- 00:00, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
Brooklyn Army Terminal
- ... that upon its completion one hundred years ago this month, the Brooklyn Army Terminal (pictured) was the world's largest concrete building complex?
- ... that Werner Müller managed a reduction in Germany's dependence on coal in a socially responsible way as Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and as CEO of major energy companies?
- ... that the Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat uses its hind feet to comb its fur and its tongue to wash its face, wing membranes, and genital region?
- ... that the work of C. Doris Hellman on the Great Comet of 1577 led historians of science to recognize the comet's key role in the success of the Copernican Revolution?
- ... that Ali Sayyad Shirazi, deputy chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, was assassinated in 1999 by a Mojahedin-e Khalq agent disguised as a street cleaner?
- ... that when National Basketball Association revenue in Canada grew 224 percent in five years, vice-president Dan MacKenzie attributed it to marketing strategy and the sport's appeal to young Asian Canadians?
- ... that the International Agrarian Bureau was criticized by the right as advocating the "peasant-boot dictatorship", and by the left as a vehicle for "peasant individualism"?
- ... that when offered the award of the Iron Cross from Nazi Germany, Leo Skurnik, a Jewish major in the Finnish Army, refused, reportedly saying "I wipe my arse with it"?
2 September 2019
- 12:00, 2 September 2019 (UTC)
John Hiller in 1976
- 00:00, 2 September 2019 (UTC)
Largest knife and fork
- ... that the Beaver Falls Cutlery Company manufactured the "largest knife and fork in the world" of its time (pictured) in 1876?
- ... that Professor Lu Yonggen was named by Harvard Kennedy School as the second most generous Chinese philanthropist of 2017 after donating his entire life savings to South China Agricultural University?
- ... that a 1946 United States proposal to buy Greenland from Denmark remained classified until the 1970s, when Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten discovered documents related to it?
- ... that Prince Min Nyo of Kale seized the throne of Ava by having his lover, Queen Shin Bo-Me, assassinate his eight-year-old nephew, King Min Hla?
- ... that Jebel ech Chambi, the highest mountain in Tunisia, is one of the few places in which the Cuvier's gazelle survives?
- ... that as state health commissioner of Indiana, Woody Myers supported the right of Ryan White, a teenage boy with HIV/AIDS, to return to public school in the face of anti-AIDS discrimination?
- ... that Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi ordered his air force to attack a city during the Uganda–Tanzania War, but his bomber instead hit a game reserve and killed antelopes?
- ... that London surgeon Laidlaw Purves was described as the "fairy godfather of ladies' golf"?
1 September 2019
- 12:00, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
- 00:00, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Bruce McCandless II (pictured) flew in space for the first time in February 1984, nearly eighteen years after being chosen as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 5?
- ... that Vicky Knight, who played an acid-attack victim in her debut film role, works as a healthcare assistant in the hospital where she was treated as a child?
- ... that Mexican drug lord Carlos Landín Martínez was arrested while buying watermelons?
- ... that the Vel blood group was discovered when a patient experienced a severe transfusion reaction, and her blood type was found to be incompatible with all but five out of ten thousand blood donors?
- ... that Tong Daoming wrote plays without antagonists?
- ... that the chase scene from the 1968 Steve McQueen film Bullitt starts on Cesar Chavez Street (then Army Street) before continuing through San Francisco?
- ... that Tonic Trouble, released in 1999, was the first video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal?
- ... that John Pierce has performed Wagner roles internationally, such as Tannhäuser and Lohengrin at the Stadttheater Minden, and Tristan in Prague, Rotterdam, and Rio de Janeiro?
- ... that FreeConferenceCall.com faced a public backlash for trying to change its hold music?