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22 January 2020
- 01:09, 21 January 2020 (UTC)
Model of the Kłodzko Synagogue
21 January 2020
- 12:00, 21 January 2020 (UTC)
- ... that hosts of the passionvine bug (example pictured) include coffee, citrus, mung bean, squash, and mango?
- ... that when he was killed, Mexican drug lord Luis Alberto Guerrero Reyes was wearing a live grenade as a necklace?
- ... that Filipe Albuquerque, João Barbosa, and Christian Fittipaldi won the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona, and broke a distance record that had been held since the 1982 race?
- ... that Irene Palaiologina, the elder sister of Byzantine emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos, became a staunch opponent of his proposed union of the churches, and tried to form a Bulgarian–Mamluk alliance against him?
- ... that the International Criminal Court investigation in Palestine will investigate alleged war crimes by Israel, Hamas, and Palestinian armed groups?
- ... that producer Orla Doherty spent 500 hours underwater in a submarine during her work on Blue Planet II?
- ... that after its sale to Western Bible College, radio station KJOL toned down its protests against abortion clinics and grocery stores that sold pornographic materials?
- ... that Liverpool F.C. became the first team allowed to wear the FIFA Champions Badge in the English Premier League, but only for one game against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. on 29 December 2019?
- 00:00, 21 January 2020 (UTC)
Albert Lortzing in 1845
20 January 2020
- 12:00, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
- 00:00, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
19 January 2020
- 12:00, 19 January 2020 (UTC)
- 00:00, 19 January 2020 (UTC)
18 January 2020
- 12:00, 18 January 2020 (UTC)
- 00:00, 18 January 2020 (UTC)
Salvador Dalí with his pet ocelot Babou
17 January 2020
- 12:00, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Reema Juffali (pictured in race car) is the first Saudi Arabian woman to obtain a racing license and compete in an international racing event in the country?
- ... that the oldest rock in the Eastern Block of the North China Craton is a 3.8- to 3.6-billion-year-old trondhjemitic piece of gneiss?
- ... that although Michael Buie practiced Fox News anchor Bret Baier's speaking style for his role in the film Bombshell, they had never talked to each other until after filming had finished?
- ... that the corporate history of Xinuos begins with repeated attempts to acquire a troubled software company in bankruptcy?
- ... that engraver Julius Bien sided with liberals in the 1848 revolutions like many other Jews, and fled Germany to the U.S., where he became a lithographer and the president of B'nai B'rith?
- ... that the palm scale was first found on an endemic species of palm on the island of Réunion, but now infests plants in at least 78 families around the world?
- ... that New York City's Governors Island has been the site of a Statue of Liberty celebration, a U.S.–Soviet summit, and the signing of a peace treaty between Haitian political leaders?
- ... that despite being nearly illiterate, Chinese soldier Gao Yubao wrote an autobiographical novel that has had more than six million copies in print?
- 00:00, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
- ... that French general Guillaume Brune (portrait shown) signed the Armistice of Treviso on 16 January 1801, despite promising Napoleon that he would not agree to a ceasefire on such terms?
- ... that gay pornographic film actor and director Erik Rhodes was posthumously outed as HIV-positive in his New York Times obituary?
- ... that the first episode of Welcome to the Family was Catalan network TV3's most watched premiere in over a decade?
- ... that Francis X. Talbot was one of the early leaders of the Catholic literary revival in the U.S.?
- ... that unlike most of its competitors in Hong Kong, stationery retailer Cheap Lab allows its retail staff to manage its Facebook fan page with few restrictions?
- ... that in France, the beetle Aepus marinus is restricted to a narrow strip of the beach near the high-water mark?
- ... that Angelo Neumann toured major European opera houses with a production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen using the sets and costumes from its 1876 world premiere at the Bayreuth Festival?
- ... that the owner of Hawaii television station KHBC-TV compared an effort to unionize the station to "socialism"?
16 January 2020
- 12:00, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
Devils Hole pupfish males
- 00:00, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
Plaza de Isabel II
15 January 2020
- 12:00, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
Christmas Island red crab
- 00:00, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
Woman inspecting photographs
by William Goldman
- ... that William Goldman secretly assembled a collection of photographs (example shown) of prostitutes in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the 1890s?
- ... that redbanded thrips are a significant pest of mango and cacao in the West Indies?
- ... that Japanese manga artist Machiko Satonaka has written and illustrated nearly 500 manga titles since her professional debut in 1964?
- ... that the Hazeltine 2000 is possibly the first general-purpose computer terminal?
- ... that Nesta Wells, the first British female police surgeon, published a survey in the British Medical Journal of the 1,959 suspected sexual offence cases which had been referred to her?
- ... that the 1938 hymn "Dein Lob, Herr, ruft der Himmel aus" ('The sky shouts your praise, Lord') is based on a text by a 17th-century Jesuit astronomer paraphrasing Psalm 19?
- ... that American jockey Mack Garner was posthumously inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1969?
- ... that all the residents of Wallacepur, a village in the Indian state of Gujarat, are Christian?
14 January 2020
- 12:00, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
Interior of Mariä Krönung
- 00:00, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
Chelsea McClammer in 2013
13 January 2020
- 12:00, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
Log jam at the Dalles of
the St. Croix
- 00:00, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
Buddha on lotus platform
12 January 2020
- 12:00, 12 January 2020 (UTC)
- 00:00, 12 January 2020 (UTC)
1997 SCO Forum keynote
addresses being held in the fog
11 January 2020
- 12:00, 11 January 2020 (UTC)
Painting of the Wallace Oak in Elderslie
- 00:00, 11 January 2020 (UTC)
Laura Aikin as Marie in Die Soldaten
10 January 2020
- 12:00, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
The Central Park mandarin duck
- 00:00, 10 January 2020 (UTC)
Queen Elizabeth II
with a Launer handbag
9 January 2020
- 12:00, 9 January 2020 (UTC)
Equatorium indicating the orbit of Saturn, 1551
- 00:00, 9 January 2020 (UTC)
Portrait of Teriitaria II (c. 1826
8 January 2020
- 12:00, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
Interior of the Church of Santo Tomás
- 00:00, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
7 January 2020
- 12:00, 7 January 2020 (UTC)
Graphic showing when regions of the Tibetan Plateau reached their present-day elevation
- 00:00, 7 January 2020 (UTC)
Metropolitan Anthony in Kiev, 2019
6 January 2020
- 12:00, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
- ... that to counter the influence of Western missionaries, a Japanese woman was hired as the first principal of Bangkok's Rajini School for girls (pictured) in 1904?
- ... that Notre Père is a setting of the Lord's Prayer in French by Maurice Duruflé, and his only composition suitable for congregational singing?
- ... that Christine Duffy, the president of Carnival Cruise Line, was considered too short to become a flight attendant?
- ... that the Land League's "rival government" surpassed the power of the British government in many parts of Ireland during the late 19th century?
- ... that the Heckscher Playground, the oldest playground in New York City's Central Park, was initially opposed because people wanted to preserve the park's passive landscape?
- ... that the Anatolian frog is exported from Turkey to France, Italy and Switzerland for food, and is considered by the IUCN to be a near-threatened species?
- ... that Charles H. Mahoney was the first African American to serve as a delegate to the United Nations?
- ... that The Conspiracy Collection, a makeup palette whose creation is profiled in The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star, sold out in 30 minutes?
- 00:00, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
Chess players photographed in
Burma by Max Henry Ferrars
- ... that British colonial officer Max Henry Ferrars took hundreds of pictures of Burmese life and customs in the late 19th century, such as two men playing the Burmese version of chess (shown)?
- ... that genetic diversity in the deep biosphere is at least as great as it is on the surface?
- ... that only police detectives attended the funeral of Artemus Ogletree after his unsolved murder 85 years ago today?
- ... that the beetle Zaitzevia thermae has a total habitat of less than 35 square metres (380 sq ft) around one hot spring in Montana?
- ... that Kurt Honolka's mid–20th century German translation of Smetana's Dalibor was still being performed in 2019 in a new Oper Frankfurt production?
- ... that in a 1967 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the deportation of an alien for being homosexual?
- ... that Satoru Noda, author of the manga series Supinamarada!, cited the series's difficult-to-remember name as a probable reason for its commercial failure?
- ... that after Steeplechase Park burned down in 1907, its owner offered "admission to the burning ruins" for ten cents?
5 January 2020
- 12:00, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
LuEsther T. Mertz Library
- ... that the LuEsther T. Mertz Library (pictured), one of the world's largest botanical libraries, had 6.5 million plant specimens and 75 percent of the world's systematic botany literature in 2002?
- ... that under the leadership of ethnomusicologist Agnes Nebo von Ballmoos, the University of Liberia choir performed around the world, including at Lincoln Center?
- ... that the Clan Mackintosh fought against the Clan MacDonald and Clan Cameron in 1688, in what is claimed to have been the last Scottish clan battle?
- ... that Australian biologist Lee Berger identified Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis as being responsible for the decline and extinction of hundreds of amphibian species?
- ... that a protected structure on Britain Quay, once adorned with a time ball, was demolished to make way for the construction of Ireland's tallest building?
- ... that after moving to the Canary Islands in 1992, future politician Luc André Diouf ran out of money and was homeless for 42 days?
- ... that posting one's feelings on social media is a form of affect labeling, and may help reduce emotional distress?
- ... that when Donnis Thompson was appointed the University of Hawaii's first women's athletic director, she was given a budget of only $5,000?
- 00:00, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
4 January 2020
- 12:00, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
- 00:00, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
- ... that the election of Zuzana Čaputová (pictured), the Progressive Slovakia candidate in the 2019 presidential race, was hailed by international media as a victory of liberalism over populism?
- ... that although he was a renowned writer, Miquel Bauçà was so reclusive that his body was not discovered until the year after he died?
- ... that the Independence was the first propeller-driven vessel built on Lake Michigan, and, in 1845, the first steamboat to run on Lake Superior?
- ... that professors at the Roman law school of Beirut drafted parts of the Corpus Juris Civilis, a fundamental work in Roman jurisprudence?
- ... that the Caton Oak in Lancashire, England, was reputed to be a site of worship by druids?
- ... that tenor Carl Demmer was possibly Beethoven's first Florestan at the Vienna Court Opera, but failed to please the composer?
- ... that the success of the 1978 film The Other Side of Aspen led to increased production of feature film–length works across the gay pornography industry?
- ... that Herbert C. Ridout wanted to "set the Thames on fire"?
3 January 2020
- 12:00, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- 00:00, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
- ... that limnological towers (example pictured) can be used to predict algal blooms that may have an adverse effect on drinking water quality?
- ... that Ralph Mellanby's production of the 1988 Winter Olympics for CTV used a television lens described as the "world's longest", for the ski jumping events?
- ... that as recently as 2013, girls as young as six from landless families were sold each year as labour in Nepal?
- ... that Keanu Reeves's film roles include a time-travelling slacker, a computer hacker, an exorcist, and a dentist?
- ... that Missouri radio station KADY was the first ever recipient of a fine from the FCC for failing to illuminate its tower?
- ... that India's Mohan Samant managed the largest covert naval operation in history, which resulted in the destruction of around 100,000 tonnes of Pakistani shipping during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971?
- ... that the manga series Our Colors was inspired by author Gengoroh Tagame's desire to create a story about gay characters that was not centrally focused on romance or sex?
- ... that British teacher Joe Kirby has described marking homework as a hornet?
2 January 2020
- 12:00, 2 January 2020 (UTC)
Colossal Buddha head in Ratnagiri
- 00:00, 2 January 2020 (UTC)
View of Auvers-sur-Oise
) by Cézanne
- ... that the theft of Paul Cézanne's View of Auvers-sur-Oise (pictured) from Oxford's Ashmolean Museum 20 years ago today used the noise of fireworks from the millennium celebrations as a distraction?
- ... that Olivia Salamanca, one of the founding members of the Philippine Anti-Tuberculosis Society, died from the disease at the age of 24?
- ... that Ave Maria, an obscure piece for two men's choirs by Franz Biebl, became a choral standard after Chanticleer made it part of their holiday programs?
- ... that Dogor, an 18,000-year-old canine puppy, may represent a common ancestor of the dog and the wolf?
- ... that the STIR/SHAKEN protocols aim to end the "epidemic" of robocalls, of which there were an estimated 5.7 billion in the U.S. placed in October 2019 alone?
- ... that the name of the Japanese band Spira Spica comes from a Latin word meaning "having hopes as long as one lives", and the star Spica?
- ... that the Revolutionary Party of Mozambique initially relied on sticks, axes, machetes and spears to fight its insurgency in the late 1970s?
- ... that Rabbi Chaim Malinowitz approved every line and footnote of the English translation of the Talmud in the 73-volume Schottenstein Edition of the Babylonian Talmud?
1 January 2020
- 12:00, 1 January 2020 (UTC)
Fossil teeth of Alopias palatasi
- ... that the extinct giant thresher shark Alopias palatasi is the only one of its kind to possess serrated teeth (pictured)?
- ... that actress Anne Baxter's roles included an Egyptian princess, a ruthlessly ambitious understudy, an alcoholic, and two villains in the 1960s Batman television series?
- ... that Priestly's Hydraulic Ram in Gooding County, Idaho, pumped water uphill with no moving parts?
- ... that "Tom's Secret", an animated short film by Israeli artist Ohad Elimelech, was selected as the official video for the 2016 European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse?
- ... that 110 East 42nd Street and the Pershing Square Building, both located above a subway station, were designed with interlocking structures, including what is thought to be New York City's tallest party wall?
- ... that Carla's coach at the French talent show The Voice Kids did not want her to release a record?
- ... that the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia was published before the copy-ing process was completed?
- ... that in 1975, Donna Tobias became the United States Navy's first female deep-sea diver?
- 00:00, 1 January 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Queen Kapiʻolani (pictured) founded the Kapiʻolani Maternity Home for the care of Hawaiian mothers and newborns, and a school for the daughters of leprosy patients?
- ... that André Couto, the winner of the 2000 Macau Grand Prix, is the first Macanese driver to win the race under Formula Three regulations?
- ... that neuroengineer Maryam Shanechi and her research team developed a method to determine a person's mood from their brain activity?
- ... that there were only 218 Washington College alumni from 1845 to 1903?
- ... that Irrfan Khan recommended Saba Qamar to the makers of the film Hindi Medium after watching her YouTube videos?
- ... that a cantata titled God is Now, based on the hymn "Gott ist gegenwärtig" and scored for choir, big band, organ, and live electronics, premiered on the 250th anniversary of the hymn writer's death?
- ... that Korean-Chinese missile expert Li Xianyu is the only female general in the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force?
- ... that after Mississippi radio station WKNZ relaunched as "Zoo 107", it sponsored a name-the-zebra contest at its namesake, the Hattiesburg Zoo?