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5 June 2020
Heinrich Schütz House
- ... that Heinrich Schütz House (pictured) in Bad Köstritz, the inn where composer Heinrich Schütz was born, is now a museum and concert venue?
- ... that Pierre Schlumberger ran the family business, was a "visionary" art collector, and hosted guests including Audrey Hepburn, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol, and Rudolf Nureyev?
- ... that The Biafra Story by Frederick Forsyth was reportedly one of the earliest eyewitness accounts of the Nigerian Civil War?
- ... that Tracy R. Norris, the first female commander of the Texas Military Department, has masters degrees from Florida State University, the University of Texas, and the United States Army War College?
- ... that London subsidized the rest of the UK by £38.6 billion in the 2016–17 fiscal year?
- ... that J. Leo Hafen was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for being associated with a religious group practicing wife sacrifice?
- ... that the banteng is the second endangered species to be successfully cloned, and the first clone to survive beyond infancy?
- ... that Peter the Great experienced "a riotous and revelling Christmas" in London in 1697?
4 June 2020
40 Wall Street
- ... that Airmail (pictured), a fresco featuring a barefoot and barechested flying mailman, was commissioned to commemorate one of the first American airmail facilities?
- ... that 414 Tank Battalion, a mixed Dutch-German military unit, has been described as a step towards a European army?
- ... that Oakland Athletics fans coined the chant "I believe in Stephen Vogt!", inspired by a similar U.S. men's national soccer team chant?
- ... that Keep was the most downloaded fitness app in China between July and September 2018, with 38.8 million downloads?
- ... that the B46 has been called "the most dangerous bus route" in New York City?
- ... that a monument in Moscow honoring North Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh has been nicknamed the "flying saucer monument" by locals?
- ... that Julian Wylie, known as the King of Pantomime, "never took to drink, he took to ice-cream"?
- ... that Florida radio station WEBY received three threats to blow it up if it did not stop criticizing the sheriff of Okaloosa County?
3 June 2020
San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds
- ... that the vivid colors of the San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds (pictured), ranging from magenta to blue-green, come from the brine shrimp and microorganisms that thrive in the water?
- ... that though formerly a vassal to the Mongol Empire, Eastern Xia was later destroyed by the Mongols because it rebelled against them?
- ... that visual anthropologist David MacDougall won the Grand Prix at the Venice Film Festival for his first film, To Live With Herds, about Uganda's Jie people?
- ... that many of the animals regarded as pests have co-evolved with humans, adapting to the warm, sheltered conditions that a building provides?
- ... that it took three years to construct a subway line to 86th Street in New York City, and another nine years to extend it by one stop to 95th Street?
- ... that Jeffrey Herf found that East Germany delivered 750,000 Kalashnikov rifles to countries and militants as part of what he calls "undeclared wars with Israel"?
- ... that doctor Carl K. Becker responded to emergency calls in the Ituri Rainforest until the age of 70?
- ... that after the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, Admiral José Toribio Merino described ousted President Salvador Allende's GAP security force as "Disney-movie style ... kids playing bandits"?
Jagdschloss Kranichstein in 1852
- ... that Jagdschloss Kranichstein (depicted), a hunting lodge built by the landgraves of Darmstadt, served as a temporary residence for Louis IV and his wife Princess Alice?
- ... that journalist James Edwin Baum hunted big game in Africa for the Field Museum of Natural History?
- ... that Nakano Broadway in Tokyo, founded as a luxury shopping complex in 1966, became a destination for anime and manga fans in the 1980s?
- ... that first overall draft pick Nicolas Roy refused to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League unless his rights were traded to a Quebec team?
- ... that the Pulitzer Prize–winning opera The Central Park Five includes a role for Donald Trump?
- ... that Ipsita Biswas led the team that developed less-lethal plastic bullets for crowd control in Jammu and Kashmir?
- ... that Black Cap Mountain can be seen from both Bangor, Maine, and the sea?
- ... that TORPEDO, BATMAN, CASANOVA, ATLANTIS, and ISIS are all names of clinical trials?
2 June 2020
Blue calamintha bee
- ... that scientists were unsure whether the blue calamintha bee (pictured) still existed until it was observed again in March 2020?
- ... that Servaas Theron, a World War II fighter pilot, landed next to a stranded aircraft and siphoned fuel from his plane so that they could both fly away?
- ... that in 2016, Scientific American listed one of Lynden Archer's discoveries among their top-10 "world changing ideas" for that year?
- ... that Tamil Nadu was the first state in India to use green corridors to expe organ transplants?
- ... that between 1857 and the 1930s, a Russian gun captured during the Crimean War was displayed on the Hastings seafront near Pelham Arcade?
- ... that the Protestant Film Commission was founded partly in response to the sympathetic portrayal of Catholics in Hollywood films of the 1940s, while Protestants were played for laughs?
- ... that the world's longest domestic flight, between Papeete, Tahiti, and Paris, France, a distance of 9,765 miles (15,715 km), came about because of the COVID-19 pandemic?
- ... that the Lincoln Legion of Lesbians, a lesbian separatist collective in Nebraska, tried to outlaw anti-gay discrimination in 1980?
1 June 2020