Wikipedia:Today's featured list/February 2020


February 3
Lawrence Taylor in 2009
Lawrence Taylor

The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the most outstanding defensive player in the National Football League (NFL) at the end of every season. It has been awarded since 1971. The winner is decided by votes from a panel of fifty AP sportswriters who regularly cover the NFL. Lawrence Taylor (pictured) and J. J. Watt are the only three-time winners of the award. Joe Greene, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Ray Lewis, and Aaron Donald have each won it twice. Taylor is the only player to win the award as a rookie, doing so in 1981. White is the only player to win the award with two different teams, winning in 1987 with the Philadelphia Eagles and again with the Green Bay Packers in 1998. Watt is the only player to win the award unanimously, receiving fifty first-place votes in 2014. (Full list...)


February 7
Kuvempu
Kuvempu

The Pampa Award is a literary award in the Indian state of Karnataka. The award was established in 1987 by the government of Karnataka. It is the highest literary honor conferred by the Department of Kannada and Culture of the Karnataka state government, and recognises works written in the Kannada language. The award is named after the first Kannada poet, Adikavi Pampa. The award originally comprised a cash prize of 1 lakh (US$1,400), a shawl, a citation and a memento. The cash prize was increased to 3 lakh (US$4,200) in 2008. Prior to 1996, the awards were given for a best single work by a Kannada writer. Since then, the award has been given to writers for their lifetime contributions to Kannada literature. Since its inception in 1987, the award has been given to a total of 31 individuals. Kuvempu (pictured), the first recipient of the award, was honored for his work Sri Ramayana Darshanam (1949), a modern rendition of the Indian epic Ramayana. In 2015, Chandrashekhar Patil returned his award as a sign of protest against the assassination of the scholar M. M. Kalburgi. The most recent recipient is K. S. Nissar Ahmed, who was awarded in 2017. (Full list...)


February 10
Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes

The 72nd Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), took place on March 26, 2000, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 23 categories honoring films released in 1999. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by husband-and-wife producing team Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck, and directed by Louis J. Horvitz. Actor Billy Crystal hosted for the seventh time. He first hosted the 62nd ceremony held in 1990, and had last hosted the 70th ceremony in 1998. American Beauty won five awards, including Best Picture, and Best Director for Sam Mendes (pictured). Other winners included The Matrix, with four awards, as well as The Cider House Rules and Topsy-Turvy, each with two. The telecast garnered nearly 47 million viewers in the United States. (Full list...)


February 14
Damian Kulash
Damian Kulash

The YouTube Awards was a promotion run by the website YouTube to recognize the best user-generated videos of the year. The awards were presented twice, in 2007 and 2008, with winners being voted for by the site's users from shortlists compiled by YouTube staff. YouTube was launched on February 14, 2005, and quickly began to grow – by July 2006, traffic to the site had increased by 297 percent. As a result of this success, in March 2007, YouTube launched their own awards promotion to honor some of the site's best videos. Seven shortlists were compiled, with ten videos per shortlist. Singer Damian Kulash (pictured), whose band OK Go won in the Most Creative category for their music video Here It Goes Again, described receiving a YouTube Award as a "surreal honor". The YouTube Awards returned the following year, to commemorate the best videos of 2007. This year, the number of categories was expanded from seven to twelve, while the number of videos per shortlist was reduced from ten to six. (Full list...)


February 17
Tiger
Tiger

Felids, colloquially referred to as cats, are members of the mammal family Felidae in the order Carnivora. The term "cat" refers both to felids in general and specifically to domestic cats. The characteristic features of cats have evolved to support a carnivorous lifestyle, with adaptations for ambush or stalking and short pursuit hunting. Felidae comprises two subfamilies, the Pantherinae and the Felinae. The former includes the five Panthera species, the tiger (pictured), lion, jaguar, leopard, and snow leopard. The subfamily Felinae includes 12 genera and 34 species, such as the bobcat, caracal, cheetah, cougar, ocelot, and common domestic cat. Traditionally, five subfamilies have been distinguished within the Felidae based on phenotypical features: the Felinae, the Pantherinae, the Acinonychinae (cheetahs), the extinct Machairodontinae, and the extinct Proailurinae. (Full list...)


February 21

Red Dead Redemption 2 garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories. It is a Western-themed action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games. A prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption, the game is set in 1899 in a fictionalized representation of the Western, Midwestern and Southern United States and follows outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang. The game was released worldwide on October 26, 2018, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Red Dead Redemption 2 gained accolades for its story, performances, music, and graphical design. At The Game Awards 2018, the game received eight nominations and went on to win four awards: Best Audio Design, Best Narrative, Best Score/Music, and Best Performance for Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan. At IGN's Best of 2018, the game garnered seven nominations, winning two awards, and was named runner-up in four (behind God of War). The game also appeared on several year-end lists of the best games of 2018. (Full list...)


February 24
Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby

Eight albums from five different artists reached number one on the Billboard Best-Selling Popular Record Chart in 1945. The chart was first published in the magazine dated March 24 and included ten positions, "based on reports received from more than 200 dealers" throughout the United States. The first number-one album on the chart was the King Cole Trio's self-titled debut released by Capitol. It topped the charts for three weeks until it was replaced by the soundtrack of Song of Norway, an operetta, written by Robert Wright and George Forrest. Bing Crosby (pictured) was the only artist to have two albums atop the chart: Selections from Going My Way for six weeks and Merry Christmas for four weeks. King Cole Trio was the longest reigning album of the year with 12 weeks at number one, followed by Glenn Miller with seven weeks. Albums released by Decca topped the charts for a total of 18 weeks, followed by Capitol at 17 weeks and Victor for 9 weeks. (Full list...)


February 28
Hemant Soren
Hemant Soren

The Chief Minister of Jharkhand is the chief executive of the Indian state of Jharkhand. In accordance with the Constitution of India, the governor is a state's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister. Following elections to the legislative assembly, the state's governor usually invites the party (or coalition) with a majority of seats to form the government. The governor appoints the chief minister, whose council of ministers are collectively responsible to the assembly. Six people have served as the state's chief minister since Jharkhand's formation on 15 November 2000. Half of them, including the inaugural officeholder Babulal Marandi, represented the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). His successor Arjun Munda, also from the BJP, is the longest-serving chief minister; he served for over five years, across three terms. Hemant Soren (pictured) of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is the incumbent chief minister. (Full list...)