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- 1 Did you know...
- 1.1 17 January 2019
- 1.2 16 January 2019
- 1.3 15 January 2019
- 1.4 14 January 2019
- 1.5 13 January 2019
- 1.6 12 January 2019
- 1.7 11 January 2019
- 1.8 10 January 2019
- 1.9 9 January 2019
- 1.10 8 January 2019
- 1.11 7 January 2019
- 1.12 6 January 2019
- 1.13 5 January 2019
- 1.14 4 January 2019
- 1.15 3 January 2019
- 1.16 2 January 2019
- 1.17 1 January 2019
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17 January 2019
- 00:00, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that even though the Baker Hotel (pictured) was nearly fully booked during the filming of the 1969 musical film Paint Your Wagon, it closed shortly thereafter?
- ... that the first-class cricketer and British Army racquets champion Henry Bond received honours from the British and Romanian governments for his service during the First World War?
- ... that wounds on the abdomen of the wolf spider Geolycosa pikei begin to heal immediately?
- ... that Israeli scholar Esther Farbstein and a colleague discovered more than 100 personal Holocaust accounts in rabbinical works, a resource previously overlooked by Holocaust researchers?
- ... that the Ugandan military indiscriminately bombarded rebel fighters, civilians, and even their own forces during the Battle of Tororo?
- ... that actor Tim Franklin had his first on-screen kiss while portraying Home and Away character Colby Thorne?
- ... that historian Julius S. Scott did not agree with his publisher's suggested revisions to The Common Wind, so the book remained unpublished for over thirty years?
- ... that Victor Bonney stained vaginas blue?
16 January 2019
- 00:00, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that after various changes to Tintoretto's Esther before Ahasuerus (shown) from the 1540s onwards, the painting now has two figures of Haman?
- ... that the pup of a little brown bat can weigh nearly a third as much as its mother at birth?
- ... that the Old West figurine sculptor Earl Heikka's first studio was on Gary Cooper's ranch?
- ... that after journalist Victor Mallet chaired a talk by Chan Ho-tin, leader of the now-banned Hong Kong National Party, he was denied renewal of his Hong Kong work permit?
- ... that the 18th-century Rami Barracks was temporarily used by food wholesalers before its current planned redevelopment to create Turkey's biggest library?
- ... that black voting rights activist Herbert Lee was killed in 1961 by Mississippi state representative E. H. Hurst?
- ... that a volunteer medical unit was raised in Ireland for service with the French Army in the Franco-Prussian War?
- ... that before Richard Ellis became a photographer, he was a tightrope walker in a travelling circus?
15 January 2019
- 00:00, 15 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the Soviet destroyer Sposobny (pictured) was designed to survive a nuclear explosion?
- ... that Portugal international footballer Melissa Antunes teaches at a university and started a sports agency?
- ... that some forms of ginbuna carp asexually reproduce via gynogenesis, in which the male sperm contributes no genetic material but is still required for egg development?
- ... that the biologist Denis G. Lillie drew cartoons of his colleagues on the 1910–1913 Terra Nova Expedition?
- ... that after 250 laps, second place at the 2001 Harrah's 500, a CART race, was determined by a photo finish in which Dario Franchitti beat Michel Jourdain Jr. by 2 inches (51 mm)?
- ... that in 1960, Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the first woman elected as a non-hereditary head of government in modern history?
- ... that the founder of Bieling Architekten mainly designed churches, while his two sons now focus on commercial projects?
- ... that before becoming a United States Marine Corps mascot, Jiggs II won a blue ribbon at the 1926 Westminster Dog Show?
14 January 2019
- 00:00, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that U.S. President George H. W. Bush's service dog Sully (pictured) slept next to Bush's coffin before his state funeral?
- ... that the Swiss-German spy Carmen Mory, later a Nazi concentration camp kapo, was described as a "third-rate Mata Hari"?
- ... that the katydid Capnobotes fuliginosus shows its dark hindwings when startled?
- ... that merchant John Leamy owned the first U.S. ship to enter the Río de la Plata?
- ... that Marvel Comics' chief creative officer Joe Quesada made his directorial debut with the first episode of the digital series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot?
- ... that the biochemist Wilfrid Butt was among the first to extract follicle-stimulating hormone from cadavers rather than from urine?
- ... that in 1346, an English army plundered its way across south-west France for 350 miles (560 km) without meeting effective resistance?
- ... that according to primatologists Robert Seyfarth and Dorothy Cheney, successful baboons use rules like those in Jane Austen novels: "be nice to your relatives and get in with the high-ranking relatives"?
13 January 2019
- 00:00, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the Nobel Peace Prize, contributing author Raymond Arritt (pictured) said, "It's kind of neat: I have, like, .002 percent of a Nobel prize now"?
- ... that HMS London, a London-class battleship, was fitted with a makeshift ramp for experiments with naval aircraft?
- ... that a popular account of the Indian rope trick by Chicago Tribune journalist John Wilkie may have been inspired by the Chinese short story "Growing Pears"?
- ... that the final work of artist Monica Ross was completed on the day of her death?
- ... that Al-Ain Football Club was the first Emirati team to qualify for the final of the FIFA Club World Cup?
- ... that Jewish community leader Tibor Kováč negotiated with and bribed a former classmate who was organizing the deportation of Jews from Slovakia during the Holocaust?
- ... that social connectedness may be as important to our well-being as food or water?
- ... that the Shepherd with a Flute has had his shirt changed, and is now attributed to Titian rather than Giorgione?
12 January 2019
- 00:00, 12 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that The New York Times stated that, with one exception, the United States Zouave Cadets (pictured) were "all young men of extraordinary muscular power"?
- ... that voice actress Yukari Anzai was appointed as a Japanese ambassador for the hot springs of Hsinchu County in Taiwan?
- ... that Max Reger composed Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue, Op. 127, for Karl Straube, to be played as the first organ piece at the new Centennial Hall in Breslau in 1913?
- ... that Thomas F. Mulledy sold the slaves owned by the Maryland province of the Jesuits in 1838 in order to pay off its debt?
- ... that although Indian cassava mosaic virus does indeed infect cassava crops in India, the actual origin of the virus is unknown?
- ... that a scientific paper by Thomas Wilkinson King about the thyroid gland fell into obscurity for nearly a century before being discussed by Sir Humphry Rolleston in a lecture in 1933?
- ... that the Monrovia Church massacre was the worst single atrocity of the Liberian civil war?
- ... that the writer of the play Why We Have a Body was inspired by Harriet the Spy, whom she viewed as the first lesbian she had ever encountered?
11 January 2019
- 00:00, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that in 2018 the United States Marine Corps' Sunset Parade (pictured) was moved from the Marine Corps War Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial?
- ... that among the books produced by Georgian publisher James Stratford was one of 149 parts?
- ... that screenwriter and actress Vivian Schilling was inspired to write Soultaker by a car accident in which she had been involved?
- ... that the first-class cricketer Jack Gannon was mentioned in dispatches twice in both the Anglo-Afghan War of 1919 and the Second World War?
- ... that the French submarine Argonaute was designed with a diesel engine but was built with steam and electric motors instead?
- ... that Georgetown University School of Medicine was founded during the presidency of James A. Ryder?
- ... that a documentary about the British band Coldplay sold more than 300,000 tickets for a single-night cinematic release, but was not viewed by the band's lead singer?
- ... that Nagammai organised women to picket the toddy shops in Erode during the temperance movement in India?
10 January 2019
- 00:00, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Edward Gyfford's buildings (1807 design pictured) were "calculated for the comfort and convenience of persons of moderate and of ample fortune"?
- ... that President Jozef Tiso argued in a 1942 speech that Slovakia's complicity in the Holocaust was consistent with Christian morality?
- ... that Cornell University professor Walter LaFeber gave his farewell lecture on American diplomatic history before nearly 3,000 people at New York's Beacon Theatre?
- ... that the beech orchid was first scientifically described in The Sydney Morning Herald?
- ... that Melani Leimena Suharli, the daughter of the founder of the Indonesian Christian Party, is Muslim?
- ... that the U.S. Supreme Court delayed hearing oral arguments in Gamble v. United States due to a national day of mourning proclaimed following the death of George H. W. Bush?
- ... that photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo was described by Alfonso Michel as Mexico's most important painter?
- ... that the Buddhist eight precepts allow lay people to lead a life similar to a monk for a day?
9 January 2019
- 00:00, 9 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Macrozamia riedlei (pictured), a favoured food plant of southwest Australians, was responsible for the accidental poisoning of some early European explorers?
- ... that Jim Siwy was a police officer before and after his career in Major League Baseball?
- ... that Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area, which provides a habitat for jaguars, is named for a Maya jaguar god of nature?
- ... that William Gould Young was the first faculty member at UCLA to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, and the university's chemistry building was renamed in his honor?
- ... that one of the poems in How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes was described as having "echoes of the cultural critique of race relations in America" in Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man?
- ... that the whitespot ghost shark is known from only four specimens in the Galápagos Islands?
- ... that suspected hitwoman Joselyn Alejandra Niño had a nickname which referred to Our Lady of Holy Death?
- ... that Denmark won the 1971 Women's World Cup, an unofficial association football tournament, after 15-year-old Susanne Augustesen scored all three goals in the final?
8 January 2019
- 00:00, 8 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the red ochre sprinkled on the body of Jane Britton (pictured) 50 years ago today ultimately turned out to be a red herring in solving her murder?
- ... that with the launch of PSLV-C42 the Indian Space Research Organisation has launched a total of 239 foreign satellites for 28 different countries?
- ... that in 1933 Green Bay Packers president Lee Joannes personally loaned the organization $6,000 to keep it in operation?
- ... that in 1960 Emil Paleček discovered that nucleic acids could be studied electrochemically, contradicting previous assumptions that DNA molecules were too large to have electrochemical properties?
- ... that regolith-hosted rare earth element deposits are mostly low grade, but economic to mine?
- ... that Second World War Jewish resistance fighter Sonia Orbuch was originally named Sarah, but was renamed to sound more Russian?
- ... that actor Tom Hanks has claimed that the Hermes 3000 would be the luxury item he would take to a desert island?
7 January 2019
- 00:00, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the Epiphany hymn "Earth Has Many a Noble City" about the biblical Magi (pictured) was originally written by a Roman governor?
- ... that Joseph Jenckes Jr., the founder of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, was arrested and jailed for making threatening remarks about the king of England?
- ... that organic nuclear reactors, widely researched in the 1950s and 1960s, replaced the water normally used to cool the reactor core with various organic fluids?
- ... that Björn Ambrosiani spent six years excavating at the Viking Age settlement Birka?
- ... that Peter Cornelius wrote poems and music for his song cycle Weihnachtslieder, which included a popular melody in the piano accompaniment for a song about the Three Kings?
- ... that in November 2018, Matthew Hedges received a pardon from his life sentence for spying in the United Arab Emirates?
- ... that Shekhar: Ek Jivani by Agyeya is considered the first psychoanalytical novel in Hindi literature?
- ... that in 2007, Peter Morris was "discovered" by Peter Morris?
6 January 2019
- 00:00, 6 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Thomas Mann's widow, Katia, (couple pictured) called Gert Westphal "des Dichters oberster Mund" (the poet's principal voice) after his reading of her husband's works?
- ... that Chinese writer Pu Songling may have written an anti-Manchu short story?
- ... that Trinidadian football player and coach Michael McComie died from a brain tumour 24 hours after being diagnosed?
- ... that the Patagonian squid spawns among the stems of partially defoliated kelp Lessonia trabeculata?
- ... that the Country Hospital in Shanghai provided free treatment to Jewish refugees during World War II?
- ... that food writer Melissa Clark elicited disapproving tweets from President Barack Obama and former governor Jeb Bush for her recipe for guacamole with green peas?
5 January 2019
- 00:00, 5 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that, upon completion of the Simeon Monument (pictured), a local resident complained that "among the generality of the inhabitants it is called a p****** post"?
- ... that Howard J. Green's screenplay for I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang led to the elimination of the chain gang system in the U.S. state of Georgia in 1937?
- ... that Falcon 9 booster B1050 malfunctioned during re-entry and missed its landing target at LZ-1, but still managed a soft landing just offshore?
- ... that Roberto Tobar officiated the 2017 Segunda División final, in which only one team took part in the penalty shootout?
- ... that the Loch Maree Hotel poisoning of 1922 was the first recorded outbreak of botulism in the United Kingdom?
- ... that while Bernard A. Maguire was a prefect at Georgetown University, a student uprising resulted in the dismissal of 70 students?
- ... that the 1931 accident triangle theory proposed a link between the number of minor accidents and those that led to serious injury?
- ... that Hazel Smith helped to popularize the term "outlaw country" by using it to describe the music of performers such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings?
4 January 2019
- 00:00, 4 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that 16-year-old Greta Thunberg (pictured) of Sweden has inspired 20,000 students around the world to strike for climate change activism?
- ... that the continental arc tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite rocks can be plutonic?
- ... that Jim Derrington is the youngest player to record a base hit in American League history?
- ... that the Ospedale degli Incurabili in Venice, where Johann Adolph Hasse was maestro di cappella, was founded as a hospice for sufferers from syphilis and other incurable diseases of the time?
- ... that Andrew L. Lewis flew more than 100 combat missions as a naval aviator before becoming commander of the United States Second Fleet?
- ... that "Dui Bigha Jomi", a Bengali poem written by Rabindranath Tagore, inspired a story which was the basis for the 1953 Hindi film Do Bigha Zamin?
- ... that Dimyati Natakusumah is set to compete against two of his children in the 2019 Indonesian general election?
- ... that the money from the sale of Russell Crowe's jockstrap allowed the Australia Zoo to establish a koala chlamydia ward?
3 January 2019
- 00:00, 3 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that an attempt to introduce the orange-breasted bunting (pictured) to Oahu in 1941 was unsuccessful?
- ... that David Long Jr. set the West Virginia Mountaineers football record for single-game tackles for a loss?
- ... that Guêpe-class submarines were solely intended for use in harbor defense?
- ... that Chief Minister Zeik-Bye of Hanthawaddy persuaded Prince Binnya Nwe to revolt by saying that his mother Princess Maha Dewi was planning to put her lover on the throne?
- ... that, in the 1980s, the British physician John R. Seale advocated the now-discredited theory that HIV might have been created in a germ warfare laboratory?
- ... that the namesake of the Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr Award served for just one day as Judge Advocate General of the United States Army?
- ... that during the filming of There She Goes, a programme based on series creator Shaun Pye's learning-disabled daughter, he became so emotional that he had to leave the set?
- ... that Scharwenzel is a card game, at least three centuries old, that is played today only on the German island of Fehmarn?
2 January 2019
- 00:00, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Carsten Koch conducted all Beethoven symphonies at the historic Unionskirche, and shared Bach's Christmas Oratorio there in an ecumenical project (performance pictured)?
- ... that al-Barakah, a self-declared administrative district of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was moved about 200 kilometres (120 mi) south during its existence?
- ... that Alphonsus J. Donlon became known as the "father of Georgetown athletics" for overseeing multiple victorious teams?
- ... that when creating the television drama Butterfly, the playwright Tony Marchant aimed to dispel the myth that transgender children transition in order to be "trendy"?
- ... that Wilmer Clemont Fields of the Southern Baptist Convention was a defender of freedom of the press?
- ... that the underwater mountain and former atoll Darwin Guyot is named after Charles Darwin?
- ... that Gujarati writer Geeta Parikh has written more than 900 poems?
- ... that in the Battle of the Hatpins, women protestors repelled police officers with rolling pins and skillets?
1 January 2019
- 00:00, 1 January 2019 (UTC)
- ... that American John Trumbull's The Death of General Montgomery in the Attack on Quebec, December 31, 1775 (pictured) was painted in the London studio of Benjamin West?
- ... that among the babies born at the Parsi Lying-in Hospital was the Indian politician Feroze Gandhi?
- ... that Wolfgang Unger was director of music at the University of Leipzig, where he founded two instrumental ensembles named after the original Paulinerkirche?
- ... that the Romanian destroyers Mărăști and Mărășești both changed owners three times and were renamed four times during their careers?
- ... that the 1923 World Congress of Jewish Women in Vienna unanimously resolved to support the settlement of Jews in Palestine?
- ... that the year before he first played in baseball's National Association, Marty Swandell umpired the game that decided the league's championship?
- ... that A Summer in a Sea Shell was the first Slovenian coming-of-age film to have popular music and dancing?
- ... that Peng Shilu, the "father of China's nuclear submarines", was jailed at age eight?