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- 1 Did you know...
- 1.1 17 November 2017
- 1.2 16 November 2017
- 1.3 15 November 2017
- 1.4 14 November 2017
- 1.5 13 November 2017
- 1.6 12 November 2017
- 1.7 11 November 2017
- 1.8 10 November 2017
- 1.9 9 November 2017
- 1.10 8 November 2017
- 1.11 7 November 2017
- 1.12 6 November 2017
- 1.13 5 November 2017
- 1.14 4 November 2017
- 1.15 3 November 2017
- 1.16 2 November 2017
- 1.17 1 November 2017
Did you know...
17 November 2017
- 00:00, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Khufiyya (shrine complex pictured) is the oldest of the four Sufi orders established in China?
- ... that Judith Kingston pioneered the use of chemotherapy to treat retinoblastoma, an eye cancer found in children?
- ... that at a time when masonry bridges were widely being replaced by metal truss bridges, the limestone West Sixth Street Bridge in Austin, Texas, replaced an older iron footbridge?
- ... that Rudolf Geigy established health institutes on two continents and started a foundation that awards scholars who combine field and laboratory work in novel ways?
- ... that the U.S. Army bombarded the village of Wrangell, Alaska, in 1869 to force the handover of the first man to be given the death penalty under U.S. rule?
- ... that Ahlem Belhadj led a march of thousands of women against President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali during the 2011 Tunisian Revolution?
- ... that Kaburakia excelsa, from the west coast of North America, is one of the largest flatworms in the world?
- ... that Helene Bechstein helped to teach Hitler table manners?
16 November 2017
- 00:00, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Serena Williams (pictured) has won the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year three times, first in 2003 and most recently in 2016?
- ... that the Los Angeles Times–Washington Post News Service, in existence from 1962 to 2009, had some 650 clients?
- ... that Turkish socialist politician Fatma Hikmet İşmen used her first senate speech to accuse the Directorate of Religious Affairs of fueling discrimination against Alawites by Sunni Muslims?
- ... that the county courthouses in New Jersey serve 21 counties in 15 vicinages?
- ... that the Avenue Range Station massacre involved the shooting murders of nine Aboriginal Australians, including children and a baby, by white settlers?
- ... that Michèle Dix, managing director of the proposed £27 billion Crossrail 2 project, said she would like to run a tea room when she retires?
- ... that the species name of the ringed brown snake means "well-behaved" and has been linked to its reluctance to bite people?
15 November 2017
- 00:00, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that many coral diseases, such as black band disease (pictured), are named after their main symptom?
- ... that Barbara A. Bailar resigned from the United States Census Bureau in 1988 to protest a decision not to adjust the 1990 results for systematic undercounting of minorities?
- ... that before the Han–Liu War, many soldiers bought coffins as they were prepared to fight to the death?
- ... that Auguste Le Guennant, the director of the Gregorian Institute of Paris, had Duruflé's Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens dedicated to him?
- ... that Rodinná pouta, the first original series broadcast by the Czech Prima televize, attracted over one million viewers per episode?
- ... that when Whitefoord Russell Cole threatened striking workers with dismissal and pension loss in 1921, his house was "bombarded with bottles until its concrete porch was littered with glass"?
- ... that, in 1944, eleven battalions of the Government Army of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia were sent to northern Italy to support German military operations?
- ... that Jamaican sprinter Dominique Blake was accidentally awarded a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's 4 × 400 m relay?
14 November 2017
- 00:00, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Sophia (pictured) is the first robot to become a recognised citizen of a country?
- ... that Super Mario World was designed to make the most out of the then-new Super Nintendo Entertainment System's features?
- ... that Seattle mayoral candidate Cary Moon qualified for the general election by a margin of 1,170 votes?
- ... that in the pastoral poem "Ich will dich lieben, meine Stärke", by Angelus Silesius, the Soul promises to love Jesus until her death?
- ... that Raju Patel teamed up with Walt Disney Studios to produce Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book?
- ... that the slipper sea cucumber is avoided by most predatory fish, crabs, and gastropod molluscs, but is preyed on by starfish, especially the leather star?
- ... that Queen May Hnin Theindya of Pegu tried to save her husband Tarabya's life by tying her tresses with his?
- ... that urban planner Robert Moses was said to have laughed at protesters he encountered while surveying routes for the Clearview Expressway in New York City in the 1950s?
13 November 2017
- 00:00, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the German Army used pickelhaube helmets made of boiled leather (example pictured) until halfway through World War I?
- ... that it took authorities at Kansas City International Airport eight months to find Randy Potter's body in his parked truck, despite recording all license plate numbers nightly?
- ... that Luca Guadagnino, who directed the romantic drama film Call Me by Your Name, was first hired as a location consultant for the film?
- ... that the minister, writer, and publisher Christian Gottlob Barth is remembered on 12 November in the Lutheran calendar of saints?
- ... that the orange-backed troupial often takes over the nest of a yellow-rumped cacique?
- ... that the British physician Stephanie Amiel has specialised in type I diabetes since her time at Yale University in the 1980s?
- ... that in its history, the Palau del Parlament de Catalunya has been an arsenal, a barracks, a royal palace, an art museum, and the seat of the Parliament of Catalonia?
- ... that NASA engineer John Hirasaki says he read The Andromeda Strain prior to being quarantined with the returning Apollo 11 astronauts?
12 November 2017
- 00:00, 12 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that William Cotton Hobdy was the private physician to Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii (pictured) for three years until her death 100 years ago today?
- ... that the sexagesimal approximation to the square root of 2 used by Babylonian tablet YBC 7289 appeared again much later in Ptolemy's Almagest?
- ... that following Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations in Quebec City in 1996, riots in Place D'Youville caused around CAD$1 million in damages to shops and to the National Assembly of Quebec?
- ... that "The Chosen Wan" is the first Singaporean to hold a world title in professional boxing?
- ... that white plague, a disease affecting corals, may be two or more diseases with similar symptoms?
- ... that though Robert "Big Mojo" Elem was a fixture on the Chicago blues scene for over forty years, he recorded only one album?
- ... that Southwestern University's Administration Building is noted for its architecture, even though it was designed by a physicist and not a professional architect?
- ... that the Rollers won the 2017 Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships, while the Gliders came in second?
11 November 2017
- 00:00, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that after playing with Lego bricks as a child, Roma Agrawal designed both the tip and bottom of The Shard (pictured)?
- ... that Waylon Jennings' 1970s song "Bob Wills Is Still the King" may have been less a tribute to Bob Wills than a friendly jibe at Willie Nelson?
- ... that the extinct ant Odontomachus pseudobauri was bought from an amber dealer in Basel, Switzerland?
- ... that after murdering his mistress and her daughter in Ughill Hall, Sheffield, Ian Wood absconded to France and threatened to jump off Amiens Cathedral?
- ... that St. Stefanus, Ghent, was the venue of a concert dedicated to the Martin Luther Year, featuring Max Reger's setting of Psalm 100?
- ... that James Fugaté was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after it was revealed that he wrote Quatrefoil: A Modern Novel under the pen name James Barr?
- ... that Chris Ashton celebrated scoring the 2010 IRPA Try of the Year with an "Ash-Splash"?
- ... that animal behavior scientist Chris Sherwin wrote that insects can experience "negative mental states"?
10 November 2017
- 00:00, 10 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the orange cup coral (pictured) obtains part of its nutritional needs from carbon compounds dissolved in sea water?
- ... that folklorist William A. Wilson wrote that stories from Mormon folklore are "psychologically true" even if they never actually happened?
- ... that "Crazy Sally", an 18th-century bonesetter, successfully treated dislocated shoulders and knees in a London coffee house despite having no medical training?
- ... that Anna Marguerite McCann, the first female American underwater archaeologist, published the earliest research on deep-sea shipwrecks?
- ... that "Jerusalem, du hochgebaute Stadt", a song of New Jerusalem, was written by Johann Matthäus Meyfart, rector of the Casimirianum, for an academic sermon?
- ... that Minori Suzuki beat 8,000 others who auditioned for the role of Freyja Wion in the anime series Macross Delta?
- ... that the Chicago Cubs were awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year after ending their 108-year World Series drought in 2016?
- ... that the J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World franchise was the "most-snubbed franchise" of all time at the Academy Awards, with 12 nominations and zero wins until its 2017 success?
9 November 2017
- 00:00, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that during his world tour in 1878, Ulysses S. Grant (pictured) became the first U.S. President to visit Jerusalem?
- ... that the book Bananas, Beaches and Bases argues that banana sales have a "gendered history"?
- ... that Lindsay Peat has represented Ireland internationally at association football, basketball, and rugby union?
- ... that Frederica Wilson suggested that President Donald Trump's response to the deaths of four American soldiers in the Tongo Tongo ambush in Niger might become his Benghazi incident?
- ... that Manami Numakura cites becoming a fan of the Gundam franchise as a reason behind her becoming a voice actress?
- ... that power stations in Megawatt Valley were once responsible for up to a quarter of all electricity generated in England and Wales?
- ... that facing the rise of Nazi ideology, Otto Riethmüller compiled the song "Sonne der Gerechtigkeit" for young people from hymns by three authors of two earlier centuries?
- ... that Eel City is a popular residence for cutthroat eels?
- ... that Monterey Bay Aquarium was the first public aquarium to exhibit a living kelp forest, which is nearly three stories high?
- ... that only 20.5 percent of registered Slovenians turned out to vote in a 2017 railway referendum?
8 November 2017
- 00:00, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that Monterey Bay Aquarium was the first public aquarium to exhibit a living kelp forest (pictured), which is nearly three stories high?
- ... that Homer Franklin Bassett, a librarian in Waterbury, Connecticut, described 125 new species of gall wasp?
- ... that only 20.5 percent of registered Slovenians turned out to vote in a 2017 railway referendum?
- ... that Shadia Bseiso from Jordan is the first female Arab wrestler to sign with WWE?
- ... that the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools worked to end school segregation in Little Rock, Arkansas?
- ... that the UK Holocaust Memorial, to be built in London's Victoria Tower Gardens, will stand alongside other memorials that raise awareness of injustice?
- ... that Anthony Franchini, who served in the U.S. Army for both World Wars prior to obtaining U.S. citizenship, recorded more than 3,500 phonograph record sides with Frank Ferera in the 1920s?
- ... that people have been poisoned after mistaking the deadly dapperling for the grey knight?
7 November 2017
- 00:00, 7 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that several buildings in Seattle (example pictured) deliberately evoke traditional regional Native American architecture?
- ... that governor Aleimma of Martaban was assassinated after he was lured to Donwun by a proposed marriage to Hnin U Yaing?
- ... that the Pemberton Memorial Operating Room, built in 1896, featured the first post-operative recovery rooms in Canada?
- ... that the Malaysian High Court sentenced 22-year-old Frenchwoman Béatrice Saubin to death by hanging for smuggling 534 grams (1.177 lb) of pure grade heroin?
- ... the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance is the only professional wrestling promotion based in Pittsburgh?
- ... that two-thirds of the priests in the Diocese of Ruteng signed a 2015 letter of "no confidence" in Bishop Hubertus Leteng, and this year, 69 priests resigned in protest?
- ... that some carnivorous fungi catch and consume soil nematodes?
- ... that Albert Sidney Johnston lies in repose atop his grave?
6 November 2017
- 00:00, 6 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that with Bosnia and Herzegovina–Holy See relations improving, Pope John Paul II came for a visit (pictured)—and then police discovered 23 land mines planted in the area where he was to have been driven?
- ... that Konomi Suzuki was inspired by the character Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier to become a singer for anime?
- ... that if the San Francisco Bay Area were a country, it would be ranked sixteenth in the world in terms of GDP?
- ... that footballer Laura O'Sullivan made her international debut for Wales as a goalkeeper less than 18 months after converting to the position?
- ... that Countess Ämilie Juliane von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt wrote 587 songs and hymns, including "Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende", used in her regular meditations towards a good death?
- ... that Karl Hoblitzelle was the first movie theater owner in the United States to install air conditioning?
- ... that the ribbon worm Cerebratulus marginatus can swim well by undulating its body?
- ... that Patricia Moberly was once arrested for attacking Prime Minister Ted Heath's car with a placard?
5 November 2017
- 00:00, 5 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that a one-room schoolhouse (pictured) established in St. Johns, Ontario, in 1804 is the oldest extant public school in the province, and is still sometimes used as a classroom?
- ... that the actress Claire Goose began research for her character Tina Seabrook's rape storyline, before the writers scripted it?
- ... that the 1973 Belmont Stakes was won by Secretariat, whose 31-length lead was the largest margin of victory in the history of the race?
- ... that Kimmie Taylor of the Kurdish YPJ is the first British woman to travel to Syria to fight ISIS?
- ... that the memorial to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots is at the exact location where they died?
- ... that the adult Madagascan sandgrouse may soak its breast feathers in water to carry moisture to its young?
- ... that Otto Riethmüller was director of the Confessing Church's youth organisations and created their logo, the Cross on the Globe, in 1935?
- ... that Grupo Garza Ponce, now one of the largest construction firms in Mexico, had to change its business model every month during the 1982 debt crisis?
4 November 2017
- 00:00, 4 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that "Glauben können wie du" by Helmut Schlegel (pictured) is addressed to Mary, and relates to her exemplary faith, hope and love?
- ... that Barbara Everitt Bryant was the first woman to direct the United States Census Bureau?
- ... that the crevice brittle star is sometimes involved in mass spawning events?
- ... that Achilleas Kallakis has been called "Britain's most successful serial confidence trickster"?
- ... that the Carillon and Grenville Railway was the last broad-gauge railway to operate in Canada?
- ... that the Northwest Hills neighborhood of Austin, Texas, includes a 40-acre complex founded by the chief executive officer of Dell, housing Jewish community centers, synagogues, and schools?
- ... that Grape-kun, a Humboldt penguin, "fell in love" with a cutout of an anime character?
- ... that Cambridge University's new North West Cambridge Development has a school building shaped like a Polo mint?
3 November 2017
- 00:00, 3 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that larvae of the vermilion sea star (pictured) preferentially settle among the tubes of a tube-dwelling worm?
- ... that Ines Rau is the first transgender woman to be a Playboy Playmate?
- ... that the lyrics of "Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht" ("I do not let go of my Jesus") are based on memorial sermons for Elector Johann Georg of Saxony, who reflected the ideas on his deathbed?
- ... that Rudyerd Boulton and his wife, Laura, made the first-ever recordings of the calls of African tropical birds?
- ... that the Immigration Museum of the State of São Paulo is located in the Immigrant Inn, which received more than 2.5 million immigrants to Brazil between 1887 and 1978?
- ... that Eleanor Nathan was a member of the London County Council representing two different parties and two different districts for a total of 16 years?
- ... that a political scandal erupted in 2014 after operatives of the Liberian National Security Agency illegally seized US$247,500 from a group of South Korean businessmen in a hotel room in Monrovia?
- ... that Nico Rosberg was presented with the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year two months after he retired from Formula One?
2 November 2017
- 00:00, 2 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the ballot laws introduced the secret ballot (voting pictured) to all popular assemblies in the Roman Republic?
- ... that Kia Steave-Dickerson, the design artist for four films by M. Night Shyamalan, originally considered a career in dry cleaning?
- ... that Baloke, a small village in Punjab, is the birthplace of Satnam Singh Bhamara, the first Indian to be drafted into the National Basketball Association?
- ... that the fungus Arthrobotrys dactyloides can trap a nematode with a ring of hypha before feeding on it?
- ... that rally driver Louise Cook sold her trophies on eBay to help her continue competing in the 2012 World Rally Championship after her funding dried up?
- ... that the Rush song "Freewill" was the last studio recording to use the "shrieking high range" of Geddy Lee's vocals?
- ... that American paleontologist Walter W. Granger used the Fayoum Light Railway for transporting the fossils he had found in Egypt?
- ... that it is better for one's self-concept to be a big fish in a little pond than a small fish in a big pond?
1 November 2017
- 00:00, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
- ... that the communion song "Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet" ("God be praised and blessed"), which Martin Luther (pictured) derived from an older model, entered Catholic hymnals in the 20th century?
- ... that Dr. William Carpentier, the flight surgeon for Apollo 11 and Apollo 13, was registered on the Air Force One manifest as WFP – "World Famous Physician"?
- ... that when the citizens of Hanover accepted the Reformation in 1533, the 200-year-old Kreuzkirche became Lutheran?
- ... that the whaleback SS Clifton disappeared for over 90 years?
- ... that "Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl" ("The mouth of fools doth God confess") by Martin Luther was one of eight hymns in the first Lutheran hymnal?
- ... that in 2011, Myktybek Abdyldayev was part of a group of Kyrgyzstan deputies who sacrificed rams in front of government headquarters?
- ... that three stanzas of the penitential hymn "Ach lieben Christen seid getrost" ("Ah dear Christians, be comforted") by Johannes Gigas were retained unchanged for Bach's chorale cantata?
- ... that the United States experienced a Halloween "postcard craze" in the early 1900s?