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Five featured articles were promoted this week.
- Roy Phillipps (nominated by Ian Rose) was an Australian fighter ace of World War I. He achieved fifteen victories in aerial combat, four of them in a single action over France on 12 June 1918. A grazier between the wars, Phillipps joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1940 and was killed in a plane crash the following year. This is the second article on an Australian World War I ace that Ian has taken to Featured status this year.
- Head VI (nominated by Ceoil) is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Irish-born British figurative artist Francis Bacon, the last of six panels making up his "1949 Head" series. It shows a bust view of a single figure, modelled on Diego Velázquez's Portrait of Innocent X. It was the first of Bacon's paintings to reference the Velázquez, a portrait that was to haunt him throughout his career, and was the beginning of his sequence of "screaming popes". In his nomination statement, Ceoil confessed "this painting has fascinated and unnerved me for 25 years".
- Cuban macaw (nominated by FunkMonk), also known as the Cuban red macaw (Ara tricolor), was a species of macaw native to the main island of Cuba and the nearby Isla de la Juventud that went extinct in the late 19th century. It may have been closely related to the scarlet macaw and the Jamaican red macaw. No modern skeletons are known, but a few subfossil remains have been found. This is the second of FunkMonk's articles on extinct birds to reach Featured status this year.
- Anachronox (nominated by GamerPro64) is a third-person role-playing video game produced by Tom Hall and the Dallas Ion Storm games studio, released in 2001. It centers on Sylvester "Sly Boots" Bucelli, a down-and-out private investigator who looks for work in the slums of Anachronox, a once-abandoned planet near the galaxy's jumpgate hub. He travels to other planets, amasses an unlikely group of friends, and unravels a mystery that threatens the fate of the universe. This is GamerPro64's first Featured Article.
- SS Arctic disaster (nominated by Brianboulton). The paddle steamer SS Arctic, owned by the Collins Line of New York, sank on September 27, 1854, after a collision with the much smaller SS Vesta 50 miles (80 km) off the coast of Newfoundland. Passenger and crew lists indicate that there were probably more than 400 on board; of these, only 88 survived, of whom most were members of the crew. All the women and children on board perished. Brian was inspired to develop the article after coming across the book Women and Children Last in a second-hand store.
Six featured lists were promoted this week.
- List of New York Giants first-round draft picks (nominated by Giants2008) The New York Giants are a National Football League (NFL) franchise founded in the 1925 season. The Giants have taken part in the NFL draft since its introduction in 1936, and have selected 70 players in the first round.
- List of songs recorded by Lorde (nominated by Simon and Adabow) Lorde is a 17-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter who was signed to the Universal Music Group at the age of 13. She has recorded songs for one studio album, one extended play (EP) and guest features, including a cover version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" for the 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
- List of National Trust properties in Somerset (nominated by Rod) The National Trust owns or manages a range of 36 properties in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. The oldest constructed property the Trust manages is an 11th-century dovecot, but natural features and localities are also managed, including Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury Tor and Burrow Mump.
- List of Mass Effect media (nominated by PresN) Mass Effect is a science fiction media franchise composed of multi-platform video games and associated media. The games follow Commander Shepard on his mission to save the galaxy from a race of mechanical beings known as the Reapers.
- 75th Academy Awards (nominated by Birdienest81) The Academy Awards are an annual awards ceremony that honor achievements in the film industry. The awards were first presented in 1929, and the 75th awards took place in March 2003 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Steve Martin was the host of the three and a half hour ceremony, which saw Chicago win six awards, including that of Best Picture.
- Premio Lo Nuestro 2013 (nominated by Javier Espinoza) The Lo Nuestro Awards (Spanish for "Our Thing") honor the best Latin music in the United States and are presented by the American television network Univision. The 2013 ceremony took place in February at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, and awards were presented in 33 categories. The ceremony was hosted by the Mexican performers Ninel Conde and Pedro Fernández.
Nine featured pictures were promoted this week.
, an active volcano in Indonesia, spewing smoke from the crater.
- Delftsevaart (created by Detroit Publishing Company, restored by Adam Cuerden nominated by Editør) Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, was heavily bombed during World War II. Before then, it had a canal system and building structure similar to Amsterdam today. This photochrom from about 1895 shows a fairly typical street in Rotterdam before the destruction.
- Pont du Gard (created and nominated by Benh Lieu Song ) The Pont du Gard in south France is a bridge that forms part of the remains of a 50-kilometre (30 mi) long Roman aqueduct between Uzès and Nîmes. It one of the two best-preserved Roman aqueduct bridges in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Hip, Hip, Hurrah! (created by Peder Severin Krøyer, nominated by Hafspajen) Hip, Hip, Hurrah! (Danish: Hip, hip, hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen) is a painting by Peder Severin Krøyer showing members of the guild of Skagen painters, a group of Scandinavian artists from the late 1800s.
- Braxton Bragg (unknown creator, restored and nominated by Adam Cuerden) When looking at the American Civil War, we're pretty good at documenting the Union side, but, before this photo, we had never had a featured picture of a single Confederate soldier. The photographs of Robert E. Lee being extremely damaged, I decided to start with General Braxton Bragg, one of the main commanders in the Western Theater, and military advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
- Mount Merapi (created and nominated by Chris Woodrich) Mount Merapi is an active stratovolcano in Indonesia, that has erupted regularly since 1548. Chris Woodrich, a Canadian living in Indonesia, is very, very active in documenting Indonesian culture, geography, and history for Wikipedia, and does an excellent job as well: Check out the list of his featured content.
- Charles I in Three Positions (created by Anthony Van Dyck, nominated by Hafspajen) Anthony Van Dyck's 1635 or 1636 painting Charles I in Three Positions shows King Charles I of England wearing three different outfits and, as implied by the title, three positions: two profiles - one left, and one right - and one front view.
- Charles II of England (created by John Michael Wright or his studio, nominated by Hafspajen) During the English Civil War, Charles II of England's father, Charles I, was executed by the Parliamentarians, and, while the Scottish Parliament attempted to declare Charles II the king, the English parliament overruled them, and the country was taken over by Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans. Charles II regained his throne after the death of Cromwell, leading to the Restoration period, marked by a relaxing of the puritan morality. His reign also saw both the Great Plague of London and the Great Fire of London, and included the Second Dutch War.
- The Cathedral (created by František Kupka, nominated by Chris Woodrich) A painting by Czech artist František Kupka, one of the pioneers of abstract art, The Cathedral (Katedrála) uses simple shapes and colours to give the impression of stained glass in a dark cathedral.
- Fanny Bullock Workman (created by Maull & Fox, restored and nominated by Adam Cuerden) Fanny Bullock Workman was one of Adrianne Wadewitz's last articles; those of us who knew her are working to bring it up to featured article. Part of that is image improvement. Workman was a feminist, mountain climber, travel writer, geographer, explorer, and suffragette who did most of her work before World War I. It's not hard to see why Adrianne - a feminist academic and mountain climber with an interest travel writings and the interaction between cultures - was attracted to her.