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September 1 - Sun

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Maria Amalia of Saxony

Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724–60) was a German princess who married the future Charles III of Spain in 1738, the year of this painting. She was Queen of Naples and Sicily from 1738 until 1759, then Queen of Spain from 1759 until her death.

Painting: Louis de Silvestre
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September 2 - Mon

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Shifen waterfall

The Shifen waterfall is located in Pingxi District, Taiwan, on the upper reaches of the Keelung River. The waterfall measures 20 metres (66 ft) in height and 40 metres (130 ft) in width. It is the broadest waterfall in Taiwan.

Photo: Weihao.chiu
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September 3 - Tue

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Fight with Cudgels

Fight with Cudgels is the name given to one of the series of Black Paintings painted by Francisco Goya directly onto the walls of his house sometime between 1820 and 1823. One interpretation of the depiction of two men fighting is that it is a reference to an allegory based around the Greek myth of Cadmus and the dragon's teeth. The painting is held in the Prado in Madrid, Spain.

Painting: Francisco Goya
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September 4 - Wed

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Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross

The Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche carteri), at 2.55 kg (5.6 lb) in weight, 76 cm (30 in) in length, and 2 m (6.6 ft) across the wings, is the smallest of the mollymawks. These birds are found on several islands in the Indian Ocean.

Photo: JJ Harrison
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September 5 - Thu

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Tewkesbury Abbey

The Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, is one of the largest parish churches in England. It was established in the 11th century and has borne witness to much of Tewkesbury's history.

Photo: Saffron Blaze
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September 6 - Fri

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Fumihiko Maki

Fumihiko Maki (b. 1928) is a Japanese architect who received the 1993 Pritzker Prize for his work. He often explores the use of new materials, and fuses the cultures of East and West.

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Labrune
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September 7 - Sat

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American Gothic

American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Inspired by what is now known as the American Gothic House, Wood decided to paint the house along with "the kind of people [he] fancied should live in that house." The work, using Wood's sister and his dentist as models, has since become one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American art.

Painting: Grant Wood
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September 8 - Sun

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Io

A true-color image of Io, one of the moons of Jupiter, taken by the Galileo spacecraft. The dark spot just left of the center is the erupting volcano Prometheus. The whitish plains on either side of it are coated with volcanically deposited sulfur dioxide frost, whereas the yellower regions contain a higher proportion of sulfur.

Photo: NASA
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September 9 - Mon

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Grey-headed Robin

The Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons) is a species of bird endemic to Queensland, Australia. It is in the family Petroicidae.

Photo: JJ Harrison
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September 10 - Tue

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Grey-headed Robin

Delias eucharis (known as the Common Jezebel) is a pierid butterfly found in many areas of South and Southeast Asia. Males, such as the one pictured, can be differentiated by their narrower black edging to the veins and the postdiscal transverse bands on the wings.

Photo: Jkadavoor
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September 11 - Wed

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Fencing

Fencing is the sport of fighting with swords; in modern usage the word usually denotes competitive fencing, rather than classical fencing. Here, Fabian Kauter (right) hits Diego Confalonieri (left) with a flèche attack at the final of the Challenge Réseau Ferré de France–Trophée Monal 2012.

Photo: Marie-Lan Nguyen
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September 12 - Thu

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SN 1006

SN 1006 was a supernova that was widely seen on Earth beginning in the year 1006. It occurred 7,200 light years away. It was, in terms of apparent magnitude, the brightest stellar event in recorded history. The supernova's remnant, pictured here, was not identified until 1965.

Photo: NASA
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September 13 - Fri

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Coulommiers cheese

Coulommiers cheese is a cheese from Coulommiers in the Seine-et-Marne department of France. A cousin of Brie, it is made from cow's milk and is usually in the shape of a disc, with white, bloomy, edible Penicillium candidum rind.

Photo: Myrabella
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September 14 - Sat

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Alena Zavarzina

Alena Zavarzina (b. 1989) is a Russian snowboarder who won a gold medal at the 2011 FIS Snowboarding World Championships.

Photo: Uncredited (donated by Bolshoi Sport)
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September 15 - Sun

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Bashi-bazouk

The bashi-bazouk were irregular soldiers of the Ottoman army who could originate from any part of the empire. Known for such a lack of discipline that they were sometimes forcibly disarmed and worked for plunder, they were formally abandoned by the end of the 19th century.

This painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, now held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was produced after he visited Asia Minor in 1868. According to the museum, "Gérôme's virtuosic treatment of textures provides a sumptuous counterpoint to the figure’s dignified bearing".

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September 16 - Mon

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Hooded Plover

The Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) is a species of bird endemic to southern Australia and Tasmania. It was described in 1789. There are two subspecies, neither of which (as of 2011) is known from a population of more than 5,000 individuals.

Photo: JJ Harrison
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September 17 - Tue

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Historical reenactment

A historical reenactment is an educational or entertainment activity in which participants follow a prearranged plan to recreate aspects of a historical event or period. Here, a group reenacts the Battle of Waterloo, in which an Imperial French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition.

Photo: Myrabella
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September 18 - Wed

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World map

A world map entitled Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula Amstelodami, created in 1689 by Gerard van Schagen. This map, created in Amsterdam, measures 48.3 by 56.0 centimetres (19.0 by 22.0 in) in size and was made using copper engraving.

Map: Gerard van Schagen
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September 19 - Thu

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Oceana

Oceana (born 1982) is a German singer of German/Martiniquen descent. She is shown here performing at the Radio Hamburg Top 820.

Photo: ChrisHamburg
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September 20 - Fri

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Library of Celsus

The Library of Celsus is an ancient Roman building in Ephesus, Anatolia, now part of Selçuk, Turkey. It was completed in 135 AD and intended both to honour Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus and store his remains.

Photo: Benh Lieu Song
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September 21 - Sat

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Beekeeper

A beekeeper is a person who keeps honey bees. Reasons may vary, from the production of commodities, to the assistance of the pollination of various plants, to an interest in bees and beekeeping. Here, a German beekeeper is holding a hive while wearing protective gear.

Photo: Michael Gäbler
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September 22 - Sun

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Graphomya eustolia

Muscidae (Graphomya eustolia pictured) is a family of flies commonly known as the house flies. They are differentiated by the plumose apical segment of the antennae with a smooth basal portion.

Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim
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September 23 - Mon

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Mike Godwin

Mike Godwin (b. 1956) is an American attorney and author active in internet law. In 1990 he formulated Godwin's law, which states "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."

Photo: Lane Hartwell
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September 24 - Tue

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Liocarcinus marmoreus

Liocarcinus marmoreus is a species of crab found in the northern Atlantic Ocean and North Sea. This specimen was captured in Belgian coastal waters.

Photo: Hans Hillewaert
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September 25 - Wed

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Fairy Tern

The Fairy Tern (Sternula nereis) is a small tern which occurs in the southwestern Pacific. Three subspecies are known. This specimen was photographed in Little Swanport, Tasmania.

Photo: JJ Harrison
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September 26 - Thu

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Loch Torridon

Loch Torridon is a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland in the Northwest Highlands. The 15 mile- (25 km-) long body of water is home to several islets and a prominent prawn and shellfish fishery.

Photo: Stefan Krause
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September 27 - Fri

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Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (1744–1811) was a Spanish author and philosopher who played a major role in the Age of Enlightenment in Spain. Born in Asturias, he greatly promoted the culture of his homeland.

Painting: Francisco Goya
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September 28 - Sat

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Fire salamander

The fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) is a European salamander species with a long lifespan. These nocturnal animals generally eat various insects, spiders, earthworms and slugs, but they also occasionally eat newts and young frogs.

Photo: Archaeodontosaurus
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September 29 - Sun

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Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury, viewed here from the south-west at St Catherine's Chapel, is a village and civil parish in the West Dorset district of Dorset, England.

Photo: David Iliff
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September 30 - Mon

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Striated Heron

The Striated Heron (Butorides striata) is a small heron. When hunting, the species stands still at the water's edge and waits to ambush its prey. It sometimes uses bait, dropping a feather or leaf carefully on the water surface and picking fish that come to investigate.

Photo: JJ Harrison
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