Wikipedia:Today's featured list/November 2013

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November 4
Jason Bateman at the 2011 Deauville Film Festival

Since its debut, Arrested Development has won and been nominated for a variety of awards. The series has been nominated for twenty-five Primetime Emmy Awards (six wins, including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2004), eight Television Critics Association Awards (three wins), three Golden Globe Awards (one win), three Writers Guild of America Awards (one win) and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz won three Primetime Emmy Awards from six nominations for his role as a writer and producer of the series. For his portrayal of Michael Bluth, lead actor Jason Bateman (pictured) has been nominated for eight individual awards, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy and two Satellite Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. To date, Arrested Development has been nominated for 65 awards and has won 26. (Full list...)


November 11
Still from a black and white film: two men look off to the left of the camera

A series of fourteen films based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were released between 1939 and 1946. The roles of Holmes and Dr. John Watson were played by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, respectively. The first two films were both released in 1939 through 20th Century Fox, which set the films in the Victorian era; the remaining twelve were produced by Universal Studios, which updated the stories to have Holmes investigating the Nazis. Universal also changed the production value of the films, lowering them to produce B pictures with lower budgets. Rathbone and Bruce continued their roles despite the switch in studio. In the 1970s four of the Universal Studios' films fell into the public domain; these were subsequently restored and colourised. Although the two 20th Century Fox films had survived complete and in good condition, those in the Universal series suffered badly over the years, with the unstable cellulose nitrate film found to be suffering from deterioration. In 1993 the UCLA Film and Television Archive started a restoration process on the entire series, with the costs met by UCLA, Warner Bros. and Hugh Hefner. (Full list...)


November 18
A terracotta urn with two brass plaques on it sits on a wooden base. The urn is on display, with the glass surround and other exhibits visible in the background

The Ashes series are Test cricket series played between England and Australia. They constitute one of sport's most celebrated rivalries, and are generally played biennially, alternating between the United Kingdom and Australia. Although the first Test series played between England and Australia was in the 1876–77 season, the Ashes originated from the solitary Test which the two nations contested in 1882. Famous Ashes series include the 1932–33 tour, which was known as the "Bodyline series", due to the tactic of bowling quickly at the body of the batsmen, and the 1948 series, when Australia remained unbeaten throughout the tour, gaining the nickname of "The Invincibles". In 1981, Ian Botham's all-round performances resulted in the series being nicknamed "Botham's Ashes". Australia and England have each won 31 Ashes series, but England are the current holders of the Ashes as the winners of the last three series. (Full list...)


November 25
"Number of Order 11996/ The President of the Republic/ Head of the Order of Vittorio Veneto/ on proposal of the Minister of Defence/ with Decree dated 16.06.1973/ has conferred the honour of/ Knight /of the Order of Vittorio Veneto/ on Mr. Arnolfo Mugnai /in accordance with Art. 4 of the Law No. 263 of 18 March 1968 in recognition of/ merit for combat, with right to bear the relative insignia/ Rome, 16.06.1973/ (Signed) the President of the Council of the Order."

There are five orders of knighthood awarded in recognition of service to the Italian Republic. The former Royal House of Savoy also continue to award knighthoods in three orders of chivalry previously recognised by the Kingdom of Italy. The degrees of knighthood, not all of which apply to all orders, are Knight, Officer, Commander, Grand Officer, Knight Grand Cross and Knight Grand Cross with cordon. Italian citizens may not use in the territory of the Republic honours or distinctions conferred on them by non-national orders or foreign states, unless authorised by decree of the President of the Council of Ministers. The use of awards of the Holy See, including the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, is subject to permission, while the use of those of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta is unregulated. The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic effectively replaced as national orders the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation, the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus and the Order of the Crown of Italy. (Full list...)