From today's featured article
The 1940 Mandatory Palestine v Lebanon football match took place on 27 April 1940 at the Maccabiah Stadium in Tel Aviv. Officiated by John Blackwell of the British Army, the game was watched by around 10,000 spectators. It ended in a 5–1 victory for Mandatory Palestine, who scored in the second minute, doubled their lead nine minutes later with a penalty kick, and led the match 4–0 at halftime. This was Lebanon's first official international match, and in the second half, forward Camille Cordahi scored the team's first goal in official international play. Werner Kaspi answered with his second goal of the game, and the match ended 5–1. Six Lebanese players appeared again in an international match, but of the Mandatory Palestine squad, only Shalom Shalomzon made another international appearance. Lebanon's squad did not play again until 1942, in a friendly against Syria, whereas the victors did not play again until 1949, against Cyprus, and were by then the Israel national football team. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the first film written and directed by Marysia Nikitiuk (pictured) has been called one of the "most iconic" works of modern Ukrainian cinema?
- ... that subgroup distortion theory, introduced by Misha Gromov in 1993, can help encode text?
- ... that according to climate scientist Chip Fletcher, "our communities are scaled and built for a climate that no longer exists"?
- ... that Cowbridge Girls School, built in 1896, was unusual for its time in providing a science laboratory for the students?
- ... that Jim Nettles followed his older brother to San Diego State University and the Minnesota Twins, but preceded him in being diagnosed with prostate cancer?
- ... that the current lighthouse at the Port of Tanjung Kalian was built by a Dutch company in 1862 based on a British design?
- ... that Rakhel Feygenberg wrote her first novel at age 13, but was forced by her relatives to burn it?
- ... that Microsoft made a Mac enhancer?
In the news
- In Australian rules football, the AFL season concludes with Geelong defeating the Sydney Swans in the Grand Final (Norm Smith Medal winner Isaac Smith pictured).
- Following the death of Mahsa Amini, arrested for not wearing the hijab in accordance with government standards, at least 50 people are killed during protests in Iran.
- At least 100 people are killed in renewed fighting between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
- In the Swedish general election, the bloc consisting of the Sweden Democrats, Moderates, Christian Democrats and Liberals wins a majority of seats in the Riksdag.
On this day
- 1493 – Pope Alexander VI issued the papal bull Dudum siquidem, one of the Bulls of Donation, marking the beginning of the Spanish colonization of the Americas.
- 1928 – The Republic of China adopted Gwoyeu Romatzyh (designer pictured) as the official system for romanization of Mandarin Chinese.
- 1959 – Japan was struck by Typhoon Vera, the strongest and deadliest typhoon on record to make landfall on the country, causing damage in excess of US$261 million and more than 5,000 deaths.
- 2014 – Forty-three students of the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College in Iguala, Mexico, were kidnapped and probably later killed.
From today's featured list
Eleven players have held the number-one rank in the sport of snooker. Ray Reardon was the first to hold the position, and was followed by Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan (pictured), Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, and Ding Junhui. Snooker has utilised a world rankings system since 1975, used to seed players on the World Snooker Tour for tournaments. Originally rankings were published once a year, at the culmination of the season, however, since 2010, the rankings have been changed to be updated after every ranking tournament. Hendry held the number one position for the longest time under the annual format, holding it for nine years in total. Since it changed to a rolling format in 2010, Selby has held the title longer than anyone else. (Full list...)
Today's featured picture
Nemateleotris magnifica, known by common names including the fire goby, the magnificent fire fish, the fire dartfish, or the red fire goby, is a species of dartfish native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from the eastern coast of Africa to the Hawaiian Islands and from the Austral Islands north to the Ryukyu Islands. It inhabits coral reefs, where it can be found at depths of 6 to 70 metres (20 to 230 ft). It is usually found just above the bottom, facing into the current, where it awaits its prey of small invertebrates. This N. magnifica fish was photographed near the island of Morotai in the Indonesian Maluku Islands.
Photograph credit: Rickard Zerpe