From today's featured article
The Jubilee coinage are British coins with an obverse depicting Queen Victoria (pictured) by Joseph Edgar Boehm, and were struck between 1887 and 1893. In 1879, Boehm was selected to create a new depiction of Victoria—some British coins still showed her as she had appeared forty years previously. Boehm was slow to complete the project, and it took years before it came to fruition. The new coins were released in June 1887, at the time of the queen's Golden Jubilee. The crown on Victoria's head was seen as too small, was widely mocked, and helped bring about the design's replacement. The series saw the entire issuance of the double florin, from 1887 to 1890, and the last circulating British fourpence piece, intended for use in British Guiana, in 1888. Bronze coins (the penny and its fractions) were not part of the Jubilee coinage, due to a surplus of them in commerce. The Jubilee coinage's replacement, the Old Head coinage, with an obverse created by Thomas Brock, began to be struck in 1893. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that Filipina actress Angel Locsin (pictured) was recognized for her work in disaster relief, as well as humanitarian aid for internally displaced persons in the Marawi siege?
- ... that according to one reviewer, the problems that may have prompted the publication of Schooling and the Struggle for Public Life in the 1980s had "only gotten worse" by 2005?
- ... that Norwegian footballer Tuva Hansen and her dog have received millions of views on several TikTok videos?
- ... that "Hurricane" was originally intended for Chance the Rapper, who passed on the song to Kanye West?
- ... that Hausman Baboe, a colonial district chief of Kuala Kapuas, was fired due to his anti-colonial remarks?
- ... that the motto of the Clayton Herald was "Independent in Everything; Neutral in Nothing"?
- ... that in the 1980s, international LGBT organizations organized protests in Europe and the Americas in support of Belgian teacher Eliane Morissens?
- ... that local dairy farmers credit morning broadcasts of polka music from a Wisconsin radio station for relaxing their cows?
In the news
- The Fields Medal for accomplishments in mathematics is awarded to Hugo Duminil-Copin, June Huh, James Maynard and Maryna Viazovska (pictured).
- Uzbekistan declares a state of emergency after protests in the autonomous region of Karakalpakstan.
- Yair Lapid succeeds Naftali Bennett as Prime Minister of Israel.
- In ice hockey, the Colorado Avalanche defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup.
On this day
- 1253 – Mindaugas, the first known grand duke of Lithuania, was crowned, becoming the only person to hold the title of King of Lithuania.
- 1483 – The last monarch of the House of York and the Plantagenet dynasty, Richard III (pictured), was crowned King of England.
- 1801 – French Revolutionary Wars: A Royal Navy squadron failed to eliminate a smaller French Navy squadron at Algeciras before they could join their Spanish allies.
- 1962 – The United States conducted the Sedan nuclear test as part of Project Plowshare, a program to investigate the use of nuclear explosions for civilian purposes.
- 1997 – The Troubles: In response to the Drumcree conflict, five days of unrest began in nationalist districts of Northern Ireland.
Today's featured picture
The scintillant hummingbird (Selasphorus scintilla) is a species of hummingbird that is endemic to the Central American countries of Costa Rica and Panama. It inhabits brushy forest edges, coffee plantations and occasionally gardens at altitudes from 900 to 2,000 metres (3,000 to 6,600 ft), and up to 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) when not breeding. It is only 6.5 to 8.0 centimetres (2.6 to 3.1 in) long, including the bill, making it one of the smallest birds in existence, marginally larger than the bee hummingbird. This female scintillant hummingbird was photographed in the cloud forest of Mount Totumas in Panama.
Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp