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August 1 – Tue

Seal of Colorado
The Colorado coat of arms in 1876, as illustrated by Henry Mitchell in State Arms of the Union. The modern Seal of Colorado, an adaptation of the Territorial Seal adopted by the First Territorial Assembly in 1861, and similar to the coat of arms, was adopted a year after this illustration was published. The coat of arms includes the following devices: the Eye of Providence or 'All Seeing Eye' within a triangle, with golden rays radiating; the Roman fasces, a bundle of birch or elm rods with a battle ax bound together with a ribbon; the heraldic shield bearing a red sky behind a mountain and the pick and sledge hammer, crossed on a golden ground. Below the shield, on a scroll, is the motto, "Nil Sine Numine", meaning "Nothing without providence".Illustration: Henry Mitchell; restoration: Andrew Shiva

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August 2 – Wed

Madonna of the Book
The Madonna of the Book is a small painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli that was executed in tempera on panel between 1480 and 1483. It depicts Mary and the Christ Child seated by a window, with Mary absorbed in a book of hours (prayer book for laymen) and the Child gazing at his mother. The work is held at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan.Painting: Sandro Botticelli

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August 3 – Thu

Heliconius ismenius
Heliconius ismenius is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae found in Central America and northern South America. Pierre André Latreille, a French zoologist, found and described the species in 1817. A toxic and unpalatable species, it shares its striking (aposematic) colour pattern with other similarly toxic species, making it a member of a Müllerian mimicry ring.Photograph: Diego Delso

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August 4 – Fri

Tungabhadra River
Two Indian-style coracles on the Tungabhadra River. This river starts and flows through the Indian state of Karnataka during most of its course, before flowing along the border between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and ultimately joining the Krishna River. In the epic Ramayana, it was known by the name of Pampa.Photograph: Dey.sandip

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August 5 – Sat

Chocolate brownie
Chocolate brownies are square baked desserts with a texture between that of cake and soft cookies. Developed in the United States at the end of the 19th century, the recipe was popularized during the first half of the 20th century. Although brownies can be made plain, commonly nuts (usually walnuts) and chocolate chips are added to make them more substantial. They are typically eaten by hand, often accompanied by milk, served warm with ice cream (à la mode), topped with whipped cream, or sprinkled with powdered sugar and fudge. They are common lunchbox treats, and also popular in restaurants and coffeehouses.Photograph:

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August 6 – Sun

Jeju Island
Jeju Island is the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, and the main island of Jeju Province of South Korea. The island lies in the Korea Strait, south of South Jeolla Province. It contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. Jeju has a moderate climate; even in winter, the temperature rarely falls below 0 °C (32 °F).Photograph: Robert Simmon

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August 7 – Mon

In a Roman Osteria
In a Roman Osteria is an oil painting on canvas completed by the Danish painter Carl Bloch in 1866. Commissioned by the merchant Moritz G. Melchior, it depicts the interior of an osteria, with Melchior and some friends in the background. It has been in the collection of the National Gallery of Denmark since 1935.Painting: Carl Bloch

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August 8 – Tue

Toyota FJ Cruiser
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a mid-size SUV with styling and off road performance reminiscent of the original Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ40). Introduced as a concept car at the 2003 North American International Auto Show, a production version debuted two years later. Produced by the Toyota subsidiary Hino Motors and sharing many structural underpinnings with the Prado, the FJ Cruiser was discontinued in the United States in 2014 after selling more than 150,000 units. It was discontinued worldwide in 2016.Photograph: Stefan Krause

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August 9 – Wed

Marina City
Marina City is a mixed-use residential/commercial building complex in Chicago, Illinois. It occupies almost an entire city block on State Street and sits on the north bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, directly across from the Loop. The complex consists of two corncob-shaped, 587-foot (179 m), 65-story towers, as well as a saddle-shaped auditorium building and a mid-rise hotel building. Designed by Bertrand Goldberg, Marina City was the first building in the United States to be constructed with tower cranes.Photograph: Diego Delso

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August 10 – Thu

Ring-billed gull
A portrait of a ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) in Windsor, Ontario. The popular name of this medium-sized gull comes from the black ring around its bill. This species is found near lakes, rivers, or the coast in Canada and the northern United States. It nests in colonies on the ground, often on islands.Photograph: Chris Woodrich

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August 11 – Fri

Barracudasauroides is a genus of mixosaurid ichthyosaur which lived during the Middle Triassic. Fossils of this genus have been found in Guizhou Province, China. It is known from GMPKU-P-1033, a partial skeleton recovered from the Upper Member of the Guanling Formation in the Xinmin.Photograph: Didier Descouens

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August 12 – Sat

U.S. Route 66
Historic U.S. Route 66 outside Amboy, California. Established on November 11, 1926, it was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. It served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and was a part of 1960s popular culture.Photograph: Dietmar Rabich

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August 13 – Sun

Luncheon Still Life by John F. Francis
Luncheon Still Life, an oil painting on canvas completed around 1860 by John F. Francis (1808–1886) is now held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Born in Philadelphia, Francis was predominantly self-taught, and began exhibiting his works at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1845. He later worked exclusively with still lifes, many of which depict fruits and desserts.Painting: John F. Francis

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August 14 – Mon

Deutsche Mark
A one Deutsche Mark banknote issued by Allied-occupied Germany and circulated by the United States Army Command in 1948. This was the first of three issues of West German currency introduced that year. The Mark remained the official currency of West Germany until German reunification in 1990, then the official currency of Germany until the adoption of the euro in 2002.Banknote: Allied-occupied Germany (image courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History)

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August 15 – Tue

Caucasian embroidery
A work of embroidery from the Caucasus region, dating back to the 18th century. Embroidery refers to the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn, and sometimes other materials such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Here, the embroidery consists of a series of designs formed within and around nested polygons, depicting a stylized assortment of plants and animals.Textile: Unknown

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August 16 – Wed

Ursa Major
Ursa Major is a constellation in the northern sky. Its Latin name means "greater (or larger) she-bear", standing as a reference to and in direct contrast with nearby Ursa Minor, the lesser bear. It was one of the original 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD, and is now the third largest constellation of the 88 modern constellations. Ursa Major is visible throughout the year from most of the northern hemisphere, and appears circumpolar above the mid-northern latitudes. It includes the highly recognizable asterism known as the Big Dipper (US) or the Plough (UK).Illustration: Sidney Hall; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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August 17 – Thu

Jajan pasar (market munchies) in Java, consisting of assorted kue and usually served as a food gift or as a dessert for a rice dish known as tumpeng.

Kue is a fairly broad term in Indonesian used to describe a wide variety of bite-sized snacks, including cakes, cookies, fritters, pies, scones, and patisserie. Kue demonstrate influences from indigenous, Chinese, Indian, and European cuisines, as well as European cake and pastry influences. For example, bakpia and kue ku are of Chinese Peranakan origin; kue putu is derived from the Indian puttu; kue bugis, klepon, nagasari, getuk, lupis and wajik are native origin; and lapis legit, kue cubit, kastengel, rissoles and pastel are European influenced.Photograph: Gunawan Kartapranata

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August 18 – Fri

House of the Blackheads (Riga)
The House of the Blackheads is a building in the old town of Riga, Latvia. The original building was erected during the early 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, with major work completed in 1580 and 1886. In 1941, the original building was bombed by the Germans; the ruins were demolished by the Soviets seven years later. The current reconstruction was erected from 1995 to 1999.Photograph: David Iliff

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August 19 – Sat

The Biham–Middleton–Levine traffic model for a 144 x 89 lattice, with a traffic density of 28%. The model has self-organized to a free-flowing phase. The red cars and blue cars take turns to move; the red ones only move rightwards, and the blue ones move downwards. Every time, all the cars of the same colour try to move one step if there is no car in front. This video has been sped up such that only one in four frames is shown.

See the globally jammed phaseFilm: Dllu

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August 20 – Sun

Arrival of the Hungarians
Arrival of the Hungarians is a large cyclorama – a circular panoramic painting – by the Hungarian painter Árpád Feszty and his assistants. It depicts the arrival of the Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin in 895. It was completed in 1894 for the 1000th anniversary of the event. It measures 15 meters (50 feet) in height and almost 120 meters (400 feet) in length. Since 1995, the painting has been displayed in the Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park, Hungary.Painting: Árpád Feszty et al.

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August 21 – Mon

SpaceShipOne Flight 17P
SpaceShipOne, an experimental air-launched rocket-powered aircraft with suborbital flight capability at speeds of up to 900 m/s (3,000 ft/s), prior to takeoff during Flight 17P on October 4, 2004. Flown by Brian Binnie, SpaceShipOne reached an altitude of 112 kilometres (70 mi) and a speed of Mach 3.09. After the flight, SpaceShipOne's developers won the $10,000,000 X Prize as the first non-government organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. SpaceShipOne was then retired and placed on exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.Photograph: D. Ramey Logan

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August 22 – Tue

Ocellaris clownfish
The ocellaris clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) is a marine fish of the family Pomacentridae. Reaching about 110 mm (4.3 in) in length, the species may have a range of colors. After clownfish hatch, they initially reside near the surface. When they become juveniles, however, they move to the seafloor to find a host anemone, forming a symbiotic relationship in which they obtain protection in return for defense.Photograph: Nick Hobgood

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August 23 – Wed

The Gleaners
The Gleaners is an oil painting by Jean-François Millet completed in 1857. It depicts three peasant women gleaning stray stalks of wheat from a field after the harvest. The painting, with its sympathetic depiction of what were then the lowest ranks of rural society, was received poorly by the French upper classes, but today is Millet's best known work.Painting: Jean-François Millet

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August 24 – Thu

Eastern span replacement of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
A view of the eastern section of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, connecting Yerba Buena Island (in San Francisco) to Oakland, in California. The original bridge (right) opened in 1936, but was replaced by a new $6.4 billion bridge in 2013 as it was becoming unsafe. The bridge's original western section, really a separate bridge connecting mainland San Francisco to the island, remains in use. This photograph was taken in September 2013, several days after the transfer of traffic but before demolition of the old bridge began.Photograph: Frank Schulenburg

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August 25 – Fri

Chain gang
A chain gang of young African-American convicts in the Southern United States, circa 1903. A common practice historically in the American South, prisoners would be chained together to perform menial or physically challenging work as a form of punishment. Chain gangs allowed prisoners to work in public outside of penitentiaries, satisfying the need for labor on government projects, such as railroads and roads. During the decline of convict leasing, from which states generated significant revenue, chain gangs were employed to offset the costs for the housing of inmates. The practice had ceased by the 1950s, though it had a small resurgence in the 1990s in some states.Photograph: Detroit Publishing Company; restoration: Scewing

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August 26 – Sat

Liberation of Paris
Crowds line the Champs-Élysées as the French 2nd Armored Division rolls down the avenue from the Arc de Triomphe toward the Place de la Concorde on 26 August 1944, following the liberation of Paris. Ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armistice in 1940, Paris was freed during a week-long struggle that pitted the French Forces of the Interior, the French 2nd Armored Division, and the United States Third Army against the German 325th Security Division. The battle ended with German General Dietrich von Choltitz surrendering to French forces. More than 1,700 French and 3,200 German soldiers were killed in the fighting.Photograph: Jack Downey

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August 27 – Sun

Gordon Tobing
Gordon Tobing (1925–1993) was an Indonesian singer of folk songs, particularly those in the Batak language. Born to a Batak family in Medan, North Sumatra, Tobing moved to Jakarta in 1950 and began working in the entertainment industry. While with Radio Republik Indonesia, he participated in an Indonesian cultural mission to the 4th World Festival of Youth and Students. Over the remainder of his life Tobing was included in numerous similar missions, ultimately travelling to five continents and performing for President Suharto of Indonesia, Crown Prince Akihito of Japan, and other world leaders.Photograph: Tati Studios, Jakarta; restoration: Chris Woodrich

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August 28 – Mon

Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci
Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci is an oil painting on canvas completed by the Italian Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo around 1480 or 1490. It depicts Simonetta Vespucci, a Genoese noblewoman who was renowned in Florence for her beauty. The painting is held at the Musée Condé in Chantilly, France.Painting: Piero di Cosimo

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August 29 – Tue

Richard Rush
Richard Rush (1780–1859) was United States Attorney General under President James Madison and United States Secretary of the Treasury under John Quincy Adams. He was also Adams' running mate when he ran for re-election on the National Republican ticket in 1828. Adams and Rush were defeated by Andrew Jackson and his running mate, John C. Calhoun.Engraving: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; restoration: Andrew Shiva

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August 30 – Wed

Moss cells
Live leaf cells of the moss Bryum capillare, showing abundant chloroplasts (green spherical bodies) and their accumulated starch granules (elongated bodies within chloroplasts). This image was created through focus stacking with images each one micron apart.Photograph: Des Callaghan

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August 31 – Thu

Lindau Lighthouse
The Lindau Lighthouse, located in Lindau on Lake Constance, is the southernmost lighthouse in Germany. It is 33 metres (108 ft) tall and has a perimeter of 24 metres (79 ft) at its base. It has a clock in its facade.Photograph: Taxiarchos228

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