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4 August 2021
- 00:00, 4 August 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the medieval Irish book shrine known as the Soiscél Molaisse (pictured) was built in three phases, from the 8th to the 14th or 15th centuries?
- ... that bluegrass musician Carroll Best is credited for developing a melodic three-finger banjo style that influenced Tony Trischka and Béla Fleck?
- ... that the British South Africa Police's Black Boots support unit were dubbed "terr hungry" for apparently enjoying killing suspected terrorists in Rhodesia?
- ... that Eshmunazar I, the Phoenician king of Sidon, participated in the Neo-Babylonian campaigns against Egypt, where he seized stone sarcophagi belonging to members of the Egyptian elite?
- ... that Regine Velasquez, a Filipino singer and actress, was the first Asian artist to stage a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York City?
- ... that Tetris Holding won an injunction in 2012 to stop sales of a video game clone of their famed Tetris game?
- ... that artist Roy Beddington illustrated three books with Irish author Stephen Gwynn and competed in the painting event at the 1948 Summer Olympics?
- ... that an inquiry from an engineering student led to the repair of a structural flaw at New York City's Citicorp Center?
3 August 2021
- 12:00, 3 August 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, caused outrage in 1784 when he ordered that people be buried naked in reusable coffins (example pictured) from which the body fell into the grave via a trapdoor?
- ... that at George Floyd's funeral, a montage mistakenly included a photograph of the still-living former American football player George Floyd?
- ... that Crewe Alexandra finished last in the Football League eight times between 1894 and 1982, more than any other league club?
- ... that Vikram Misri was the Indian ambassador to China during the 2020–2021 China–India skirmishes?
- ... that the intricate seal of Columbia University was the first instance in which both Greek and Latin appeared on a college or university seal?
- ... that John Matthews's pension was suspended because he was accused of leading a call for a theatre performance to play "Yankee Doodle" and "Hail, Columbia"?
- ... that the Elazığ Girls' Institute was established in 1937 to assimilate "primitive" Kurdish girls by transforming them into "civilized" Turkish women?
- ... that Alex Schaefer has never burned down a bank, despite all the evidence suggesting otherwise?
- 00:00, 3 August 2021 (UTC)
- ... that George Webster painted two British slave-ships (pictured) taking onboard enslaved people from Fort Christiansborg?
- ... that the Cairo pentagonal tiling was a favorite pattern of M. C. Escher?
- ... that Hayat Bakshi Begum ruled the Golconda Sultanate as regent for her son Abdullah Qutb Shah?
- ... that the fungal pathogen Aschersonia aleyrodis can control silverleaf whitefly under greenhouse conditions?
- ... that Silas Farley rejected a Harvard University full scholarship to pursue a career in ballet?
- ... that the second volume of A Certain Magical Index was finished in only seventeen days?
- ... that Franz Harnoncourt became CEO of the Kastner & Öhler department store in Graz after working for Karstadt and Marks & Spencer, and beginning as sales person and storage worker?
- ... that Spain's win in the UEFA Euro 2008 Final was the first of three successive major tournament victories?
2 August 2021
- 12:00, 2 August 2021 (UTC)
- ... that despite an attempted "extermination" of homosexuals in the 1960s and 1970s, the LGBT community in Argentina (parade pictured) is now the most accepted in Latin America?
- ... that Marthe Yankurije, who dropped out of school during her fourth year of secondary school, competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics?
- ... that during its planning stages, 53 West 53rd Street in New York City was shortened by 200 feet (61 m) to reduce the visibility of the mechanical rooms?
- ... that Indonesian comedian Yusran Effendi was personally awarded a place on an Islamic pilgrimage trip by president Suharto?
- ... that William Powell, the author of The Anarchist Cookbook, founded the nonprofit Next Frontier: Inclusion in atonement for writing the book?
- ... that YouTuber Ghib Ojisan visited Yishun, a Singaporean town, expecting danger after reading of cats being slaughtered but instead found it "home to nice people and cute cats"?
- ... that Aequanimitas explains "what makes a good doctor"?
- ... that actor Joseph Holland was accidentally stabbed and seriously wounded by Orson Welles, wielding a steel knife, during a 1937 Broadway production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?
- 00:00, 2 August 2021 (UTC)
- ... that perch became a major product of the Swiss fishing industry (fishing boat pictured) in the mid–20th century after a fisherman found that an industrial potato peeler made two perfect filets from each fish?
- ... that Jerome Robbins choreographed the ballet Andantino to music by Tchaikovsky, despite his lack of interest, because "you don't necessarily have to enjoy doing something for it to be good"?
- ... that infectious diseases specialist Jameela Al Salman has supported the development of medical robots and called their use in Bahrain a "pioneering experiment"?
- ... that despite being proclaimed Queen of Rhodesia, Elizabeth II refused to recognise the title?
- ... that Princess Lucia was so unpopular ruling in the name of her teenage son Bohemond that he sought permission from the pope to come of age early?
- ... that the album series Everywhere at the End of Time (2016–2019) by the Caretaker uses ballroom records to depict the stages of Alzheimer's disease?
- ... that Royal Navy officer George M'Kinley was blinded during a gun drill?
- ... that students at Pomona College are traditionally thrown into a fountain on their birthday?
1 August 2021
- 12:00, 1 August 2021 (UTC)
- ... that according to Mbuti tradition, eating a great blue turaco (living example pictured) while pregnant may result in a difficult delivery or birth deformity?
- ... that CEO Marla Messing submitted the business plan for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup two days before the birth of her first child?
- ... that the animated film The Exigency took thirteen years to make?
- ... that Gerold of Lausanne prohibited Catholic church services in Jerusalem in 1229?
- ... that after drinking five glasses of "purging" mineral water from the Physic Well on Barnet Common, Samuel Pepys had to break his journey back to London seven or eight times to relieve himself?
- ... that architect Van Dorn Hooker, who served in the USAAF, was a cartoonist for Army news publications, and painted aircraft nose art?
- ... that New York City's Hotel Knickerbocker closed after fourteen years of operation and did not reopen for nearly a century?
- ... that Bourton-on-the-Water model village contains a scale model of a model of a model of a model village?
- 00:00, 1 August 2021 (UTC)
- ... that a version of the Albert helmet proposed by Prince Albert in 1842 is still worn by the British Army's Household Cavalry (soldiers pictured)?
- ... that Yasunori Oshima served as the hitting coach for the Japan national baseball team that won the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006?
- ... that although "Chi Mat Ba Ram", the title of the song by Brave Girls, translates to "the swish of a skirt" in Korean, a term that is often used negatively, the song is about the fierceness in women?
- ... that Nicaraguan cartoonist Pedro X. Molina has had to flee his home country twice in his lifetime?
- ... that the Police Anti-Terrorist Unit joined Rhodesian military operations in police uniform and were only issued camouflage after a soldier hesitated because a target wore the same colour trousers?
- ... that Alvin Bragg has overseen lawsuits against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, Harvey Weinstein, and The Weinstein Company, and represented the families of Eric Garner and Ramarley Graham?
- ... that the lap steel guitar was the first "foreign" musical instrument to gain a foothold in American pop music?
- ... that during the War of the Lombards, fighting was interrupted so that the corpse of the besieged Queen Alice could be handed over to her husband, who had never seen her alive?