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23 October 2020
- 00:00, 23 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that the lounging odalisques in The Interior of the Palm House (detail pictured) were added as exotic objects, a common Orientalist trope?
- ... that the Japanese pop group Yaen, originally formed to perform a parody song on a television variety series, went on to produce three top-ten albums?
- ... that the Vaccine Confidence Project was developed in response to a boycott of polio eradication efforts in Nigeria?
- ... that Ann Oakley published the first sociological research that shows housework as being actual work?
- ... that Baptist Hoffmann, a leading baritone at the Berlin Court Opera, appeared as Jochanaan in the first production of Salome there in 1906?
- ... that the English Law (Application) Act 1962 ended legal recognition of seduction as a civil offence in Gibraltar?
- ... that the sponge Halisarca caerulea forms part of a "sponge loop", absorbing large quantities of dissolved organic carbon, and returning the carbon to the sea as detritus?
- ... that Thomas Patrick Payne received the US Medal of Honor for the heroism he displayed five years ago today while liberating hostages during the offensive against ISIL in northern Iraq?
22 October 2020
- 00:00, 22 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Japan National Route 37 (pictured) was the only evacuation route for the town of Abuta during the March 2000 eruption of Mount Usu?
- ... that Paleo-Indians began inhabiting Maryland around 10,000 BC?
- ... that Nabela Qoser, a Hong Kong news reporter of Pakistani descent, learnt Cantonese as a child by watching television?
- ... that the character Nina Cortex was intended by Traveller's Tales to debut in the video game Crash Twinsanity, but appeared in an earlier game without the development team's knowledge?
- ... that American mine owner Charles Butters risked execution by firing squad to protect his mines during the 1926–27 Nicaraguan Civil War?
- ... that Francis Poulenc composed his Sinfonietta on a commission from the BBC?
- ... that sprinter Milkha Singh refused to accept the Arjuna Award, one of India's top sporting honours, citing undeserving awardees?
- ... that the swamp scenes in The Caribbean Mystery feature a 350 lb (160 kg) alligator named Ben, who was appearing in his 435th film?
21 October 2020
- 00:00, 21 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that actress Gloria Swanson created an inventions and patents company to employ refugee scientists whom she and her former husband Marquis Henry de La Falaise (both pictured) helped escape Nazi Germany?
- ... that ontopoetics holds that the world is psychoactive and can respond to us if engaged?
- ... that Kathy Karpan was the first female director of the Office of Surface Mining?
- ... that Nogiwa Park was built around a 17th-century reservoir?
- ... that The New York Times review of the 1955 television play No Time for Sergeants questioned whether Andy Griffith was "versatile enough to qualify for other important roles"?
- ... that an investment banker was arrested after getting drunk and defecating on a food cart in the first-class section of an international flight 25 years ago today?
- ... that before he died aged 46, Anton Ausserer had described 38 new species of tarantula?
- ... that it took Jerome Robbins two years to choreograph the 16-minute-long ballet A Suite of Dances for dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov?
20 October 2020
- 00:00, 20 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Charles Dickens used the Saracen's Head (plaque pictured) as the place for Nicholas Nickleby's first encounter with the one-eyed schoolmaster Wackford Squeers?
- ... that the Inuit identity of sipiniq referred to individuals who were believed to have changed their physical sex at the moment of birth, but were socialized as members of their original gender?
- ... that Wiebke Lehmkuhl was the alto soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the 2017 opening of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg?
- ... that thunderstorms from Hurricane Dolores flooded the Moreno Valley, destroyed a bridge on Interstate 10, and killed a man by lightning strike?
- ... that the 8th-century Chinese poet Niu Yingzhen was reportedly able to learn texts by dreaming that she ate the actual copies, then discussed them with deceased male scholars?
- ... that the solution to Pell's equation was mistakenly attributed to mathematician John Pell?
- ... that Claude Rains's reference to the Nazis' "gas ovens" was cut from the audio during the broadcast of Judgment at Nuremberg due to an objection by a gas-company sponsor?
- ... that the Austrian entomologist Gustav Mayr named more than 500 new species of ant?
19 October 2020
- 00:00, 19 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that on this date in 1766, the mayor of Nottingham was knocked over by a cheese wheel (example pictured) whilst trying to stop the Nottingham cheese riot?
- ... that Berkeley humorist Alice Kahn described the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia as a "hippie abominable snowman"—and he liked it?
- ... that the pre-launch test of the mobile game One Piece Bounty Rush had one million players?
- ... that the private collections of Giuseppe Saverio Poli formed the foundation of the Zoological Museum of Naples?
- ... that the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival celebrates LGBTQ culture with Wigstock events for drag queens, a bear fest, athletic events, and an art festival?
- ... that former math teacher Dominic Gates won a Pulitzer Prize for his aerospace reporting?
- ... that the weekly radio show The Northern Messenger read out personal messages from around the world to friends and family in the Arctic who could not be reached in any other way during the winter?
- ... that in the 2003 ballet Carnival of the Animals, actor John Lithgow appeared as a school nurse and a female elephant?
18 October 2020
- 00:00, 18 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Swiss architect Gion A. Caminada designed a "death room" (pictured) for Vrin, his native village?
- ... that when the Bureau of Medical Services was ordered to shut down all U.S. Public Health Service Hospitals, the director of the Seattle hospital simply refused to stop admitting patients?
- ... that Keiji Nishioka, a Japanese botanist, was the first foreigner to receive the Bhutanese honorific Dasho?
- ... that a 1953 television special broadcast simultaneously on NBC and CBS attracted 60 million viewers and was called "a milestone in the cultural life of the '50s"?
- ... that visitors leave offerings of makeup and Barbie dolls at a shrine to a German girl who died in Singapore in 1914?
- ... that the tur pod bug is the most damaging sap-sucking pest of the pigeon pea in India?
- ... that 130 historians protested the Institute of National Remembrance's removal of Adam Puławski from his position researching Polish–Jewish relations during World War II?
- ... that a book about the life of gnomes remained on U.S. non-fiction best-seller lists for more than a year?
17 October 2020
- 00:00, 17 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that 19-year-old Union Army colonel Charles R. Ellet (pictured) ran two separate steam-powered ram ships past the batteries at Vicksburg, Mississippi, during the American Civil War?
- ... that Mark Davis withdrew from the second 2020 European Masters after his snooker cue was stolen?
- ... that a makeup artist used a rubber mask and fake nose to age Julie Harris by 60 years in the Emmy-winning "program of the year" Victoria Regina?
- ... that the six members of Navika Sagar Parikrama, an all-female crew who circumnavigated the globe, received India's highest adventure award in 2017?
- ... that Albert Heschong parlayed his childhood interest in model boats and Erector Sets into building huge stage sets, including a $15,000 Victorian house for ABC's Pulitzer Prize Playhouse?
- ... that the first of the Punic Wars began in 264 BC, and the third and last ended 118 years later?
- ... that the New York State Agricultural Society annually recognizes farms that have been owned and operated by one family for a hundred years?
- ... that conductor Eugen Szenkar, who promoted works by Béla Bartók and Gustav Mahler in Germany, Russia, and Brazil, caused a "near riot" with the world premiere of The Miraculous Mandarin?
16 October 2020
- 00:00, 16 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that the Khalili Collection of Spanish Metalwork includes a Moroccan-style dagger (pictured) previously owned by King Alfonso XII of Spain?
- ... that Albert Johnson was the first black mayor in New Mexico?
- ... that the fish-for-finance trade-off in EU–UK trade negotiations pits an industry that accounts for nearly seven per cent of the UK's GDP against one with revenues less than those of Harrods?
- ... that a ten-day silent retreat led Deradoorian to invite Dave Harrington to collaborate on her 2020 album Find the Sun?
- ... that Myra Kathleen Hughes's Vanishing London series captured several landmarks before they were demolished?
- ... that "microatolls" of the coral Porites lutea have been used to study past changes in sea level?
- ... that A Night to Remember, a live broadcast about Titanic's final night, featured 107 actors and 31 sets, and proved that "TV occasionally can rise to great heights"?
- ... that cricketer Issy Wong can solve a Rubik's Cube in seconds?
15 October 2020
- 00:00, 15 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that mosses grow on Mount Melbourne (pictured) in the cold Antarctic, thanks to volcanic heat?
- ... that Turkey women's national footballer Berivan İçen scored 11 goals in a girls' under-13 league match that ended 15–0 for her team?
- ... that Wilson Cary Swann organized the construction of several drinking fountains in Philadelphia, in part to stop people from drinking alcohol?
- ... that (523764) 2014 WC510 is a binary, trans-Neptunian object that orbits the Sun only once every 245.8 years?
- ... that Swiss civil engineer Jürg Conzett designed a footbridge that collapsed in a rockslide after three years of use?
- ... that choreographer Jerome Robbins planned Dances at a Gathering as a pas de deux for two New York City Ballet dancers, but expanded it to five couples?
- ... that the organ of St. Gallus in Flörsheim was built before the church?
- ... that photographer Heji Shin created Big Cocks, a series of portraits of roosters that she admired for their "angry cock energy"?
14 October 2020
- 00:00, 14 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Nan Wood Graham, the sister of painter Grant Wood, posed for her brother's 1930 painting American Gothic (pictured)?
- ... that Russian Bank, also known as Crapette or Tunj, has been called "probably the best game for two players ever invented"?
- ... that the name, sound and concept of the album What the Future Holds by Steps derives purely from the lyrics of the title track?
- ... that state representative Angela Russell introduced legislation to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Montana?
- ... that five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand and India's first woman Everest climber Bachendri Pal received the Arjuna Award in the 1980s, then India's highest sporting honour?
- ... that a dispute between Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Roger Mortimer over the rebuilding of Cefnllys Castle was one of the factors that led to Edward I's conquest of Wales?
- ... that soprano Ilse Helling-Rosenthal, her husband, and two others formed a vocal ensemble that appeared as the soloists in Bruckner's Te Deum at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in 1920?
- ... that Belgian waffles were introduced to the United States at the 1964 New York World's Fair?
13 October 2020
- 00:00, 13 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Kolkata, the smallest by area of India's six A-1 cities, has the country's largest suburban rail system by track length and number of stations (one pictured)?
- ... that the American tubist Constance Weldon "fell in love with the tuba" after her father brought one home from a pawn shop?
- ... that the National Covenant was signed after protests possibly started by Jenny Geddes throwing a stool at the dean of St Giles'?
- ... that it took until 2009 to determine which of two apostles was the patron of the 14th-century church of St. Jacobi in Werther?
- ... that the YouTube channel All Gas No Brakes contains interviews with flat earthers, QAnon adherents, and other groups that its host says represent "true Americana"?
- ... that French historian Josette Elayi was made a knight of the Legion of Honour by the French government for her works on Phoenician history?
- ... that My Lonesome Cowboy, a sculpture created by artist Takashi Murakami as a companion to his earlier Hiropon, sold at auction for US$15.1 million – nearly four times the amount at which it had been valued?
- ... that the New York Tribune Building, once New York City's second tallest building, "vanished almost without a trace, and barely a whimper"?
12 October 2020
- 00:00, 12 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that the Titanic International Society helped identify some of the unknown victims of the Titanic disaster buried in Halifax, Canada (wreath-laying pictured)?
- ... that Büşra Kuru, who began playing football every day at age six encouraged by her footballer brother, is a member of a German club and of the Turkey national team?
- ... that the Bureau of State Services was broken up to become the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and parts of two other agencies?
- ... that Anna Tifu, a violinist from Cagliari, Sardinia, who won the 2007 George Enescu International Competition, plays a 1716 Stradivarius?
- ... that the encrusting sponge Clathria aceratoobtusa kills corals?
- ... that Dances with Wolves was filmed on a 60,000-acre (24,000 ha) ranch owned by L. Roy Houck, a former lieutenant governor of South Dakota?
- ... that reprinted editions of the 1989 manga series Okama Report contain a postscript from an LGBT-rights group noting that the series contains exaggerated and inaccurate depictions of LGBT people?
- ... that former ballet dancer Edward Villella said that when he performed Tarantella, he "would be flying", and then "in the wings, on the ground, gasping for air"?
11 October 2020
- 00:00, 11 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that according to legend, Swayambhunath (pictured), one of the oldest stupas in Nepal, came out of a sacred lotus at the centre of Kathmandu when the city was a lake?
- ... that a prominent obituary of Socorro Sánchez, the first feminist journalist in the Dominican Republic, criticized her as "manly" and too political?
- ... that in public opinion polls, a majority of Americans believe that Jeffrey Epstein's death was a homicide?
- ... that most editions of the annual Brit Asia TV Music Awards were held in Birmingham, which has been called the "Bhangra capital of the world"?
- ... that the fossil Rhus garwellii likely hybridized with other sumac species in the Klondike Mountain Formation?
- ... that Canadian Amateur Hockey Association president E. A. Gilroy allowed Canadians to play for Great Britain in ice hockey at the 1936 Winter Olympics as a gesture of sportsmanship?
- ... that limpa, a sweet Scandinavian rye bread, was historically leavened with fermented brewer's wort?
- ... that Paul McCartney named a puppy after Brown Meggs, who signed the Beatles to Capitol Records?
10 October 2020
- 00:00, 10 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Red, White and Blue (pictured), a 26-foot (7.9 m) lifeboat, was believed in 1866 to be the smallest ship yet to cross the Atlantic?
- ... that Dawa Dem was the first woman to join the Bhutanese civil service and to become a member of the Royal Advisory Council?
- ... that sponsors refused to back the lynching story A Town Has Turned to Dust until writer Rod Serling moved the setting out of the South and changed the victim from black to Mexican?
- ... that Irish Conservative candidate William McCormick won the 1860 Londonderry City by-election partly because of the support of his Catholic workers, who had previously voted for the Liberal Party?
- ... that Angela Haseltine Pozzi creates large sculptures of marine life out of plastic waste?
- ... that Wahan Ke Log is one of the earliest science-fiction films made in India?
- ... that Walther Killy, who wrote his dissertation about Hölderlin's poems, published a literary lexicon which came to be known as "Der Killy"?
- ... that the New York World Building, once New York City's tallest building, was demolished to make room for a ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge?
9 October 2020
- 00:00, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Louis Vierne (pictured) completed his Third Organ Symphony during a summer vacation with the family of Marcel Dupré, who played the world premiere in Paris in 1912?
- ... that Bernard Fils-Aimé, CEO of the cell carrier Comcel Haiti, was mistaken for Reggie Fils-Aimé by the Miami Herald?
- ... that a COVID-19 outbreak at the White House involved at least 35 people, including the President, First Lady, three senators, and a governor?
- ... that the number of Tibetan refugees in India decreased by 44 per cent between 2011 and 2018?
- ... that John H. Hill, born into slavery, was the first African-American lawyer in West Virginia and the second president of West Virginia State University?
- ... that xenoracism is a term that describes prejudice within one racial group, such as discrimination against Eastern European migrant workers in Western Europe?
- ... that the former site of the Majestic Cinema, Leeds, which was gutted by fire in 2014, will become the national headquarters of Channel 4?
- ... that an impromptu sound-check by Dan Bellomy turned into the first track on an album?
8 October 2020
- 00:00, 8 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Schopenhauer was expelled from the Ernestinum (pictured) at Gotha?
- ... that actor Robert De Niro gained 60 pounds (27 kg) and trained as a boxer for a year to portray Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull?
- ... that the title and cover art for Molchat Doma's 2018 album Etazhi reference the Stalinist and socialist-realist architecture that inspired its lyrical themes?
- ... that Kathleen Byerly was one of six sailors who sued the U.S. Navy for the right to serve on ships?
- ... that the yellow sponge Aplysina aerophoba turns blue when exposed to air?
- ... that in preparation for the ballet Glass Pieces, choreographer Jerome Robbins marked down the structure of Philip Glass's music on graph paper?
- ... that Austrian-born Turkish footballer Dilan Yeşim Taşkın became a member of the Turkey women's national team although she initially wanted to play for the Austrian national team?
- ... that two weeks after the owner of a Kansas City television station declared that "KCIT-TV is here to stay", it ceased broadcasting?
7 October 2020
- 00:00, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that deafblind author Morrison Heady (pictured) invented assistive devices throughout his life, including a self-opening gate, a steam-powered embossing press, and a "talking glove"?
- ... that the commercial success of Juluka's "Scatterlings of Africa" enabled band co-founder Johnny Clegg to leave his academic position as an anthropologist and become a full-time musician?
- ... that the Santa Fe Freight Building in Fort Worth, Texas, was redeveloped as a market space with restaurants in 2002 and then as a university satellite campus in 2007?
- ... that the Global Certification Commission has certified the eradication of wild poliovirus in five of the six WHO regions, with the exception of the Eastern Mediterranean Region?
- ... that political consultant Andy Spahn said that Cuba is "nothing like" how it has been portrayed by U.S. politicians?
- ... that "Einer ist unser Leben" ("One is our Life"), a hymn with text written by Lothar Zenetti in 1973, was recommended for a regional ecumenical service in 2020?
- ... that a 1998 inquest found that the killing of Alton Manning was unlawful, and a judicial review found that the decision to not bring charges was flawed, but no charges have yet been filed?
- ... that when the 2,500-seat Bridges Auditorium was completed in Claremont, California, in 1931, its capacity was equal to the population of the entire city?
6 October 2020
- 00:00, 6 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that unlike their Euclidean equivalents, the ideal regular tetrahedron, octahedron, and dodecahedron can all tile hyperbolic space (pictured)?
- ... that the 1936 film Hearts in Bondage is a rare example of a Hollywood film depicting naval battles of the Civil War?
- ... that Gerhard Weber signed tennis player Steffi Graf, at age 17 and before her international success, as an ambassador for the fashion brand Gerry Weber that he co-founded?
- ... that the Soviet Union called The Plot to Kill Stalin "filthy slander" and retaliated by closing the CBS news bureau in Moscow?
- ... that Hans Ustrud was the first native-born South Dakotan to be elected to statewide office?
- ... that all that can be seen of Thyone roscovita is often a plume of branching tentacles?
- ... that aerobics pioneer Jacki Sorensen was voted the best dancer in the 1962 Miss California pageant?
- ... that the British Board of Film Classification was forced to watch paint dry?
5 October 2020
- 00:00, 5 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that contractors spent 5,500 man-hours on drawings for the design of the TWA Flight Center (pictured)?
- ... that today's London Marathon is not being run on its usual course, but instead as 19.6 laps around St James's Park, to prevent spectators from attending?
- ... that Aran Bell, who was profiled at age 11 in the dance documentary First Position, became a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre at age 21?
- ... that despite being very aggressive towards other ants, the common pugnacious ant is tolerant towards ants of its own species from other colonies?
- ... that Kanye West used an extended version of his track "Jesus Is Lord" under the title of "Every Knee Shall Bow" for his film Jesus Is King?
- ... that Myint Myint Khin, a professor at the Institute of Medicine, Mandalay, and a WHO consultant, published her first English-language poetry collection at age 89?
- ... that the decommissioned minesweeper USS Lucid was used as a floating warehouse by a scrap-metal dealer on Bradford Island for 18 years?
- ... that women called Honey Badgers are among the most prominent men's rights activists?
4 October 2020
- 00:00, 4 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that the Greek Volunteer Legion (pictured) fought on the side of Russia during the Crimean War?
- ... that scientist Emma Teeling of the BatLab in Dublin studies a genus of bats which do not appear to die of old age?
- ... that the Excelsior Power Company Building, the oldest known surviving power plant in Manhattan, now contains apartments?
- ... that mezzo-soprano Marina de Gabaráin appeared as Bizet's Carmen in Scotland, and as Rossini's La Cenerentola in Glyndebourne in 1952, recorded the following year?
- ... that step aerobics attracted 11.4 million people in 1995?
- ... that New York's Continental Iron Works, founded in 1861 by Thomas F. Rowland, built the Union Navy warship that engaged in the first battle between ironclads?
- ... that in the early 20th century, residents of Mġarr, Malta, were encouraged to contribute eggs to raise funds for the construction of their parish church?
- ... that The Ghost and the Guest is one in a long line of Hollywood films that validate skepticism about paranormal activity by depicting "a haunted house that is not truly haunted"?
3 October 2020
- 00:00, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that both the Cross of Camargue (example pictured) and the anchored cross use a cross and anchor to represent a relationship to the sea?
- ... that a former department store building in New York City was converted into a graduate school, publisher's offices, and research library?
- ... that when Annette Jahns portrayed Bettina von Arnim in an opera by Friedrich Schenker, the role required her to scream as well as sing?
- ... that unauthorized persons are not allowed to go to Hooks Island?
- ... that The Lodger, released in 1913, was the first fictional work based on the story of the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper?
- ... that President Franklin D. Roosevelt regarded Senator Huey Long of Louisiana as "one of the two most dangerous men in America"?
- ... that according to the superseded Catholic doctrine that "error has no rights", non-Catholics did not deserve civil or political rights?
- ... that traditional English singer Pop Maynard was also captain of a world-champion marbles team?
2 October 2020
- 00:00, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw (pictured) won her eighth national title at the 2020 British Athletics Championships?
- ... that Polish-French author Anna Langfus, a Holocaust survivor, wrote novels that had her own life experiences interwoven into the fiction?
- ... that the 1960 television play Sacco-Vanzetti Story was called "one of the most controversial ever seen on television"?
- ... that Robert Burg, a leading baritone at the Semperoper in Dresden between the First and Second World Wars, performed the title roles of Busoni's Doktor Faust and Hindemith's Cardillac there?
- ... that as one of its campus traditions, Pomona College reveres the number 47, having the bell in its clock tower chime on the 47th minute of the hour?
- ... that the Maratha Empire's direct rule came to an end in the Carnatic region when Murari Rao surrendered to Nizam I after the 1743 siege of Trichinopoly?
- ... that Bill Nation rejected an attempt by the American Nazi Party to establish a headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming?
- ... that after an erotic encounter with a young wife in London's Seething Lane, diarist Samuel Pepys bought the lady eight pairs of gloves?
1 October 2020
- 00:00, 1 October 2020 (UTC)
- ... that William Fraser won a commission in 1896 to design a memorial in Mauchline honouring Scottish poet Robert Burns, which incorporates a tower (pictured) in the Scottish baronial style?
- ... that the Eocene-age plant Paraconcavistylon was described from a "Rosetta Stone" fossil?
- ... that as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Paul Alexander tried unsuccessfully to tell Dr. Anthony Fauci what he could and could not say about the coronavirus?
- ... that Greece is the only state to have left the Council of Europe?
- ... that the owners of Florida radio station WPAS blamed an Associated Press teletype machine for starting a fire that burned it down?
- ... that Saefullah was acting governor of Jakarta for 40 hours?
- ... that the Madison Belmont Building contains one of the first Art Deco designs in a building in the United States?
- ... that Leon Uris called Rod Serling's In the Presence of Mine Enemies "the most disgusting presentation in the history of American television" and demanded that the negative be burned?