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18 September 2021
- 00:00, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Bell Labs' TD-2 microwave-relay system (tower pictured) was used to carry television signals and telephone calls across North America?
- ... that when conductor Hans Drewanz, a personal assistant to Georg Solti at the Oper Frankfurt, became Generalmusikdirektor in Darmstadt, he was the youngest GMD in Germany?
- ... that music producer Mylo briefly posted two of his rejected tracks for Kylie Minogue's tenth studio album X online, before the album release?
- ... that Cornelia Chase Brant was one of the first women to be appointed to the staff of a public hospital in New York City?
- ... that the scarlet-and-white tanager swallows small berries whole, but eats larger fruit piece by piece?
- ... that OpenAI Codex's use of licensed code as training data has raised questions about the copyright status of machine learning models?
- ... that social psychologist Lotte Bailyn, the first woman faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is an expert in work and family dynamics?
- ... that some music scholars have suggested that the Chaconne in G minor, widely attributed to Tomaso Antonio Vitali, is a musical hoax?
17 September 2021
- 00:00, 17 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that since he was able to cure goitre, which local shamans could not do, Naga Thein Hlaing (pictured) was recognized by the Naga people as Naga Nat and worshiped as a deity?
- ... that Koenigia islandica is considered the most hardy annual plant in the world?
- ... that Anthony "Big Tony" Ciulla had to enter the United States Federal Witness Protection Program after he testified in a trial about rigged horse races?
- ... that the Alfred Fischer Hall, built as the machinery hall for a 1912 coal mine, was the venue for a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio in 2021?
- ... that American historian Donald R. Hickey was referred to as "the dean of 1812 scholarship" by The New Yorker?
- ... that Greece won the UEFA Euro 2004 Final despite never having won a match at a previous major tournament?
- ... that the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the probable cause of the 2014 Bedford Gulfstream IV crash was the flight crew's failure to perform the flight-control check before takeoff?
- ... that the last commanding officer of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, Charlie Aust, described himself as "seedy moustache, glasses and intensely ugly" so soldiers knew how to identify him?
16 September 2021
- 00:00, 16 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn (pictured), a symphony orchestra founded and conducted by Heribert Beissel, has a tradition of playing a series of concerts at more than ten major halls in Germany?
- ... that criminologist Herschel Prins found in 1993 that young black men at Broadmoor Hospital were often stereotyped as "big, black and dangerous"?
- ... that director Steve Kloves was reluctant to cast Beau Bridges as the brother of Jeff Bridges's character in The Fabulous Baker Boys because he thought it sounded like "a gimmick"?
- ... that Muhammad Sadiq's photographs were the first ever taken of the Islamic holy sites in Mecca and Medina?
- ... that RSS Panglima was the first ship of the Republic of Singapore Navy?
- ... that a resolution introduced into the Nebraska Legislature by Joni Albrecht praised Julie Schmit-Albin as "never one to let a public official waffle on pro-life legislation"?
- ... that the birdfoot buttercup is found on three continents, mostly in the Arctic zone?
- ... that the cast and crew of the zombie film Junk, which made use of real meat for its gore effects, were sometimes unable to stomach meat for dinner after spending hours filming?
15 September 2021
- 00:00, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that when it was sold in 2002, a painting of the Ojibwe performer Maungwudaus (pictured) was the second-most expensive artwork ever sold in Canada?
- ... that Peter Fleischmann directed the cult film The Hamburg Syndrome, which foresaw a scenario similar to the COVID-19 pandemic as early as 1979?
- ... that distance education in Chicago Public Schools in 1937 took place via radio broadcasts during school closures that were spurred by a polio outbreak?
- ... that a review by Alan Blyth of tenor Christoph Strehl's performances described him as singing "with a Wunderlich-like strength and beauty"?
- ... that South Carolina's first television station, WCOS-TV, "could not stand the economic gaff" and folded less than three years after starting up?
- ... that in terms of performance, wool has been advertised as a "miracle fabric"?
- ... that Wayward Son was described as "a delirious candy-coated romp"?
- ... that due to a left–right mix-up, Barry Joule destroyed the wrong Francis Bacon painting, which would now be worth around £35 million?
14 September 2021
- 00:00, 14 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that "the most accurate contemporary picture of conditions" on slave ships is an illustration of the Marie Séraphique (pictured)?
- ... that Cack Henley threw the longest complete game shutout in professional baseball history?
- ... that places of worship in the English district of East Hampshire include the Temple of the White Eagle Lodge—likened to "an Art Deco version of the Pantheon"?
- ... that Bill Pinkney was the first African American to sail around the world solo via the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn?
- ... that Operation Romeo was one of the causes of the Nepalese Civil War?
- ... that after decades of being a central hub for river dredging operations, Stony Island's population was reduced to a caretaker and his two dogs?
- ... that New Zealand choreographer and dancer Louise Potiki Bryant was coated in clay by sculptor Paerau Corneal in their interdisciplinary work Kiri?
- ... that street racing was once prevalent along the Tokyo area's Bayshore Route?
13 September 2021
- 00:00, 13 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Bessie Anstice Baker (pictured), a convert to Catholicism, was the first Australian woman to receive a Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal?
- ... that Characteres generum plantarum, a work about the botany of the second voyage of James Cook, contains an apology for only including 75 new genera?
- ... that Tyler Gilbert threw a no-hitter in his first Major League Baseball start?
- ... that the medieval rood of Ramsåsa Church was discovered in the church attic at the beginning of the 20th century?
- ... that Rhodesians continued to raise the Union Jack to celebrate Pioneers' Day every 12 September, even after adopting a new flag, in order to honour the original pioneers?
- ... that Suzanna Hext chose to compete in swimming rather than equestrian at the delayed 2020 Summer Paralympics?
- ... that as documented in The Presidential Vote, 1896–1932, fewer than a quarter of the United States' counties voted for the same party in every presidential election from 1896 to 1932?
- ... that the Ming-dynasty novella The Jealous Wife might have been written by the "Master of the Doctrine of Subduing Women"?
12 September 2021
- 00:00, 12 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that after being hijacked, United Airlines Flight 175 almost had two mid-air collisions with other aircraft before crashing into the South Tower of the World Trade Center (pictured)?
- ... that Joe Hill, the last opera by Alan Bush, contains four songs by the real Joe Hill?
- ... that after Michele Anne Harris disappeared 20 years ago today, her husband was tried four times for her murder before being acquitted?
- ... that Plevna in Tampere, Finland, was the first building in the Nordic countries and the Russian Empire (of which Finland was part at the time) to be lit by electric lights?
- ... that American journalist and activist Clara Leiser traveled to Nazi Germany frequently, and documented the plight of families of political prisoners?
- ... that the New Zealand tree tarahinau has evolved to develop thinner leaves as it matures, probably as a result of the high winds of the Chatham Islands?
- ... that Joe Murphy's civil-engineering firm was known colloquially as "Grey Murphy" to distinguish it from that of his brother, which was known as "Green Murphy"?
- ... that Fraser Patrick likened playing in the 2019 Q School to being in a boxing match with Anthony Joshua?
11 September 2021
- 00:00, 11 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Thomas Lord Busby's portrait of the busker Billy Waters (pictured) inspired Derby and Staffordshire figures?
- ... that women originally had the right to vote in New Jersey thanks to its constitution until an 1807 act removed that right?
- ... that Leo Kestenberg, a concert pianist, initiated a large-scale reform of music education in Prussia, but had to flee the Nazis first to Prague and then to Tel Aviv?
- ... that the Banjul sector Half Die was reportedly given its name due to an epidemic outbreak in the 19th century?
- ... that Team San Juan became the first champion of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in 2012?
- ... that garden refugees can become invasive in the wild?
- ... that during the American Civil War, Charles K. Prioleau made a fortune by smuggling arms to the Confederacy on board the blockade runner Bermuda?
- ... that King Edward's Place, once a love nest for King Edward VII, later became a children's activity centre?
10 September 2021
- 00:00, 10 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Tanz im August, an annual international festival of contemporary dance in Berlin, was founded by Nele Hertling (pictured) in 1988?
- ... that 18-year-old George McCubbin piloted the aircraft that shot down German ace Max Immelmann in 1916?
- ... that the Chevelon Creek Bridge, built in Arizona in 1912–1913, was part of one of America's first national highways?
- ... that the ceramicist Franz Josef Altenburg was honoured with an exhibition of his art at Austria's Kaiservilla where he was born?
- ... that a television in the film Day of Reckoning includes scenes from Big Ass Spider!?
- ... that the Southern Lebanese villages of Safad El Battikh, Kafra and Ayta al-Jabal were mentioned in 1596 Ottoman tax records?
- ... that the Harvard step test, developed by Lucien Brouha in 1942, is still used as a reference when developing fitness tests?
- ... that actual play shows have helped to improve the representation of women, people of color, and LGBT people in tabletop gaming?
9 September 2021
- 00:00, 9 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that method of moments is one of the most common simulation techniques in RF and microwave engineering (example pictured)?
- ... that sumo wrestler Shōnanzakura Sōta had a record 104 consecutive losses?
- ... that the Beach Boys' song "Rollin' Up to Heaven" had a chorus that consisted of the lines "alley-oop", "fuck her", and "big tits"?
- ... that Franček Gorazd Tiršek, a para-shooter from Slovenia, won three silver medals at the Summer Paralympic Games, the most recent one in Tokyo?
- ... that the Marvel Cinematic Universe television series WandaVision was structured to follow the five stages of grief by starting with denial and ending with acceptance?
- ... that Sir Hardman Earle, 1st Baronet's father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all slave traders?
- ... that when the National Museum of Vanuatu opened its new building in 1995, a specially selected pig was sacrificed?
- ... that "one of early Australia's biggest manhunts" was organized to catch Chinese Australian bushranger Sam Poo?
8 September 2021
- 00:00, 8 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Dutch radio and TV presenter Hanneke Kappen (pictured) presented the second Dutch radio show dedicated to heavy metal music?
- ... that the fringe belief of serpent seed claims that the Serpent mated with Eve in the Garden of Eden, and their offspring was Cain?
- ... that Angelo Tsarouchas nearly abandoned his hopes of being a comedian because his wife at the time thought it was a bad idea?
- ... that the 2005 documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, about African-American teenager Emmett Till's murder in 1955 for whistling at a white woman, contributed to the case being reopened?
- ... that some protesters in the 2021 London Impossible Rebellion dressed as bankers with blood on their hands?
- ... that after Viola Roseboro' suggested Willa Cather rewrite My Ántonia completely, Cather may have based the novel My Mortal Enemy on her?
- ... that a Socialist Youth League candidate in the 1990 Bosnian general election registered his ethnicity as 'Eskimo' as an apparent protest against ethnic registry requirements for candidates?
- ... that the protest initiative Omas gegen Rechts (Grannies against the Right) was awarded a prize for civil courage by the Central Council of Jews in Germany?
7 September 2021
- 00:00, 7 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the Noh play Haku Rakuten is parodied in a woodblock print (pictured)?
- ... that Mary V. R. Thayer was briefly arrested on suspicion of spying after abandoning a 1929 business trip in the Soviet Union to explore the Caucasus?
- ... that the fungal infection conidiobolomycosis mainly affects people living in tropical areas but was first reported in horses in Texas?
- ... that racing driver James Sofronas worked as a salesman for a technology company to buy the Nissan NX 2000 required for his first competitive race?
- ... that a track on Maxïmo Park's album Nature Always Wins is about Nick Alexander, the band's former merchandiser who was killed in the Bataclan concert hall attack?
- ... that Alfred Koerppen, who taught music theory and composition at the Musikhochschule Hannover, wrote the text and music of a 1951 opera after Virgil?
- ... that the Silver Deer of Bilge Khan, a 7th-century artifact, is recognized by the Mongolian government as being of "invaluable heritage"?
- ... that the Torreya Guardians are trying to save the critically endangered North American conifer Torreya taxifolia from extinction?
6 September 2021
- 00:00, 6 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Miguelina Acosta Cárdenas (pictured) played a key role in the fledgling women's movement in Peru in the early 20th century?
- ... that Paraguay made its Paralympic debut at the 2020 Summer Paralympics?
- ... that in the upcoming video game Marvel's Midnight Suns, players will be able to create their own superhero in the Marvel Universe?
- ... that Jonathan Carr's 342 bankruptcy petitions set a record?
- ... that the WHO model list of essential in vitro diagnostics provides guidance to medical personnel on which tests to perform?
- ... that Samuel Powel Griffitts was advised to take three months of dancing lessons as part of his European medical training?
- ... that Thomas Fairfax, Lord General of the New Model Army, resigned his commission rather than invade Scotland in 1650?
- ... that Brijmohan Lall Munjal grew Hero Cycles from a parts manufacturer into the world's largest bicycle company?
5 September 2021
- 00:00, 5 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that according to legend, Malan Bridge (pictured) was built by two mythical princesses who mixed egg shells with clay to create a bridge stronger than steel?
- ... that Aaron Pike has competed in wheelchair racing at three Summer Paralympics, and in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at two Winter Paralympics?
- ... that the opening of Geistliches Lied by Johannes Brahms possibly references Clara Schumann's fantasy of playing her husband's music on the organ?
- ... that Horace Harral engraved "one of the most famous photographs of the nineteenth century", a portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, for publication in the Illustrated Times?
- ... that the Rhodesia Information Centre spread propaganda about Rhodesia in Australia?
- ... that bishop Nikolaj Velimirović called Sevastijan Dabović the greatest Serbian missionary of modern times?
- ... that the counting-out rhyme "One potato, two potato" is more than 135 years old?
- ... that thousands of people who fled Burundi have taken refuge in Rwanda's Mahama Refugee Camp, but only one has competed in the Paralympics?
4 September 2021
- 00:00, 4 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that the owner of the Solow Building (pictured) tried to evict the Bank of America under a law normally used for evicting drug dealers and prostitutes?
- ... that American Ken Whitlock played football in Canada because of segregation in the United States?
- ... that Germany's players sang "Three Lions" after winning the UEFA Euro 1996 Final?
- ... that Naoki Saito is a contributing artist of both the Duel Masters Trading Card Game and the Pokémon Trading Card Game?
- ... that the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections calculates that every year, severe fungal infections affect more than 300 million people?
- ... that Martin Perscheid published more than 4,300 cartoons, exploring "abysses of sexism, racism, ignorance, corruption and stupidity"?
- ... that the Huanaki Cultural Centre & Museum was destroyed by a cyclone?
- ... that one of the first activities of The Coloured Women's Club of Montreal was to help veterans returning from the Second Boer War in South Africa?
3 September 2021
- 12:00, 3 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Columbia Eneutseak (pictured), named for the World's Columbian Exposition where she was born into one of the exhibits, starred in her film The Way of the Eskimo?
- ... that the director of the horror film Camera Obscura was inspired to write the screenplay after one of his co-workers was not allowed to take pictures in South America due to locals believing "it would steal their souls"?
- ... that Harry Kent managed his family's garden nursery after winning New Zealand's first Commonwealth Games gold medal in cycling and first world track championships medal?
- ... that to rebuild the collection of Tāoga Niue Museum in the aftermath of Cyclone Heta, staff searched through rubbish dumps for historic items?
- ... that Paul Armin Edelmann appeared in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni at Opera Ireland in 2009, while his brother Peter took the role of Leporello?
- ... that a separated couple competed against each other for the first time at the 2021 British Open?
- ... that Gian Marco's Días Nuevos, the best-selling album of 2011 in Perú, was the first quintuple platinum awarded by Unión Peruana de Productores Fonográficos?
- ... that the now-closed Dinosaur Wildlife museum exhibited three fox squirrels posed to fight in a boxing ring?
- 00:00, 3 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that before Carnegie Hall Tower (pictured) was built, pianos at Carnegie Hall were carried up staircases because the hall did not have a freight elevator?
- ... that the Romanian soprano Iulia Maria Dan was Hamlet's Ophelia in the Bregenz Festival's revival of Franco Faccio's revived opera Amleto?
- ... that taking St John's wort can weaken the effects of the blood thinner phenprocoumon?
- ... that Belarusian activist Vitaly Shishov, the head of an organisation helping people escape repression following the 2020–2021 Belarusian protests, was aware of risks to his life before he was found dead?
- ... that both finalists at the 2008 World Snooker Championship made maximum breaks during the tournament?
- ... that when the sea cucumber Holothuria hilla reproduces by fission, the regenerated part is often paler in colour than the original one?
- ... that IMF economist Tobias Adrian helped devise CoVaR, a method used to stress-test banks after the Great Recession?
- ... that in 1999 two necklaces were repatriated to the Cook Islands National Museum from a museum in Angus, Scotland?
2 September 2021
- 12:00, 2 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that following World War II, members of Bangkok's British Club were able to reclaim their building (pictured) thanks to a mortgage that helped preserve its land deeds?
- ... that Joachim Werzlau composed the music for the DEFA films Naked Among Wolves and Jacob the Liar?
- ... that the name of the robot Jet Alone, which first appeared in the Neon Genesis Evangelion episode "A Human Work", is a reference to Jet Jaguar (also known as Red Alone) from Godzilla vs. Megalon?
- ... that Franc Pinter, a para-shooter from Slovenia, competes at his eighth Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo?
- ... that Singapore's Nicoll Highway MRT station had to be relocated as a result of a 2004 tunnel collapse near the station?
- ... that when Texas radio station KNUE was sold to another station in 1982, the new owners added a second story to their newly constructed studios to accommodate the addition?
- ... that more than 400 millimetres (16 in) of rain was recorded in northern Turkey on 11 August 2021, causing catastrophic flooding?
- ... that Fatykha Aitova agreed to marry her husband on the condition that he help her construct a school?
- 00:00, 2 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that Megan Phelps-Roper (pictured) announced her departure from the Westboro Baptist Church when the church planned to protest at the funerals of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting?
- ... that In the Ditch (1972) is based on the experiences of writer Buchi Emecheta, and deals with the systemic violence faced by working-class women in Britain at the time?
- ... that Sjerstin Vermeulen has won Paralympic medals in swimming and equestrian?
- ... that the sea urchin Echinocyamus pusillus turns bright green when injured?
- ... that Tory MP John Solomon Cartwright refused a request by the governor-general of the Province of Canada to join the government, because he would not sit in Cabinet with radical Francis Hincks?
- ... that advertisements for Road 96 were taken down by Facebook for being too political?
- ... that New Zealand opera singer Helen Medlyn's first performing role was as one of the Three Kings?
- ... that France won the UEFA Euro 2000 Final with a golden goal?
1 September 2021
- 12:00, 1 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that when the Irish Bronze Age Gleninsheen gorget (pictured) was found in 1930 by a local hunting rabbits, he brought the "queer looking thing" to his uncle, who would not let it be kept in his house?
- ... that Evelyn van Leeuwen won a wheelchair basketball silver medal at the 1996 Paralympics and twenty years later she won a bronze at the 2016 Games?
- ... that the New York Times bestseller Fablehaven was written by Brandon Mull following the rejection of his first manuscript?
- ... that the slave trader William James left for his country retreat before rioting sailors ransacked his home?
- ... that the architect of 275 Madison Avenue did not include much exterior decoration because he wanted the building to be "shadow-less"?
- ... that Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva fell in love with Brajesh Singh, whom she considered her husband although they were never allowed to marry?
- ... that the comb jelly Beroe gracilis feeds on other comb jellies, swallowing them whole?
- ... that Meme Man is used in many surreal memes, a genre of internet humor inspired by surrealism?
- 00:00, 1 September 2021 (UTC)
- ... that seventeen-year-old Julie Hayden (pictured) was killed by members of the White Man's League days after starting a position teaching Black children, and became "the poster child of southern violence"?
- ... that Klaus Storck recorded Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata on original instruments, with Alfons Kontarsky at the hammerflügel?
- ... that the vast majority of fiction, including science fiction, takes place on Earth?
- ... that German paracyclist Bernd Jeffré may have lost his 2010 Berlin Marathon race because he ignored his wife and did not wear enough clothes?
- ... that medieval Ethiopian kings claimed to be descended from Solomon?
- ... that ice hockey coach Dave Siciliano designed his team's dressing room so that players could "look [their] teammates directly in the eye"?
- ... that some philosophers of mathematics believe that the life cycle of a species of cicadas is a good argument for the existence of numbers?
- ... that Julie Schmit-Albin was awarded the title of Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska for her work as a pro-life activist?