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13 November 2019
- 00:00, 13 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that 52 years ago today, PFC John A. Barnes III (pictured) was killed after jumping on a grenade to save wounded comrades during the Vietnam War?
- ... that New York City's Beekman Tower, built as housing for women in college sororities, was later patronized by United Nations delegates?
- ... that cricketer Yashasvi Jaiswal lived in a tent and sold panipuri before becoming the youngest List A double centurion?
- ... that the assassin bug Rhynocoris marginatus injects venomous saliva into its prey to paralyse it?
- ... that Rhode Island Public Radio's 2007 acquisition of WAKX brought NPR service to communities in southern Rhode Island for the first time?
- ... that Helmuth Froschauer, a former member of the Vienna Boys' Choir, later conducted the ensemble on 22 international tours?
- ... that Massport is expanding its Logan Express service, expecting to remove up to three million vehicle trips from the roads in and around Boston's Logan International Airport?
- ... that Tsai Ying-wen jokingly said that his award-winning book had sold well because readers mistook the author as Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen?
12 November 2019
- 00:00, 12 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the rest on arms reversed command (pictured) is used as a mark of respect at funerals and occasions of mourning in some militaries?
- ... that a cross from the grave of a Canadian World War I soldier was brought back to Canada by W. A. Fry, and now hangs in St. Paul's Anglican Church in Dunnville, Ontario?
- ... that Louisiana radio station WBOX lost more than 90 percent of its advertisers as a result of a 1965 boycott by the Ku Klux Klan?
- ... that Chinese businessman Zhang Zhenxin bought a majority share of the Castlemartyr Resort in Ireland after Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spent part of their honeymoon there?
- ... that each Xyloterinus politus larva has its own individual cradle?
- ... that Gwendolyne Cowart – the "youngest girl in the south" to obtain a commercial pilot's license – went on to serve as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II?
- ... that the song "A Pittance of Time" was written to remind people to observe the two-minute silence on Remembrance Day?
- ... that the "GOETHE 1" car registration plate of UC Irvine professor Thomas P. Saine was featured in a German novel?
11 November 2019
- 00:00, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that when Lois Ellen Frank (pictured) first proposed her 2003 James Beard Award–winning cookbook on Native American foods, publishers told her there was no such cuisine?
- ... that players are only likely to hear around one-third of all the music created for Red Dead Redemption 2 in a standard playthrough?
- ... that before becoming a film director, Nepal's Nischal Basnet went to Australia to study 3D animation, but ended up studying hospitality and becoming a chef?
- ... that today's MLS Cup 2019 will be the third cup final in four years to feature Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC?
- ... that Christof Nel staged the world premiere of Thomas Brasch's play Rotter and the first production in German of Aulis Sallinen's opera Kullervo?
- ... that in a single week in 1992, a four-man team including Mick Fowler and Andy Nisbet climbed all the main stacks of the Drongs?
- ... that Christina Maria Rantetana was buried in a combined military-traditional funeral, with a salvo of shots as her body was placed in a niche 30 metres (100 ft) up a cliff?
- ... that Hawaii radio station KKON's change of format from "beautiful music" to a rock-and-roll/country mix in 1974 lasted just one day?
10 November 2019
- 00:00, 10 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the fall of the Berlin Wall (immediate aftermath pictured) was the result of a bureaucratic mistake?
- ... that Anne L. Stevens disguised herself in order to enroll in the male-only mechanics pit crew at a race track?
- ... that UK prime minister Boris Johnson said he would "rather be dead in a ditch" than seek an extension to Brexit under the terms of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019?
- ... that paediatrician Ji Xiaocheng co-founded the first neonatal intensive care unit in China?
- ... that the lamenting grasshopper seems to be expanding its range northwards in Italy, possibly as a result of climate change?
- ... that Belgian bass Tijl Faveyts, recognized internationally since his 2006 performance as Mozart's Sarastro at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, has portrayed both Fasolt and Hunding in Der Ring in Minden?
- ... that for his narrative poetry novel The Long Take, Robin Robertson became the first poet and first Scot to win the Walter Scott Prize?
- ... that Jack Hadley founded his own black history museum in Thomasville, Georgia?
9 November 2019
- 00:00, 9 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that in a condition known as carcinocythemia, cells from cancerous tumours can be seen in patients' blood smears (example pictured)?
- ... that Jennifer Morgan, co-chief executive officer at SAP SE, is the first woman CEO of a company on the DAX index?
- ... that after a secret purchase from Europe, the Special Group became the first Indian troops to be equipped with the AK-47?
- ... that the death of Tony Renna and major accidents involving four other drivers led the Indy Racing League to lower car speeds and engine horsepower from the 2004 Indianapolis 500 onward?
- ... that two men who plotted to assassinate King George I were arrested in the Green Man public house in 1722?
- ... that Peng Yuxing was a "czar" of China's military–industrial complex?
- ... that a vandal "knew what he was doing" when he disconnected the fuse blocks to WEYY's transmitter, keeping it off the air for two and a half hours?
- ... that director Kunihiko Ikuhara sought to make the 1999 film Adolescence of Utena "more naughty" than the television series it was adapted from?
8 November 2019
- 00:00, 8 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Robert Hunter (pictured) wrote the lyrics to the Grateful Dead song "Dire Wolf" after watching a film adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles the night before?
- ... that Togashi Masachika was restored to power by a rebel army, only to later commit suicide when confronted by a similar force?
- ... that Edite Estrela MEP received 80,000 emails in opposition to a nonbinding European Union resolution in favour of sex education and other reproductive rights?
- ... that Melissa Leilani Larson's play Pilot Program imagines a future where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are asked to practice polygamy again?
- ... that the Qarhan Playa's Bieletan subbasin – including the Suli, South Suli, Dabiele, and Xiaobiele salt lakes – is China's largest source of brine lithium?
- ... that for his role in the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Yevgeny Bushmin was awarded the medal "For the Return of Crimea" by Russia, and placed under sanctions by the United States?
- ... that the Union Literary Institute was established after the Indiana General Assembly barred African Americans from attending public schools?
- ... that wheelchair rugby co-inventor Duncan Campbell is nicknamed "the Quadfather"?
7 November 2019
- 00:00, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Xia Peisu (pictured), the "mother of computer science" in China, and her husband Yang Liming, who helped explain magic numbers, were elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the same time?
- ... that Seneca Village, a community composed mainly of free black people, was destroyed in the 1850s to make way for New York City's Central Park?
- ... that German engineer Hermann Oestrich became a Knight of the Legion of Honour for developing the Snecma Atar turbojet engines?
- ... that just three years after starting radio station WESQ, North Carolina Wesleyan College sold it, partly because of a failure to integrate the station into its curriculum?
- ... that James Brown, a visually impaired Paralympian, recently climbed atop an aeroplane to protest against government inaction on climate change?
- ... that the Society of Gentleman Practisers in the Courts of Law and Equity sought to increase the fees payable to solicitors and attorneys, which had been fixed for more than a century?
- ... that President of Georgetown University Lawrence C. Gorman worked to have the first black students admitted as undergraduates?
- ... that one user said of JOSS, an interactive programming system at RAND, "it's better than beer"?
6 November 2019
- 00:00, 6 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the Lang Ayre (pictured), the longest beach in Shetland, has red sand?
- ... that Hall of Fame players Curly Lambeau and Arnie Herber both played in the Green Bay East–Green Bay West football rivalry?
- ... that in 1985, Hezi Shai and two other captured soldiers were returned to Israel in exchange for 1,150 Palestinian and Lebanese security prisoners?
- ... that the first chapter of Go For It, Nakamura! was commissioned to fill a gap of empty pages in the manga magazine in which it was published?
- ... that Abraham Groves is credited with performing the first appendectomy in North America?
- ... that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation wound up operating a radio station when it seized a failed Tennessee bank, which in turn had seized WIDD?
- ... that Ding Shisun considered his own tenure as President of Peking University a failure, but scholar Ji Xianlin called him one of the two best presidents in the institution's history?
- ... that poison devil's-pepper has been used both as rat poison and as a traditional medicine for humans?
5 November 2019
- 00:00, 5 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that in 1945, British medical student Michael Hargrave (pictured, second from right) volunteered to provide assistance in the Netherlands, but was sent to help survivors at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp instead?
- ... that Toki Pona, a constructed language devised in 2001, uses only around 120 to 125 root words?
- ... that Ramatoulie DK Sanneh, The Gambia's first woman general, has campaigned against gender-based violence?
- ... that Ramin Djawadi was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for an episode of the Westworld season 2 soundtrack, but lost out to his own work on Game of Thrones season 7?
- ... that Jiang Weipu has been called the "patron saint of lianhuanhua"?
- ... that the assassin bug Rhynocoris longifrons will feed on moth larvae in preference to sap-sucking pests?
- ... that Mikhail Semyonov swapped a career in mining for one in politics, rising to the position of Chairman of the People's Khural of Buryatia?
- ... that Mill Creek, Washington, was not named after a mill or a creek?
4 November 2019
- 00:00, 4 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Brants's whistling rat (illustration shown) seldom ventures more than 30 cm (12 in) from one of the many entrances to its burrow?
- ... that Khema, one of the Buddha's chief female disciples, attained enlightenment before even becoming a nun?
- ... that none of the people who established North Carolina radio station WVSP had any prior experience in radio broadcasting?
- ... that Hungarian pianists Márta Kurtág and her husband performed together for 60 years, often from his collection entitled Játékok ('Games')?
- ... that Brazil was the only country with an exhibit at the 1918 Bronx "World's Fair"?
- ... that Rabbi Shimon Baadani, a senior leader of Israel's Shas party, once said that those who did not vote for the party would go to hell?
- ... that the Sierra de Ajusco-Chichinauhtzin mountain range in Mexico is made up of more than one hundred volcanic cones?
- ... that Ernest Graves Jr. was one of four generations of his family to go to West Point, all of whom graduated first or second in their class?
3 November 2019
- 00:00, 3 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that an omelette created by Mother Poulard (pictured) is one of the major tourist attractions in Mont-Saint-Michel, France?
- ... that today's 2019 Rugby World Cup Final between England and South Africa is a repeat of the 2007 final?
- ... that Thomas Sturgis was a prisoner of war in the American Civil War, a prominent cattle grower, and New York City Fire Commissioner?
- ... that a 1945 ordinance by the Cebu City Council was the first to regulate cockfighting venues in the Philippines?
- ... that in The Book of Gutsy Women, the mother-and-daughter authors feature, among others, the 17th-century nun Juana Inés de la Cruz and climate activist Greta Thunberg?
- ... that Canadian SoundCloud rapper bbno$ became interested in music after suffering a back injury that prevented him from pursuing his dreams as a competitive swimmer?
- ... that the All Blacks were once defeated by Rhodesia, a non-test rugby playing country?
- ... that Kurt Rackow and his soldiers were trapped for hours during the Battle of Verdun, even though their comrades were just 20 ft (6 m) away?
2 November 2019
- 00:00, 2 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that "Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times", a slogan commonly chanted at the 2019 Hong Kong protests (shown), was first used for a LegCo campaign in 2016?
- ... that Bill Walton made 21 of his 22 field goal attempts in the 1973 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship Game?
- ... that Swedish sociologist Ulf Himmelstrand has been called the "father of sociology in Nigeria"?
- ... that XHFAMX-TDT "La Octava", which opens tonight, marks Grupo Radio Centro's return to Mexico City television for the first time since 1972?
- ... that Grigory Skornyakov-Pisarev wrote on mechanics, investigated a tsarina, was in charge of the Ladoga Canal, and sported with concubines as commandant of Okhotsk?
- ... that the film Under the Knife argues that Britain's state-run National Health Service is being intentionally privatised?
- ... that in his 1950 speech at the United Nations, Chinese diplomat Wu Xiuquan demanded that the United States withdraw its forces from Taiwan and Korea?
- ... that rings of modular forms are stacky thanks to GAGA?
1 November 2019
- 00:00, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Ladakh was originally called Maryul (capital pictured), the "lowland" of West Tibet?
- ... that American tenor Joshua Guerrero stepped in at late notice to sing Almaviva in a Grammy Award-winning production of The Ghosts of Versailles?
- ... that the common name of the Halloween darter refers to the orange and black coloration that individuals develop during the breeding season?
- ... that Zdeňka Wiedermannová-Motyčková established the first girls' secondary school in Moravia?
- ... that the skeleton frog Boophis popi can be identified by its bright red irises?
- ... that the namesake of Betsy Head Park left half her estate to the New York City parks system and only $5 to her daughter?
- ... that the Coffin Cave mold beetle may not actually be found in Coffin Cave?
- ... that forensic artists at the University of Dundee used 100-year-old photographs of a skull to digitally recreate the face of an accused witch in Scotland?