Blue birds be bouncin'
This edition covers content promoted between 17 and 23 February 2013.
Six featured articles were promoted this week:
- Rakoto Frah (nom) by Lemurbaby. Frah (1923–2001) was a flutist and composer from Madagascar who is one of the most acclaimed sodina players. Born to a poor family, he received national recognition in 1958. In the 1980s he began to go international, recording ten albums and performing in collaboration with numerous artists. He lived simply and died having earned little from his lifetime of musicianship.
- California State Route 52 (nom) by Rschen7754. State Route 52 is an American state highway that extends east–west from La Jolla, San Diego, to Santee. This 17 mile (27 km) stretch began construction in 1958 and received an official designation in 1964, but owing to funding issues was only completed in 2011.
- Andrew Johnson (nom) by Wehwalt. Johnson (1808–1875) served as President of the United States from 1865 to 1869, coming to office after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A Democrat who had already spent 20 years in politics, he worked towards the quick restoration of the former Confederate States to the Union and ignored former slaves' rights. This led him to often come into conflict with the majority-Republican congress, and he was impeached and almost removed from office.
- Battle of the Bismarck Sea (nom) by Hawkeye7. The Battle of the Bismarck Sea lasted from 2 to 4 March 1943 and was part of the Pacific War of World War II. US and Australian aircraft attacked a 16-ship Japanese convoy intended to reinforce troops in New Guinea, sinking most of it. The Japanese suffered more than 2,890 casualties – with several thousand more troops saved from the water – while the Allies lost only 13 aircrew. Ultimately, the Japanese could not hold New Guinea.
- United States v. Lara (nom) by GregJackP. United States v. Lara was a US Supreme Court case which held that both the State and a Native American (Indian) tribe could prosecute an Indian for the same acts that constituted crimes in both jurisdictions, as they were held to be separate sovereigns. As such, separate tribal and federal prosecutions did not violate the Double Jeopardy Clause. In this case Billy Jo Lara pleaded guilty to tribal charges but claimed double jeopardy for the Federal charges.
- Dobroslav Jevđević (nom) by PRODUCER and Peacemaker67. Jevđević (1895–1962) was a Bosnian Serb politician and soldier in Yugoslavia during World War II. After the Axis invaded Yugoslavia in 1941, Jevđević appointed himself Chetnik commander and worked together with the occupying forces against the Yugoslav Partisans. During Operation Alfa in 1942, Jevđević and other other Chetnik forces were responsible for killing over 500 civilians. In the spring of 1945, he fled to Italy where he resided until his death.
Three featured lists were promoted this week:
Twelve featured pictures were promoted this week:
- Euphorbia canariensis (nom; related article), created by Cayambe and nominated by Tomer T. E. canariensis is a plant endemic to the Canary Islands. Although it resembles cacti, it is actually a spurge.
- Curiosity (rover) (nom; related article), created by NASA and nominated by Crisco 1492. Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL).
- Marsh Sandpiper (nom; related article), by JJ Harrison. The Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) is a small wader. It is a rather small shank, and breeds in open grassy steppe and taiga wetlands from easternmost Europe to central Asia.
- Pacific Golden Plover (nom; related article), by JJ Harrison. The Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) is a medium-sized plover.
- Curlew Sandpiper (nom; related article), by JJ Harrison. The Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) is a small wader that breeds on the tundra of Arctic Siberia. It is strongly migratory, wintering mainly in Africa, but also in south and southeast Asia and in Australasia.
- Kikin Hall (nom; related article), created by Florstein and nominated by Alborzagros. The Kikin Hall, commissioned in 1714, is one of the oldest buildings in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It now houses a music school.
- Menier Chocolate factory (nom; related article), created by Myrabella and nominated by Tomer T. This factory, belonging to Menier chocolate, was designed by Jules Saulnier and often cited as the first true skeleton structure, with exterior walls needing only simple infill.
- HMS Hood (nom; related article), created by Allan C. Greens, restored and nominated by Adam Cuerden. HMS Hood was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. Commissioned in 1920, it was ultimately sunk by the Bismark in 1941.
- X-10 Graphite Reactor (nom; related article), created by Ed Westcott and nominated by James086. The X-10 Graphite Reactor in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was the world's second artificial nuclear reactor. It was used during the Manhattan Project.
- Black-naped Monarch (nom; related article), by JJ Harrison. The Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea) is a slim and agile bird found in South and Southeast Asia. This specimen, a male, was found in Thailand.
- Siberian Blue Robin (nom; related article), by JJ Harrison. The Siberian Blue Robin (Luscinia cyane) is a small passerine bird found in Asia. Although adult males are very bright, others are quite drab.
- White-rumped Shama (nom; related article), by JJ Harrison. The White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus) is a small passerine bird native to South and Southeast Asia. Although shy, it is very territorial.