Batman, three birds and a Mercedes
This edition covers content promoted between 3 March and 9 March 2013.
The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
A head-and-shoulders portrait of a Jicarilla Apache
man, photographed by Edward Sheriff Curtis circa 1904.
Twelve featured articles were promoted this week:
- British military intervention in the Sierra Leone Civil War (nom) by HJ Mitchell. Under the codename Operation Paliser, the United Kingdom intervened militarily in the African nation of Sierra Leone in 2000. Conducted between May and September, the operation aimed to ensure the safe evacuation of foreign citizens out of the country's capital, Freetown, and to end the ongoing civil war.
- Kareena Kapoor (nom) by Dr. Blofeld. Kapoor is an Indian actress who has received more than 50 awards. Debuting with "Refugee" in 2000, the daughter of the actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita has performed a wide variety of characters across different film genres; including more than a dozen Bollywood films.
- H. C. McNeile (nom) by SchroCat. McNeile (1888–1937) was a British soldier and author. He published a series of war stories under the pen name "Sapper" at the Daily Mail while serving in the First World War. After leaving the army, thrillers became his primary genre. Bulldog Drummond (1920), McNeile's best known work, was the first of a ten-volume series.
- Joaquim José Inácio, Viscount of Inhaúma (nom) by Astynax and Lecen. Inácio (1808–1869) was a naval officer, politician and monarchist of the Empire of Brazil. Born in Portugal, he entered Brazilian politics in 1861 as a member of the Conservative Party. During the Paraguayan War, Inácio achieved the rank of admiral and was awarded the noble title of viscount.
- Aaliyah (album) (nom) by Dan56. Aaliyah is the third and final studio album by American recording artist Aaliyah. Released under Virgin Records in July 2001, the album received critical acclaim and enjoyed commercial success. Aaliyah died in a plane crash after recording the music video for the third single of the album in the Bahamas.
- Hurricane Debbie (1961) (nom) by Cyclonebiskit. Debbie was the most powerful cyclone on record to strike Ireland in September. After originating from a tropical disturbance in Central Africa, the cyclone moved onto the Atlantic Ocean before striking the European country, killing twelve people and causing damages of around $50 million.
- Alben W. Barkley (nom) by Acdixon. Barkley (1877–1956) was a lawyer and politician from Kentucky who served in both houses of Congress and as the 35th Vice President of the United States from 1949 to 1953, under the government of President Harry S. Truman.
- William Robinson Brown (nom) by Montanabw. Brown (1875–1955), better known as W. R. Brown, was an American corporate officer of the Brown Company of Berlin, New Hampshire. In 1929, he wrote The Horse of the Desert, still considered an authoritative work on the Arabian breed. He served as President of the Arabian Horse Club of America from 1918 until 1939.
- Batman: Arkham City (nom) by Darkwarriorblake. Batman: Arkham City is an action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive in 2011. A sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, the game focuses on Batman’s attempt to uncover the secret behind Arkham's sinister "Protocol 10", after being incarcerated in Arkham City, a massive super-prison.
- Gateshead International Stadium (nom) by Meetthefeebles. A multi-purpose, all-seater arena originally known as the Gateshead Youth Stadium, it was built in 1955. It is the largest arena in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, and the sixth-largest in Northeast England.
- Death of Jimi Hendrix (nom) by GabeMc. After suffering poor health for several days, American musician Jimi Hendrix died in London on September 18, 1970, aged 27. The post-mortem examination concluded that Hendrix aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates. Considered one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s, Hendrix was interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Renton, Washington.
- Push the Button (Sugababes song) (nom) by Till. "Push the Button" is the lead single from British girl group Sugababes' fourth studio album, Taller in More Ways, released on September 26, 2005. Composed by Dallas Austin and the Sugababes, the song was inspired by an infatuation that group member Keisha Buchanan developed with another artist. It was considered one of the best pop singles of the 2000s.
A mother sperm whale and her calf off the coast of Mauritius.
Five featured lists were promoted this week:
- Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical Album (nom) by Hahc21 and Status. The Best Contemporary Tropical Album award is awarded to solo artists or groups for vocal or instrumental contemporary tropical albums containing at least 51 percent new material.
- List of awards and nominations received by Scissor Sisters (nom) by Another Believer. American band Scissor Sisters has received eleven awards out of 33 nominations since the group's formation in 2001. Since the release of their first studio album in 2004, the band has collected one Ivor Novello Award and three BRIT Awards, as well as one Grammy Award nomination.
- John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nom) by PresN. An annual award presented by the Center for the Study of Science and Fiction, the prize set up in 1972 is named after one of the most influential early science fiction writers, John W. Campbell, and honours the author of the best science fiction novel released in the preceding calendar year.
- The Flashman Papers (nom) by SchroCat. The Flashman Papers are a series of novels and short stories written by George MacDonald Fraser, the first of which was published in 1969. The main theme is the exploits of fictional character Harry Paget Flashman, a British soldier placed in a series of real historical events between 1839 and 1894.
- List of international cricket centuries by Garfield Sobers (nom) by Vensatry. Sir Garfield Sobers is a former international cricketer who has scored centuries on 26 occasions. Sobers made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1954, and scored his first century against the same team four years later. As of January 2013, he is fourteenth in the list of all-time century-makers in Test cricket, and third in the equivalent list for the West Indies.
Eight featured pictures were promoted this week:
- A Jicarilla Man, 1904 (nom) created by Edward S. Curtis and nominated by Keraunoscopia. The Jicarilla Apache lived a semi-nomadic existence in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and plains of southern Colorado, northern New Mexico and ranged into the Great Plains starting before 1525 CE.
- Napoleon (nom) created by Jacques-Louis David and nominated by Crisco 1492. Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe.
- Pattern of inheritance of autosomal recessive genes (nom) created by Cburnett and nominated by Cat-five. In genetics, a recessive gene is an allele that causes a phenotype that is only seen in a homozygous genotype and never in a heterozygous genotype.
- Mother and baby sperm whale (nom) created by Gabriel Barathieu and nominated by Kurzon. The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales. It is the only living member of genus Physeter, and one of three extant species in the sperm whale family, along with the pygmy sperm whale and dwarf sperm whale of the genus Kogia.
- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (nom) created by Stefan Krause and nominated by Purpy Pupple. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a front-engine, 2-seat luxury grand tourer automobile developed by Mercedes-AMG to replace the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The car is the first Mercedes automobile designed in-house by AMG.
- Rusty-naped Pitta, female (nom) and Rusty-naped Pitta, male (nom), created and nominated by JJ Harrison. The Rusty-naped Pitta, Pitta oatesi, is a species of bird in the Pittidae family. The species was originally described by amateur ornithologist Allan Octavian Hume in 1790. The bird is found across several Asian nations, inhabiting subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, montane forests and bamboo forests.
- Siberian Rubythroat (nom) created and nominated by JJ Harrison. The Siberian Rubythroat (Luscinia calliope) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.