During the NASA mission Apollo 13 an oxygen tank exploded and caused serious damage to the spacecraft. The dramatic mission was the subject of the book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by astronaut James Lovell and Time magazine writer Jeffrey Kluger, and later the widely acclaimed film Apollo 13 directed by Ron Howard. This new featured picture shows a rapidly engineered "mailbox" device designed to save the astronauts of Apollo 13 from carbon dioxide poisoning.
This Signpost "Featured content" report covers material promoted from 14 July 2013 through 20 July 2013.
Archie MacLaren (nom) by Sarastro1. Archibald Campbell "Archie" MacLaren (1871–1944) was an English cricketer who captained the England cricket team at various times between 1898 and 1909. A right-handed batsman, he played 35 Test matches for England, as captain in 22 of those games, and led the team to defeat in four Ashes series against Australia.
Oxbow (horse) (nom) by Montanabw, Froggerlaura and Craiglduncan. Oxbow (foaled 2010) is an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the second jewel in the American Triple Crown, the 2013 Preakness Stakes. A bay colt sired by a winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic and out of a full sister to another Breeders' Cup Classic winner, he was sold as a yearling at Keeneland for $250,000. Oxbow is owned by Brad Kelley of Calumet Farm, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, and was ridden in his Triple Crown races by Gary Stevens.
Uruguayan War (nom) by Lecen and Astynax. The Uruguayan War (1864–1865) was fought between Uruguay's governing Blanco Party and an alliance consisting of the Empire of Brazil and the Uruguayan Colorado Party, covertly supported by Argentina. Since its independence, Uruguay had been ravaged by intermittent struggles between the Colorado and Blanco factions, each attempting to seize and maintain power in turn. The Colorado leader Venancio Flores launched the Liberating Crusade in 1863, an insurrection aimed at toppling Bernardo Berro, who presided over a Colorado–Blanco coalition (Fusionist) government. Flores was aided by Argentina, whose president Bartolomé Mitre provided him with supplies, Argentine volunteers and river transport for troops.
Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Australian service (nom) by Nick-D and Ian Rose. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and originally built by Lockheed. The Royal Australian Air Force has operated a total of 48 Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The type entered Australian service in December 1958, when No. 36 Squadron accepted the first of twelve C-130As, replacing its venerable Douglas C-47 Dakotas. The acquisition made Australia the first operator of the Hercules after the United States.
Gertie the Dinosaur (nom) by Curly Turkey. Gertie the Dinosaur is a 1914 animated short film by American cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay. It is the earliest animated film to feature a dinosaur. McCay first used the film before live audiences as an interactive part of his vaudeville act; the frisky, childlike Gertie did tricks at the command of her master.
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (nom) by Figureskatingfan. All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, published in 1986, is the fifth book in African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou's seven-volume autobiography series. Set between 1962 and 1965, the book begins when Angelou is thirty-three years old, and recounts the years she lived in Accra, Ghana. The book begins where Angelou's previous book, "The Heart of a Woman", ends, and ends as Angelou returns to America.
Sorga Ka Toedjoe (nom) by Crisco 1492. Sorga Ka Toedjoe is a 1940 film from the Dutch East Indies directed by Joshua and Othniel Wong for Tan's Film. It follows an older couple (Kartolo and Annie Landouw) who after years of separation are reunited by another, younger couple (Roekiah and Djoemala). The black-and-white film, the first production by Tan's Film after the departure of Rd. Mochtar, featured kroncong music and was targeted at lower-class native audiences. It was a commercial and critical success. It is likely a "lost film"; no known copies remain.
Drowning Girl (nom) by TonyTheTiger. Drowning Girl is a 1963 painting with oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas by Roy Lichtenstein. Utilizing the conventions of comic book art, a thought bubble conveys the thoughts of the figure, while Ben-Day dots echo the effect of the mechanized printing process. It is one of the most representative paintings of the pop art movement, and part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection since 1971.
Priyanka Chopra (nom) by Tibetan Prayer, Prashant! and Bollyjeff. Priyanka Chopra (born 1982) is an Indian film actress, singer, and songwriter. The winner of the Miss World pageant of 2000, through her successful film career Chopra has become one of Bollywood's highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular celebrities in India. She has won a National Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards in four categories.
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (nom) by Prhartcom and Midnightblueowl. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets is the first volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Commissioned by the conservative Belgian newspaper Le XXe Siècle as anti-communist propaganda for its children's supplement Le Petit Vingtième, it was serialised weekly from January 1929 to May 1930. The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, who are sent to the Soviet Union to report on the policies of Joseph Stalin's Bolshevik government. Tintin's intent to expose the regime's secrets prompts agents from the Soviet secret police, the OGPU, to hunt him down with the intent to kill.
Sholay (nom) by Bollyjeff and Dwaipayanc. Sholay is a 1975 action-adventure Hindi film directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by his father G. P. Sippy. The film follows two criminals, Veeru and Jai, hired by a retired police officer to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh. Sholay is considered a classic and one of the best Indian films. It was ranked first in the British Film Institute's 2002 poll of "Top 10 Indian Films" of all time and the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards named it the Best Film of 50 Years in 2005.
Alan McNicoll (nom) by Abraham, B.S.. Vice Admiral Sir Alan Wedel Ramsay McNicoll KBE, CB, GM (1908–1987) was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy and a diplomat. As torpedo officer of the 1st Submarine Flotilla in the Mediterranean theatre, McNicoll was decorated with the George Medal in 1941 for disarming enemy ordnance. He served aboard HMS King George V from 1942, sailing in support of several Arctic convoys and taking part in the Allied invasion of Sicily. McNicoll was posted for staff duties with the Admiralty from September 1943 and was involved in the planning of the Normandy landings. He returned to Australia in October 1944.
7 featured lists were promoted this week.
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (nom) by Arre 9 and SoapFan12. The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series is a Daytime Emmy Award presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It was first awarded at the 6th Daytime Emmy Awards in 1979 and is given to honor an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the daytime drama industry.
List of works by Amir Hamzah (nom) by Crisco 1492. Indonesian author Amir Hamzah (1911–1946) wrote 50 poems, 18 pieces of lyrical prose, 12 articles, 4 short stories, 3 poetry collections, and 1 original book. He also translated 44 poems, 1 piece of lyrical prose, and 1 book. The majority of Amir's original poems are included in his collections Njanji Soenji (1937) and Boeah Rindoe (1941), both first published in the literary magazine Poedjangga Baroe.
List of 1888–89 New Zealand Native football team matches (nom) by Shudde. The 1888–89 New Zealand Native football team played 107 rugby union matches during their 14-month tour of the British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand. The tour was the longest in rugby history, and the first by a New Zealand team to Europe. Of their rugby matches, they won 78, lost 23, and drew 6. The team played three internationals: a heavy loss to England, a win over Ireland, and narrow loss to Wales.
List of North Carolina Tar Heels in the NBA Draft (nom) by Disc Wheel. The North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team, representing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has had 104 players drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) since the league began holding the yearly event in 1947. The NBA uses a draft lottery to determine the first three picks of the NBA draft; the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year are eligible to participate. After the first three picks are decided, the rest of the teams pick in reverse order of their win–loss record. To be eligible for the NBA Draft, a player in the United States must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.
8 featured pictures were promoted this week.
Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel (nom, related article) created by John Singer Sargent and nominated by Keraunoscopia. This oil on canvas portrait of American performing artist and poet Gretchen Osgood Warren and her daughter Rachel was completed in 1903. Gretchen was born into an affluent family in Massachusetts and was educated in the arts, studying at the Paris Conservatory. She married into another wealthy family, becoming the wife of paper manufacturer Fiske Warren. Fiske commissioned this painting. Today it hangs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
John Herschel (nom, related article) created by Julia Margaret Cameron, restored and nominated by Adam Cuerden. Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Baronet (1792–1871) was an English scientist, inventor, and photographer. He made significant contributions in astronomy and to the development of photography. The photographer of this portrait, Julia Margaret Cameron, was noted for her portraits of celebrities.
Apollo 13 Mailbox (nom, related article) created by NASA and nominated by Wingtipvortex. At one point the Apollo 13 spacecraft's Lunar Module ran low on lithium hydroxide (LiOH) canisters which were used to remove carbon dioxide, which created a risk that the crew would die of carbon dioxide poisoning before they could return to Earth. There was an adequate supply of canisters in the Command Module but their shape was incompatible with the Lunar Module. NASA engineers on the ground improvised a way to connect the Command Module canisters to the Lunar Module's sockets using only the supplies that the astronauts had available to them. The astronauts called the invention "the mailbox".
Ethel Waters (nom, related article) created by William P. Gottlieb, restored and nominated by Adam Cuerden. Ethel Waters (1896–1977) was an American actress and vocalist. She was born in poverty and married at age 13. After leaving her husband she worked as a maid. Her career as a performer began at age 17 when she sang at a nightclub and impressed the audience. She became the second African American to be nominated for an Academy Award.
1901 series ten dollar bill (nom, related article) created by the United States Bureau of Engraving and printing, scanned at the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution by Godot13 and nominated by Crisco 1492. This American currency note features a bison and noted explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
Raden Saleh (nom, related article) created by Friedrich Carl Albert Schreuel and nominated by Crisco 1492. Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman (1807 or 1811–1880) was a well known Indonesian painter. He studied in Europe and painted portraits at European courts and is generally considered to be the first modern Indonesian painter. After living in Europe for 20 years, he returned to Indonesia where he continued to paint and worked as a conservator.
Sarah Vaughan performing in 1946 (nom, related article) created by William P. Gottlieb, and restored and nominated by Adam Cuerden. Sarah Lois Vaughan (1924–1990) was an American jazz vocalist. She won Grammy and National Endowment for the Arts awards. She was born into a musical family, her father played guitar and piano and her mother sang in a church choir. In her mid-teens she ventured into nightclubs and performed as a pianist and vocalist. She later won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in New York City. She toured with Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine. She officially began her solo career in 1944.