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This Signpost "Featured content" report covers material promoted from 12 October through 17 November. Text may be adapted from the respective articles and lists; see their page histories for attribution.
Manchester Cenotaph in front of the town hall
32 featured articles were promoted.
- Pru (nominated by Aoba47) is the debut studio album by American singer Pru. It was released on November 7, 2000, through Capitol Records. Pru was managed by Capitol Records executive Roy Lott, who had signed Pru to Warner/Chappell Music Publishing after being impressed by her songwriting and voice on a demo tape. Pru collaborated with Ben Garrison, the Characters, and Rick Williams on the album.
- The Guilden Morden boar (nominated by Usernameunique) is a sixth- or seventh-century Anglo-Saxon copper alloy figure of a boar that may have once served as the crest of a helmet. It was found around 1864 or 1865 in a grave in Guilden Morden, a village in the eastern English county of Cambridgeshire. There, the boar attended a skeleton with other objects, including a small earthenware bead with an incised pattern, although the boar is all that now remains. Herbert George Fordham, whose father originally discovered the boar, donated it to the British Museum in 1904.
- Hurricane Fred (nominated by Hylian Auree) was the second hurricane and sixth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. Fred originated from a well-defined tropical wave over West Africa in late August 2015. Once offshore, the wave moved northwestward and strengthened into a tropical storm on August 30. The following day, Fred grew to a Category 1 hurricane with peak winds of 85 mph (140 km/h) as it approached Cape Verde. After passing Boa Vista and moving away from Santo Antão, it entered a phase of steady weakening, dropping below hurricane status by September 1.
- Manchester Cenotaph (nominated by HJ Mitchell) is a First World War memorial, with additions for later conflicts, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for St Peter's Square in Manchester, England. The memorial was unveiled on 12 July 1924 by the Earl of Derby, assisted by Mrs Bingle, a local resident whose three sons had died in the war. It is a Grade II* listed structure and in 2015, Historic England recognised Manchester Cenotaph as part of a national collection of Lutyens' war memorials.
- The Battle of Groix (nominated by Jackyd101) was a large naval engagement which took place near the island of Groix off the Biscay coast of Brittany on 23 June 1795 (5 Messidor an III) during the French Revolutionary Wars. The battle was fought between elements of the British Channel Fleet and the French Atlantic Fleet, which were cruising in the region on separate missions. Three French ships were captured, all with very heavy casualties, and the remainder of the French fleet was left scattered across miles of coastline.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (nominated by TheJoebro64) is a 2006 action-adventure platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. A reboot of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, the game was produced in commemoration of the series' fifteenth anniversary. The story follows three hedgehogs—Sonic, Shadow, and Silver—who battle Solaris, an ancient evil pursued by Doctor Eggman. Gameplay is split into three separate campaigns for the hedgehogs, each of whom has its own unique abilities and must complete a series of levels to advance the story.
- Nights: Journey of Dreams (nominated by Jaguar) is an action video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Wii. The sequel to the 1996 Sega Saturn title Nights into Dreams, it was released in Japan and North America in December 2007, and in Australia and Europe the following month. The story follows two children, Will and Helen, who enter a dream world called Nightopia. When their nightmares come to life, they enlist the help of Nights, an exiled "Nightmaren", as they journey through Nightopia to stop the evil ruler Wizeman from escaping into the real world..
- Amy Adams (nominated by Krimuk2.0) is an American actress. She is known for both her comedic and dramatic performances, and as of 2017, is among the highest-paid actresses in the world. She has received several awards, including two Golden Globe Awards, and has been nominated for five Academy Awards and six British Academy Film Awards. Her first major role came in Steven Spielberg's 2002 biopic Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, but she was unemployed for a year after. Her breakthrough came in the part of a loquacious pregnant woman in the 2005 independent film Junebug.
- The Rodrigues rail (Erythromachus leguati) (nominated by FunkMonk) is an extinct species of the rail family that was endemic to the Mascarene island of Rodrigues, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The Rodrigues rail was described as having grey plumage, a red beak, red legs, and a naked red patch around the eye. It was flightless, fed on tortoise eggs, and was described as being attracted to red objects, which humans exploited while hunting it. The Rodrigues rail is believed to have become extinct in the mid-18th century because of predation by introduced cats and destruction of its habitat by tortoise hunters.
- "Habits (Stay High)" (nominated by Paparazzzi) is a song recorded by Swedish singer Tove Lo from her debut extended play, Truth Serum, and her debut studio album, Queen of the Clouds (2014). It was written by Lo with Ludvig Söderberg and Jakob Jerlström, while it was produced by the latter two under the production name The Struts. Initially, the singer self-released the song under the title "Habits" on 15 March 2013; after Lo was signed to Universal Music, the track was re-released on 6 December 2013. Musically, it is a pop and electropop song which features a minimal and upbeat electronic instrumentation. Its lyrics delve into the singer's attempts to forget her previous boyfriend through substance abuse, drinking and other hedonistic practices.
- The S-50 (Manhattan Project) (nominated by Hawkeye7) was the Manhattan Project's effort to produce enriched uranium by liquid thermal diffusion during World War II. It was one of three technologies for uranium enrichment pursued by the Manhattan Project. The liquid thermal diffusion process was not one of the enrichment technologies initially selected for use in the Manhattan Project, and was developed independently by Philip H. Abelson and other scientists at the United States Naval Research Laboratory. This was primarily due to doubts about the process's technical feasibility, but inter-service rivalry between the United States Army and United States Navy also played a part.
- Spiro Agnew (nominated by Brianboulton) was the 39th Vice President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1973. He was the second and most recent vice president to resign the office, though unlike John C. Calhoun in 1832, Agnew left office in disgrace. Beginning in early 1973, Agnew was investigated by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland on suspicion of conspiracy, bribery, extortion and tax fraud. After denying his guilt for months, Agnew negotiated a plea agreement that would involve his resignation from office. On October 10, 1973, Agnew pled no contest to a single felony charge of tax evasion, resigned his office, and was replaced by House Minority Leader Gerald Ford.
- Tukwila International Boulevard station (nominated by SounderBruce) is a light rail station in Tukwila, Washington, United States. It lies between SeaTac/Airport and Rainier Beach stations on the Central Link line from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport to Downtown Seattle. The station consists of two elevated side platforms enclosed in a structure northeast of the interchange of State Route 99 (International Boulevard) and State Route 518. As one of two park and rides along the line, it includes 662 parking spaces in three lots.
- The Fountainhead (nominated by RL0919) is a 1943 novel by Russian-American author Ayn Rand, her first major literary success. The novel's protagonist, Howard Roark, is an individualistic young architect who designs modernist buildings and refuses to compromise with an architectural establishment unwilling to accept innovation. Roark embodies what Rand believed to be the ideal man, and his struggle reflects Rand's belief that individualism is superior to collectivism.
- Achelousaurus (nominated by FunkMonk) is a genus of ceratopsid dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous Period of what is now North America, about 74.2 million years ago. The first fossils of Achelousaurus were collected in Montana in 1987, by a team led by Jack Horner, with more finds made in 1989. An average-sized centrosaurine, Achelousaurus was about 6 m (20 ft) long, with a weight of about 3 t (3.3 short tons). As a ceratopsian, it walked on all fours, had a short tail and a large head with a hooked beak. It had a bony neck-frill at the rear of the skull, which sported a pair of long spikes curving towards the outside.
- Casey Stengel (nominated by Wehwalt) was an American Major League Baseball right fielder and manager best known as the manager of both the championship New York Yankees of the 1950s, and later of the hapless expansion New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. Although Stengel is sometimes described as one of the great managers in major league history, others have contrasted his success during the Yankee years with his lack of success at other times, and concluded he was only a good manager when given good players.
- The Boat Races 2017 (nominated by The Rambling Man) Held annually, the Boat Race is a side-by-side rowing race between crews from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge along a 4.2-mile (6.8 km) tidal stretch of the River Thames in south-west London. For the second time in the history of the event, the men's, women's and both reserves' races were all held on the Tideway on the same day. The races were watched by around a quarter of a million spectators live, and were broadcast around the world by a variety of broadcasters. The two main races were also available for the first time as a live stream using YouTube.
- Alfred Shout (nominated by Abraham, B.S.) was a New Zealand-born soldier posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Lone Pine in August 1915, during the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. After Ottoman forces had counterattacked and seized a large stretch of the Australians' front line, Shout gathered a small party of men and charged down one trench throwing bombs. He managed to retake the trench, and in a similar action later that day, recaptured further ground. In the final push forward, Shout simultaneously lit three bombs to lob at the enemy. One burst just as it was leaving his hand. Shout was grievously wounded, and died two days later.
- The Balfour Declaration (nominated by Onceinawhile) was a public statement issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a minority Jewish population. The declaration greatly increased popular support for Zionism, and led to the creation of Mandatory Palestine, which later became Israel and the Palestinian territories. As a result it is considered to have caused the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
- Operation Inmate (nominated by Nick-D) was an attack by the British Pacific Fleet against Japanese positions on Truk Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean during the Second World War. The attacks against the isolated islands on 14 and 15 June 1945 were conducted to provide combat experience for the aircraft carrier HMS Implacable and several of the fleet's cruisers and destroyers ahead of their involvement in more demanding operations off the Japanese home islands. The damage to the Japanese facilities in the atoll, which had been repeatedly attacked during 1944 and 1945, was modest.
- Mells War Memorial (nominated by HJ Mitchell) is a First World War memorial by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the village of Mells in the Mendip Hills of Somerset, south-western England. Unveiled in 1921, the memorial takes the form of a marble column topped by a sculpture of Saint George slaying a dragon, an image Lutyens used on two other public war memorials. At the base of the column, the names of the village's war dead are inscribed on stone panels. Additional panels were fixed to the wall after the Second World War to commemorate that conflict.
- The Coldrum Long Barrow (nominated by Midnightblueowl) is a chambered long barrow located near the village of Trottiscliffe in the south-eastern English county of Kent. Probably constructed in the fourth millennium BCE, during Britain's Early Neolithic period, today it survives only in a state of ruin. In local folklore, the site became associated with the burial of a prince and the countless stones motif. The ruin attracted the interest of antiquarians in the 19th century, while archaeological excavation took place in the early 20th. In 1926, ownership was transferred to heritage charity The National Trust.
- The black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (nominated by RileyBugz) is a member of the grebe family of water birds. This species is present in parts of Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas. Although it generally avoids flight, the black-necked grebe travels as far as 6,000 kilometres (3,700 mi) during migration. In addition, it becomes flightless for two months after completing a migration to reach an area where it can safely moult. The migrations to reach these areas are dangerous, sometimes with thousands of grebe deaths. In spite of this, it is classified as a least concern species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
- Craig Kieswetter (nominated by Harrias) is an English professional golfer and former cricketer who appeared in 71 matches for the England cricket team between 2010 and 2013. Born and raised in South Africa, Kieswetter moved to England to complete his education, and began playing county cricket for Somerset in 2007. Three years later, he made his international debut in a One Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh. A wicket-keeper batsman, he was considered a one-day specialist, and all his international appearances came in ODIs or Twenty20 Internationals.
- The northern rosella (Platycercus venustus) (nominated by Casliber) is a species of parrot native to northern Australia, ranging from the Gulf of Carpentaria and Arnhem Land to the Kimberley. It was described by Heinrich Kuhl in 1820, and two subspecies are recognised. The species is unusually coloured for a rosella, with a dark head and neck with pale cheeks. The northern rosella's mantle and scapulars are black with fine yellow scallops, while its back, rump and underparts are pale yellow with fine black scallops. The long tail is blue green and the wings are black and blue violet.
- Raymond Leane (nominated by Peacemaker67) was an Australian Army officer who rose to command the 48th Battalion then 12th Brigade during World War I. For his performance during the war, Leane was described by the Australian Official War Historian, Charles Bean, as "the foremost fighting leader" in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), and "the head of the most famous family of soldiers in Australian history", among other accolades. After the war, he served as Commissioner of the South Australia Police from 1920 to 1944, for which he was knighted.
- Melanie Barnett (nominated by Aoba47) is a fictional character, portrayed by actress Tia Mowry, who appears in the American sitcom The Game. Melanie chooses to support her boyfriend Derwin Davis' (Pooch Hall) career with the San Diego Sabers, a fictional National Football League team, rather than attend medical school at Johns Hopkins University. The series focuses primarily on Melanie and Derwin's complicated relationship, with her fears of his infidelity at the center of many of the episodes' storylines.
- DJ AM (born Adam Michael Goldstein) (nominated by Freikorp) was an American disc jockey (DJ). Goldstein became obsessed with deejaying as a child after watching Herbie Hancock perform his 1983 single "Rockit". Goldstein developed a drug addiction as a teenager, and was addicted to crack cocaine for several years in his early twenties. Goldstein began deejaying in clubs in Los Angeles and joined the band Crazy Town in 1999. He left the group in 2001 and focused on a career as a solo DJ. On August 28, 2009, he was found dead in his New York City apartment from a drug overdose.
- Cleopatra Selene (nominated by Attar-Aram syria) was queen consort of Egypt and Syria then regent and queen regnant of Syria. In various political maneuvers, Cleopatra Selene married her two brothers, and married her two cousins (who were also brothers). She finally married her step-son and gave birth to two children, one of whom became king, with herself as co-ruler. Cleopatra Selene controlled several coastal towns until 69 BC, when she was besieged by Tigranes in Ptolemais; the Armenian king captured the queen and later executed her.
- Jean Bolikango (nominated by Indy beetle) was a prominent Congolese educator, writer, and conservative politician who enjoyed substantial popularity among the Bangala people. He served twice as Deputy Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo), in September 1960 and from February to August 1962. He headed the Parti de l'Unité Nationale and worked as a key opposition member in Parliament in the early 1960s.
- Cento Vergilianus de laudibus Christi (nominated by Gen. Quon) is a Latin poem which was arranged by Faltonia Betitia Proba c. AD 352–84 after her conversion to Christianity. A cento is a poetic work composed of verses or passages taken from other authors and re-arranged in a new order. This poem reworks verses extracted from the work of Virgil to tell stories from the Old and New Testament of the Christian Bible. Much of the work focusses on the story of Jesus Christ.
- Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (nominated by Jaguar) is a pinball video game developed by the Sega Technical Institute and published by Sega. The game's plot revolves around series antagonist Doctor Robotnik's desire to enslave the population of planet Mobius via a machine powered by pinball-like mechanisms. The game is set in a series of pinball machine-like environments in which the player controls Sonic the Hedgehog, who acts as a pinball for the majority of the game.
24 featured lists were promoted.
- John Ford filmography (nominated by Jimknut)
- List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Northamptonshire (nominated by Dudley Miles)
- Serie A Coach of the Year (nominated by The Rambling Man)
- List of accolades received by Neerja (nominated by Mr. Smart LION)
- List of Hot Country Singles & Tracks number ones of 2000 (nominated by ChrisTheDude)
- Grade II* listed buildings in Sedgemoor (nominated by Rodw)
- Anushka Shetty filmography (nominated by Kailash29792)
- List of songs recorded by Led Zeppelin (nominated by BeatlesLedTV)
- Anne Hathaway on screen and stage (nominated by Krish!)
- 1924 Winter Olympics medal table (nominated by Harrias)
- Vera Farmiga on screen and stage (nominated by RedLiquorice)
- Val Barker Trophy (nominated by The Rambling Man)
- Robot Hall of Fame (nominated by Holiday56 and The Rambling Man)
- List of Metro (Minnesota) light rail stations (nominated by Bobamnertiopsis)
- Beyoncé videography (nominated by FrB.TG)
- Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year (nominated by The Rambling Man)
- List of centuries in Twenty20 International cricket (nominated by Ianblair23)
- List of songs recorded by She & Him (nominated by Damian Vo)
- List of Local Nature Reserves in Suffolk (nominated by Dudley Miles)
- Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics (nominated by Harrias)
- List of accolades received by Kaththi (nominated by Ssven2)
- M. G. Ramachandran filmography (nominated by Ssven2)
- List of accolades received by Dil Dhadakne Do (nominated by Krish!)
- IRPA Try of the Year (nominated by The Rambling Man)
10 featured pictures were promoted.