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16 May 2022
- 00:00, 16 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that The Archives of the Planet includes 72,000 color photographs (example pictured) of human cultures taken in 50 countries between 1908 and 1931?
- ... that Port Jefferson village officials opposed the expansion of the Caithness Long Island Energy Center because they feared it would lead to the decommissioning of the Port Jefferson Power Station?
- ... that Jusuf Muda Dalam is the only Indonesian politician to date to be sentenced to death for corruption?
- ... that the construction of Washington State Route 512 included a new high school football stadium to replace a demolished one?
- ... that journalist W. A. Hewitt refereed the first game played in the history of ice hockey at the Olympic Games?
- ... that the 3rd Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia has suspended multiple sessions due to open brawls and fights between opposition and ruling party parliamentarians?
- ... that Romy Golan's 2021 book Flashback, Eclipse is an exploration of Italian art of the 1960s that moved away from the art created under Italian fascism?
- ... that in 1999, donors to the American Airlines Theatre could pay US$75,000 for their name on a bathroom?
15 May 2022
- 00:00, 15 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that former convict Lord William Beauchamp Nevill (pictured) wrote Penal Servitude, a book about his prison experiences?
- ... that during the 2013 Norwegian Sámi parliamentary election, the North Calotte People party advocated the transformation of the Norwegian Sámi parliament into a joint Kven and Sámi parliament?
- ... that professional steer wrestler Ty Erickson broke the record for season earnings by $33,152?
- ... that an Israeli football club whose fans regularly shout "death to Arabs" was almost half-owned by an Arab Sheik?
- ... that Bhutanese cricketer Anju Gurung, a pace bowler, has been described as looking "... more like a pop star ..."?
- ... that even though plans to convert the studio building of station KITN in Olympia, Washington, into a courthouse were soon changed, county taxpayers still paid its moving expenses?
- ... that Ignacy Korwin-Milewski amassed a collection of more than 200 paintings by Polish artists, one of the largest private collections of contemporary Polish art at the time?
- ... that the black Christian Siriano gown worn by actor Billy Porter was said to have "won" the 91st Academy Awards?
14 May 2022
- 00:00, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that French deafblind artist Arnaud Balard created the Sign Union flag (pictured) in 2013 to promote the global unity of deaf people?
- ... that after the ANT catalog of espionage tools by the National Security Agency was leaked to the public, the tools were implemented as open-source hardware and software?
- ... that as a young girl, Countess Ladislaja Harnoncourt was thought to be uneducatable and was nicknamed the "wild Laja"?
- ... that during a promotional tour of Matt & Kim's third album Sidewalks, it was played on the public speaker system of the venue before each show began but none of its tracks were on the setlist?
- ... that Brian Fawcett, who would have turned 78 today, taught English to inmates before becoming a full-time writer?
- ... that Iowa radio station KTFC was partially powered by a wind turbine that the owner had bought from an Arizona wind farm?
- ... that many places in the United Kingdom were racially segregated and non-white customers were banned from using spaces and facilities, even though the law never officially permitted such a colour bar?
- ... that 19th-century Polish ethnographer Zorian Dołęga-Chodakowski travelled the countryside as a "wild man" and later appeared as a literary character?
13 May 2022
- 00:00, 13 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that an advertising campaign promoting an Aqua Teen Hunger Force film went wrong when signs throughout Boston displaying the Mooninites (example pictured) were mistaken for bombs?
- ... that Elizabeth Bonhôte wrote Bungay Castle after her husband bought Bungay Castle?
- ... that Mallory McMorrow won a public contest to design the Mazda3 while she was a college student?
- ... that Suluh Indonesia, once Indonesia's top newspaper by circulation, was banned after the 30 September Movement in 1965?
- ... that ice hockey player Ilya Samsonov chose the position of goaltender because he thought that the equipment looked cool?
- ... that Goodbye Normal Street was named after a street in Oklahoma, but also refers to the Turnpike Troubadours' new life touring on the road?
- ... that "toe-trimmed" alluvial fans on Mars provide evidence of ancient Martian river systems?
- ... that Bret Price built a 1,500-pound (680 kg) zipper in his backyard?
12 May 2022
- 00:00, 12 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that transgender pioneer Barbara Ann Wilcox (pictured) proposed to her husband on the day she met him?
- ... that in the 1970s, anime song lyrics which centered on the characters' thoughts and feelings became more widely known to the Japanese public?
- ... that Fane Lozman took Riviera Beach to the US Supreme Court once in 2013 for seizing his floating home and again in 2018 for arresting him, and won both times?
- ... that the "pathbreaking" book Paradigm Lost recommends abandoning the two-state solution in favor of equal rights for all inhabitants of Israel and Palestine?
- ... that Vanita Jagdeo Borade has been called the "Snake Woman" for having rescued more than 50,000 snakes?
- ... that more than 30,000 cars were being towed annually by the 1970s to accommodate snow removal efforts in Montreal?
- ... that President Thomas A. Spragens suspended all classes at Centre College several days after the Kent State shootings, and organized teaching sessions for students on the college lawn?
- ... that BeReal, a social media app, purportedly makes everyone look boring?
11 May 2022
- 00:00, 11 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that Kyiv's Molodyy Theatre is located in the same mansion (pictured) originally occupied by Les Kurbas's first theatre of the same name?
- ... that the form of ecclesiastical income in the Catholic Church known as the mense gets its name from the Latin word mensa, meaning 'table'?
- ... that pianist Paul Pollei was a founding member of a quartet that utilized two pianos and eight hands to play complex pieces?
- ... that in 1972, Catalina Island was occupied by the Brown Berets, who claimed that the territory rightfully belonged to Mexico?
- ... that the Black Opry is a website and musical revue that helps raise awareness of Black artists in country music?
- ... that Satya Graha was briefly barred from reporting from the Indonesian presidential palace after his newspaper published a piece on Sukarno's new wife?
- ... that in 2006, when The New York Times Book Review asked "What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?", the answer was Beloved by Toni Morrison?
- ... that István Banó collected Two Pieces of Nuts in Baranya?
10 May 2022
- 00:00, 10 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that Ron Miles (pictured), who would have turned 59 today, played in the same high school jazz band as Don Cheadle?
- ... that during the attack on the Delhi chief minister's residence, protesters painted the gate red and tried to scale it while police officers watched?
- ... that Francis Orray Ticknor was a country doctor whose fame as a poet relies on "Little Giffen", a poem about one of his patients who died in the American Civil War?
- ... that the 1653 hymn "Du, o schönes Weltgebäude", about renouncing the world, contains the stanza "Komm, O Tod, du Schlafes Bruder", which Bach used to conclude his cross-staff cantata?
- ... that Satyagraha Hoerip wrote a short story set during the Indonesian mass killings of 1965–66 from the perspective of the killers-to-be?
- ... that the NBA Comeback Player of the Year Award was canceled, reportedly because of drugs?
- ... that a call to prayer is a common feature to Christianity, Islam and Judaism?
- ... that topics on Recess Therapy have included the economy, climate change, and peeing your pants?
9 May 2022
- 00:00, 9 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that the scientific name of the crimson-headed partridge (pictured) translates to "blood-headed blood quail"?
- ... that disability-rights activist Edith Prentiss objected to the title of a documentary about her, Edith Prentiss: Hell on Wheels, for being too mild?
- ... that "Es tönen die Lieder", a German round about greeting spring with songs, first appeared in 1869 in a collection of works by Adolf Spieß, who developed a series of school-gymnastics steps to it?
- ... that Nigerian footballer Chibuzor Nwakanma was among the first few foreign players to play for all the "big three" Kolkata-based football clubs, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, and Mohammedan Sporting?
- ... that LACE found a pre-dawn breeze on the Moon?
- ... that messianic rebel Abu al-Umaytir's attempt to restore the Umayyad Caliphate in Damascus was defeated by the forces of the Abbasid loyalist Ibn Bayhas?
- ... that Ukrainian science fiction and fantasy is written both in Ukrainian and Russian?
- ... that Shining Spark has sired 1,300 foals?
8 May 2022
- 00:00, 8 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that English singer Ella Henderson (pictured) almost named her second studio album Chapter Two, but decided instead that "this is a whole book"?
- ... that the sea squirt Distomus variolosus colonises both fronds of kelp and the shells of crustaceans such as the spider crab Maja brachydactyla?
- ...that "The College Chimes" by American composer Daisy Wood Hildreth was chosen by the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts as their alumni song?
- ... that otomechikku, a subgenre of Japanese girls' comics focusing on stories about ordinary teenaged protagonists, has been compared to monogatari and the genre of Bildungsroman?
- ... that Free Comic Book Day was inspired by Free Scoop Night at an ice cream parlor?
- ... that although it spent only one week on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, "Visitor" was the fifth Adult Alternative Airplay number-one for Of Monsters and Men?
- ... that Vincent Munier's quest to photograph snow leopards became the basis for several books and a film?
- ... that Doug was nominated to Guinness World Records as the world's largest potato before genetic testing confirmed that it was actually a tuber of a gourd?
7 May 2022
- 00:00, 7 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that the algal species Trachelomonas cervicula (pictured) has been observed in environments highly polluted with cadmium, lead, and zinc?
- ... that William Williams was a newspaper publisher who volunteered for service during the War of 1812 and advanced to the rank of colonel?
- ... that "Hey, Hey, Rise Up!" is the first new Pink Floyd song in more than 25 years?
- ... that Johannes zu Eltz, who decided to become a Catholic priest after earning his doctorate in law, has advocated blessings of same-sex marriages by the Catholic Church?
- ... that the Jefferson Scholarship gives scholars more than $293,000 to attend the University of Virginia?
- ... that Carrie Jenkins Harris, the North American writer who died in 1903, should not be confused with Carrie Jenkins Harris, the North American writer and editor who died in 1903?
- ... that Castle Hill in Budapest's 1st district is easily accessible by funicular?
- ... that when Hasan Gayo led a group of men to seize a railway company, its Japanese guards offered no resistance?
6 May 2022
- 00:00, 6 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that the Duke of Alcantara Stradivarius violin (pictured) went missing for 27 years?
- ... that the Yiddish-language satirical newspaper Munkatsher Humorist frequently joked about disputes between the Hasidic courts of Munkacs and Belz?
- ... that American author Julie Jensen McDonald's first story was sold to a Sunday school paper for US$6.50?
- ... that Harry Styles's goddaughter voices the opening words in "As It Was"?
- ... that Angela Bassett donated a dance studio at the Royal Theater in St. Petersburg?
- ... that Hokuseihō Osamu was inspired to become a sumo wrestler by a chance meeting with Hakuhō, a yokozuna, at an airport?
- ... that the 1662 Book of Common Prayer was approved by Parliament on 19 May 1662, and required by law starting on St Bartholomew's Day that year?
- ... that Winston Churchill reportedly called Sam Atyeo the world's most foul-mouthed diplomat?
5 May 2022
- 00:00, 5 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that NTT Docomo was the first cell phone service to utilize deco mail (emoji pictured)?
- ... that Henry Wilson Hodge served as the director of military railroads for the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I?
- ... that some have considered the Holocaust a unique event, external to history and beyond human understanding?
- ... that a reviewer noted that when Leo Hussain conducted Weinberg's Die Passagierin at the Oper Frankfurt, the orchestra excelled in chamber music moments, hard beats and distorted entertainment music?
- ... that in 1981 Indiana State University–Evansville received a donation valued at nearly $300,000 in the form of campus radio station WSWI?
- ... that the body of Hacı Lokman Birlik was dragged behind a Turkish police vehicle, justified by the Ministry of the Interior by saying that the police assumed the body had a bomb attached to it?
- ... that the 2022 EuroLeague Playoffs marked the first appearance in the event for AS Monaco?
- ... that Hi-Tek Corporation's 725 series keyboard switches were rated for a lifetime of 100 million keystrokes?
4 May 2022
- 00:00, 4 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that the recycling symbol (pictured) depicts a Möbius strip?
- ... that Nick Schmaltz's older brother and younger sister would team up against him when they played basement hockey as children?
- ... that the former German chancellor Bernhard von Bülow called Wilhelm II's 1900 Hun speech the "worst speech of that time and perhaps the most disgraceful speech that Wilhelm II [had] ever given"?
- ... that if a disaster is avoided through planning and vigilance, people will paradoxically doubt that the preparation was necessary?
- ... that Port Vale F.C. is the only club to have beaten all 91 other clubs in the top four divisions of the current English football league system in a competitive league fixture?
- ... that Eoseira wilsonii "slime" likely helped in fossil preservation?
- ... that George Balanchine's ballet Who Cares?, to songs written by George Gershwin, is likened to "a tap dance on pointe"?
- ... that Klaus Wallrath composed a mass for peace for the 2018 Katholikentag in Münster, performed to an audience of more than 30,000 by a choir, an orchestra, and a dance company?
3 May 2022
- 00:00, 3 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that Phoenix's Chinese Cultural Center (pictured) was remodeled into an ordinary office building despite the objections of preservationists and community groups?
- ... that John Spencer "exploded two myths" by winning the 1977 World Snooker Championship with a two-piece cue that he had only been using for a couple of months?
- ... that Mansiya V. P., an Indian classical dancer, has experimented with choreographing a fusion of classical Bharatnatyam and traditional Sufi music?
- ... that there are only around 30 southern corroboree frogs in the wild?
- ... that man camps can overwhelm local infrastructure, including emergency services, and contribute to an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in North America?
- ... that in 1776 Abraham Hunt entertained Hessian mercenaries with food and drink to render them incapable for duty the night before George Washington defeated them at Trenton?
- ... that visitors to Balmaclellan in Scotland can stay in a historic watermill that is "remarkable" for the preservation of its internal workings?
- ... that Japanese mixed martial artist Itsuki Hirata's nickname is "Android 18" due to being told she looks like the Dragon Ball character?
2 May 2022
- 00:00, 2 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that Interlingue, an international auxiliary language, was released 100 years ago under the name Occidental (advertisement pictured) by a Baltic German from Estonia?
- ... that Hungarian historian Andrea Pető believes that "right to be forgotten" policies should not be applied to the Holocaust?
- ... that NYXL was the first organization to own and operate multiple New York esports franchises?
- ... that by devising the Fairfield Experiment in industrial relations, Iain Maxwell Stewart inspired The Bowler and the Bunnet, Sean Connery's sole film as a director?
- ... that the first show at the Gershwin Theatre was also the first Broadway show to lose US$1 million?
- ... that Mexican sinologist Flora Botton was rescued by an American soldier when being transported on a train from Bergen-Belsen in 1945?
- ... that Of Monsters and Men filmed the music video for their song "Wild Roses" in 12 hours, just before beginning a tour?
- ... that the village of Eziler in Turkey has a girls' floor hockey team, but it has no gym?
1 May 2022
- 00:00, 1 May 2022 (UTC)
- ... that the French mezzo-soprano Germaine Bailac (pictured) played the title role in Bizet's Carmen at least 3,000 times?
- ... that Hollywood star Gary Cooper was baptised at the Church of All Saints, Houghton Regis?
- ... that eight of ten ministers in the Bhagwant Mann ministry are first-term members of the Punjab Legislative Assembly?
- ... that a mobile production unit served as the first studios of Washington state public TV station KTNW?
- ... that five years after Ihsan Gürz died while in Dutch police custody, his father was convicted of swearing at a police officer who had been present at his arrest?
- ... that the Richard Dawkins Award is awarded for publicly proclaiming "the values of secularism and rationalism, upholding scientific truth wherever it may lead"?
- ... that Jumbo Brown gained 68 pounds (31 kg) after he had his tonsils removed?
- ... that the Guyim Vault House has been compared to a spaceship?