From today's featured article
Did you know ...
- ... that Danny Kaleikini (pictured) once worked as a singing hotel busboy in Waikiki before becoming the headline entertainer at the Kahala Hilton for 28 years?
- ... that the new curriculum in Wales allows schools to set their own curricula?
- ... that Frank Goadby said that he served on 44 committees after his retirement from the British Army?
- ... that supply-side progressivism is a response to rising costs of housing, healthcare, and other essential goods in the United States?
- ... that Vikki Blanche did not take her Neighbours audition seriously, thinking that she would not be cast so soon after graduating from school?
- ... that an attempt to jazz up a South Carolina radio station did not get much response from listeners?
- ... that Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, said that Ukrainians care less about her being transgender than Americans do?
- ... that shoshin is a Zen Buddhist term that means having a "beginner's mind"?
In the news
- NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft deliberately impacts the asteroid Dimorphos (pictured) in a demonstration of asteroid impact avoidance.
- Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets a new world record at the Berlin Marathon.
- The centre-right coalition wins a majority of seats in the Italian general election.
- In Australian rules football, the AFL season concludes with the Geelong Football Club defeating the Sydney Swans in the Grand Final.
On this day
- 1923 – The Mandate for Palestine came into effect, officially creating the protectorates of Mandatory Palestine under British administration and Transjordan as a separate emirate under King Abdullah I.
- 1955 – The first Indonesian legislative election resulted in an unexpectedly poor result for the Masyumi Party of incumbent prime minister Burhanuddin Harahap (pictured).
- 1991 – The award-winning Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast premiered while unfinished at the New York Film Festival.
- 2004 – Archaeologists and volunteers began excavation of the remains of Fort Tanjong Katong in Singapore.
- 2006 – Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 collided in mid-air with an Embraer Legacy business jet near Peixoto de Azevedo, Brazil, killing 154 people and triggering a national aviation crisis.
Today's featured picture
Jewess with Oranges is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Polish artist Aleksander Gierymski, completed in 1881 and purchased in 1928 by the National Museum in Warsaw. During the World War II looting of Poland, the painting was stolen by German forces, and the Polish authorities sought its whereabouts and its return after the war. On 26 November 2010, the painting appeared in an antique market in Buxtehude, Germany. The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage began negotiations to bring the painting back to Poland. The talks were successful, and on 15 July 2011 the painting was returned to the National Museum, with compensation paid by the PZU Foundation to the German owner.
Painting credit: Aleksander Gierymski