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16 July 2018
- 00:00, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Javier "Chicharito" Hernández (pictured) is the first Mexican footballer to score 50 international goals?
- ... that footballer Mohamed El-Shenawy declined his man of the match award after Egypt's opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
- ... that a new soccer team in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will schedule its home games around the Albuquerque Isotopes baseball team, with whom it will share a stadium?
- ... that footballer Adrian Alston performed the Cruyff Turn at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, before Johan Cruyff made the move famous?
- ... that Rashad Sadygov is the most capped Azerbaijani international footballer of all time?
- ... that in 2018 Trent Alexander-Arnold became only the fourth teenager to start a match for England at the FIFA World Cup?
- ... that the footballer Kahraba ("Electricity") was given his nickname due to his pace and energy?
- ... that the jerseys of American soccer team Las Vegas Lights FC feature a smiley face on the underside for use in goal celebrations?
15 July 2018
- 03:20, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that two protestors from Greenpeace climbed up one of Conesville Power Plant's smokestacks (pictured) to protest against acid rain?
- ... that "Go England" was written as an adaptation of The Jam's "Going Underground" to support England at the 2002 FIFA World Cup?
- ... that the leech Theromyzon tessulatum is a parasite of waterfowl, invading their mouths, noses, and respiratory passages?
- ... that Yan Jizhou's 1957 film Early Morning Chill was repeatedly criticized in China for portraying traitors to the Communist revolution in a sympathetic light?
- ... that public art at South Tacoma station includes a granite railroad spike and a pair of 18-foot (5.5 m) arches shaped like train wheels?
- ... that the title of "Da der Herr Christ zu Tische saß", a long Passion hymn by Nikolaus Herman published in 1560, alludes to the Last Supper?
- ... that under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Tarapore, the Poona Horse regiment, 17th Battalion, destroyed sixty Pakistani tanks during the Battle of Chawinda?
- ... that John Gorrie has no memory of directing the third episode of the Doctor Who serial The Reign of Terror, despite official documentation stating he did?
14 July 2018
- 03:35, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Castle Lake (pictured) was created by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens?
- ... that Welsh international footballer Darcy Blake left the professional game at the age of 25 and later played amateur rugby?
- ... that John Philip Sousa composed the dirge performed at his own funeral?
- ... that Egyptian-American physician Adel Mahmoud oversaw the development of the Gardasil HPV vaccine?
- ... that the gut of Piscicola geometra harbours symbiotic bacteria which help the leech to digest fish blood?
- ... that Joseph Samuel Clark turned down Herbert Hoover's offer to serve as the United States Ambassador to Liberia in 1931 to remain the president of Southern University?
- ... that the Lonsdale Belt is the oldest championship belt in British boxing?
- ... that Theodora was dragged from a monastery and forced to become Empress of the Byzantine Empire against her will?
13 July 2018
- 03:50, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Dutch psychiatrist Tina Strobos (pictured), who rescued over 100 Jewish refugees during World War II, said that her grandmother was the only person she knew who scared the Gestapo?
- ... that in the book The Lucifer Effect, author Philip Zimbardo examines parallels between his 1971 Stanford prison experiment and the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case in 2003?
- ... that the centenary of the Protestant Church Wilnsdorf in 2013 was celebrated by the same hymn, and a sermon from the same biblical text, employed at its consecration?
- ... that the Holby City production team worked with Parkinson's UK to create a Parkinson's disease storyline for the character Alex Adams?
- ... that days after the Kent train station opened, a robbery was foiled there by the station agent armed with an iron poker?
- ... that Chinese scientist Liu Xinyuan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine?
- ... that a NIS20,000 offer by Burger Ranch to distribute the Israeli video game series Piposh was turned down by the developers because they were vegetarians?
12 July 2018
- 01:10, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Israel Defense Forces exonerated the soldier who killed Mustafa Tamimi with a tear-gas canister (incident pictured), saying the soldier had not seen "any people in the line of fire"?
- ... that the University of Texas at Austin's Little Campus was previously used as an asylum for the blind, a residence for General Custer, and a hospital for the senile?
- ... that Wang Yinglai, considered a potential candidate for a Nobel Prize after he successfully synthesized insulin, became a virtual prisoner during the Cultural Revolution?
- ... that an allied force of Republican soldiers and Parthians swiftly overran much of the eastern Roman lands that were under Mark Antony in 40 BC?
- ... that footballer Ali Ghazal was the first Egyptian player to be appointed permanent captain of a top-division European club?
- ... that between 1957 and 1972, the market price of oil was less than the posted price of oil?
- ... that Andreas Großmann commissioned the oratorio Laudato si' for the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Limburg's church music department, which he heads?
- ... that the city of Lynnwood, Washington, was named after the wife of a local realtor?
11 July 2018
- 00:00, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that naval historian and artist Oscar Parkes became interested in ships after seeing a picture of the USS Baltimore (pictured) on a biscuit tin?
- ... that since their founding in 1919, the Green Bay Packers have retired the uniform numbers of only six players?
- ... that Innocenzo Leonelli gave his wealth to the poor and renounced his name to become a hermit?
- ... that French mezzo-soprano Isabelle Druet is a fan of reggae?
- ... that Lion's Choice, based in St. Louis, was founded by a chemical engineer?
- ... that Constantine Dalassenos twice came close to marrying Zoë Porphyrogenita and becoming emperor of Byzantium – and twice failed?
- ... that Magnolia Way, officially designated as Mississippi Highway 780, is unsigned at both ends?
10 July 2018
- 02:35, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that of thrice-married composer Alma Mahler (pictured), Tom Lehrer crooned, "Alma, tell us! / All modern women are jealous / Which of your magical wands / got you Gustav and Walter and Franz"?
- ... that the Vilama caldera volcano on the border between Bolivia and Argentina produced over 1,200 cubic kilometres (290 cu mi) of rock in a single eruption?
- ... that the head of Constantine III was presented to his co-emperor Honorius on the end of a pole?
- ... that comic book writer Cullen Bunn included "touchstones" like Star Trek and Firefly in his pitch for Asgardians of the Galaxy?
- ... that Mexican-American human rights activist Alicia Cuarón became a Franciscan nun in her fifties?
- ... that the 1980 Finniston Report found that only 56% of British people considered engineering a good career for a woman?
- ... that Keith M. Davidson, the former attorney of Stormy Daniels, slept in a closet during his years at Boston College?
- ... that a German plan for the invasion of the United Kingdom became part of the plot for a best-selling novel?
9 July 2018
- 00:40, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that among its red, pink, violet or white warts, the warty sea star (pictured) has green pedicellaria?
- ... that Tony Ridley was described as "a very brainy backroom boy" with "no management experience whatever" when appointed director-general of the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive?
- ... that the 2017–18 Thai temple fraud investigations, which led to the imprisonment of high-ranking Buddhist monks, were seen by critics as being politically motivated?
- ... that Cornelia Wulkopf made her operatic debut in the centenary production of Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Festival and recorded the alto part in Bach's Mass in B minor with Sergiu Celibidache?
- ... that Hocking Lake was renamed Lake Logan after Chief Logan of the Mingo Native American tribe?
- ... that Chinese general Zhao Nanqi, who fought alongside the son of Mao Zedong in the Korean War, was born in what is now South Korea?
- ... that a secret compartment of Queen Elizabeth I's Chequers Ring contains miniature portraits of the Queen and an unknown woman?
- ... that basketball player Charles Bassey was discovered at the age of 12 selling fried chicken by a coach in Nigeria?
8 July 2018
- 00:00, 8 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that the Erlöserkirche (pictured) at today's Münchner Freiheit is the oldest Protestant church in Schwabing, and was consecrated in 1901?
- ... that footballer Youssef "Obama" Ibrahim was given his nickname due to his likeness to Barack Obama?
- ... that Tuzex shopping vouchers were used as unofficial parallel currency in communist Czechoslovakia?
- ... that Claire Ptak baked the lemon and elderflower wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
- ... that creating human hair wreaths is a part of Mormon folklore, and a wreath containing hair from prominent church leaders was on display in the Salt Lake Temple until 1967?
- ... that Erik Adolf von Willebrand originally used the term "hereditary pseudohemophilia" to describe what came to be known as von Willebrand disease?
- ... that Interstate 84 is the longest freeway in Oregon and the only one to traverse the state from west to east?
- ... that the British physician Raymond Crawfurd described the custom of touching to cure the King's evil?
7 July 2018
- 00:00, 7 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Tammie Jo Shults (pictured), captain of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, was one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy?
- ... that the decision by the Official Charts Company to include streaming in the UK Singles Chart in 2014 led to fewer chart toppers?
- ... that Britta Stallmeister, the Forest Bird in Bayreuth in 2001, appeared as Germa in a new chamber opera at the Schlachthof Wiesbaden in 2018?
- ... that the Indian Peace Commission, established by the United States Congress in 1867 to negotiate with and "civilize" Native American tribes, ultimately ushered in a decade of war?
- ... that Liu Yichang, considered the founder of Hong Kong's modern literature, wrote novels that inspired two award-winning films by Wong Kar-wai?
- ... that characterization of nanoparticles' size, shape, and agglomeration state is necessary to understand their health and safety hazards?
- ... that hip hop/metal recording artist Scarlxrd was once a "smiley" YouTube personality?
- ... that Ninjala is an upcoming video game centered on bubblegum-blowing ninjas?
6 July 2018
- 00:00, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that before William Wiggett Chute improved The Vyne estate (pictured), access was so bad that it had to be "approached upon stilts"?
- ... that at the Battle of Negapatam, when most of the fleet turned away from the action, HMS Sultan was one of four British ships that turned into it?
- ... that 98 years ago, biologist Edith Roberts founded the first ecological laboratory in the U.S., inspiring landscape architect Elsa Rehmann to use native plant communities in garden design?
- ... that the discography of pianist Daniil Trifonov includes one Grammy Award-winning album and two others that were nominated?
- ... that during the Boxer Rebellion, Xu Yingkui collaborated with other high-ranking Chinese officials to defy the declaration of war made by the Qing imperial court on Western countries?
- ... that the ant species Zatania electra is named for the amber in which it was found entombed?
- ... that Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, was built of bricks salvaged from the recently burned Texas State Capitol?
- ... that Carmen y Laura, sisters who formed a duo for mostly Tejano music, learned to harmonize by singing together while doing chores in separate rooms?
5 July 2018
- 00:00, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that more than 1,000 dinosaur fossils, eggs, and tracks have been found in the Tremp Formation (pictured) of the Spanish Pre-Pyrenees, prompting its designation as a Global Geopark?
- ... that Alan Menken collaborated on one of his first musicals, Dear Worthy Editor, with his mother?
- ... that the ninth-century astronomer Al-Mahani claimed his estimates of the start times of three consecutive lunar eclipses were accurate to within half an hour?
- ... that although he fought a war in Ningxia against the Chinese government and was defeated, Sun Dianying was appointed to a high-ranking military position just a month later?
- ... that New Jersey musician 070 Shake was featured in a Vogue essay on rising queer stars in rap music?
- ... that a 2003 English court case ruled that someone who lies about having sharp items in their pocket while being searched can be charged with assault if the searcher is injured as a result?
- ... that Mary Walker overcame a tragedy and a serious injury to win the 2012 World Barrel Racing Championship?
- ... that a British ornithologist named Winchell's kingfisher, found in the Philippines, after an American geologist?
4 July 2018
- 00:10, 4 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that during Operation Black Buck, Avro Vulcan bomber XM607 (pictured) flew for nearly 15 hours to drop 21 bombs on the Falkland Islands?
- ... that international windsurfing champion Lena Erdil is the daughter of a Turkish father and a German mother, who met each other while windsurfing?
- ... that the hymn tune of the 16th-century "An Wasserflüssen Babylon" ("By the rivers of Babylon") was largely popularized with the text of a 17th-century Passion hymn?
- ... that Andrea L. Thompson served in the United States Army for 28 years before becoming National Security Advisor to the Vice President?
- ... that supplements and "symposia" published by academic journals may be paid publications, neither independently peer-reviewed nor edited by journal staff?
- ... that the Chicago Express Loop is a proposed underground high-speed rail rapid transit system that will connect Chicago's Loop with O'Hare International Airport?
- ... that Zhang Xiaoqian, one of China's top doctors, was spared from persecution during the Anti-Rightist Campaign by Mao Zedong, who called him a "simpleminded person"?
- ... that a veteran tree near Brig o' Turk in the Trossachs has "eaten" a bicycle?
3 July 2018
- 00:00, 3 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Tacora (pictured), Chile's northernmost volcano, was the site of substantial sulfur mining operations that were explicitly given to Chile in a 1929 treaty with Peru?
- ... that Danish dermatologist Carl Rasch coined the term "polymorphic light eruption"?
- ... that Amazon responded to the proposed Seattle head tax by threatening to halt development of a downtown office tower?
- ... that Carmen Casco de Lara Castro, founder of one of the first human rights organizations in Latin America, was arrested, denied a passport, and monitored by the Stroessner regime?
- ... that in 2013 Iceland had the highest number of writers, books published, and books read per capita?
- ... that Ofir Ben Shitrit was suspended from her religious girls' high school after singing on The Voice Israel?
- ... that with an area of 2,772 acres (1,122 ha), Pelham Bay Park is the largest public park in New York City?
- ... that Q wrote "Wikipedia"?
2 July 2018
- 00:00, 2 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Beethoven (pictured) composed three Piano Quartets at age 15, which were published only after his death?
- ... that during the 2017–18 season, Moroccan-born footballer Walid Azaro broke the Egyptian Premier League record for the most goals scored by a foreign player?
- ... that Alaska's Stormy Lake had to be poisoned to remove invasive species not once but twice?
- ... that Joachim von Sandrart praised the Flemish painter Joannes de Cordua's vanitas still lifes?
- ... that the 1962 mainframe game Marienbad, based on the logic puzzle Nim, is often considered the first Polish video game?
- ... that more than 400 female Red Guards were shot after being captured during the 1918 Finnish Civil War, with some being raped before execution?
- ... that the archives of the British civil nuclear industry are housed alongside historical documents dating to the 16th century?
- ... that the Arctic Monkeys song "Four Out of Five" jokes about critics who rarely give perfect scores in their reviews?
1 July 2018
- 00:00, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
- ... that Princess Vera Gedroits (pictured)—good author but indifferent poet, lesbian but married a man—was a Russian military surgeon who pioneered battlefield laparotomy?
- ... that Number 12, an investigative documentary by award-winning journalist Anas Anas, shed light on football corruption in Ghana?
- ... that Claus Wisser founded the services company Wisag, and co-founded the Rheingau Musik Festival which staged a concert of Orff's Carmina Burana for his 60th birthday?
- ... that locomotives completed a circuit on the Boston and Albany Railroad's Highland Branch?
- ... that Zhang Youshang was the only student from mainland China at the University of Cambridge in the mid-1960s?
- ... that chemicals found in members of the St. John's wort family can cause photosensitivity in grazing animals?
- ... that Gordon Juckes received the Order of the British Empire prior to being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?
- ... that the H. J. Heinz Company complex includes buildings named Meat, Bean, and Cereal?