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13 July 2020
- 00:00, 13 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that during the first few days of the launch of the internet bench (pictured), two teenagers phoned the local council and Bill Gates after discovering that it could be used to make international calls?
- ... that Connie Carberg, the NFL's first female scout, made mock drafts as a hobby while growing up?
- ... that negotiations to end the 1942 Betteshanger miners' strike took place at Maidstone Prison, as three of the union officials had been imprisoned there?
- ... that "Meine engen Grenzen" ("My narrow limits"), a new hymn with text by Eugen Eckert and a melody by Winfried Heurich, was recorded with a band?
- ... that in a 2013 ranking compiled by the political editors of Verdens Gang, Astrid Gjertsen was rated the ninth-most important woman in Norwegian history?
- ... that the Lekhapaddhati, a guidebook written in Sanskrit, includes specimens of letters and documents intended to be used by administrators during Chaulukya rule in Gujarat, India?
- ... that after Sweden defeated the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth at the Battle of Lemberg, the Polish troops joined Sweden and were stationed in the city they had just lost?
- ... that NASA mechanical engineer Aaron Yazzie has compared the surface of Mars to the landscape near his birthplace in the Navajo Nation?
12 July 2020
- 12:00, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that on their display in Chicago in 1893, the vases of the Khalili Imperial Garniture (pictured) were described as "the largest examples of cloisonné enamel ever made"?
- ... that Ed Warren, the 35th and 41st mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was an actor and one of three Cheyenne mayors to have played on Broadway?
- ... that husband and wife Ralf and Kristin Bochröder both won their 1975 Berlin Marathon races, the only couple to have done so?
- ... that after years of fan lobbying, the director's cut of Zack Snyder's 2017 film Justice League will be released on HBO Max?
- ... that Maurício Camuto, the incoming bishop of Caxito in Angola, was the director of a commercial radio station that exposed human rights abuses in the country?
- ... that one private company, Lexipol, writes the policy manuals for 3,500 law and public service agencies in the U.S.?
- ... that a large, elderly, "decently behaved" Russian brown bear once lived in the Leeds suburb of Headingley?
- 00:00, 12 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Joshna Chinappa (pictured) has won the Indian national squash championship a record 18 times?
- ... that Harris' Missouri Battery was formed in an 1864 reorganization that may not have been authorized?
- ... that the Who set the world record for the loudest concert on their The Who by Numbers Tour?
- ... that Nepali actor Jayanendra Chand Thakuri starred in more than 100 films?
- ... that program tapes were sent to KUAC, the first public radio station in Alaska, by overnight Pan Am flights from Oregon?
- ... that The Generation: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Communists of Poland discusses the minority of Polish Jews who became communists and were later "demonized" as part of the Żydokomuna canard?
- ... that Taroc l'Hombre imported bidding from the world's most successful card game, Ombre, a feature that was crucial to the future of Tarot games outside Italy?
- ... that a Spanish woman was arrested for carrying a bag that read "A.C.A.B." accompanied by the phrase "All Cats Are Beautiful"?
11 July 2020
- 12:00, 11 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that the whole of Topo Islet (pictured), in Portugal's Azores, is protected as a nature reserve?
- ... that F. Scott Fitzgerald's works, such as The Great Gatsby, only gained popularity after his death?
- ... that the Spanish government blocked the sale of a stake in digital television licensee Sociedad Gestora de Televisión Net TV to Viacom?
- ... that during the topping-out ceremony for 1 Wall Street, while workers hoisted an evergreen tree to its pinnacle, a hot rivet fell onto the street and caused a fire?
- ... that in R v Zora, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the offence of breaching bail conditions requires subjective mens rea?
- ... that Joseph Crews, who organized a militia to mobilize African-American voters in South Carolina, was assassinated by whites in the run-up to the 1876 gubernatorial election?
- ... that a kidney-transplantation scandal led to a 2011 amendment to the law on organ donation in India?
- ... that trade union official Roger Poole spent his honeymoon travelling the Americas in a double-decker bus promoting British products, until the bus sank in a river in Peru?
- 00:00, 11 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that "God Save the Queen" was twice played by mistake at the 1982 Commonwealth Games instead of "March On, Bahamaland" (featured), before officials realized they did not have a recording of the latter?
- ... that the 7th-century drama Bhagavadajjukam is the earliest-surviving satirical play in Sanskrit literature?
- ... that after early professional success as a snooker player, Patsy Fagan developed a psychological block when using the and never won another major tournament?
- ... that the British government funded Crossroads, the first Kazakhstani soap opera, to promote the country's transition to a free-market economy after the collapse of the Soviet Union?
- ... that Leo Pacheco, a member of the Texas House of Representatives, used to drive buses for VIA Metropolitan Transit?
- ... that the Jamai Palace in Fez was originally the residence of a grand vizier, but was later seized by the state, sold, and converted into a hotel?
- ... that during World War II, Polish-Jewish economist Ludwik Maurycy Landau conducted undercover research into the economic conditions in occupied Poland?
- ... that the Asian freshwater leech Barbronia weberi has invaded North Carolina?
10 July 2020
- 00:00, 10 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge (pictured) are the only teammates to hit a home run in their first major league at bats in the same game, and to accomplish this in back-to-back at bats?
- ... that production of mina'i ware, the first pottery to use overglaze enamels, stopped with the Mongol invasion of Persia in 1219?
- ... that in 2016, on the tenth anniversary of its premiere, the Royal Ballet performed Chroma with five dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater?
- ... that King Carlos I of Portugal often donated the game shot during his hunts to a soup kitchen founded by Maria Luísa de Sousa Holstein?
- ... that Nick Begich won reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives despite having gone missing the previous month?
- ... that Friedrich Dörr was a member of the commission for Gotteslob, the first common Catholic hymnal in German, which included several old hymns translated by him into modern language?
- ... that before becoming a presenter of Home School Hub, teacher Clíona Ní Chiosáin played the title role in the Irish-language teen drama Aifric?
- ... that in 2014, judge William Orrick III upheld the constitutionality of a California law banning the possession and sale of shark fin?
9 July 2020
- 00:00, 9 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Cuthbert Brodrick was invited to design Headingley Hill Congregational Church (pictured) after its committee rejected all of the entries in its architectural competition?
- ... that at the Battle of Grand Gulf, men of the Confederate 3rd Missouri Infantry Regiment fired into the portholes of Union Navy ships?
- ... that the Football Association has asked England fans to stop singing "No Surrender to the IRA"?
- ... that Rockwell A. Schnabel was nominated as United States Ambassador to the European Union instead of Ambassador to Italy, after Italian-Americans demanded one of their own be in that position?
- ... that after a 2014 Philippine Supreme Court decision, liking or retweeting cyberlibel is no longer a crime?
- ... that bobsleigh pusher Pavle Jovanovic was "one of the most feared brakemen" on the Bobsleigh World Cup circuit?
- ... that Gaoshi Shrine is the first Shinto shrine constructed in Taiwan after World War II?
- ... that the 14-year-old lead actress in the 1931 British Indian film The Last Kiss was brought from a brothel in Dhaka?
8 July 2020
- 00:00, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that John Jonathon Pratt, known as the grandfather of the typewriter (1867 model pictured), invented several common typewriter features before Remington or Hammond machines entered the market?
- ... that rights of nature are legally recognized in twelve countries?
- ... that as of June 11, 2020, the Navajo Nation had a larger per-capita rate of infection from COVID-19 than any U.S. state?
- ... that the Thailand-based Diablos outlaw motorcycle club fought the Hells Angels in a gun battle in Australia?
- ... that in 1557, Cardinal Giovanni Ricci sold Palazzo Sacchetti in Rome for 25,000 scudi to his friend Tommaso Marino in a fictitious sale?
- ... that railway sabotage during World War II was one of the most common forms of resistance against German occupation?
- ... that Robert Plunkett resigned as the first president of Georgetown College in 1793 because he preferred a rural life of ministry?
- ... that the "lost manuscript" of The Ickabog was featured on the dress worn by J. K. Rowling at her 50th birthday party?
7 July 2020
- 00:00, 7 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Kensal House, the UK's first modernist block designed for the working class, was used by Abram Games for his 1942 poster "Your Britain. Fight for It Now" (pictured)?
- ... that to make the ethnographic film series The Doon School Quintet, visual anthropologist David MacDougall was given unprecedented access to film students at an all-boys boarding school in India?
- ... that Frank Sargent was the first person to be president of two national amateur sporting associations in Canada?
- ... that a number of Confederate cannons were captured at the Battle of Big Black River Bridge because battery horses were posted on the wrong side of the river?
- ... that Markham's storm petrel, which nests in Peru and northern Chile, has been described as "one of the least known seabirds in the world"?
- ... that James A. Baker helped to reveal the murder conspiracy against wealthy businessman William Marsh Rice?
- ... that in 1381, the Monastery of St Lawrence at Buda gained greatly in prestige when it received the body of Paul of Thebes?
- ... that while researching for his book How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, Randall Munroe enlisted Serena Williams to knock a drone out of the sky with a tennis ball?
6 July 2020
- 00:00, 6 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Art Tomassetti (pictured) is the only test pilot to fly all three variants of the X-35 in addition to the F-35?
- ... that the Senior Citizens Partylist was sworn in five months after the 18th Congress of the Philippines convened, since its factions could not agree on a nominee?
- ... that U.S. law enforcement used chemical irritants to disperse a peaceful George Floyd protest in Washington, D.C., shortly before President Donald Trump's photo op at St. John's Church?
- ... that the Büyük Valide Han, a 17th-century caravanserai in Istanbul, was one of the locations used for a motorcycle chase scene in the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall?
- ... that after meeting Pueblo Indians during his World War II service, Burton Benedict switched his focus at Harvard University from ornithology to anthropology?
- ... that BTS transform into black swans in their music video for "Black Swan"?
- ... that more men died while serving in the 16th Missouri Infantry Regiment than any other Missouri unit of the Confederate States Army?
- ... that there is a large cock at a junction of Sutton High Street, London?
5 July 2020
- 00:00, 5 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that the Statue of Liberty (pictured) was not designated a New York City landmark until 1976?
- ... that neurologist Frank Clifford Rose believed that any alcohol might cause a headache, but that red wine could trigger a migraine?
- ... that the Star Stations radio group was the subject of the largest denial of license renewals in the history of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission?
- ... that the Nizari (Assassin) garrison of Gerdkuh resisted the siege of Mongol invaders for 13 more years after the surrender of their leaders?
- ... that the Jonas Brothers' song "Cool" has several popular culture references in its lyrics, including Post Malone, Game of Thrones, and 1950s actor James Dean?
- ... that Boneybefore in Northern Ireland contains the ancestral home of the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson?
- ... that the first expulsion from the National Assembly of Guyana took place in 1991, when MP Isahak Basir threw a glass of water at the speaker in protest against one of his decisions?
- ... that Alan Cumming started a nightclub in his dressing room?
4 July 2020
- 00:00, 4 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that, unusual for a Sikh place of worship, Guru Ram Rai Darbar Sahib (pictured) in India was influenced by Islamic architecture?
- ... that the Great Northern School District is named for a railroad?
- ... that as health minister of Indonesia, Johannes Leimena focused on preventive care in rural regions, contrasting with prior colonial policy?
- ... that despite owning it, the city of Athens, Georgia, has to look for a legal loophole to relocate its Confederate monument?
- ... that Norman Whitten, who played the Mad Hatter in the 1903 film Alice in Wonderland, later married May Clark, who played Alice?
- ... that Gwen Stefani's song "Hollaback Girl" was the first single ever to sell more digital downloads than CDs?
- ... that the book The Polish Underground and the Jews, 1939–1945 has been praised for bridging widely different views of the Polish resistance found in Jewish and Polish historiographies?
- ... that the hollow trunk of Queen Elizabeth's Oak was used as a prison?
3 July 2020
- 00:00, 3 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that a tiny Tasmanian island called the Isle of the Dead (pictured) is home to one of the few preserved convict-period burial grounds?
- ... that fans were asked to return their copies of The Lot, a 2013 compilation album by Queen drummer Roger Taylor, due to audio and typographical errors?
- ... that film producer Sue Bruce-Smith was credited with the success of Oscar-winning films including 12 Years a Slave, The Favourite, Room, and Slumdog Millionaire?
- ... that every employee who remained with Mojang Studios for six months after its acquisition by Microsoft received a bonus of roughly $300,000?
- ... that during the Siege of Vicksburg, the former commander of the 2nd Missouri Infantry Regiment stated that the regiment "died once, and can die again"?
- ... that some of Dungiven Celtic F.C.'s players play association football and Gaelic football concurrently?
- ... that Asa Binns was elected president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, but died before he could take office?
- ... that the Pepsi Number Fever draw in May 1992 was supposed to have just two 1-million-peso winners, but 486,170 people made claims for a winning bottle cap?
2 July 2020
- 00:00, 2 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that Patrick Stewart (pictured) invented "photo negative" casting in order to play Othello when it had become no longer acceptable to perform the role in blackface?
- ... that the Newland Oak in Gloucestershire took "200 years to grow, 200 years to exist, and 200 to die"?
- ... that Craig Hall, the first African American in New York City Ballet to dance the title role in Apollo, went on to teach the role to Taylor Stanley, another dancer of color?
- ... that St Luke's burial ground, on the south side of London's Cale Street, once had a 9-foot-high (2.7 m) wall and railings to protect against grave robbers?
- ... that MkLeo, regarded as the best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player in the world, won his first tournament at the age of eight?
- ... that a mine was detonated under the position of part of the 6th Missouri Infantry Regiment (Confederate) on July 1, 1863, during the Siege of Vicksburg?
- ... that Ng On-yee defeated Reanne Evans, the champion for the ten previous years, on her way to win the 2015 World Ladies Snooker Championship?
- ... that after a show host on Orlando-area radio station WTLN hired a hitman to kill his former lover's husband, the intended victim began a campaign to urge advertisers to boycott the station?
1 July 2020
- 00:00, 1 July 2020 (UTC)
- ... that the men's marathon at the 2019 World Athletics Championships (pictured) started just before midnight?
- ... that the first murder trial in Iowa led to the hanging of Patrick O'Connor?
- ... that the second commander of the 3rd Missouri Light Battery was elected by the men of the battery after the original commander was transferred away from the unit?
- ... that Pakistani model Zara Abid, who made her film debut in the upcoming biopic Chaudhry, died in the crash of PIA Flight 8303?
- ... that a pedestrianized block of Pine Street in Seattle was re-opened to vehicles after a citywide ballot measure?
- ... that the Indonesia–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement was Indonesia's first bilateral free trade agreement?
- ... that Dawn Aponte became the highest-ranked woman in NFL football operations when she was appointed chief administrator in June 2017?
- ... that streetcars on the Ipswich Street line ran on both Boylston Street and Boylston Street?