Wikipedia article of the day for August 9, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 9, 2018 is Helicopter 66.
Helicopter 66 (US Navy bureau no. 152711) was a Sikorsky Sea King used for the water recovery of many of NASA’s Apollo astronauts, including those returning from the first manned moon landing in 1969. Space historian Dwayne A. Day has called it “one of the most famous, or at least most iconic, helicopters in history”. Delivered to the navy in 1967, Helicopter 66 was in the inventory of U.S. Navy Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four for the duration of its active life. One of its pilots, Donald S. Jones, went on to command the United States Third Fleet. It transported the Shah of Iran during his 1973 visit to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk. Later re-numbered Helicopter 740, it crashed in the Pacific Ocean in 1975 during a training exercise, having logged more than 3,200 hours of service. It was the subject of a 1969 song by Manuela [...]  read more

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Wikipedia article of the day for August 8, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 8, 2018 is Comus (Milton).
The Dawn of Love is an oil painting by English artist William Etty, first exhibited in 1828. Loosely based on a passage from John Milton’s 1634 Comus, it shows Venus leaning across to wake the sleeping Love by stroking his wings. It was very poorly received when first exhibited; the stylised Venus was thought unduly influenced by foreign artists such as Rubens as well as being overly voluptuous and unrealistically coloured, while the painting as a whole was considered tasteless and obscene. The Dawn of Love was omitted from the major 1849 retrospective exhibition of Etty’s works, and its exhibition in Glasgow in 1899 drew complaints for its supposed obscenity. In 1889 it was bought by Merton Russell-Cotes, and has remained in the collection of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum ever since.

Wikipedia article of the day for August 7, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 7, 2018 is Mistle thrush.
The mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) is a bird common to much of Europe, Asia and North Africa. It is a year-round resident in much of its range, but northern and eastern populations migrate south for the winter, often in small flocks. It is a large thrush with pale grey-brown upperparts, a greyish-white chin and throat, and black spots on its pale yellow and off-white underparts. The sexes are similar in plumage, and its three subspecies show only minimal differences. The male’s loud song is delivered even in wet and windy weather, earning the bird the old name of “stormcock”. Found in open woods, parks, hedges and cultivated land, the mistle thrush feeds on a wide variety of invertebrates, seeds and berries, especially mistletoe, holly and yew fruits. It defends its open cup nest fearlessly against potential predators, sometimes including [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for August 6, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 6, 2018 is SMS Wörth.
SMS Wörth was one of four German pre-dreadnought battleships of the Brandenburg class, the first ocean-going battleships built by the Imperial German Navy. Laid down at the Germaniawerft dockyard in Kiel, the ship was launched on 6 August 1892 and commissioned into the fleet in October 1893. Like her sister ships, Wörth carried six heavy guns rather than the standard four. She was named for the Battle of Wörth fought in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian War. Wörth participated in the normal peacetime routine of training cruises and exercises. She took part in the German naval expedition to China in 1900 to suppress the Boxer Rebellion but saw little direct action, since the siege of Peking had already been lifted by the time the fleet arrived. Obsolete by the start of World War I, the battleship served as a coastal defense ship for the first two years [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for August 5, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 5, 2018 is Huguenot-Walloon half dollar.
The Huguenot-Walloon half dollar is a commemorative coin issued by the United States Bureau of the Mint in 1924. It marks the 300th anniversary of the voyage of the Nieuw Nederland. Many of the passengers were Protestants, Huguenots from France or Walloons from Belgium; they became early settlers of New York State and the surrounding areas. A bill to authorize the coin passed through Congress without opposition in 1923 and was signed by President Warren G. Harding. Sketches were prepared by Rev. John Baer Stoudt and converted to plaster models by the Mint’s chief engraver, George T. Morgan. Of the 300,000 coins authorized by Congress, fewer than half were actually struck, and of these, 55,000 were returned to the Mint and released into circulation. The coin excited some controversy because of its sponsorship by a religious [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for August 4, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 4, 2018 is History of Norwich City F.C..
The history of Norwich City Football Club stretches back to 1902. Based in Norfolk, England, the association football club spent 15 years as a semi-professional team in the Southern League before admission to The Football League in 1920. For most of the next 50 years, Norwich City F.C. sat in Division Three (South), then the bottom tier. The club made the FA Cup semi-finals in 1959, and won its first major trophy, the League Cup, in 1962. Norwich finally reached the pinnacle of the league structure in 1972, with their first promotion to the top tier. Since then, they have acquired a reputation as a “yo-yo club”, with 22 seasons in the top league and 15 in the second tier. During this period the club has a long list of achievements: claiming the League Cup in 1985, reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in 1989 and [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for August 3, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 3, 2018 is Dangerously in Love.
“Baby Boy” is a song by American singer Beyoncé (pictured) from her debut solo studio album Dangerously in Love. Featuring Jamaican rapper Sean Paul, the song was released by Columbia Records and Music World Entertainment as the second single from the album on August 3, 2003. Both artists co-wrote the song with Scott Storch, Robert Waller and Jay-Z; Beyoncé also co-produced the song. Containing a lyrical interpolation of “No Fear” by hip hop group O.G.C, “Baby Boy” is an R&B and dancehall song with reggae and Arabic music influences. The lyrics detail a woman’s fantasies. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks, and was Beyoncé’s longest-running solo number-one single until 2007, when it was surpassed by “Irreplaceable”. It reached the top ten in [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for August 2, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 2, 2018 is Ian Smith.
Ian Smith (1919–2007) was Prime Minister of Rhodesia (or Southern Rhodesia; today Zimbabwe) from 1964 to 1979. During the Second World War, he served as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in the Middle East and Europe, suffering permanent facial and bodily wounds. In 1962 he helped form the all-white, firmly conservative Rhodesian Front, which called for independence without an immediate shift to black majority rule. He led the predominantly white government that unilaterally declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1965, after prolonged dispute. During Smith’s premiership, the Bush War pitted the unrecognised administration’s forces against communist-backed black nationalist guerrilla groups. His government endured in the face of United Nations economic sanctions with the assistance of South Africa and, until 1974, Portugal. Smith is still [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for August 1, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for August 1, 2018 is Loss of MV Darlwyne.
The pleasure cruiser MV Darlwyne disappeared off the Cornish coast in south-west England on 31 July 1966, with two crew and twenty-nine passengers. Formerly a naval picket boat, the vessel had undergone considerable structural modifications which adversely affected its seaworthiness, before beginning service as an unlicensed passenger boat without radio, distress flares or other lifesaving equipment. On the fatal voyage, a group from the Greatwood guest house in Mylor were taken on a 30-mile trip to Fowey. The outward voyage was completed without mishap, but the weather had significantly deteriorated when the return trip began late that afternoon. When the vessel failed to return to Mylor the alarm was raised, and air and sea searches began on 1 August. Twelve bodies were eventually recovered, but no further traces of the vessel were [...]  read more

Wikipedia article of the day for July 31, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 31, 2018 is Bill Brown (cricketer).
Bill Brown (31 July 1912 – 16 March 2008) was an Australian cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman, he played 22 Tests between 1934 and 1948, captaining his country in one of them. His partnership with Jack Fingleton in the 1930s is regarded as one of the finest in Australian Test history. In the 1938 tour of England, Brown had 1,854 runs, including an unbeaten 206 that saved Australia from defeat in the second Test, and was honoured as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. The outbreak of the Second World War cost Brown his peak years as a player, time that he spent in the Royal Australian Air Force. After the war, he was a member of Don Bradman’s Invincibles, who toured England in 1948 without defeat. He performed reasonably well in the tour matches, but struggled while batting out of position in the middle order during the first two Tests, and was dropped from the Test team.