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

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

Wikipedia picture of the day on August 2, 2018: The process of reserve canopy opening while the main one is still working. This time it happens ok. 1. At about 100 m. reserve canopy suddenly unpacks and opens 2. Skydiver decides not to cutaway the main canopy, because of too low altitude. Reserve canopy goes forward and strikes the main canopy.

3. Skydiver fights for main canopy. Main and reserve canopies take position biplane (one of two possible positions when both canopies can work) https://ift.tt/2NZ1WpZ

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.

Picture of the day for July 30, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 30, 2018: Male African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) with a red-billed oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) in South Africa. The buffalo doesn’t mind the bird too much as it eats ticks and other insects that bother him. 30 July is the United Nations’ International Day of Friendship. https://ift.tt/2LBE5jy

Wikipedia article of the day for July 30, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 30, 2018 is Octopus.
The octopus is a soft-bodied, eight-armed mollusc of the order Octopoda, with around 300 known species. Along with squids, cuttlefish and nautiloids, they are classed as cephalopods. The mouth with its hard beak is at the base of the arms, which trail behind the animal as it swims. A siphon is used both for respiration and for locomotion, by expelling a jet of water. Octopuses have a complex nervous system and excellent sight, and are among the most intelligent and behaviourally diverse of all invertebrates. They inhabit all parts of the ocean, from the intertidal zone and coral reefs to the abyssal depths. They can escape from predators by hiding in a cloud of ink, camouflaging themselves, or contorting their bodies to squeeze through narrow gaps. They are all venomous, but only the blue-ringed octopus is known to be deadly to humans. Octopus is sold as food around read more

Wikipedia article of the day for July 29, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 29, 2018 is Maurice Wilder-Neligan.
Maurice Wilder-Neligan (1882–1923) was a rather eccentric British-born Australian soldier who commanded the 10th Battalion during the latter stages of World War I. Emigrating to Australia before the war, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. He was decorated for bravery and commissioned during the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. He received a severe head wound while leading a successful raid on German trenches near Fleurbaix, France, in early 1916, earning a second decoration for gallantry and the praise of war historians. In July 1917 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and received command of the battalion. He led it during the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge in September and was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in June 1918. He was again decorated for courage for the capture of the commune of Merris read more