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9 December 2019
- 00:00, 9 December 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Chrysomya putoria (genus member pictured) and other flies that feed on decomposing flesh are used as important tools in forensic entomology to establish the post-mortem interval?
- ... that Virginia Kirkus reviewed 16,000 books for her bookshop service between the 1930s and 1960s?
- ... that Dixit Maria, a motet in Latin by Hans Leo Hassler, sets to music the narrative of Mary's consent to the Annunciation?
- ... that Chinese doctor Kang Laiyi spent more than 30 years researching the epidemiology of HIV?
- ... that Brooklyn's 13th, 14th, and 23rd Regiment Armories, all built significantly over budget, were later converted to homeless shelters?
- ... that Ben Kimura was among the first gay artists in Japan to achieve crossover success with a female audience in yaoi publications?
- ... that future U.S. senator Howard Baker campaigned for president of the University of Tennessee student body on a platform to establish a campus radio station?
- ... that Myname's record label was forced to destroy 20,000 CDs of the group's second single album after accidentally including Psy's "Gangnam Style" as its sixth track?
8 December 2019
- 00:00, 8 December 2019 (UTC)
- ... that Zee Yee Lee, who flew an Etrich Taube (example pictured) over Shanghai in 1912, was one of China's first aviators?
- ... that the Consolidated Edison Building has been called one of New York City's most "beautiful and magnificent structures", with a "Tower of Light"?
- ... that Barrie Marmion spearheaded the development of the first vaccine against Q fever?
- ... that in Der Ring in Minden, the orchestra played at the back of the stage, and the singers all turned towards it to listen to the music at the end?
- ... that Hewahewa, a high priest of the Hawaiian religion, supported the abolition of the kapu system and the introduction of Christianity?
- ... that low water levels at Loch Vaa threatened the remains of a historic crannog?
- ... that Gayl King became the first female darts player to compete in the PDC World Darts Championship after the Professional Darts Corporation invited her to play in the 2001 tournament?
- ... that there was a campaign to give Captain America a boyfriend?
7 December 2019
- 00:00, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
- ... that M.O.N.T (pictured) was the first Korean idol group to film a music video on the disputed Liancourt Rocks?
- ... that the use of retentions in the British construction industry, which is now commonplace, had its origins in the Railway Mania of the 1840s?
- ... that Indian-American chef Raji Jallepalli, who is credited with "originating the fusion of classic French and Indian cuisines", originally trained as a microbiologist?
- ... that the Peleng tarsier, a small carnivorous primate, can rotate its head nearly 180 degrees in either direction?
- ... that German World War II general Heinz Guderian issued post-war apologetics for Hitler, writing that "his struggle was about Europe, even if he made dreadful mistakes and errors"?
- ... that a young Bob Smith, later famous as Wolfman Jack, got his first radio job as "Daddy Jules" at WYOU in Newport News, Virginia?
- ... that William Chapple discovered Euler's theorem and Poncelet's porism?
- ... that sculptures of rats outside the Graybar Building, near Grand Central Terminal, were included to signify New York City's role as a "great transportation centre"?
6 December 2019
- 00:00, 6 December 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the site (pictured) of the Battle of Muster Green in Haywards Heath was the farthest a Royalist army advanced through Sussex during the First English Civil War?
- ... that Alois Ickstadt founded a children's choir and an adult choir for the public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk, conducting the latter for 45 years?
- ... that Red Dead Redemption 2 was the highest-rated game on Metacritic in 2018?
- ... that despite fighting for more than two years to stop the other station from signing on, WGVL's last day on the air was also WSPA-TV's first?
- ... that before becoming a professional mathematician, Chikako Mese was a record-breaking high school softball player?
- ... that the otherwise inconclusive Polish–Bohemian War of 1345–1348 cemented Bohemian control of Silesia?
- ... that Kodama Naoko, creator of I Married My Best Friend To Shut My Parents Up, called the yuri manga series her first "light" work "in a long time"?
- ... that feminist Carole De Saram caused the closure of a Citibank branch?
5 December 2019
- 00:00, 5 December 2019 (UTC)
- ... that radio host Rick Cluff (pictured) accepted a position at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation despite his father's belief it was "full of left-wing communists" and that radio was "a dead-end career"?
- ... that the granulate ambrosia beetle is native to Asia but has spread as an invasive species to Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania?
- ... that the brother of Ugandan president Idi Amin was once delivered in a car boot to military commander Hussein Mohammed?
- ... that Memory: The Origins of Alien defines the Alien franchise as "a collective art form" inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, Francis Bacon, and the Greek Furies?
- ... that Charles Blackwell was the third Blackwell (after his father and his grandfather) to be elected to the Institution of Civil Engineers?
- ... that jazz musicians Ben Tucker and Billy Taylor bought Savannah, Georgia, radio station WSOK and expanded its album collection from 20 to 4,000?
- ... that letters which Charlotte Pistorius, the self-taught wife of a country pastor, wrote to intellectuals Friedrich Schleiermacher and Ernst Moritz Arndt were published with their works?
- ... that there is a man in tweeds on a gallows outside the Green Man, Ashbourne?
4 December 2019
- 00:00, 4 December 2019 (UTC)
- ... that the Straight Mile (pictured) is not a mile, and includes the Culvert, which is not a culvert?
- ... that public health historian Elizabeth Fee wrote on topics as varied as the history of HIV/AIDS, the racialized treatment of syphilis, bioterrorism, and the history of the toothbrush?
- ... that the government of Thailand has branded the Buddhist celebration Magha Puja as a day of spiritual love and gratitude, to compete with Valentine's Day?
- ... that Sara Wesslin, featured on the BBC's 100 Women for 2019, is one of only two journalists in the world broadcasting in Skolt Sami?
- ... that the Polish–Bohemian War of 990 resulted in Poland taking control of Silesia?
- ... that Ignaz Saal, for decades a bass with the Imperial Court Theatre in Vienna, performed the bass parts in the world premieres of Haydn's oratorios Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten?
- ... that radio station KEYZ in Williston, North Dakota, owned a Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft and used it for news coverage, promotional events, sales calls, and search and rescue efforts?
- ... that Unhappy the Land argues that the Irish are not the "most oppressed people ever"?
3 December 2019
- 00:00, 3 December 2019 (UTC)
- ... that before they were New York Mets teammates, baseball pitchers Steven Matz (pictured) and Marcus Stroman faced each other in a high school game that a Mets scout called "one of the best duels I've ever seen"?
- ... that Rhagoletis juglandis is a species of fly that infests walnuts?
- ... that former Playboy model Susie Owens hand-produced up to 50,000 vials of perfume and lotion each year in her garage?
- ... that The Cedars School is the first senior school in Great Britain to be based on the ethos of Opus Dei?
- ... that plant physiologist Hu Dujing cultivated Eucommia ulmoides to produce a substitute for rubber?
- ... that the Lord & Taylor Building in New York City incorporated innovative window displays that could be lowered into the basement and swapped out?
- ... that British journalist Anna Kessel co-founded the charity Women in Football, and initiated the Blue Plaque Rebellion, to promote gender equality for women in sport?
- ... that HKmap.live, an app tracking protests and police presence in Hong Kong, was removed by Apple from its App Store less than a week after being approved?
2 December 2019
- 00:00, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
- ... that for a halfpenny fare, children could ride on a small chariot drawn by four muzzled mastiffs to the Farthing Pie House (pictured)?
- ... that Yang Enze, who built China's first fiber-optic communication system approved for practical use, taught until the age of 99?
- ... that after development builds of the cancelled video game Lego Bionicle: The Legend of Mata Nui leaked online, Bionicle fans created a video game development studio to complete the game?
- ... that Kathrin Göring portrayed both Fricka and Waltraute in Der Ring in Minden, and a critic called her scene in Götterdämmerung a highlight, noting her dramatic mezzo-soprano and intense acting?
- ... that WXXX's broadcast license was challenged in the 1970s because the station employed no African Americans in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a city that was 30 percent black?
- ... that research on pain in fish by Victoria Braithwaite resulted in new rules in the UK, Europe, and Canada to make fisheries more humane?
- ... that string quartet Well-Strung has performed "Chelsea's Mom", a reimagining of "Stacy's Mom", for Hillary Clinton?
- ... that the chirps of the snowy tree cricket can be used to estimate the temperature?
1 December 2019
- 00:00, 1 December 2019 (UTC)
- ... that screenwriter and director Yūki Yamato (pictured) created her first film, That Girl is Dancing by the Seaside, while studying philosophy at Sophia University?
- ... that following the defense of Katowice on 4 September 1939, dozens of defenders, including a number of Polish Boy and Girl Scouts, were summarily executed?
- ... that Jedediah Sanger founded New Hartford, but gave his name to Sangerfield?
- ... that Rainbow Valley, one of the books in the Anne of Green Gables series, draws heavily on Lucy Maud Montgomery's life in the Leaskdale Manse?
- ... that Chinese virologist George F. Gao led a test laboratory in Sierra Leone during the peak of the 2014 Ebola outbreak?
- ... that the Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, originally built for one of the world's largest pencil makers, now contains the Kickstarter headquarters?
- ... that baritone Hans Braun, who performed 75 roles at the Vienna State Opera, appeared as Mozart's Count Almaviva at the Royal Opera House and as Wagner's Wolfram at La Scala?
- ... that the tapping sound of the deathwatch beetle has long been considered an omen of an impending death?