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9 December 2023
- 00:00, 9 December 2023 (UTC)
- ... that Fred J. Wiseman (pictured) delivered the world's first unofficial airmail flight by airplane?
- ... that a TV station in North Carolina changed its call letters in memory of its general sales manager, who was shot dead in an incident at its studios?
- ... that little has been known of the exact whereabouts of Iranian communist leader Ashraf Dehghani since she escaped prison in 1973?
- ... that the contestants on Jet Lag: The Game played a game of capture the flag that spanned the entirety of Japan?
- ... that Daniel McCaffery campaigned on protecting abortion rights in the 2023 Pennsylvania Supreme Court election, even though judicial candidates typically avoid commenting on specific issues?
- ... that the Chinese government began compiling an official history of the Qing dynasty in 2002, but as of 2023 a protracted political review is forestalling its publication?
- ... that a Nebraska radio station chartered an aircraft to search for motorists stranded after a blizzard?
- ... that the wrestler Brillante Jr. is the younger cousin of the wrestler Brillante Jr.?
8 December 2023
- 00:00, 8 December 2023 (UTC)
- ... that Alexander Hamilton lived in the only house he ever owned (pictured) for just two years?
- ... that the 16th-century In the Village of Guaraparim, written by a Catholic saint in a now-dead American language, features a character speaking "in a way that resembles the characters of Aristophanes"?
- ... that Femke Bol broke the 41-year-old indoor world record for the 400 metres with a time of 49.26 seconds in 2023?
- ... that Desulfovibrio vulgaris can remove toxic heavy metals from the environment?
- ... that graffiti artist Al Diaz cuts up New York metro signs and reconfigures the letters into his own text?
- ... that the initial lyrics to "Shukusei!! Loli Kami Requiem" were "as painful as hitting someone with concrete"?
- ... that the New Orleans Saints went their first 20 seasons without a winning season?
- ... that five peregrine falcon chicks were released from the roof of an office building in Virginia in an unsuccessful attempt to combat an overpopulation of pigeons?
7 December 2023
- 00:00, 7 December 2023 (UTC)
- ... that despite little formal education, Earnest Andersson (pictured) was a successful inventor, businessman, amateur athlete, race car driver, pilot, photographer, radio operator, pro golfer, and composer?
- ... that 32 former members of the city council of Bogor, Indonesia, were convicted of corruption in 2010, including 3 who were still serving?
- ... that Lincoln Fitzgerald survived a 1949 murder attempt and went on to run three Nevada casinos?
- ... that by digging a trench through Hisarlik, Heinrich Schliemann destroyed parts of the ruins of Troy?
- ... that the International Fire Marshals Association is partly responsible for the ban on fireworks in some U.S. states?
- ... that Trần Lập was involved in Vietnam's first internet copyright lawsuit?
- ... that the 1982 book Bitter Legacy by historian Richard C. Lukas describes how in the early Cold War years America lost influence over Poland, which became a part of the Soviet empire?
- ... that Andrea Carla Michaels, who has written more than 80 crosswords for The New York Times, is known as the "Pizza Lady" in San Francisco?
6 December 2023
- 00:00, 6 December 2023 (UTC)
- ... that the green colour of bofedales (examples pictured) stands out in the yellow surrounding landscape?
- ... that Anthony Bennett is part of a football family, with his father, uncle, cousin, and older brother all playing professionally?
- ... that Che Guevara was almost killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during Operation South?
- ... that Lore Maria Peschel-Gutzeit once advocated for a "right to vote from birth"?
- ... that a train runs along the roof at Miami International Airport?
- ... that Ding Xuesong was the first female ambassador of the People's Republic of China?
- ... that actress Louise Franklin replaced the main dancing role in 1945's Pillow to Post after Dorothy Dandridge was injured in a car accident?
- ... that history sniffing has been used to track Papa John's customers?
5 December 2023
- 00:00, 5 December 2023 (UTC)
- ... that The Washington Post described a North Carolina dive bar (pictured) as "a middle finger to the development surrounding it"?
- ... that Lepas testudinata can form colonies of more than 1000 members at a time?
- ... that Patti Smith posed for a racy photograph in Michael Goldstein's rooftop wading pool?
- ... that Palestinian hikaye is a unique form of folk culture performed by older women in winter?
- ... that tennis player Arthur Ashe only realized that his doubles partner Larry Nagler was Jewish when he was invited to Nagler's home for lox and bagels?
- ... that the gecko Teratoscincus roborowskii eats caper fruits and disperses the plant's seeds in its feces?
- ... that at the end of her Weekends with Adele shows, Adele vanishes?
- ... that Henk Zwartepoorte quacked at caimans?
4 December 2023
- 00:00, 4 December 2023 (UTC)
- ... that female snowy plovers often abandon their families as soon as the chicks hatch?
- ... that when Bob and Dave Barney won multiple intramural swimming races, their university recruiter reportedly did not realize they were twins?
- ... that the broadcast of the 8th Session of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Serbia was manipulated to remove or delay speeches critical of Slobodan Milošević?
- ... that during World War II, Leonard K. Carson led an air combat school within his fighter unit, called "Clobber College"?
- ... that a Hawaii TV station's switch from Japanese-language programming to home shopping stirred viewer outcry?
- ... that in 2023, Tshering Tshomo was the only woman elected to serve in the National Council of Bhutan?
- ... that according to local legend, the St. Nicholas Church in Dubliany, Rivne Oblast, was built there by accident following a clerical error?
- ... that NYPD officers stabbed and stomped on Barney the Dinosaur to cheers from a massive crowd?
3 December 2023
- 00:00, 3 December 2023 (UTC)
- ... that 80 police officers were needed to disperse a crowd that tarred and feathered Statue of Industry (pictured)?
- ... that fridges filled with "frozen duck" sent to Britain actually contained illegal coins?
- ... that Steve Englehart wrote the Captain America comic book storyline "Secret Empire" as an allegory for the Watergate scandal?
- ... that the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council became the richest landlord in Uganda after inheriting land left behind by Asian Muslims expelled under Idi Amin?
- ... that a downed power line caused a fire spanning more than 100 acres (40 ha) during a November 2013 North American storm?
- ... that white moths are suspected to cause seasonal hyperacute panuveitis in Nepal?
- ... that the developers of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number suggested that Australian customers pirate their game?
- ... that "National Stupid Day" was not intended to be on Veterans Day?
2 December 2023
- 00:00, 2 December 2023 (UTC)
- ... that Anders Bure created the "first real map" of Sweden (copy pictured)?
- ... that Brother Jonathan by John Neal has been considered the longest work of early American fiction?
- ... that 24-year-old Mahasweta Chakraborty of Operation Ganga helped around 800 students return to India during the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
- ... that a "bat ensnared by a plant" was discovered in the garden of the Palestine Museum of Natural History?
- ... that Ron Monaco, described as the "longest of long shots", became a starter in the NFL having been just a backup in college?
- ... that Herky and Timmy's Racing Coaster is the first roller coaster in South Korea to go backwards?
- ... that Julie Cliff revealed that an outbreak of konzo in Mozambique was caused by cyanide in insufficiently processed cassava?
- ... that a Florida TV station was late to its first broadcast because an engineer overslept?
1 December 2023
- 00:00, 1 December 2023 (UTC)
- ... that a memorial bust (pictured) at Diên Hồng Square commemorates a 15-year-old protestor who was shot dead there?
- ... that Frederick E. Olmsted was instrumental in the creation of nineteen national forests and the Muir Woods National Monument in California?
- ... that South Korea has censored military-affiliated golf courses?
- ... that as Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad called the outcomes of the 1992 Earth Summit "eco-imperialism"?
- ... that Ursula K. Le Guin's short story "The Day Before the Revolution", which won Nebula and Locus Awards in 1975, was praised for its depiction of a "revolutionary icon as a curmudgeonly old woman"?
- ... that Mexican musician Christian Nodal was the first artist to have a regional Mexican song enter the Billboard Hot 100?
- ... that Angelito de Canal 13, the mascot of the Chilean television network Canal 13, was inspired by its creator's son?
- ... that football player Jeff Allen had an "ability to scramble through small holes" that earned him the nickname "Rat"?