From today's featured article
Freedom was a livestream concert by Filipino singer Regine Velasquez (pictured) held on February 28, 2021. Following the cancellation of music events during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Velasquez organized the show to create a live experience on a stream for her fans longing for a sense of human connection. The concert's premise was "freedom of singing", stemming from her desire to cover songs from several music genres. It was filmed at the studios of ABS-CBN in Metro Manila, with musicians, background vocalists, and dancers on set, and was broadcast through four livestreaming platforms worldwide. Its set featured a large LED screen as a backdrop and props resembling origami cranes hanging from the ceiling. She performed numerous selections from artists such as Elton John, Chris Isaak, George Michael, Sara Bareilles, Dua Lipa, and Billie Eilish. Critics gave the show high praise for its production and vocal performances, setting a benchmark for online concerts in the Philippines. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that, according to the artist, the Cloaca art installations (example pictured) are "shit machines"?
- ... that after the 1999 Tempe military base shooting, the Pan African Congress demanded a military funeral for the perpetrator?
- ... that the volcano Carachipampa is surrounded by a lake and a salt flat, and has a Mars-like environment?
- ... that a Stone Age Siberian village is the oldest known fortification in the world?
- ... that Jenny Cavnar is the first female primary play-by-play announcer in Major League Baseball history?
- ... that the hippocampus of the black-capped chickadee grows in the fall and shrinks in the spring?
- ... that a great-grandfather and a grandfather of a commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department also served in the department?
- ... that due to 19th-century French views of widespread homosexuality among Ottoman Turks, Mehmet Cemaleddin Efendi was offered male prostitutes by officials on a visit to Paris?
In the news
- Following the general election, Feleti Teo (pictured) is appointed Prime Minister of Tuvalu.
- The Odysseus robotic lander of the IM-1 mission performs the first commercial soft landing on the Moon.
- At the British Academy Film Awards, Oppenheimer wins Best Film and six other awards.
- Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny dies in a corrective labor colony near Kharp, at the age of 47.
On this day
- 1874 – In one of the longest cases ever heard in an English court, the claimant in the Tichborne case was convicted of perjury for attempting to assume the identity of the missing heir to the Tichborne baronetcy.
- 1904 – The most successful football club in Portugal, S.L. Benfica (first team pictured) was founded in Lisbon as Sport Lisboa.
- 1914 – In the aftermath of the Balkan Wars, Greeks living in southern Albania proclaimed the short-lived Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus.
- 1939 – In one of the most famous errors in lexicography, the erroneous word "dord" was discovered in Webster's New International Dictionary by an editor.
- 1974 – The British election ended in a hung parliament after the Liberal Party, under Jeremy Thorpe, achieved their highest ever number of votes.
Today's featured picture
The scarlet-chested sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis) is a species of bird in the sunbird family, Nectariniidae. It is found in many areas of sub-Saharan Africa, and from South Sudan to South Africa. Adult males of this species have a characteristic red–scarlet coloured breast and an iridescent green patch on top of their heads, while the female is dark brown with no supercilium. It inhabits woodland and gardens, at elevations of up to 2,400 metres (7,900 ft). The bird is around 13 to 15 centimetres (5.1 to 5.9 in) in length, with males having a weight of 7.5 to 17.2 grams (0.26 to 0.61 oz) and females weighing 6.8 to 15.3 grams (0.24 to 0.54 oz). This female scarlet-chested sunbird of the subspecies C. s. lamperti was photographed feeding on an Aloe zebrina flower in the Soysambu Conservancy, Kenya.
Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp