From today's featured article
The Next Day is the 25th studio album by the English musician David Bowie (pictured), released in March 2013. It was his first studio release in ten years, as Bowie had retreated from public view after undergoing surgery for a blocked artery in 2004. Co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, the album was recorded in secret in New York City between May 2011 and October 2012. Primarily an art-rock album, The Next Day references Bowie's earlier glam and funk releases. The album was released through ISO Records in association with Columbia Records. The lead single, "Where Are We Now?", and news of the album were posted online on 8 January 2013, Bowie's 66th birthday, surprising fans who thought that he had retired from music. The Next Day topped charts worldwide and debuted at number one and two on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, respectively. Bowie's highest-charting US album to date, it was praised by critics as Bowie's best in decades and placed on several year-end lists. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that dramatic soprano Berit Lindholm (pictured) was said to have been called "that damn primary school teacher" by the director of the Royal Swedish Opera, and used it in the title of her memoir?
- ... that the Los Angeles Times called William D. Hoard the "father of modern dairying"?
- ... that Ashiq Peri was the first prominent female folk poet in Azerbaijan?
- ... that in the span of three days, a Florida man was approved by bankruptcy courts to buy TV stations in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia, and then arrested on charges of laundering millions in drug money?
- ... that goalkeeper Daniela Solera had the most touches of any Costa Rican player in their opening match of the 2023 World Cup?
- ... that the study of selection algorithms has been traced to an 1883 work of Lewis Carroll on how to award second place in single-elimination tournaments?
- ... that former New Jersey first lady Lucinda Florio restored the Italianate gardens at Drumthwacket?
- ... that tens of thousands of New Yorkers traveled to see Dreamland burn?
In the news
- Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-3 lands near the lunar south pole, carrying the Pragyan rover (pictured).
- A business jet crashes in Tver Oblast, Russia, killing Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin and nine others.
- Thailand's parliament elects Srettha Thavisin as prime minister following general elections in May.
- Hun Manet is sworn in as Prime Minister of Cambodia, succeeding his father Hun Sen's 38-year term.
On this day
- AD 70 – First Jewish–Roman War: Roman forces led by Titus set fire to the Second Temple during the Siege of Jerusalem.
- 1574 – Guru Ram Das (pictured) became the fourth of the Sikh gurus, the spiritual masters of Sikhism.
- 1594 – James VI of Scotland held a masque at the baptism of Prince Henry, his first child.
- 1959 – South Vietnamese opposition figure Phan Quang Đán was elected to the National Assembly, despite soldiers being bussed in to vote multiple times for President Ngô Đình Diệm's candidate.
- 2007 – A heavy bomber plane that had been unintentionally loaded with nuclear missiles transported them from North Dakota to Louisiana before they were recognized.
Today's featured picture
Arthur Balfour (1848–1930) was a British statesman and Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1902 to 1905. During his time as Foreign Secretary in the Lloyd George ministry, he issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917 on behalf of the Cabinet, which supported a "home for the Jewish people" in Mandatory Palestine. During his tenure as prime minister, Balfour passed the Land Purchase (Ireland) Act 1903, which bought most Anglo-Irish land in the UK, as well as the Education Act 1902, which had a major long-term impact in modernising the school system in England and Wales. He secured the Entente Cordiale, an alliance that ended centuries of intermittent conflict between Britain and France and their predecessor states. This photographic portrait of Balfour was taken by George Charles Beresford in 1902.