From today's featured article
Gallimimus was a theropod dinosaur that lived in what is now Mongolia about 70 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous. The genus is part of the ostrich dinosaur group of feather-bearing, fast runners. Its head was small and light with large eyes and a bulbous structure at the base of the skull. The snout was longer, broader and more rounded than in similar species. Its horny beak was toothless with a delicate lower jaw. The neck and legs were long, and the weak forelimbs had short three-fingered hands. Several of its fossils were discovered in the Gobi Desert in the 1960s. Gallimimus means "chicken mimic", from the shape of its neck vertebrae. It may have had good vision and intelligence comparable to ratite birds, living in groups as an omnivore, a filter-feeder or a herbivore. Gallimimus was featured in the film Jurassic Park in a scene that included innovative special effects and shaped the popular view of these dinosaurs as bird-like animals. (Full article...)
Did you know...
- ... that High Orchard in Gloucester, England, was part of a medieval priory, then an industrial area (buildings pictured), and is now the site of a shopping centre?
- ... that in 1948, footballer George Hazlett was punched in the face after fans invaded the pitch?
- ... that the Arabian broodmare Bandola was called "The Queen of Poland?"
- ... that Matthias Goethe, who was born in Prussia and trained to become a Catholic priest, became a Lutheran pastor and established congregations in Australia, the United States, and Mexico?
- ... that the sea cucumber Leptopentacta elongata has a U-shaped or S-shaped body and occupies a burrow in the seabed?
- ... that Li Xintian, a founder of neuropsychology in China, was the son of Li Da, a founder of the Communist Party of China?
- ... that a variant of the Lorraine 12D was the most powerful French airplane engine during World War I?
- ... that Raet is a moraine?
In the news
- In basketball, the Toronto Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors, becoming the first Canadian team to win the NBA Finals (MVP Kawhi Leonard pictured).
- Two oil tankers are attacked in the Gulf of Oman, amidst heightened tensions between Iran and the United States.
- In ice hockey, the St. Louis Blues defeat the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup Finals.
- Following mass protests, Hong Kong's government suspends pursuing proposed legislation regarding extradition.
On this day
- 1407 – During the Ming–Hồ War, the Chinese Ming armies captured Hồ Quý Ly and his sons, thus ending the Vietnamese Hồ dynasty.
- 1819 – A strong earthquake in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India, caused a local zone of uplift that dammed the Nara river, which was later named the Allah Bund ('Dam of God').
- 1904 – Irish author James Joyce (pictured) began his relationship with Nora Barnacle, and subsequently used the date to set the actions for his 1922 novel Ulysses.
- 1958 – Imre Nagy and other leaders of the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956 were executed following secret trials.
- 2016 – Jo Cox, a British Member of Parliament, was murdered in her constituency.