From today's featured article
The Riegelmann Boardwalk (also known as the Coney Island Boardwalk) is a 2.7-mile-long (4.3 km) boardwalk along the southern shore of the Coney Island peninsula in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. Opened in 1923, it has become an icon of Coney Island, with appearances in the visual arts, music, and film. The boardwalk has been considered the most important public works project in Brooklyn since the Brooklyn Bridge, with an impact comparable to Central Park. By the mid-19th century, the Coney Island waterfront was divided by owners who erected barriers. First discussed in the late 1890s as a means of uniting the different sections of Coney Island, the boardwalk was designed by Philip P. Farley, and named for Brooklyn borough president Edward J. Riegelmann, who championed its construction. Its first portion opened in 1923, and it connects sites such as the New York Aquarium, Luna Park and MCU Park. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that Thomas Picken's lithograph of the 1834 conflagration of Britain's Houses of Parliament (detail pictured) was created when he was around 16 years old?
- ... that "The Present Crisis" by James Russell Lowell has been called a "poetic anthem" for the American antislavery movement?
- ... that conductor Volker Wangenheim opened the Beethovenhalle in Bonn for music by Karlheinz Stockhausen on 15 November 1969, including the world premiere of Fresco for four orchestral groups?
- ... that the FHProductionHK, a YouTube channel with videos that have reached two million views, features someone who always wears a bear mask to hide his appearance?
- ... that Frank Greenleaf designed a new style of hockey net which prevented the puck from rebounding?
- ... that the horse in the equestrian statue of William Henry Harrison has stirrups, but no saddle?
- ... that Spanish designer Alberto Corazón was considered one of the fathers of graphical modernization in Spain with the advent of democracy after the death of Francisco Franco?
- ... that a carpet for the Chamber of Commerce Building was so large that part of the building's outer wall was temporarily removed so the carpet could be put inside?
In the news
- In Zamfara, Nigeria, 279 girls who had been kidnapped from a secondary school by armed bandits are released.
- In tennis, Naomi Osaka wins the women's singles and Novak Djokovic wins the men's singles at the Australian Open (both winners pictured).
- Porfirije is enthroned as the 46th Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
- NASA's Perseverance rover, carrying the Ingenuity helicopter, successfully lands on Mars.
On this day
- 363 – Roman–Persian Wars: Roman emperor Julian and his army set out from Antioch to attack the Sasanian Empire.
- 1811 – Peninsular War: At the Battle of Barrosa, Anglo-Iberian forces trying to lift the Siege of Cádiz defeated a French attack but could not break the siege itself.
- 1943 – World War II: The Gloster Meteor, the Allies' only operational jet aircraft, made its maiden flight.
- 1963 – American country-music performers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed when their PA-24 crashed shortly after takeoff in Camden, Tennessee.
- 1981 – The ZX81 (example pictured), a pioneering British home computer, was launched by Sinclair Research, and went on to sell more than 1.5 million units around the world.