From today's featured article
1989 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift (pictured), released on October 27, 2014. Having been known as a country singer-songwriter, Swift conceived 1989 as a synth-pop record that shifted her sound and image to mainstream pop. She titled the album after her birth year as a symbolic rebirth of her image and artistry. The album's singles included three US Billboard Hot 100 number ones: "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", and "Bad Blood". Critics praised the songwriting for offering emotional engagement that they found uncommon in the mainstream pop scene. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and featured in Rolling Stone's 2020 update of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. A huge commercial success, 1989 spent 11 weeks atop the US Billboard 200 and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. (This article is part of a featured topic: 1989 (Taylor Swift album).)
Did you know ...
- ... that United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg (pictured) wrote an essay in 2000 on Bernie Sanders, his future competitor in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries?
- ... that Singaporean activist Thum Ping Tjin called the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act an attempted coup?
- ... that Kenneth Lawson, who was disbarred after dealing with addiction, teaches subjects including professional responsibility at the William S. Richardson School of Law?
- ... that Gladue courts, part of Ontario's court system, apply distinctive principles when sentencing Indigenous offenders?
- ... that Singapore's Upper Thomson MRT station is decorated with 88 animal figures, most of which are crab-eating macaques?
- ... that Albert Einstein was hired as a technical expert during the gyrocompass patent dispute between Anschütz and Elmer Ambrose Sperry?
- ... that in 1929, the world press proclaimed Teleilat el Ghassul to be the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah, but Father Alexis Mallon, the site's excavator, disagreed?
- ... that 3 Times Square was likened to an "identity crisis"?
In the news
- In Sudan, a military coup deposes the government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (pictured).
- Ahead of Barbados becoming a republic, Sandra Mason is elected as the country's first president.
- Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny is awarded the Sakharov Prize.
- PAICV candidate José Maria Neves is elected President of Cape Verde.
On this day
- 1870 – Franco-Prussian War: The French Army of the Rhine under François Bazaine was forced to surrender after a nine-week siege of the fortifications of Metz.
- 1946 – Inter-religious riots in which Hindu mobs targeted Muslim families began in the Indian state of Bihar, resulting in anywhere between 2,000 and 30,000 deaths.
- 1981 – Cold War: The Soviet Whiskey-class submarine U137 ran aground near Sweden's Karlskrona naval base (monument pictured), sparking an international incident termed "Whiskey on the rocks".
- 2004 – The Boston Red Sox completed a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2004 World Series, breaking the so-called "Curse of the Bambino".
- 2011 – Michael D. Higgins was elected President of Ireland with far more votes than any politician in the country's history.