Saturday, September 13, 2014

Trivia Bits 13 September



Known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship, French artist Henri Matisse painted Landscape at Coolioure (1905) (pictured) and The Dance (1909/1910).

South African retired badminton and baseball player Alan Phillips wasn't allowed to compete in badminton for South Africa in the 1992 Olympics because he was too old at 36, but he played baseball in the 2000 Olympics at 44.

Johann Sebastian Bach composed two cantatas with similar music at the same time: Ihr Tore zu Zion, BWV 193, to celebrate the new town council on 25 August 1727, and the secular BWV 193a for 3 August that year

Billie Jean King won one title in the Australian Open singles in 1968 when she defeated Australia player Margaret Court 6–1, 6–2.

Fragments of wall painting from the Japanese Buddhist temple of Kamiyodo Haiji in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Japan have been dated to the late Asuka period which lasted from 538 to 710 AD.

The uppercase form of the Greek alphabet letter omega looks like a horseshoe.

The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest eggs of any living bird and is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs, and can run at up to about 70 km/h (43 mph), the fastest land speed of any bird.

In Little Lost Bear, the comic strip created by Mary Tourtel and first published on 8 November 1920 in the British newspaper The Daily Mail, Rupert was a bear.

1975 East German-Czechoslovakian Holocaust film Jacob the Liar was the first East German film to be entered into the Berlin International Film Festival and the only one to win a nomination for the 49th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Stephen Fry’s 1997 autobiography Moab is My Washpot covering the first 20 years of his life with the title selected because Fry saw the book as scrubbing at the grime of years.

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