Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Trivia Bits 03 Jun


 Les femmes d'Alger (Version 0)

Depicting a colourful scene from a harem, the 1955 cubist oil painting by Pablo Picasso Les femmes d'Alger (Version 0) (pictured), sold for $US160 million ($AU203 million) in New York, smashing the world record for the most expensive art sold at auction in May 2015.

The Marian column on which Our Lady stands on Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore built in 1614 in Rome originally supported the vault of the Basilica of Constantine at the Roman Forum and was the only one such column to survive the Basilica's destruction in an earthquake in 847AD.

American contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking, Jasper Johns painted the Flag, an oil and collage on fabric mounted on plywood, during 1954 to 1955 and is on display at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

The three largest islands in the world that are not considered to be a continent are Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo.

The redoubtable suffragist Dora Montefiore (1851 – 1927) was a founder of the women’s suffrage movement in New South Wales before moving back to England to work first for the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) and later the Adult Suffrage Society.

Founded in 1891 in Södertälje, Sweden, the commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania has its headquarters in Sweden with production facilities in Sweden, France, Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Poland, and Russia.

A chiliad is a period of 1000 years and comes from Late Latin chīlias, chīliad, or from Greek khīlias, from khīlioi, thousand.

The Fields Medal, also officially known as International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, is the world’s most prestigious prize in Mathematics awarded to two, three, or four mathematicians not over 40 years of age at each International Congress of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), a meeting that takes place every four years.

The predecessor to the Imperial Russian Navy first sailed during the Second Azov campaign of 1696 under Peter the Great.

US President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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