I enjoy browsing random articles on Wikipedia for learning about various topics in my free time. This blog series is a collection of articles I’ve discovered, and am sharing with you that you may find interesting. I’m providing article titles, an excerpt of each article, and a link to the articles on Wikipedia that you can use to read the full articles if you would like. Let’s proceed with round 4.
Roanoke Island, North Carolina, half dollar – The Roanoke Island, North Carolina, half dollar is a commemorative coin issued by the U.S. Bureau of the Mint in 1937. It commemorated the 350th anniversary of the Roanoke Colony, depicting on one side Sir Walter Raleigh (pictured), and on the other Eleanor Dare, holding her child, Virginia Dare, the first child of English descent born in an English colony in the Americas. The coin was one of many commemorative issues authorized by Congress in 1936. As the colony was founded in 1587, the coins were struck in 1937. William Marks Simpson, a sculptor who created several commemorative coins of the era, designed the coin. His work required only slight modification by the Commission of Fine Arts. The legislation allowed the Roanoke Island Memorial Association to buy at least 25,000 coins at a time before July 1937; they placed two orders for the minimum amount. Eventually, 21,000 were returned to the Mint for redemption and melting. Numismatic catalogs value the coin in the low hundreds of dollars. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
979 Ilsewa – 979 Ilsewa (prov. designation: A922 MA or 1922 MC) is a background asteroid from the outer regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 36 kilometers (22 miles) in diameter. It was discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth at the Heidelberg-Königstuhl State Observatory on 29 June 1922. The uncommon T-type asteroid has a longer-than average rotation period of 42.6 hours. It was named after Ilse Walldorf, an acquaintance of the discoverer. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
AC 91-57 – AC 91–57() is an FAA Advisory Circular (AC) (Subject: Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft ) that provides interim safety guidance to individuals operating unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones, but inclusive of flying model aircraft, for recreational purposes in the National Airspace System of the United States. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
Ostorhinchus cookii – Ostorhinchus cookii, common names Cook’s cardinalfish, Cook’s soldierfish, blackbanded cardinal, blackbanded cardinalfish, is a species of marine fish in the family Apogonidae. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
The Big 80’s – The Big 80’s is a series of music videos broadcast on VH1 starting in 1995 and sporadically airing until 2000. The show ran for 90 minutes. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
Liriomyza septentrionalis – Liriomyza septentrionalis is a species of leaf miner flies in the family Agromyzidae. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
Between the Times and the Tides – Between the Times and the Tides is the ninth studio album by the American alternative rock musician Lee Ranaldo, released on March 20, 2012 on Matador Records. His first release on Matador Records and since Sonic Youth’s indefinite hiatus, the album features a more straightforward songwriting approach to his prior material and includes guest musicians such as Nels Cline, John Medeski and Leah Singer. The album was originally intended to be a minimalist acoustic album but its sound was developed by Ranaldo during its recording at Echo Canyon West in Hoboken, New Jersey during a seven-month period in early 2011. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
Sheffield Declaration – The Sheffield Declaration, also known as the Sheffield Resolves, was a Colonial American petition against British policies and manifesto for individual rights, drawn up as a series of resolves approved by the Town of Sheffield, Massachusetts, on January 12, 1773 and printed in The Massachusetts Spy, Or, Thomas’s Boston Journal on February 18, 1773. The meeting took place in the Colonel John Ashley House, a registered National Historic Landmark in Ashley Falls, a neighborhood of Sheffield, Massachusetts. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
China girl (filmmaking) – In the motion picture industry, a China girl is a type of test film, an image of a woman accompanied by color bars that appears for a few frames (typically one to four) in the reel leader. A “China Girl” was used by the lab technician for calibration purposes when processing the film (with the still photography equivalent being a “Shirley Card”). The origin of the term is a matter of some dispute but is usually accepted to be a reference to the models used to create the frames – either they were actually china (porcelain) mannequins, or the make-up worn by the live models made them appear to be mannequins. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
Stuart Little 2 – Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live action/computer-animated comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, and Jonathan Lipnicki, and the voices of Michael J. Fox as Stuart Little and Nathan Lane as Snowbell the Cat. Although a sequel to the 1999 film Stuart Little, the plot bears more resemblance to the original novel by E.B. White, in which Stuart and Snowbell meet a canary named Margalo (voiced by Melanie Griffith). Stuart Little 2 premiered in Westwood on July 14, 2002, and was released in theaters for the rest of North America and United Kingdom on July 19 by Columbia Pictures, and grossed $170 million against a $120 million budget, with it also receiving positive critical reviews. It was followed by a third film, a direct-to-video sequel titled Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild in 2005. – Curator’s Comments: Check out the movie soundtrack notes in this article. There are some great songs on the soundtrack. – [Read Full Article On Wikipedia]
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This Wikipedia Random Articles Roundup blog series has been in publishing at ddavidd.com since Saturday, March 18th, 2023 at 4:48 AM CST when the first post in this series was published.
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