Wikipedia:Today's featured list/October 2018

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October 1

The GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book is an annual award that honors comics writers for excellence in the depiction of LGBT characters and themes. It is one of several categories of the GLAAD Media Awards, which are presented by GLAAD at ceremonies in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco between March and June. The award was introduced in 1992 as a non-competitive category at the 3rd GLAAD Media Awards. The first honoree was William Messner-Loebs, for his work on the second volume of The Flash (a comic book series published by DC Comics). No award was given from 1993 through 1995, but the authors of one work have been recognized every year since 1996. "Outstanding Comic Book" became a competitive category in 1997. Since its inception, the award has been given to the authors of 21 comic books, comic strips, and graphic novels. Green Lantern, Young Avengers, and Strangers in Paradise are the only titles to have won the award twice, and Green Lantern is the only work to have won in two consecutive years (2002 and 2003). (Full list...)


October 5
Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara made 63 international cricket centuries during his career, 38 in Test matches and 25 in One Day International (ODI) matches. Sangakkara, a former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team, scored his maiden Test century in 2001 against India, and his first double-century during the 2002 Asian Test Championship final against Pakistan. His highest score in Test cricket is 319, which he scored against Bangladesh in 2014. During his innings of 287 against South Africa in 2006, he and Mahela Jayawardene set a new world record of 624 runs for the highest partnership for any wicket in Test or first-class cricket. He made his ODI debut in July 2000 against Pakistan, and his first century in this format was against the same team during the 2003 Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup. His highest ODI score of 169 was made against South Africa at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Full list...)


October 8
Ivory in 1991
Ivory in 1991

Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino. The screenplay, written by James Ivory, is based on André Aciman's 2007 novel of the same name. Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2017, the film garnered a variety of awards and nominations. Ivory won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards and 71st British Academy Film Awards, making him the oldest-ever winner in any competitive category for both awards at the age of 89. At the 27th Gotham Independent Film Awards, the film won Best Feature and Breakthrough Actor for Timothée Chalamet. It led the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards with six nominations, winning Best Male Lead for Chalamet and Best Cinematography for Sayombhu Mukdeeprom. The American Film Institute and National Board of Review included the film in their list of top ten films of 2017. (Full list...)


October 12

Nineteen women have served as cabinet ministers in governments of the Republic of Ireland and its predecessors, the Irish Free State and the Irish Republic. The Government of Ireland is the cabinet that exercises executive authority in the Republic of Ireland. After a 58-year gap between the first and second women ministers, there has been at least one woman in all cabinets since December 1982. No woman has ever been Taoiseach (prime minister), but four women have served as Tánaiste (deputy prime minister). The 31st Government of Ireland was formed in June 2017. As of October 2018 it includes four women as ministers in the cabinet of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Heather Humphreys, Katherine Zappone, Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan. No more than four women have served simultaneously in any cabinet, and a 2014 pledge by the then-Taoiseach Enda Kenny to create a gender-balanced cabinet remains unfulfilled. (Full list...)


October 15

There are 18 Local Nature Reserves in Northamptonshire. Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. It has an area of 236,700 hectares (914 sq mi) and a population estimated in mid-2015 at 723,000. A ridge of low Jurassic hills runs through the county, separating the basins of the Welland and Nene rivers. The county's main architectural feature is its country houses and mansions. Twelve of its Local Nature Reserves are managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, and two are also Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Ramsar internationally important wetland sites, and Special Protection Areas under the European Union Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds. The largest site is Titchmarsh Nature Reserve at 72.7 hectares (180 acres), which has nationally important numbers of goosanders, wigeons and gadwalls in winter. (Full list...)


October 19

The F-Zero media series includes eight released video games, a television series, and video game soundtracks released on audio CDs. F-Zero is a futuristic racing video game franchise originally created by Nintendo EAD and has been continually published by Nintendo although the company has let outside development houses work on some installments. The series premiered in Japan on November 21, 1990, with F-Zero (エフゼロ), which later was released in the North American and PAL regions. An original installment has appeared on nearly every succeeding Nintendo video game console since its debut until 2004. Gameplay consists of racing in futuristic hovercrafts and using their speed-boosting abilities to navigate through the courses as quickly as possible in settings like the recurring Mute City, Big Blue and Port Town. The first game was labeled by critics as an influential video game that created the futuristic racing subgenre as well as inspired the creation of numerous racing games such as Daytona USA and the Wipeout series. (Full list...)


October 22
MLB MVP Award plaque
MLB MVP Award plaque

The Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is an annual Major League Baseball (MLB) award given to one outstanding player in the American League and one in the National League. Since 1931, it has been awarded by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The winners receive the Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award, which became the official name of the award in 1944, in honor of the first MLB commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis. MVP voting takes place before the postseason, but the results are not announced until after the World Series. First basemen, with 34 winners, have won the most MVPs among infielders, followed by second basemen (16), third basemen (15), and shortstops (15). Hank Greenberg, Stan Musial, Alex Rodriguez, and Robin Yount have each won at more than one position, while Rodriguez is the only player who has won the award with two different teams at two different positions. Barry Bonds has won the most often (seven times) and the most consecutively (four, from 2001 to 2004). (Full list...)


October 26
Taunton Castle
Taunton Castle

There are 33 scheduled monuments in Taunton Deane, a local government district with borough status in Somerset, England. A scheduled monument is a nationally important archaeological site or monument which is given legal protection by being placed on a list (or "schedule") by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; English Heritage takes the leading role in identifying such sites. Many of the scheduled monuments are Neolithic through to the Bronze and Iron Ages, including bowl barrows, cairns, and hill forts, such as Norton Camp. Castle Neroche was an Iron Age hill fort which was reused as a Norman motte-and-bailey castle. Burrow Mump shows evidence of Roman use but is better known as a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, and later church. The Medieval period is represented by several churchyard crosses. The defensive walls and part of Taunton Castle (pictured), which has Anglo-Saxon origins and was expanded during the Medieval and Tudor eras, is included. (Full list...)


October 29
Tove Lo
Tove Lo

The discography of Swedish singer and songwriter Tove Lo includes three studio albums, one extended play (EP), and twenty-two singles (including nine as a featured artist). Lo started her career as the lead singer and songwriter in math rock band Tremblebee from 2006 until 2009. In 2013, she self-released "Habits", which received positive feedback from music blogs and led her to sign a record deal with Universal Music Group. Her first EP, Truth Serum, was released the following year. A remixed version of "Habits", re-titled as "Stay High", peaked at number 13 in Sweden and reached the top ten of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Lo's debut album, Queen of the Clouds, was released that same year, peaking at number six in Sweden and number 14 on the US Billboard 200. "Habits" was re-issued as "Habits (Stay High)" and released as the lead single from the record, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2016, the singer released her second studio album, Lady Wood, which topped the albums chart in Sweden and peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard 200. The next year, Lo released her third studio album, Blue Lips, which peaked at number 15 in Sweden. (Full list...)