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A monthly archive of the English Wikipedia's pictures of the day


These featured pictures have previously appeared (or will appear) as picture of the day (POTD) on the Main Page, as scheduled below. You can add the automatically updating picture of the day to your userpage or talk page using {{Pic of the day}} (version with blurb) or {{POTD}} (version without blurb). For instructions on how to make custom POTD layouts, see Wikipedia:Picture of the day.



February 1 – Sat

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February 2 – Sun

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February 3 – Mon

Guion Bluford (center), Ronald McNair (left), and Frederick D. Gregory (right) were the first three African-American astronauts to travel into space. Bluford became the second person of African descent, and the first African American in space, as part of the STS-8 mission which launched on August 30, 1983. He was a NASA mission specialist on three more Space Shuttle missions: STS-61-A, STS-39, and STS-53. McNair became the second African American to travel into space as mission specialist on STS-41-B which launched on February 3, 1984. McNair died on his second mission, STS-51-L, which ended in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986. Gregory was the first African American to pilot a Space Shuttle during STS-51-B, which launched on April 29, 1985. He became the first African American to command a mission during STS-33 and was also the commander of STS-44.Photo credit: NASA; restored by Coffeeandcrumbs

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February 4 – Tue

Rosa Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005)Photo credit: Associated Press; restored by Adam Cuerden

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February 5 – Wed

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February 8 – Sat

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February 10 – Mon

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February 11 – Tue

I Lombardi alla prima crociata (premiered 11 February)Artwork: anonymous; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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February 12 – Wed

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February 13 – Thu

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February 14 – Fri

Bosc's fringe-toed lizards (Acanthodactylus boskianus asper) in the Dana Biosphere Reserve , Jordan. The love bite is a courtship ritual (Remember: Valentine's Day is coming)Photograph: Charles J. Sharp

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February 15 – Sat

Giovanna d'Arco (premiered 15 February)Artwork: Luigi Barinetti; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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February 16 – Sun

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February 20 – Thu

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February 21 – Fri

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February 23 – Sun

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February 24 – Mon

Charles V (24 February 1500 – 21 September 1558)

This picture, titled Equestrian Portrait of Charles V is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Titian. Created between April and September 1548 while Titian was at the imperial court of Augsburg, it is a tribute to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, following his victory in the April 1547 Battle of Mühlberg against the Protestant armies. The portrait in part gains its impact by its directness and sense of contained power: the horse's strength seems just in check, and Charles' brilliantly shining armour and the painting's deep reds are reminders of battle and heroism. Titian recorded all of the foreground elements—the horse, its caparison, and the rider's armour—from those used in the actual battle. Both the armour and harness survive, and are kept at the Royal Armoury in Madrid. It was acquired by the Museo del Prado in 1827.Painting credit: Titian

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February 28 – Fri

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February 29 – Sat

Gioachino Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868)Photograph credit: Étienne Carjat; restored by Adam Cuerden

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