Sonam Kapoor(nominated by FrB.TG) (born 1985) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. Kapoor is one of the highest-paid actresses in the industry, and is ranked as one of the most fashionable celebrities in India. She has been nominated for four Filmfare Awards. Kapoor supports various charities and causes, such as creating awareness on breast cancer. She is known in the media for her outspoken personality, and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products.
U.S. Route 25(nominated by Imzadi1979) was a part of the United States Numbered Highway System in the state of Michigan that ran from the Ohio state line near Toledo and ended at the tip of The Thumb in Port Austin. Created with the initial US Highway System in 1926, it replaced several previous state highway designations. It initially was only routed as far north as Port Huron; and the northern extension to Port Austin happened in 1933. Starting in the early 1960s, segments of I-75 and I-94 were built, and US 25 was shifted to follow them south of Detroit to Port Huron. A business loop was created when the main highway bypassed downtown Port Huron, and then in 1973, the entire designation was removed from the state.
Hex Enduction Hour(nominated by Ceoil) is the fourth studio album by the English post-punk band the Fall. Released in 1982, it builds on the low-fidelity production values and caustic lyrical content of their earlier recordings. Hex Enduction Hour was well received by critics, and sold well relative to its release on a small label, and earned The Fall their first UK Albums Chart placing at No. 71. Today it is considered a hallmark of the post-punk era.
The Mortara case(nominated by Cliftonian) was an Italian cause célèbre that captured the attention of much of Europe and the United States in the 1850s and 1860s. It concerned the Papal States' seizure from a Jewish family in Bologna of one of their children, six-year-old Edgardo Mortara, on the basis of a one-time servant's testimony that she had administered emergency baptism to the boy when he fell sick as an infant. Mortara grew up as a Catholic under the protection of Pope Pius IX—who refused his parents' desperate pleas for his return—and eventually became a priest. The domestic and international outrage against the pontifical state's actions may have contributed to its downfall amid the unification of Italy.
The Siege of Sidney Street(nominated by SchroCat) was a gunfight in the East End of London between a combined police and army force and two Latvian revolutionaries. The siege was the culmination of a series of events that began in December 1910, with an attempted jewellery robbery at Houndsditch in the City of London by a gang of immigrant Latvians which resulted in the murder of three policemen, the wounding of two others, and the death of George Gardstein, the leader of the Latvian gang. The siege marked the first time that the police had requested military assistance in London to deal with an armed stand-off. It was also the first siege in Britain to be caught on camera.
The Academy Award for Best Director(nominated by Johanna) is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given in honor of a film director who has exhibited outstanding directing while working in the film industry. Nominees are determined by single transferable vote within the directors branch of AMPAS; winners are selected by a plurality vote from the entire eligible voting members of the Academy. Since its inception, the award has been given to 69 directors or directing teams.
The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by NASA. From 1981 to 2011 a total of 135 missions were flown(nominated by Matthewrbowker), launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During that time the fleet totaled 1,322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds of flight time. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, conducted science experiments in orbit, and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station.
New Brunswick is the eighth-most populous province in Canada with 751,171 residents as of the 2011 Census. It is the third-smallest in land area at approximately 71,400 km2 (27,600 sq mi). New Brunswick's 107 municipalities(nominated by Mattximus and Hwy43) cover only 8.6% of the province's land mass but are home to 65.3% of its population. Municipalities in New Brunswick may incorporate under the Municipalities Act of 1973 as a city, town, village, regional municipality, or rural community. Municipal governments are led by elected councils and are responsible for the delivery of services such as civic administration, land use planning, emergency measures, policing, road, and garbage collection.
The 69th Academy Awards(nominated by Birdienest81) ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took place on March 24, 1997, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. During the ceremony, Academy Awards in 24 categories were presented honouring films released in 1996. The English Patient won the most awards of the evening with nine including Best Picture.