This report covers content promoted from 5 to 11 February 2012.
Eight featured articles were promoted this week:
Turning Point (2008) (nom) by Wrestlinglover. Turning Point (2008) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on November 9, 2008 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the fourth in the Turning Point chronology and featured eight professional wrestling matches, with three involving championships. The TNA Legends Championship was successfully defended by Booker T.
Jonathan Agnew (nom) by Dweller and The Rambling Man. Jonathan Agnew (born 1960) is an English cricket broadcaster and former professional cricketer. He had a successful career as a fast bowler for Leicestershire from 1979 to 1990, played for the England team, and was named one of the Cricketers of the Year by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 1988. While still a player, Agnew began a career in cricket journalism and commentary, and is a leading voice of cricket for BBC radio and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Cross of Gold speech (nom) by Wehwalt. The "Cross of Gold" speech was delivered by William Jennings Bryan, a former congressman from Nebraska, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on July 9, 1896. In it he decried the gold standard, concluding the speech, "you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold". It helped catapult him to the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and is considered one of the greatest political speeches in American history.
Manhunter (nom) by Grapple X. Manhunter is a 1986 American thriller film based on Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon. Written and directed by Michael Mann, it stars William Petersen as FBI profiler Will Graham and Brian Cox as the killer, Hannibal Lecktor. The film focuses on the forensic work used to track down the killer, known as the "The Tooth Fairy", and highlights the similarities between the FBI profiler and his quarry.
George W. Romney (nom) by Wasted Time R. American businessman and politician George W. Romney (1907–1995) was chairman and CEO of American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962, Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, and the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1969 to 1973. He is the father of former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney and the husband of former Michigan U.S. Senate candidate Lenore Romney.
Monteverdi's lost operas (nom) by Brianboulton. The Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643), in addition to a large output of church music and madrigals, wrote prolifically for the stage. Opera as a musical and theatrical genre began to emerge during the early part of Monteverdi's career, initially as a form of courtly entertainment. Although the music has disappeared almost entirely for seven operas, three—L'Orfeo (1607), Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (1640) and L'incoronazione di Poppea (1643)—have survived with their music and librettos intact.
John Barbirolli (nom) by Tim riley. Sir John Barbirolli was an English conductor and cellist. He is remembered above all as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, which he helped save from dissolution in 1943 and conducted for the rest of his life. Earlier in his career he was Arturo Toscanini's successor as music director of the New York Philharmonic, as well as serving a guest conductor for many other operas.
Hadji Ali (nom) by Fuhghettaboutit. Hadji Ali was a vaudeville performance artist famous for acts of controlled regurgitation. His best known feats included water spouting, smoke swallowing and nut and handkerchief swallowing followed by disgorgement. Ali's most famous stunt, and the highlight of his act, was drinking copious amounts of water followed by kerosene, and then acting by turns as a human flame thrower and fire extinguisher as he expelled the two liquids onto a theatrical prop.
Two featured lists were promoted this week:
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (nom) by Albacore. The Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play was established in 1949 under the title Tony Award for Actor, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic) in the United States. Since then, numerous actors have won this award, with Frank Langella being the only one to win it twice. Several portrayals of the same character by different actors have also won.
Malmö FF in Europe (nom) by Reckless182. Malmö Fotbollförening, a Swedish football team out of Malmö, has participated in 13 seasons in the European Cup and Champions League, 13 seasons in the UEFA Cup and Europa League, five seasons in the Cup Winners' Cup, one season in the Intertoto Cup, and a competition organized by FIFA. The team has recorded 41 wins, 26 draws, and 46 defeats. Its most decisive victory was the 11–0 win over Pezoporikos Larnaca of Cyprus in the 1973–74 European Cup Winners' Cup.
Temple Square, Salt Lake City, in 1899 (nom; related article), created by William Henry Jackson, retouched by Tom dl, and nominated by Mmxx. The new featured photochrom print depicts Temple Square in central Salt Lake City. The temple complex, covering ten acres (40,000 m²), is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and consists of the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Assembly Hall, the Seagull Monument and two visitors' centers.
Girls' Generation (nom; related article), created by LG Corp. and co-nominated by Crisco 1492 and Eustress. Nine-member Korean girl band Girls' Generation, formed in 2007 by S.M. Entertainment, has released four full albums (one in Japanese and three in Korean), three mini-albums, and numerous singles. The new featured picture, taken in January 2012 by LG Corp to advertise its Cinema 3D TV, depicts members Kim Tae-yeon, Kim Hyo-yeon, Seo Joo-hyun, Choi Soo-young, Im Yoona, Jessica Jung, Tiffany Hwang, Sunny Lee, and Kwon Yuri.
Portrait of Balthazar Castiglione by Raphael (nom; related article), created by Raphael and nominated by Crisco 1492. Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione, painted c. 1514–1515 and commonly attributed to Italian artist Raphael, depicts diplomat and humanist Baldassare Castiglione. Possibly meant to accompany Castiglione's wife and children when he went abroad, the portrait may have taken its inspiration from Leonarda da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The new featured painting was digitized by the Google Art Project.
Messier 82 (nom; related article), created by NASA and co-nominated by Crisco 1492 and Extra999. Messier 82, the prototype starburst galaxy, is located approximately 12 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Ursa Major. The new featured picture combines exposures taken with four colored filters that capture starlight from visible and infrared wavelengths as well as the light from the glowing hydrogen filaments.
USS Arizona (BB39) underway (nom; related article), created by an unknown author and restored/nominated by Mmxx. The American warship USS Arizona, built in the 1910s, was a Pennsylvania-class "super-dreadnought" battleship that measured 608 ft (185.3 m) in length and 97 ft (29.6 m) across at the beam. Named to honour Arizona's entry as the 48th US state, the ship was sunk in a surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.