Portrait of Henry Hoʻolulu Pitman at the Peabody Essex Museum
The Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar depicts Captain James Cook on the obverse and a Hawaiian chieftain on the reverse.
The Austro-Hungarian river monitor SMS Körös bombarding Belgrade in 1914 Eight featured articles were promoted these weeks.
The 2008 UAW-Dodge 400 (nominated by MWright96) was the third stock car race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It was held on 2 March 2008, before a crowd of 153,000 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 267-lap race was won by Carl Edwards of the Roush Fenway Racing team who started from second position. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second and Greg Biffle came in third. The race attracted 12.1 million television viewers. Henry Hoʻolulu Pitman (nominated by KAVEBEAR) (1845–1863) was an American Union Army soldier of Native Hawaiian descent. Considered one of the "Hawaiʻi Sons of the Civil War", he was among a group of more than one hundred documented Native Hawaiian and Hawaii-born combatants who fought in the American Civil War while the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi was still an independent nation. Margaret Lea Houston (nominated by Maile66) (1819–1867) was First Lady of the Republic of Texas during her husband, Sam Houston's, second term as President of the Republic of Texas. They met following the first of his two non-consecutive terms as the Republic's president, and married when he was a representative in the Congress of the Republic of Texas. She was his third wife, remaining with him until his death. Douglas MacArthur's escape from the Philippines (nominated by Hawkeye7) began on 11 March 1942, when General Douglas MacArthur and members of his family and staff left Corregidor Island, where his forces had been surrounded by the Japanese. They traveled in patrol torpedo boats for two days through stormy seas patrolled by Japanese warships to reach Mindanao. From there, MacArthur and his party flew to Australia in a pair of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses, ultimately arriving in Melbourne by train on 21 March. In Australia, he made his famous speech in which he declared, "I came through and I shall return". The Hawaii Sesquicentennial half dollar (nominated by Wehwalt) was struck in 1928 by the United States Bureau of the Mint in honor of the 150th anniversary of Captain James Cook's landing in Hawaii, the first European to reach there. Only 10,000 were struck for the public, making it rare and valuable. Chester Beach made the plaster models for the coins from sketches by Juliette May Fraser. Although the issue price, at $2, was the highest for a commemorative half dollar to that point, the coins sold out quickly and have risen in value to over a thousand dollars. Theodore Komnenos Doukas (nominated by Cplakidas) (died c. 1253), was ruler of Epirus and Thessaly from 1215 to 1230 and of Thessalonica and most of the rest of Macedonia and western Thrace from 1224 to 1230. He was also the power behind the rule of his sons John and Demetrios over Thessalonica in 1237–46. SMS Körös (nominated by Peacemaker67) was the name ship of the Körös-class river monitors built for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. The ship was part of the Danube Flotilla, and fought various Allied forces from Belgrade down the Danube to the Black Sea during World War I. After the war, she was transferred to the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and renamed Morava. During the World War II German-led Axis invasion of Yugoslavia, Morava was the flagship of the 2nd Mine Barrage Division, and operated on the Tisza river. She fought off attacks by the Luftwaffe, but was forced to withdraw to Belgrade. Due to high river levels and low bridges, navigating monitors was difficult, and she was scuttled by her crew. She was later raised by the navy of the Axis puppet state the Independent State of Croatia and continued in service as Bosna until June 1944, when she struck a mine and sank. Catherine Zeta-Jones (nominated by SchroCat and Krimuk90) (born 1969) is a Welsh actress. Zeta-Jones aspired to a theatrical career from an early age. She studied musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools, London, and made her adult stage breakthrough with a leading role in a 1987 production of 42nd Street. Her screen debut came in the unsuccessful French-Italian film 1001 Nights (1990), and she found greater success as a regular in the British television series The Darling Buds of May (1991–93). Zeta-Jones established herself in Hollywood with roles in the action film The Mask of Zorro (1998) and the heist film Entrapment (1999). Zeta-Jones has received such accolades as an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award and a Tony Award, and in 2010 she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her film and humanitarian endeavours. She is married to the actor Michael Douglas with whom she has two children.
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The Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor (nominated by Charles Turing) is an honour, begun in 1969, presented annually at the Kerala State Film Awards of India to an actor for the best performance in a leading role in the Malayalam cinema. Until 1997, the awards were managed directly by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Government of Kerala. Since 1998, the awards have been controlled by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, an autonomous, non-profit institution functioning under the Department of Cultural Affairs. The awardees are decided by an independent jury constituted every year by the Academy. They are announced by the Minister for Cinema and are presented by the Chief Minister. Throughout the years, accounting for ties and repeat winners, the Government of Kerala has presented a total of 49 Best Actor awards to 27 different actors. The recipients receive a figurine, a certificate, and a cash prize of ₹100,000 (US$1,500). Michael Schumacher (born 1969) is a German racing driver who has won seven Formula One world championships. Schumacher contested 308 races in his career which included 91 Grand Prix wins (nominated by Cowlibob and The Rambling Man); the majority of his race victories were for the Ferrari team with 72. His most successful circuit was Magny-Cours, where he won eight times in his career. Schumacher's largest margin of victory was at the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix, a race in which he lapped the field, and the smallest margin of victory was at the 2000 Canadian Grand Prix when he beat teammate Rubens Barrichello by 0.174 seconds.