Wikipedia: Article of the week / 2021


October 25, 2021

Here is an archive of Articles of the Week published on the Main Page in 2021. Information on when the article was founded, how it developed and who its main authors are can be found in the History of the article.


Thomas "Tom" Wlaschih (* June 20, 1973 Donin, GDR) is a German film, television and theater actor and drummer, internationally renowned for his portrayal of Jaqen H'ghar in several series of the popular fantasy series Game of Thrones, or as Sebastian Berger from co-production series Without Borders. At first, he played rather smaller roles in major American film productions, such as Enemy at the Gates (2001), Munich (2005), 16 Blocks (2006) or Rivals (2013). Following the success of Game of Thrones, major roles have also appeared in American television production, such as the series Jack Ryan and Stranger Things. He won his last film role in netflix's Italian retro drama Rose Island (2020). In home cinema, he has been given a variety of opportunities, from light comedies such as Sweet Life in Ibiza (2004) and Every Bad Luck Ends Once (2012) through the mythical Krabat (2008) to the historical dramas Resistance (2011) or In Love and War (2018) or to the chamber thriller Berlin Falling (2017). He also played an important role, for example, in the narrative war series Submarine. He devoted himself to theater acting only in the first years of his professional career, later he added voice acting.


William Shakespeare (baptized April 26, 1564 - died May 3, 1616 according to the Gregorian calendar) was an English poet, playwright and actor who is considered to be the greatest English writer and the world's most important playwright. He is often called the English national poet and "bard of Avon". He is credited with approximately 38 surviving plays (including those on which he probably collaborated with someone), 154 sonnets, two long epic poems, and several other poems, some of which are of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into all major living languages ​​and are performed more often than the plays of any other playwright. Shakespeare grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon in the English county of Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, playwright and co-owner of the Lord Chamberlain's Servants, later known as the Royal Society. Around 1613, at the age of 49, he retired to Stratford, where he died three years later. Little information has been preserved from his private life, which has sparked much speculation about his physical appearance, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs, as well as whether the work attributed to him was in fact written by someone else. Most of Shakespeare's well-known works were created between 1589 and 1613. Some of his early plays were comedies. In the following period, he created many plays on historical themes, mainly from English history, but also, for example, the great drama Julius Caesar. Later, around 1608, he wrote tragedies such as Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth, which are considered the masterpieces of English literature. In the last creative phase, he created tragicomedies, also known as romances, probably in collaboration with other authors.


The Persian lion (formerly Panthera leo persica, part of Panthera leo leo since 2017) is a designation for the Asian population of lion (Panthera leo), specifically the subspecies Berber lion (Panthera leo leo). The historical distribution of this lion stretched in a strip of territory from Turkey in the west to central India in the east. Until 2021, he lived only in the Indian state of Gujarat and is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Its population has been slow since the 1970s

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