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Shaylee Mansfield is an American actress and former YouTuber. Mansfield, who is deaf, first gained recognition by making videos in which she tells Christmas stories in American Sign Language. In 2016, Mansfield appeared in an advertisement by Disney Parks, in which she met Minnie Mouse, who was learning sign language at Walt Disney World. The video quickly went viral and became one of Disney's most-watched advertisements. In 2019, Mansfield made her acting debut in Disney's Noelle. The following year, her request for automatic captioning on Instagram drew attention from several media publications and became popular on Twitter. She received further recognition for her roles in the films Feel the Beat (2020) and 13 Minutes (2021). In 2022, for her signed performance on the animated series Madagascar: A Little Wild, Mansfield was credited alongside the voice actors. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the Chambers Street station (pictured) was once called "easily one of the most decrepit stations" in the New York City Subway system?
- ... that Arsjad Rasjid said that he learned of his appointment as chairman of Ganjar Pranowo's presidential campaign from a friend showing him the news?
- ... that the Brazilian military government changed the ochre on the proposed flag of Mato Grosso do Sul to blue so as to match the colors of the national flag?
- ... that The Last Hope: Dead Zone Survival has been considered one of the worst video games of 2023?
- ... that Kevin Feige perceived a "direct parallel" between the experiences of real people during the COVID-19 pandemic and those of fictional characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during the Blip?
- ... that the 1930s Polish Andean expeditions have been credited with several first ascents and the tracing of a new route to the summit of Aconcagua, the Andes' highest peak?
- ... that "Gam3 Bo1", a song from the EP Your Choice, contains references to NFTs and Zoom?
- ... that Lord McAlpine commissioned 100 heads from Big John Dodo?
In the news
- A ceasefire is announced following Azerbaijan's military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Canada accuses India of being linked to the killing of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada, causing a diplomatic crisis.
- Evika Siliņa (pictured) takes office as Prime Minister of Latvia.
- In Hanoi, Vietnam, a fire at an apartment building kills at least 56 people.
On this day
- 1122 – Pope Callixtus II and Holy Roman emperor Henry V agreed to the Concordat of Worms (pictured), ending the Investiture Controversy.
- 1642 – First English Civil War: The Battle of Powick Bridge, the first engagement between the primary field armies of the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, ended in a Royalist victory.
- 1884 – The French steamship Arctique ran aground on the northern coast of Cape Virgenes in Argentina; gold was discovered during the rescue effort, triggering the Tierra del Fuego gold rush.
- 1920 – The Louisiana hurricane dissipated over Kansas after forcing around 4,500 people to evacuate and causing $1.45 million in damages.
- 2010 – Teresa Lewis became the first woman to be executed by the U.S. state of Virginia since 1912, and the first woman in the state to be executed by lethal injection.
Today's featured picture
Victoria Woodhull (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927), was an American leader of the women's suffrage movement. She ran for President of the United States in the 1872 election. An activist for women's rights and labor reforms, Woodhull was also an advocate of "free love", by which she meant the freedom to marry, divorce and bear children without social restriction or government interference. "They cannot roll back the rising tide of reform," she often said. "The world moves." She twice went from rags to riches, her first fortune being made on the road as a magnetic healer before she joined the spiritualist movement in the 1870s. This formal photographic portrait of Woodhull was taken by Mathew Brady around 1870.