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Manon Melis (born 1986) is a Dutch manager of women's football development at Feyenoord and a former professional footballer who played as a forward . She spent most of her professional career playing in the Swedish league Damallsvenskan , which she won three times with her club LdB FC Malmö , in 2010, 2011, and 2013. Melis also won the Swedish Supercup with Malmö in 2011, and was the Damallsvenskan top scorer three times, in 2008, 2010, and 2011. At age 17, Melis made her debut for the Netherlands national team in 2004. Her goalscoring helped the Dutch qualify for their first major tournament, the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 , where they reached the semi-finals. In the tournament, she scored a crucial goal in the final group game against Denmark to send her team into the knockout stage. When she retired from playing international football in 2016, she had earned 136 caps and scored 59 goals. She was the all-time top goal scorer for the Netherlands national team from 2010 to 2019. ( Full article... )

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Seringapatam at anchor in Valetta Harbour
Seringapatam at anchor in Valetta Harbour

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December 2

The Battle of Austerlitz, 2nd December 1805 by François Gérard
The Battle of Austerlitz, 2nd December 1805 by François Gérard

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Seal of Indiana

This historical coat of arms of Indiana is an illustration from State Arms of the Union by Henry Mitchell, published by Louis Prang in 1876. The sun rising over the Allegheny Mountains suggests that Indiana has a bright future. The woodsman represents civilization subduing the wilderness, while the American bison represents the wilderness fleeing westward away from the advance of civilization. This design is also used on the state seal , introduced in 1816, the year in which Indiana became a U.S. state.

Illustration credit: Henry Mitchell; restored by Andrew Shiva

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