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Accent[edit]

Isn't it a bit precious to use "É" all the way through? Accents are usually omitted from capital letters in French; one can use them, but why do it here? --Mel Etitis (Μελ Ετητης) 21:36, 29 September 2005 (UTC)

Here in the English Wikipedia, I think it makes sense to use the same spelling as in the French. Your question is still valid for the French article, though. (I wonder if my local library has a French paper encyclopedia?) Abu ari 08:52, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

The accent issue is a false problem. It is true that for quite a long time, it has been thought to be unnecessary to keep the accent on capital letters. But this comes a technical inability of the old printing machines. In handwriting, we still have to write the accents. Nowadays, with the apparition of the computer, this issue is irrelevent and we yet again have to put the accents on capital letters.


http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_des_majuscules_en_fran%C3%A7ais#Accentuation_des_majuscules_et_capitales

Sseb22 05:28, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Death[edit]

Where should technical errors like the date of Edith Piaf's death being reported as the 10th at the top of the page and the 11th further down in the text be reported? I have similar errors on many pages and would like to let someone know about them. User Alan S12:10, 10 October 2005 (UTC)

They shouldn't be reported but corrected (that's the beauty of Wikipedia). Where you notice a discrepancy but don't know which is the correct version, a note like the one above on the relevant Talk page will do. --Mel Etitis (Μελ Ετητης) 20:21, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

The use of her "official" date of death troubles me greatly. Where is the evidence that she actually died on the 10th? Why is she "officially" said to have died on the 11th, if she actually died on the 10th? Where else in Wikipedia do we provide a date of death that we know is not the correct date? If there is indeed a discrepancy between her actual, proven, date of death and some "official" date, we should use the actual date in the article and give the official date in the footnote, not the other way around. JackofOz 01:14, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

Janet Flanner, in her column filed on Oct. 23, 1963 and reprinted in the book Paris Journal: 1944-1965, p.568, reports that Piaf's death occurred at 7:00 AM on a "recent Friday," which, according to my perpetual calendar, would have been the 11th. Flanner also reports that Jean Cocteau died at 1:00 PM on the same day from "a final heart attack, provoked by the news of her demise." The Wikipedia page on Cocteau has his death occurring on Oct 11, 1963. Terry J. Carter (talk) 01:50, 22 July 2013 (UTC):

Song[edit]

Wendy McNeill does a fabulous song (http://zed.cbc.ca/go?c=contentPage&CONTENT_ID=121650) about Edith Piaf. Kind of summarizes a lot of her life. FireWorks 20:31, 3 December 2005 (UTC)

Dear Editors of Wikipedia[edit]

I would appreciate your sending me information about where you obtained the biographical information for Edith Piaf on the Wikipedia website.

It is my understanding that Edith Piaf's real name is actually: Edith Annette Gisson Holliday. I do not believe that the name Gassion as listed on your website and a fake website with her grave marker is accurate. Also,I do not believe that Edith Piaf was Italian as some of the surnames you have listed would imply. Further, I do not believe that Edith Piaf is related to a circus performer or a madame of a bordello.

According to Janet Flanner, Paris Journal 1944-1965, p. 569, Piaf's name was Gassion, and her grandmother ran a brothel. Flanner's statement dates to Oct 23, 1963. I can't find a Warner bio of Piaf, fake or otherwise, in WorldCat. As Piaf performed in public as a "featured

act" from 1935 until not long before her death, I don't see how anybody could credit the idea of her having been killed during WW II. If Warner did write such a book and if he did connect her to a relative with a brothel, that statement was not original with him. Terry J. Carter (talk) 02:08, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

I heard a rumor recently that Senator John Warner wrote a Fake biography about Edith Piaf since he is making money selling her recordings. I am still investigating how Senator Warner is related to Edith Piaf and how he accessed Edith Piaf's recordings to sell after 1945 when there are people that have said Edith Piaf was actually killed during WWII by the Nazis because of her Jewish heritage the fact that she was related to French and Belgian royalty. One would wonder how Senator Warner left WWII in 1945 with Edith Piaf recordings in tow if Edith Piaf lived beyond WWII.

  • Paline HollidayEarpCarroll Brown
Note written 7 months later: The above fascinatingly bizarre opinion was written in January 2006. Apparently, everybody was stunned into silence by its content, since it never got any response, at least not on this page. (John Warner?!?!?) - DavidWBrooks 22:19, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

This does show why the article needs citations desperately.--76.182.88.254 04:48, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

I post alleged 'original research' and it gets vaporized in a nano second. rem486 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 207.255.86.240 (talk) 21:27, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

La Vie en Rose[edit]

I recently created an article for La Vie en Rose, so any contributions from people with knowledge about Edith's signature song would be appreciated - AKeen 16:01, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

Clean this article up![edit]

It's pretty messy and unprofessional at the moment. Let's clean it up already.

Mark 23:40, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

Deletion[edit]

The entirety of this article was deleted, without comment, due to alleged copyright violation a few days ago. It seems absurd to have nothing more than "a French singer" for possibly the most famous French chanteuse. I have supplied a translation, more or less bad, of the Piaf article at the French Wikipedia. But I think that some discussion would be warranted before yanking an entire article. RandomCritic 21:03, 11 April 2006 (UTC)

Hi. Well, the article was not "deleted", just marked as a possible copyvio (all the previous revisions are still there and could be restored). It's not excluded (though IMHO unlikely) that the issue is the other way round: the site that I spotted has actually copied from Wikipedia. In any case I guess we had to wait a few days before rewriting the whole content, just to be sure. Please, consider that the page is still listed here:
Wikipedia:Copyright_problems/2006_April_9
In any case I just followed the "canonical" procedure.
What to do about copyright violations
Believe me, I was really disappointed for my "discovery".
--Gennaro Prota 01:06, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
Well, somebody (name not given on the history page) did delete both the article and your copyvio notice.
Not my fault. That's someone who doesn't read what he has in front of his eyes.
In any case you seem to have been mistaken.
Here you still keep some courtesy. There must have been something which made you lose your temper between writing this and the next paragraphs. But it was not me.
If you had provided a link to your asserted site in this talk page the matter could have been investigated;
Don't be offended but you seem very unfamiliar with Wikipedia procedures. Yes, I forgot to add the link as an argument to the copyvio template (because I was in a hurry and because I'm quite new here —this is my first possible-copyvio tagging), but the link is anyway here:
Wikipedia:Copyright_problems/2006_April_9
(if someone provides a link and wastes time for that, please be gentle enough to take it a look)
better yet, you could have investigated it yourself before jumping to conclusions.
I didn't draw conclusions. Rather you jumped the gun. I was investigating yesterday (sorry for not being able to do that *immediately*, boss; I'll ask my company to give me more spare time) and found that the first version which comes close to the one at
http://www.edithpiaf.com/biography.php
is revision as of 04:56, 16 November 2003
That comforted me as the site reports "©2004–present EdithPiaf.com" so it is very likely older.
As it turns out, the biography at EdithPiaf.com is an exact copy of the Wikipedia article as of August 9, 2004. And if you look at the layers of history before that, you can see that the Wikipedia article on that date was not copied and pasted from somewhere else, but the product of months and months of accumulated changes.
Yes. As I said, sorry for not working 24 hours a day here.
It is clear that EdithPiaf.com borrowed the article from Wikipedia and not the other way around. I hope that in the future you will be much more careful about making assertions of copyright violation. Many, many places use Wikipedia as a source.
Your main misunderstanding is that I made an assertion of copyright violation. I just made a report of possible copyright violation. You seem also very unfamiliar with Wikipedia policies and with Wikiquette. Please take a look at that. And remember we are all here for the same reason. No need to bite.
The point is that you, by honest mistake, replaced a good article with a copyright violation notice. The effect of your report was to make the article inaccessible by normal search. Of course it was still in the history, but that is not where one would expect to look for it. Furthermore, people are inclined to assume that copyright violation notices are not only made in good faith (which I don't question) but based on solid information. I would only ask that you refrain from making your "reports" in the future before you have solid evidence that a violation has occurred (e.g., if you yourself are the copyright holder). RandomCritic 13:31, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
RandomCritic 05:13, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, I understand your nick now :-(
--Gennaro Prota 12:25, 12 April 2006 (UTC)


I don't mind if the article is reverted to the last pre-copyvio form, but I should note that there is a little information in the French article which could be incorporated; for instance, it clears up the October 10/October 11 death date question. RandomCritic 05:13, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

Films[edit]

There's a section with films without any explanation. Did she act in them or are they about her? AxelBoldt 07:24, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

I wondered this myself. I would say they are about her but I didn't check the full list (I would not exclude that some of them just feature some of her famous songs in their soundtrack). I have worked on this article but then lost interest. I have seen you did a nice work with the section titles. If you continue on this track I guess that will incentive me to join again :) —Gennaro Prota•Talk 14:20, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

Piaf appeared in all of them except "Edith et Marcel" which is about her. It seems that "Al diavolo la celebritá" was included erroneously, so I've deleted it. RandomCritic 20:05, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

Probably because Marcel Cerdan appears in it. —Gennaro Prota•Talk 20:32, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

Vandals[edit]

someone obviously vandalized the article: From the age of three to seven she was blind, and from eight to fourteen she was deaf and suffered from severe Androgenetic alopecia.

Wathiik 07:38, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

Early life[edit]

The blindness / deafness issue seemed to me highly unlikely, so I took a look at the versions in other Wikipedias. Her blindness seems to be well-acknowledged, although w:de reports it as having occurred from the ago of 4 through 6 only. But deafness is mentioned only in the English version, with articles in other languages specifically mentioning that she is believed to have begun singing at age of ten. I think someone with access to a reputable biographical work should further investigate the issue. 62.57.0.221 10:34, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

In fact what is true is that she suffered from a "keratinite" that caused her to be almost blind when she was young; part of the problem was cured, but anyway she remained half-blind (on one eye).
This was publicly testified on French TV today, with several people that had lived with her (notably her hair-dresser) invited to a long live TV show, showing and explaining her life, along with other guested actors and the director of the next cinema film that will come to our screens in the next few days: "La Mome", featuring lots of songs from our famous singer (and her love with the French boxer Marcel Cerdant, her two weddings after that, her loves with several French actors or singers). Although the film is oriented, it has been announced as providing only true and verified facts about her life (and those that have lived with Edith Piaf have approved the content). All those persons can testify that she was partly blind during all her life.
However she was definitely not deaf (may be she had some earing problem, or suffered from some otites). This is pure speculation and the way she could master her voice is extremely clear. What is true is the she suffered from alcoolism and drugs, and her appearance was much older than she was really in the few years before her death. And it is true that she remains as a myth that can excite lots of imagination and creativity; that's the destinate of the most famous stars: she was and remains as the French Marilyn, and her songs are still loved so much today with her original voice.
I want comment the very strange comment above, about the invention that Piaf would have died during WW2 (this is pure invention); most successes from Piaf were created after WW2; this is extremely irritating to find such stupidity here when there are much enough proofs (and millions of people that have seen her in public live shows after WW2!) that she recorded and sang most of her successes after WW2, including the greatest success "La Vie en rose" or "Mon Légionnaire". Her voice was really unique and unequalled since then (such voice can't be reproduced today, because the common French accent has evolved a lot since then, as well as the language). 86.221.35.173 16:05, 4 February 2007 (UTC)


2.9.07 I added the premiere of the film, "la mome", at the Berlin Film Festival February, 2007 in the legacy section.

Pure Idiocy[edit]

"Today she is still remembered and revered as one of the greatest singers France has ever produced. [citation needed]"

Citation needed??? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 87.6.130.121 (talk) 23:29, 28 April 2007 (UTC).

Agreed. The citation is absolutely unnecessary.

"Elvis Presley is still remembered and revered as one of the greatest rock'n'roll singer" [citation needed] pole25 20:25, 24 january 2008 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 90.32.75.131 (talk)

Fact or opinion?[edit]

I could say that I thought she was a singer whose reputation was enhanced by her premature death. That might not be true, but it is no more true to say that she is one of the greatest singers ever in France. However, a comment by a respected music critic saying that she was one of the greatest singers would make the statement more encyclopedic and not violate NPOV, which it seems to do now. 66.234.220.195 (talk) 06:47, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

one of france's greatest singers: citation needed?[edit]

In the section "Death and Legacy", it's written "Today she is still remembered and revered as one of the greatest singers France has ever produced.[citation needed]".

Do we really need citation for that statement? It's like saying we need citation for Shakespeare being one of the greatest playwrights. I don't think to say she is "one of the greatest" is an exaggeration (much less a statement requiring citation), though saying she is the "greatest" would certainly be. Mmm...perhaps a better concession would be to rephrase the statement? Something enough to convey that she was recognised a being big in France in her day (almost equivalent so say Madonna or Celine Dion) and is certainly a cultural icon?Pristine 12:55, 23 June 2007 (UTC)


Whoops, I just noticed someone discussed this above. Anyhow, thoughts are still welcome.Pristine 12:55, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

If it's so obvious, it shouldn't be hard to find a citation for the sentence. Citations are needed on Wikipedia no matter how obvious a statement may seem. That's how it works :) Just find a quick citation and add it. That is the least of this article's problems because most of the article lacks citation of any form.--76.182.88.254 04:44, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not for publishing your own opinion, irregardless of how widely held it is. If you wish to make this claim, it needs to be from a reputable and authoritative source in granting such an opinion Rotovia (talk) 16:46, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
"irregardless" is not a word.69.47.221.232 (talk) 06:09, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Citation needed! Citation needed!
There is no argument about Piaf being one of the greatest WORLD singers (not just for France) in Wikipedia articles in languages other than English. Including Russian page, for instance. Remarkably, it is only US/UK who do not want to admit it. One more proof that people in US/UK are very ignorant towards everything which is not in English. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.237.244.226 (talk) 23:16, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
There is no argument that it's not true, just that it needs to be cited. It needs to be cited in other languages' Wikipedia articles as well. People all over the world use the English Wikipedia, not just those from the US and UK.--Gloriamarie (talk) 21:25, 27 December 2008 (UTC)
Here's an example of the murky waters of perceived fact and opinion...the above contributor compares Piaf to a Madonna or Celine Dion! Wow! Neither of these pop stars have been particularly good (especially Madonna, if we're talking about singers), although have had huge commercial success. One could find them "great" if one wishes, but uninformed opinion, or undeveloped taste don't count for much, and blanket statements made on their behalf wouldn't be too mature. One may also not like Piaf, and find reasons for why she is overrated, or even good; it's an opinion, but not a well informed one. Comparisons to Judy Garland, or Billie Holiday (or many another wondderful, or influential singer) would carry much more qualitative and critical weight. But alas, it all comes down to opinion, and taste. I find it hard to disagree with the statement in question however , in regards to Edith Piaf, even while I happen NOT to be a Piaf fan, and in this case, it would be foolhardy to have to proove the statement with a quote or reference. My opinion may be that I don't like her, that doesn't alter the cultural fact that she was one of the greatest French singers, and even one of the key world singers of the century. One needn't have a citation that Elvis was one of the greatest rock singers, although conversely one would be hardpressed to state as fact that he was a great singer, or even one of the greatest pop entertainers, regardless of his overwhelming long-term popularity and cultural impact. Simple comparisons, or exposure to tons of other 20th century pop entertainers proves the point fast enough. Same goes for Michael Jackson, and Madonna. That might not change a person's opinion that Elvis was the best, or the FACT that he was a great star of the ROCK era. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.125.236.139 (talk) 02:32, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

Irrelevant factoid deleted from intro[edit]

"Edith Bunker, the mother on the TV series All in the Family, was named after her." - when I read this in the article's intro paragraph it was a true WTF moment! --Salimfadhley 08:16, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Edith piaf.jpg[edit]

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Put back the ckuik.com videos[edit]

Dear editors I just got a message that my addition of ckuik.com link to videos inspired by Edith Piaf is not allowed. Since I did not do it as to promote my website - it is a service since so many video clips there are great examples of her masterpieces - please put it back and let the visitors get the full picture.

Dr. Dafni —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nadav.dafni (talkcontribs) 23:37, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Please do not add this website to Wikipedia articles. Wikipedia is not a mirror of links or media files. Many of the videos you are linking to various artist articles are in copyright violation. Per Wikipedia's external links policy, links to music videos on ckuik.com are neither unique nor informative, and should not be added to Wikipedia articles./ edg 23:46, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Place of Death[edit]

The place of death in this article is not the same as the French Wikipedia of Edith Piaf.

Is it normal ?

And in the movie (La Môme, 2007, Olivier Dahan), it is also showed that she died in Grasse. Sseb22 05:35, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

No image?[edit]

Is there any particular reason why we have no image of Piaf? I thought we were permitted to use fair use ones for people, if the person is dead. - EstoyAquí(tce) 14:27, 14 November 2007 (UTC)


i don't know how to edit picture boxes etc... but the picture of edith's bust needs to be altered or shrunk or something because currently it is obscuring information about her songs —Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.101.56.216 (talk) 14:09, 26 April 2009 (UTC)

Marcel Cerdan[edit]

"The great love of Piaf's life,[3] the married boxer Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash in October 1949, while flying from New York City to Paris to meet her"

According to the PlaneCrashInfo database (http://planecrashinfo.com/1949/1949-46.htm), the plane carrying Cerdan was en route *from Paris* *to NY*. There must be a factual error somewhere: either Piaf was in NY at the time, or Cerdan was not flying *to* her (but perhaps from her?), or the plane was indeed flying to Paris. Does anyone know, which is the case? Kostikrus (talk) 23:16, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

No, it's correct. She was performing in New York at the time. Indisciplined (talk) 12:37, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

WWII Activities[edit]

This article: http://ngm.typepad.com/pop_omnivore/2008/02/and-the-omnie-1.html seems to corroborate the idea that Piaf did work for (even if indirectly) the French resistance during the war. The information comes from her sister-in-law, Christie Laume, who I would accept as an authoritative (if perhaps biased) source. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.91.171.198 (talk) 07:47, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Reference to work in films[edit]

Edith's song L'accordéoniste is referenced and used in the interpretation of Alan Bennetts History . —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.6.32.115 (talk) 20:40, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Simone Berteaut[edit]

Has anyone any evidence that Piaf by Simone Berteaut, (Penguin 1973, ISBN 0 14 00 3669 5) is merely a fabrication? That Piaf and the author were NOT half sisters, and that Berteaut was merely one of Piaf's many hangers-on? If so, Berteaut still seems to know an awful lot of the 'legend' from the inside. Bluedawe 23:19, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

Vandalism?[edit]

Some of the edits in this diff do not seem to be true. The statements are not necessarily found in the sources. Would someone please look into this? Thanks Jim1138 (talk) 09:21, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

Discography[edit]

Why does the discography consist only of "compilations of Édith Piaf's songs, and not reissues of the titles released while Édith Piaf was active"? Is it not possible for someone to list the titles of the albums she actually made? 86.42.33.161 (talk) 17:30, 29 October 2012 (UTC)

Named after Edith Cavell?[edit]

I am just a bit confused. The article says this:

She was named Édith after the World War I British nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping French soldiers escape from German captivity.

The reference it provides is a dead link, so I can't verify. But since Piaf was born in 1908, before Cavell was executed for helping the French soldiers, I highly doubt this fact is true. From the Edith Cavell article, it seems that starting in 1907 and before 1910, Cavell was matron of a nursing school "L'École Belge d’Infirmières Diplômées on the Rue de la Culture in Brussels." Cavell only began assisting Allied soldiers in 1914.

The facts of the matter are this:

  • Edith Piaf was born in 1908 in Paris.
  • In 1908, Edith Cavell was the new matron of a newly established nursing school in Belgium.
  • Prior to that, Cavell was either training as a nurse in London (1900-1905) or working as a governess in Belgium (< 1900)

Given the above, I find it highly doubtful that Piaf would have been named after Cavell, since Cavell's wartime heroism had not yet occurred at that time.

I have tagged the reference in the article as a dead link, so that someone might try to dig up an archived version or another reference. Mûĸĸâĸûĸâĸû (blah?) 03:49, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

The current article gives 1915 as her birth-year. I don't know where 1908 came from. Valetude (talk) 12:23, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

Married two or three times?[edit]

At one point the article refers to [Theo Sarapo] as Edith's third husband, but only two marriages are ever mentioned. His wikipedia article makes the same assumption. Aebcoreno (talk) 21:47, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Place of Birth--Sidewalk or Hospital[edit]

Janet Flanner, in the source I have cited two/three times already and am too rushed for time to repeat, but see above, says that Edith Piaf was born on a sidewalk and that two policemen assisted in the birth. Could it not have been possible that her mother and she were then taken to a hospital for further attention, and that a birth certificate was filled out there? That's beyond original no-no research, it's original speculation !!! but the answer to the birth dilemma might be "all of the above." Terry J. Carter (talk) 02:18, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Death and funeral: the mystery continues[edit]

German wikipedia explains the circumstances of her death rather well. Like other wikipedias, I think we should go for the 10th as her real date of death. Today it is 50 years ago.

Both French and English wikipedia mention the claim that she did not get a Roman Catholic funeral, because the Archbishop of Paris forbade it. However, I am old enough to remember the TV news item about her funeral and the general standstill in Paris as her body was taken to Pere Lachaise. I distinctly remember the broadcaster saying a funeral service had taken place at an Orthodox church. As I could not find that on any wikipedia, I thought my memory was faulty. A bit of googling, however, proved it was not. Photo of an Orthodox Priest Performing the Funeral Rites of Edith Piaf

Since Theo Sarapo was of Greek origin, one may wonder whether he ever envisaged an RC funeral. After all, the couple married at an Orthodox church as well. Can we be sure there really was a veto by the Archbishop? Of course, Edith may have asked for an RC funeral, and after the veto, Theo may have opted for the next best thing. Or Edith may have checked with RC priests before her death (she may have known that she would not live much longer), and have got the answer that there was a veto from the Archbishop. In any case, the fact that she did get a Christian burial anyway should be mentioned if we keep the story about the veto. --Paul Pieniezny (talk) 21:56, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

I agree that this is probably worth going into a little more. From what I can see, there appears to have been some question of a Catholic funeral and clear evidence of a veto. David Bret goes into this in his book. "The Piaf Legend" and quotes a statement from Maurice Feltin, the Archbishop at the time. I can only access the book in snippet form on google books, but Feltin's statement seems to have run: "The honours that the Church reserves for its dead cannot be rendered towards Edith Piaf because of an irregular situation. Those who have appreciated the talents of Madame Piaf are deeply moved by her sudden death. Christians aware of her faith and charity will not fail to beseech divine mercy for her soul at the sacrifice of the Mass". Bret goes on to say prayers were said at the cemetery by two priests: Fr Thouvenin de Villaret, and a Jesuit, Msgr Martin. Bret's implication is both were Catholic, but given Sarapo's background it would be unsurprising if there was an Orthodox priest present too. If someone knows where to look in contemporary newspaper reports (French ones would be best) then it shouldn't be too difficult to get some further clarification on this. ANB (talk) 00:35, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

birth date[edit]

If the listed source claims her birth date is December 15, why is December 19 listed in introduction and the side bar box? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.35.161.105 (talk) 03:35, 5 January 2014 (UTC)