Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests

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Here the community can nominate articles to be selected as "Today's featured article" (TFA) on the main page. The TFA section aims to highlight the range of articles that have "featured article" status, from Art and architecture through to Warfare, and wherever possible it tries to avoid similar topics appearing too close together without good reason. Requests are not the only factor in scheduling the TFA (see Choosing Today's Featured Article); the final decision rests with the TFA coordinator, Bencherlite (who also selects TFAs for dates where no suggestions are put forward). Please confine requests to this page, and remember that community endorsement on this page does not necessarily mean the article will appear on the requested date.

The rules for nominations are relatively simple:

  • The article must be a featured article.
  • The article must not have appeared as TFA before (see the list of possibilities here)
  • The request must be either for a specific date within the next 30 days that have not yet been scheduled (10 spaces), or a non-specific date (4 spaces). If a section is full, you can wait for a vacancy, or ask Bencherlite for advice.

If you have an exceptional request that deviates from these instructions (for example, an article making a second appearance as TFA, or a "double-header"), please discuss the matter with Bencherlite in the first instance.

It can be helpful to add the article to the pending requests template up to 1 year before the requested date. This does not guarantee selection, but does help others see what nominations may be forthcoming. Requestors should still nominate the article here during the 30-day timeframe.

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Today's featured article (TFA):

Featured article tools:

Adding requests:

For an experimental period, you are not required to calculate "points" for your nomination. However, it would be helpful if your nomination could mention factors such as:

  • when the last similar article was, since this helps towards diversity on the main page (see Wikipedia:Today's featured article/recent TFAs);
  • when the article was promoted to FA status (since older articles may need extra checks);
  • and (for date-specific nominations) the article's relevance for the requested date.

If you are not one of the article's primary editors, please notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination; if primary editors are no longer active, please add a message to the article talk page.

Nominations are ordered by requested date below the summary chart. More than one article can be nominated for the same date.

How to post a new nomination:

Create the nomination subpage.

In the box below, enter the full name of the article you are nominating (replacing ARTICLE TITLE, and without using any brackets around the article's name) and click the button to create your nomination page.

Write the nomination.

On that nomination page, fill out as many of the relevant parts of the pre-loaded {{TFAR nom}} template as you can, then save the page.

Please do your best to write a blurb, using the same formatting as the ones used on the main page; see today's example. Specifically: one paragraph only; no reference tags, alternative names, or extraneous bolding; trim birth/death dates to year only; link to the article title in bold and as the first wikilink in the blurb; total length of blurb when previewed (including spaces) as close as possible to 1,200 characters maximum. Add a suitable free-use image if available; fair use images are not allowed.

If you don't feel happy writing a blurb, follow the rest of the instructions, then ask for assistance at WT:TFAR and someone will help.

Post at TFAR.

After you have created the nomination page, add it here under a level-3 heading for the preferred date (or under a free non-specific date header). To do this, add (replacing "ARTICLE TITLE" with the name of your nominated article):
===February 29===
{{Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/ARTICLE TITLE}}

It would also then be helpful to add the nomination to the summary chart, following the examples there. Please include the name of the article that you are nominating in your edit summary.


In the absence of exceptional circumstances, TFAs are scheduled in date order, not according to how long nominations have been open or how many supportive comments they have. So, for example, January 31 will not be scheduled until January 30 has been scheduled (by TFAR nomination or otherwise).

Summary chart[edit]

Currently accepting requests from September 5 to October 5.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1
Nonspecific 2 Megadeth see below 1 0
Nonspecific 3 Nebular hypothesis see below 1 0
Nonspecific 4
September 13 September 1964 South Vietnamese coup attempt 50th anniversary of event 1 0
September 14 SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II anniversary of launch 1 0
September 19 Anfield i want this on the home page 1 0
September 20 Great North of Scotland Railway 160th anniversary of opening 1 0
September 21 Gustav Holst 140th anniversary of birth 1 0
September 22 System Shock 20th Anniversary of release 2 0
September 27 SS Arctic disaster 160th anniversary of sinking 1 0
September 28 Derek Jeter Final regular season game before retirement 1 0
September 30 Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI 49th Anniversary of events, this year is the film's 30th anniversary 2 0

Tally may not be up to date. The nominator is included in the number of supporters.

Nonspecific date nominations[edit]

Nonspecific date 1[edit]

Nonspecific date 2[edit]


Megadeth performing in 2010

Megadeth is a thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. A pioneer of the American thrash metal scene, the band is credited as one of the genre's "big four" with Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer, responsible for thrash metal's development and popularization. Megadeth plays in a technical style, featuring fast rhythm sections and complex arrangements; themes of death, war, politics and religion are prominent in the group's lyrics. As of 2014, Megadeth has sold 50 million records worldwide, earned platinum certification in the United States for six of its fourteen studio albums, and received eleven Grammy nominations. The band's mascot, Vic Rattlehead, regularly appears on album artwork and since 2010 in live shows. The group has experienced controversy over its musical approach and lyrics, including canceled concerts and bans of albums. MTV has refused to play two of the band's videos that the network considered to condone suicide. (Full article...)

Nonspecific date 3[edit]

Artist's impression of the solar nebula
In cosmogony, the nebular hypothesis is the most widely accepted model explaining the formation and evolution of the Solar System. The hypothesis offers explanations for a variety of properties of the Solar System, including the nearly circular and coplanar orbits of the planets, and their motion in the same direction as the Sun's rotation. According to the hypothesis, Sun-like stars form over the course of around a hundred million years, in massive, gravitationally unstable clouds of molecular hydrogen (giant molecular clouds). Matter coalesces to smaller, denser clumps within, which then proceed to both rotate and collapse, forming stars. Star formation always produces a gaseous protoplanetary disk around the young star, which may give birth to planets in certain circumstances, which are not well known. The formation of planetary systems is thought to be a natural result of star formation, with dense terrestrial planets forming closer to the star and colder giant planets forming further away, beyond the so-called frost line. Originally applied only to our own Solar System, the nebular hypothesis is now thought to be at work throughout the universe. (Full article...)

Nonspecific date 4[edit]

Specific date nominations[edit]

September 13[edit]

September 1964 South Vietnamese coup attempt[edit]

An attempted coup took place in South Vietnam before dawn on September 13, 1964. Generals Lam Van Phat and Duong Van Duc sent dissident units into the capital Saigon in an effort to overthrow the ruling military junta led by General Nguyen Khanh. The units captured various key points and announced over national radio the overthrow of the incumbent regime. With the help of the Americans, Khanh was able to rally support and the coup collapsed the next morning without any casualties. In the immediate month leading up the coup, Khanh's leadership became increasingly troubled. He had tried to augment his powers by declaring a state of emergency, but this only provoked large-scale protests and riots calling for an end to military rule, with Buddhist activists at the forefront. Fearful of losing power, Khanh began making concessions to the protesters and promised democracy in the near future. He also removed several military officials closely linked to the discriminatory Catholic rule of the slain former President Ngo Dinh Diem; this response to Buddhist pressure dismayed several Catholic officers, who made a few abortive moves to remove him from power. (Full article...)

Can't find anything Vietnam related in the last few months.

  • Main editors: User:YellowMonkey
  • Promoted: 2010
  • Reasons for nomination: 50th Anniversary of event
  • Support as nominator. Harizotoh9 (talk) 14:20, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

The blurb needs work. I just took the first 1150 characters. Also needs an image. Can I make a request that part of the future FA status criteria includes including the title of the article in the first sentence? When articles have to run and it doesn't include the title the first sentence has to be (sometimes awkwardly) re-written. --Harizotoh9 (talk) 14:30, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Made a start on reworking the blurb, beginning with the opening couple of sentences (although you'll never get the change that you suggest to the criteria (see MOS:BOLDTITLE: "If the article's title does not lend itself to being used easily and naturally in the opening sentence, the wording should not be distorted in an effort to include it"). If there's no appropriate image, then there's no appropriate image - we don't have to have one, and I don't tend to run images of marginal relevance just for the sake of having an image. BencherliteTalk 09:58, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

September 14[edit]

SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II[edit]

1900 lithograph of SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II

SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II was the second of the Kaiser Friedrich III class of pre-dreadnought battleships, built at the Imperial Dockyard in Wilhelmshaven. She was launched on 14 September 1897 and commissioned into the fleet in 1902. She was armed with four 24-centimeter (9.4 in) guns in two twin turrets and powered by triple expansion engines that delivered a top speed of 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph). Kaiser Wilhelm II served as the flagship of the High Seas Fleet until 1906, participating in fleet training exercises and visits to foreign ports. After the new dreadnought battleships began entering service in 1908, she was decommissioned, then reactivated between 1910 and 1912 for training ship duties in the Baltic. With the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II and her sister ships were brought back into duty as coastal defense ships in the V Battle Squadron. Her age, coupled with shortages of ship crews, led to her withdrawal from this role in February 1915; after which she served as a command ship for the commander of the High Seas Fleet, based in Wilhelmshaven. She was sold for scrap in the early 1920s. (Full article...)

Part of the Battleships of Germany series, one of Wikipedia's featured topics.

  • Most recent similar article(s): will be 28 July, but this is a good year to remember World War I events
    • ARA Rivadavia has since been nominated and scheduled for a centennial anniversary on 27th August. BencherliteTalk 09:51, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Main editors: Parsecboy
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: anniversary of launch
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:28, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Just to note, I'm planning on running SMS Emden (1908) on 9 November, less than a month from this request, since it'll be the centenary of her sinking at the Battle of Cocos. It might be better to hold off on this article—though I'm of course not opposed to having more of my articles on the main page ;-) Parsecboy (talk) 20:20, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
    • That's more than a month afterwards, not less than a month... BencherliteTalk 21:38, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
      • Oops, I forgot about October! Parsecboy (talk) 17:47, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
        • Sorry Parsec, I may have spoiled this with Rivadavia! It may be best to wait on this, seeing as Parsec will have plenty of centennials coming up, but that's his call. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 12:54, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
          • Not a problem at all, I'll be happy to defer to Ed's article, especially since that's a centenary and this one isn't. This one might even be better to wait until 15 February next year, which will be the 115th anniversary of her commissioning. I'm hoping to get SMS Dresden (1907) to FA by then to run on 14 March (the centenary of her destruction at the Battle of Más a Tierra) so that might be to close, but we can address that at the time. Parsecboy (talk) 13:46, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

September 16[edit]

2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final[edit]

The 2009, 2010, and 2011 U.S. Open Cups on display prior to a Sounders FC match in 2011.

The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final was a soccer match between Seattle Sounders FC and the Chicago Fire played on October 4, 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The match was the culmination of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a tournament open to amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer). This was the 98th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, the oldest ongoing competition in American soccer. Seattle Sounders FC won by defeating the Chicago Fire 2–0 with goals scored by Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso. The attendance of 36,615 at the final set a tournament record. Seattle has previously won the 2009 and 2010 tournaments, making them the first team since 1968 to win three consecutive U.S. Open Cup championships and the fourth team ever to do so in the 98-year history of the tournament. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Last football related article, Sigi Schmid, on May 12. Last sports related article, Lionel Palairet, on September 2. Both were biographies, not cover stadiums, teams, or events.
  • Main editors: SkotyWa
  • Promoted: 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: I'm nominating this article to run on the same day as the playing of the 2014 US Open Cup final. I believe this would be more relevant than running the article on the anniversary of the event. Also one of the participants from the 2011 final has returned to the final this year adding to the relevance.
  • Support as nominator. SkotyWATC 15:27, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

September 19[edit]


picture of the ground

Anfield is a football stadium in Anfield, Liverpool which has a seating capacity of 45,276 making it the seventh largest football stadium in England. It has been the home of Liverpool F.C. since their formation in 1892. It was originally the home of Everton F.C. from 1884 to 1891, before they moved to Goodison Park after a dispute over rent. The stadium has four stands: the Spion Kop, Main Stand, Centenary Stand and Anfield Road. The record attendance of 61,905, was set at a match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1952. The ground converted to an all-seater stadium in 1994 as a result of the Taylor Report which greatly reduced its capacity. Two gates at the ground are named after former Liverpool managers: Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley; a statue of Shankly is outside the stadium. The ground is 2 miles (3 km) from Liverpool Lime Street railway station. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): {{{recents}}}
  • Main editors: {{{editors}}}
  • Promoted: July 14, 2011
  • Reasons for nomination: i saw it as a featured article now i'm trying to get it as tfa
  • Support as nominator. Itv4forever (talk) 19:44, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment @Itv4forever: can you say why you think the 19th is a good date? A better date would surely be the 28th, as the 130th anniversary of the first match. (talk) 17:45, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

September 20[edit]

Great North of Scotland Railway[edit]

Gordon Highlander steam locomotive

The Great North of Scotland Railway was one of the smaller Scottish railways operating in the far north-east of the country. Formed in 1845, it carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster, in Aberdeen, to Huntly on 20 September 1854. An early expansion was followed by a period of forced economy, but in the 1880s the railway was refurbished and express services began to run, and by the end of that decade there was a suburban service in Aberdeen. The railway operated its main line between Aberdeen and Keith and two routes west to Elgin; connections could be made at both Keith and Elgin for services to Inverness. Its eventual area encompassed the counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray, with short lengths of line in Inverness-shire and Kincardineshire. Fish from the North Sea ports and whisky from Speyside became important goods traffic. The Royal Family used the Deeside Line for travel to and from Balmoral Castle. The railway became the Northern Scottish area of the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923. Although the railway had several branches, its remoteness has resulted in only its main line remaining today as part of the Aberdeen to Inverness Line. (Full article...)

I've not been around as much as I used to be, and I'll be away for the next two weeks. Hopefully this will not cause any problems and I'll check here when I get back. Edgepedia (talk) 18:38, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

September 21[edit]

Gustav Holst[edit]

Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (1874–1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher, best known for his orchestral suite The Planets. He had originally hoped to become a pianist, but was prevented by neuritis in his right arm . Unable to support himself as a composer, he played the trombone professionally and later became a teacher. He was musical director at Morley College from 1907 until 1924, and pioneered music education for women at St Paul's Girls' School, where he taught from 1905 until his death. He also founded a series of annual Whitsun music festivals, which ran from 1916 for the remainder of his life. As a composer, it was not until the international success of The Planets in the years immediately after the First World War that he became a well-known figure. In his later years his style of composition struck many as too austere, and his brief popularity declined. Nevertheless, he was a significant influence on a number of younger English composers, including Michael Tippett and Benjamin Britten. Apart from The Planets and a handful of other works, his music was generally neglected until the 1980s, since when recordings of much of his output have been available. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Last composer biography 10 June (Frederick Delius)
  • Main editors: Brianboulton, Tim riley
  • Promoted: 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: 140th anniversary of subject's birth
  • Support as nominator. Brianboulton (talk) 13:46, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support: Great article and worthy of the front page. - SchroCat (talk) 08:01, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

September 22[edit]

System Shock[edit]

Warren Spector

System Shock is a 1994 first person action role-playing video game developed by Looking Glass Technologies and published by Origin Systems. It was directed by Doug Church with Warren Spector (pictured) serving as producer. The game is set aboard a space station in a cyberpunk vision of the year 2072. Assuming the role of a nameless hacker, the player attempts to hinder the plans of a malevolent artificial intelligence called SHODAN.System Shock's 3D engine, physics simulation and complex gameplay have been cited as both innovative and influential. The developers sought to build on the emergent gameplay and immersive environments of their previous games, Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss and Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds, by streamlining their mechanics into a more "integrated whole". Critics praised System Shock and hailed it as a major innovation in its genre. It was later placed on multiple hall of fame lists. The game was a moderate commercial success, with sales exceeding 170,000 copies; but Looking Glass ultimately lost money on the project. A sequel, System Shock 2, was released by Looking Glass Studios and off-shoot developer Irrational Games in 1999. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Flight Unlimited II, August 1st, another Looking Glass game.
  • Main editors: User:JimmyBlackwing
  • Promoted: 2007
  • Reasons for nomination: Very important game in the history of video games. 20th Anniversary of release.
  • Support as nominator. Harizotoh9 (talk) 20:29, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Nothing against GTA V which was recently placed for consideration on the 17th but I rather go with something less recent. I believe that a 20th anniversary to be more significant than the 1st.-- (talk) 00:01, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

September 27[edit]

SS Arctic disaster[edit]

SS Arctic

Only 88 people survived the sinking of the SS Arctic on September 27, 1854, out of more than 400 on board. The paddle steamer SS Arctic (pictured), bound for New York, sank off the coast of Newfoundland. When Captain Luce ordered the lifeboats launched, a breakdown in discipline saw the boats swamped by members of the crew and the more able-bodied male passengers; most of the rest went down with the ship, four hours after the collision. All the women and children on board perished. Two of the six lifeboats launched from Arctic reached Newfoundland, and another was picked up by a passing steamer, which also rescued a few survivors from improvised rafts. Among these was Luce, who had regained the surface after initially going down with the ship. The other three lifeboats disappeared without trace. News of Arctic's loss did not reach New York until two weeks after the sinking, when public sorrow quickly turned to anger at the perceived cowardice of the crew. There was no investigation into the disaster, and no one was held legally responsible. Luce, who was generally exonerated from blame, retired from the sea; some of the surviving crew chose not to return to the US. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Nothing similar recently
  • Main editors: Brianboulton
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: 160th anniversary of the disaster
  • Support as nominator. Brianboulton (talk) 14:55, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Rejigged to get a bold link to the article at the start of the blurb, but please improve if you can! BencherliteTalk 07:43, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support An excellent article choice!♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:52, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support: Great article and worthy of the front page. - SchroCat (talk) 08:01, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

September 28[edit]

Derek Jeter[edit]

Derek Jeter in 2007

Derek Jeter (born 1974) is an American baseball shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as a central figure of the Yankees during their success of the late 1990s and early 2000s due to his hitting ability, baserunning, fielding, and leadership. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,363), games played (2,645), stolen bases (349), and at bats (10,786). His accolades include fourteen All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter is the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop, and the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits. Jeter has been one of the most heavily marketed athletes of his generation and is involved in several product endorsements. His personal life and relationships with celebrities have drawn the attention of the media throughout his career. Teammates and opponents alike regard Jeter as a consummate professional and one of the best players of his generation. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): The most recent baseball player and athlete to run was Babe Ruth on July 11. Somerset County Cricket Club in 2009 ran on July 19, an association football team (Aston Villa Football Club) ran on August 16 and a college football game (2007 Appalachian State vs. Michigan football game) is set to run on August 29.
  • Main editors: Muboshgu
  • Promoted: 2012
  • Reasons for nomination: Jeter made his MLB debut in 1995, and is retiring at the end of this season. September 28 is his final regular season game (and the Yankees are looking less and less likely to make the playoffs, sadly).
  • Support as nominator. – Muboshgu (talk) 17:55, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Strong support - Muboshgu has worked hard over the years (four FAC attempts!) to get this article to where it is, and the date makes perfect sense. Being on the main page will be nice on the last day of his career. Go Phightins! 18:07, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support even though as an A's fan the mere mention of his name makes me want to vomit in my mouth every time.--Chimino (talk) 00:45, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

September 30[edit]

Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI[edit]

Suharto, a key player in the events depicted

Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI is a 1984 Indonesian docudrama written and directed by Arifin C. Noer, produced by G. Dwipayana, and starring Amoroso Katamsi, Umar Kayam, and Syubah Asa. Produced over a period of two years with a budget of Rp. 800 million, the film was sponsored by the New Order government under Suharto (pictured). Based on Nugroho Notosusanto's history of the 30 September Movement coup in 1965, It depicts the kidnapping and killings of six generals by the Communist Party of Indonesia and Air Force, as well as Suharto's destruction of the movement. It closes with an urging for the Indonesian populace to fight against all forms of communism. The film was a commercial and critical success: nominated for seven awards at the 1984 Indonesian Film Festival (winning one), it reached record audience numbers – although many viewings were mandatory. It was used as a propaganda vehicle by the New Order government for thirteen years, televised annually on 30 September. Since the fall of Suharto in 1998, such use of the film has become less common, and although the film's artistic aspects remain well received, its misrepresentation of history has been criticised. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Right now, The Simpsons Movie (July 26, 2014) Now The Whistleblower on 4th September. BencherliteTalk 07:45, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Main editors: Crisco 1492
  • Promoted: 2013
  • Reasons for nomination: 49th anniversary of the events depicted, and 2014 marks 30 years of the film itself. I'd rather we run the film on its round anniversary, rather than the round anniversary of the events.
  • Support as nominator.  — Crisco 1492 (talk) 07:23, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Would be great to see this.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:40, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
    • Sadly not aware of any versions out there with subtitles. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 09:43, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. Interesting candidate. There's something wrong in the blurb - either there's a superfluous "the" or the "Suharto's" should be a plural possessive, or something else...? hamiltonstone (talk) 01:04, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Support: Great article and worthy of the front page. - SchroCat (talk) 08:00, 19 August 2014 (UTC)