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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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one of the article's primary editors, please notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination; if primary editors are no longer active, please add a message to the article talk page.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:

I.
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.


II.
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.

III.
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.

Scheduling:

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 October 12 to November 11.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 Drakengard nominator's first FA 3 0
Nonspecific 2 Sonic: After the Sequel first FA/TFA for South American video games, fangames, and games starring Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
October 13 Capitol Loop 25th anniversary of designation, four years since promotion 2 0
October 14 HMS Royal Oak (08) 75th anniversary of sinking, seven years since promotion 1 1
October 17 Frédéric Chopin 165th anniversary of death, vital article 5 0
October 25 Katy Perry 30th Birthday and nom's first FA/TFA 7 0
October 27 Æthelstan 1075th anniversary of death 2 0
October 28 Ruma Maida Fifth anniversary of premiere 1 0
October 30 Peter Warlock 120th anniversary of birth 2 0
November 10 Ontario Highway 401 50th anniversary of completion 1 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]

Drakengard[edit]

Drakengard is an action role-playing video game developed by Japan-based studio Cavia and published by Square Enix. It was released for PlayStation 2 in September 2003 in Japan and March and May 2004 for North America and Europe. A version for mobile phones was released in Europe through August 2004. The player controls Caim, a deposed prince, and Angelus, a red dragon who forms a magical pact with Caim to save both their lives. The story follows their involvement in a religious war between the Union and the Empire, and their quest to protect magical seals that keep the world in balance. The game features a mixture of hack-and-slash ground-based missions controlling Caim, aerial combat with Angelus, and role-playing elements. The game was developed riding on the success of Ace Combat and Dynasty Warriors 2. It was the debut project for both producer Takamasa Shiba and writer and director Taro Yoko. The title received a mixed to positive reception, with its dark story and music being praised while the gameplay was criticized for being repetitive. The game went on to spawn a video game series of the same name. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): None.
  • Main editors: ProtoDrake
  • Promoted: July 15, 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: The article is my very first FA and reached this position in roughly half a year after being a Start-class article for probably the rest of its existence. I think it would be an interesting addition to the TFA roster, and there has not been a game like this as a TFA for a long while.
  • Support as nominator. ProtoDrake (talk) 20:37, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
It may be a bit close to System Shock which is is currently being proposed for the 22nd.--67.68.22.129 (talk) 01:11, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support for some date in the vicinity; it looks to be in good shape for TFA. However, it is, as 67.68.22.129 points out, close to Drakengard, which is not only another video game but another Western RPG. I'd suggest a few days later, although really WP:VG has so many non-TFA'd FAs that I wouldn't mind us hogging the spotlight a bit. Tezero (talk) 03:53, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
  • ProtoDrake, congratulations on your first FA! Any particular reason for asking for 1st October? I can't see that date in the article. BencherliteTalk 09:25, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
    It was just something that felt right. If it's not, but people are still willing to have it in, then I'm perfectly willing to shift it to another later date. In fact, I think I'll do that. --ProtoDrake (talk) 10:57, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. Pretty good sources. --Harizotoh9 (talk) 23:06, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Nonspecific date 2[edit]

Sonic: After the Sequel[edit]

Sonic: After the Sequel is a 2013 platform video game created by Brazilian student Felipe Daneluz (LakeFeperd). It is an unofficial work based on the Sonic the Hedgehog series' canon and set between the official games Sonic 2 and Sonic 3. Daneluz's second Sonic game, it follows Sonic: Before the Sequel, which was set after the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Like its predecessor, After the Sequel stars Sonic the Hedgehog and his sidekick Tails in a quest to retrieve Chaos Emeralds from Doctor Eggman. After the Sequel was inspired by Sonic Heroes and other games both inside and outside the Sonic series, and it was developed with Sonic Worlds, an engine that does not require expertise in computer programming. It was released as a free download for Windows personal computers. The game was very well received by video game journalists, who lauded its preservation of retro Sonic gameplay and its eclectic, 1990s-style soundtrack. The trilogy of Before the Sequel, After the Sequel, and their successor Sonic Chrono Adventure performed unusually well for fangames, having been downloaded 120,000 times by March 2014. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Drakengard will be the most recent video game TFA. The most recent Sonic TFA will have been about three and a half years ago, and Sonic X isn't even through FAC yet.
  • Main editors: Tezero
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: I believe this would be the first fangame, first game developed in South America, and first game starring Sonic to appear as TFA (Shadow the Hedgehog was a TFA in 2011).
  • Support as nominator. Tezero (talk) 23:41, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support as a very detailed and front-page worthy article, impressive work :) Snuggums (talk / edits) 13:07, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Article has only a few sources. It relies heavily on an article by Kotaku (trashy blog that should not be considered reliable, even though WP:VG says it is in limited ways), and Red Bull. I don't think a news site published by an unhealthy energy drink should be considered reliable. --Harizotoh9 (talk) 20:10, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Harizotoh9, the article passed FAC as is very recently, with a complete source review. I agree that Kotaku is full of SJW muck in some areas, but per WP:VG/RS, new posts in 2010 and later are considered reliable, and this wasn't even in development before 2010. Also, RedBull Games was recently classed as reliable on the talk page of the same list. This is a subject that, while passing notability, doesn't have that much written about it. Tezero (talk) 20:35, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
I have noticed for some time that WP:VG is waaay too lax with their sourcing standards. It's too easy to get a video game article to FA status. I'm going to propose the tightening of the rules to raise the quality of sources to use. --Harizotoh9 (talk) 23:10, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Maybe so (although I disagree - it's just that video games aren't typically covered by university publications like, say, medical or language articles; they have their own field of experts), but for now the article has been determined very recently to fit the FA criteria. I urge coordinators reading this discussion to disregard this objection and, if Harizotoh9 proposes tightening the rules for video game sourcing, chiming in with whatever they feel there. Tezero (talk) 23:23, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Nonspecific date 3[edit]

Nonspecific date 4[edit]

Specific date nominations[edit]

October 13[edit]

Capitol Loop[edit]

A reassurance marker for the Capitol Loop at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cedar Street in Lansing

The Capitol Loop is a state trunkline highway running through Lansing, Michigan, in the United States that was commissioned on October 13, 1989. It forms a loop route off Interstate 496 through downtown near the Michigan State Capitol complex, home of the state legislature and several state departments. The trunkline follows a series of one-way and two-way streets through downtown Lansing, directing traffic to the State Capitol and other government buildings. Unlike the other streets downtown, the seven streets comprising the Capitol Loop are under state maintenance and jurisdiction. The loop was originally proposed in 1986 as part of a downtown revitalization effort. Almost from the beginning the highway was affected by various controversies. Local community leaders suggested renaming the Capitol Loop for Martin Luther King, Jr., immediately before the state designated the highway. Reconstruction projects along the loop in 2004–05 were also contentious. In 2010, additional issues surfaced regarding the posting and enforcement of speed limits on city streets in Michigan, including the streets that make up the Capitol Loop. (Full article...)

Part of the Interstate 96 series, one of Wikipedia's featured topics.

  • Most recent similar article(s): Creek Turnpike, August 28, 2014
  • Main editors: Imzadi1979
  • Promoted: 2010
  • Reasons for nomination: October 13, 2014, is the 25th anniversary of the day the Michigan Department of Transportation assumed jurisdiction over the streets that make up the Capitol Loop and commissioned the designation on the highway.
  • Support as nominator. Imzadi 1979  01:42, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Support great date selection and great article with no issues. Blurb looks good and within the character limits. - Floydian τ ¢ 00:59, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

October 14[edit]

HMS Royal Oak (08)[edit]

HMS Royal Oak in 1937

HMS Royal Oak was a Revenge-class battleship of the Royal Navy. Launched in 1914 and completed in 1916, Royal Oak first saw action at the Battle of Jutland. In peacetime, she served in the Atlantic, Home and Mediterranean fleets, more than once coming under accidental attack. The ship drew worldwide attention in 1928 when her senior officers were court-martialled. Attempts to modernise Royal Oak throughout a 25-year career could not fix her fundamental lack of speed, and by the start of the Second World War, she was no longer suited to front-line duty. On 14 October 1939, Royal Oak was anchored at Scapa Flow in Orkney, Scotland, when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-47. The ship rolled and sank rapidly, taking with her 833 from a complement of 1,234. The loss of the obsolete vessel little affected the numerical superiority of the British navy and its allies, but had a considerable effect on wartime morale. The raid made an immediate celebrity and war hero out of the U-boat commander, Günther Prien, who became the first submarine officer in the German Kriegsmarine to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The wreck of Royal Oak is a protected war grave, and lies almost upside down in shallow water with her upturned hull just beneath the surface. In an annual ceremony to mark the loss of the ship, Royal Navy divers place a White Ensign underwater at her stern. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): SMS Kaiser Wilhelm II, 14 September
  • Main editors: BillC
  • Promoted: 2007
  • Reasons for nomination: 75th anniversary of sinking; 7 years since promoted; lost out on TFA nomination on 70th anniversary.
  • Support as nominator. —BillC talk 18:34, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose The article's an elderly FA that's only been partially updated to modern standards. I doubt that I'll have the time to fix the outstanding issues before it runs.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 05:24, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
    • So was the Royal Oak. Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:37, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment - the 75th anniversary would be unfortunate to miss, but Sturm makes some excellent points. The ship's participation in the largest single naval engagement in history is given a measly four sentences, for instance. I can try to lend a hand get it ready, but can make no promises. Parsecboy (talk) 14:06, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • What I could do is schedule it, but on the basis that if with x days to go you weren't all happy that the article was/would be ready in time, I'd replace it with something else. That way, there's an incentive to improve it but no fall-out if it doesn't happen. Thoughts? BencherliteTalk 09:33, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
    • Sounds fair to me - I'll try to get to working on it this weekend. Parsecboy (talk) 16:58, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
    • I'll get to work as well. I think we can get there. —BillC talk 18:32, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

October 17[edit]

Frédéric Chopin[edit]

Photograph of Frederic Chopin, 1849

Frédéric Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period, who wrote primarily for the solo piano. A child prodigy, he grew up in Warsaw, but left Poland, never to return, aged 20. He settled in Paris and in 1835 he obtained French citizenship. From 1837 he maintained an often troubled relationship with the French writer George Sand. A brief and unhappy visit to Majorca with her was one of his most productive periods of composition. Through most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health. He died in Paris in 1849, probably of tuberculosis. All of Chopin's compositions include the piano; mostly solo works, two piano concertos, a few chamber pieces, and some songs to Polish lyrics. His combination of transcendent keyboard technique and poetic genius were the foundations of his European reputation, despite giving only 30 or so recitals after he left his homeland. He invented the concept of instrumental ballade and also composed mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, études, impromptus, scherzos, and preludes, some published only after his death. Many contain elements of Polish folk music. Chopin's music, his status as one of music's earliest "superstars", his association with political insurrection, his love life and his early death have made him a leading symbol of his era. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): last composer bio 10 June Frederick Delius, last classical music 1 July Pierre Monteux, - possibly 21 September Gustav Holst
  • Main editors: Smerus
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: 165th anniversary of death, vital article
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:05, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Am I allowed to support this as one of the principal editors? If so, I do! I changed (I hope improved) the suggested text slightly--Smerus (talk) 14:11, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. Hooray, a vital FA! (And a wonderful composer.) Double sharp (talk) 13:35, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support with not the slightest reservation. An important musical figure and one of the most readable lives, too. Tim riley talk 21:33, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support, also with enthusiasm, notwithstanding Holst on 21 September and (perhaps) Peter Warlock (120th birthday) on 30 October. These composers are everywhere. Brianboulton (talk) 08:58, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support What was the last vital article to appear as TFA? Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:44, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
    • In 2014? Douglas MacArthur (26th January), Charlie Chaplin (2nd February), Perseus (constellation) (11th February), Bill Russell (12th February), Cabbage (16th February), Starfish (28th February), Jimi Hendrix (4th March), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (21st June), Enid Blyton (24th June), Babe Ruth (11th July), Manta ray (27th July), Nebular hypothesis (5th September), plus two scheduled: Fluorine (23rd September), Metalloid (4th October). For the 24 vital articles apart from Chopin yet to appear at TFA, see User:Bencherlite/TFA notepad#Vital articles that have not appeared on the main page. BencherliteTalk 21:19, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Of course. Cliftonian (talk) 21:54, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

October 25[edit]

Katy Perry[edit]

Katy Perry in France

Katy Perry (born 1984) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager, releasing her debut album in 2001, then moved to Los Angeles to venture into secular music. After signing to Capitol Records in 2007, she rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the single "I Kissed a Girl" from her second album, One of the Boys. Perry's third album, Teenage Dream (2010), became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 songs. Her fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013 and included the number-one singles "Roar" and "Dark Horse". Perry has received many awards and nominations, and been included in the Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women In Music" for 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has sold 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She made her film debut voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs in 2011, and released a documentary film in 2012, which concentrated on her life as a touring artist and the dissolution of her brief marriage to English actor and comedian Russell Brand in the early 2010s. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Most recent pop music TFA was Electra Heart on August 8, 2014, while most recent music biography TFA was Megadeth on September 7, 2014, if groups count, otherwise most recent music biography TFA was Pierre Monteux on July 1, 2014
  • Main editors: SNUGGUMS and Samjohnzon
  • Promoted: August 22, 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: Katy Perry's 30th birthday is October 25th, first FA for top contributors (SNUGGUMS and Samjohnzon) as well as WP:WikiProject Katy Perry. Main contributors took this from delisted GA back up to GA this past June, and up to FA this past August.
  • Support as nominator. Snuggums (talk / edits) 02:27, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support, mainly per her 30th birthday - a few-times-in-a-lifetime (assuming she doesn't self-destruct while still young) opportunity. Nice work with your first FA, too; we don't have a whole lot on modern mainstream music. Tezero (talk) 03:00, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Per the nomination and Tezero. —Indian:BIO · [ ChitChat ] 04:55, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Let's celebrate Katy Perry's 30th birthday. Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:39, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support - I see this featured article as a great opportunity to reach out to good prospective female editors. - Floydian τ ¢ 23:38, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • That could happen, Floydian, but I should note that most of those who gave input at this article's FAC (as well as many of the article's editors and the reviewer for its GAN) are male :P Snuggums (talk / edits) 23:52, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Certainly, but none of those were front and centre on the main page :) Fingers crossed! - Floydian τ ¢ 00:23, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Out of those who gave input at the FAC, so far only IndianBio has commented here..... hopefully there will be more! Snuggums (talk / edits) 00:27, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support, nothing more to say that wasn't already said.--Retrohead (talk) 07:37, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support, per recent successful nomination and its useful improvements. IPadPerson (talk) 23:04, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

October 27[edit]

Æthelstan[edit]

Æthelstan presenting a book to St Cuthbert

Æthelstan (died 939) is regarded by historians as one of the greatest Anglo-Saxon monarchs and the first king of England. The grandson of Alfred the Great, he succeeded as King of the Anglo-Saxons in 924. In 927 he conquered Viking-ruled York and thus became the first king to rule the whole of England. In 934 he invaded Scotland, and in 937 the Scots and the Vikings united to launch an invasion of England, but Æthelstan won a crucial victory at the Battle of Brunanburh. This gave him great prestige both in England and on the Continent. Æthelstan centralised government and summoned leading figures from distant areas to his councils, including Welsh kings, who acknowledged his lordship by their attendance. He was one of the most pious West Saxon kings (depicted presenting a book to St Cuthbert), and was known for collecting relics and founding churches. His household was the centre of English learning during his reign, and it laid the foundation for the Benedictine monastic reform later in the century. No other West Saxon king played as important a role in European politics, and he arranged the marriages of several of his sisters to continental rulers. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians, 3 August 2014
  • Main editors: Dudley Miles
  • Promoted: 2014
  • Reasons for nomination: Supporting campaign to get more TFAs starting with Æ. Also the first King of England deserves a TFA. 27 October is the 1075th anniversary of his death.
  • Support as nominator. Dudley Miles (talk) 18:22, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Support. Honestly, I'd never heard of him. Which seems as good a reason as any to run it on the front page. Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:41, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

October 28[edit]

Ruma Maida[edit]

Ayu Utami in 2005

Ruma Maida (released internationally as Maida's House) is a 2009 Indonesian film written by Ayu Utami (pictured), directed by Teddy Soeriaatmadja and starring Atiqah Hasiholan, Yama Carlos, Nino Fernandez, and Frans Tumbuan. It follows a woman's struggle to save an historic house from a developer, while showing the life of the house's original owner. Work on the film began in 2008, when Utami was approached by Lamp Pictures and asked to write a script with nationalist themes. Over six months, with input from Soeriaatmadja, she completed the story and later wrote a song for the soundtrack, which was provided by Naif. Shooting took place in Semarang, Central Java, and Kota, Jakarta, and different visual styles were used different for scenes set in the past and present. After three months of editing, the film premiered the anniversary of the 1928 Youth Pledge. It was later shown in film festivals in Singapore, Australia, and Italy. Critical reception was mixed; reviewers praised the visuals but disapproved of the plot and dialogue. Ruma Maida was nominated for twelve Citra Awards at the 2009 Indonesian Film Festival, winning one. (Full article...)

October 30[edit]

Peter Warlock[edit]

Peter Warlock was the pseudonym of Philip Arnold Heseltine (1894–1930), a British composer and music critic. The Warlock name, which reflects Heseltine's interest in occult practices, was used for all his published musical works. Best known as a composer of songs and other vocal music, he also achieved notoriety through his unconventional and often scandalous lifestyle. As a schoolboy at Eton College, Heseltine came under the spell of the British composer Frederick Delius, with whom he formed a close friendship. After a failed student career in Oxford and London, he turned to musical journalism, while developing interests in folk-song and Elizabethan music. His first serious compositions date from around 1915. A lasting influence arose from his meeting in 1916 with the Dutch composer Bernard van Dieren. Heseltine composed songs in a distinctive, original style, and built a reputation as a combative and controversial music critic. He made a pioneering contribution to the scholarship of early music, published under his own name, and produced a full-length biography of Delius. He died in his London flat of coal gas poisoning in 1930, probably by his own hand. (Full article...)

November 10[edit]

Ontario Highway 401[edit]

Highway 401 west of Toronto

Highway 401 is a 400-series highway in the Canadian province of Ontario stretching 817.9 kilometres (508.2 mi). The part that passes through Toronto is the busiest highway in the world, and one of the widest. By the end of 1952, three individual highways were numbered "Highway 401": the partially completed Toronto Bypass between Weston Road and Highway 11; Highway 2A between West Hill and Newcastle; and the Scenic Highway between Gananoque and Brockville. The route was expanded across the province, and became fully navigable from Windsor to the Quebec border on November 10, 1964. In 1965 it was designated the Macdonald–Cartier Freeway, in honour of the Fathers of Confederation, and it became a freeway for its entire length in 1968. A portion of the highway was designated the Highway of Heroes in 2007, as the road is travelled by funeral convoys for fallen Canadian Forces personnel from CFB Trenton to the coroner's office in Toronto. In 2011 construction began on a westward extension of Highway 401 that will be known as the Herb Gray Parkway and extend to Interstate 75 via a new international crossing. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Capitol Loop on October 13 (most recent road article)
  • Main editors: Floydian
  • Promoted: March 3, 2012
  • Reasons for nomination: 50th anniversary of "completion" across Southern Ontario. Two and a hief years since promotion.
  • Support as nominator. Floydian τ ¢ 00:06, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Now then, I haven't selected a picture because there are so many great options available. These include a stunning aerial photo of the widest part of the freeway, images that showcase the "busiest highway in the world", a featured picture showing an equally busy section completely void of cars (Pyongyang anyone?), a similar image showing streaking lights of cars at night, and several additional aerials. I'm having trouble deciding, but figure pairing a featured picture with its featured article is the best way to go (though the aerial of the 18-lanes is also great, but likely too large). Current character count is slightly over 1300, which hopefully can be fixed (any suggestions?) or given an exemption. - Floydian τ ¢ 00:06, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
    • Rejigged to within the limit (if the blurb is too long it throws out the left—right balance of the main page). Why not try out a couple of photos (use {{TFAIMAGE}} for one perhaps and give links to the rest) and we'll see what looks good at main page size? Thanks, BencherliteTalk 22:27, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
      • Ok, I've picked a larger image that appears alright, but the others that I'm considering are:
Empty 401 (Featured Picture)
Busy 401 at night
Herb Grey Parkway under construction in Windsor
Hoping a few more get scheduled so I can put this nom up soon. Giddy with anticipation; four years in the making. -- Floydian τ ¢ 20:48, 15 September 2014 (UTC)