Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/October 6

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Matthew Shepard in selected anniversaries[edit]

Copied from the village pump:

Re: Template:October 6 selected anniversaries, today is the anniversary of the attack on Matthew Shepard. I'm worried that our write-up is needlessly wordy and sensational. It reads "1998 - Gay-bashing & Hate crimes: University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was viciously and fatally attacked for being gay." I think there is one too many adverbs and one too many categories. We should remove either "gay-bashing" or "hate crimes," and also remove the sensational word "viciously." Rhobite 02:54, Oct 6, 2004 (UTC)

Since it only gets a day of coverage and I'm going to bed, I'm going to go ahead and make these edits. This is just a style nitpick, please nobody accuse me of homophobia until I've had my morning coffee. Rhobite 04:52, Oct 6, 2004 (UTC)
I like the simplicity and the readability. Thanks. :-) -- PFHLai 05:26, 2004 Oct 6 (UTC)

Fast of Gedalia[edit]

While other Jewish holidays have been mentioned in selected anniversaries, the Fast of Gedalia which this year (2005) falls today has not. It is minor so it need not be listed, but I thought I'd suggest it because its minor nature makes it even more curious. --jnothman talk 02:22, 6 October 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestion. This holy day is listed on Holidays and events in Israel, so it's not that minor. And we actually have an informative page in Wikipedia about this. I'll post it up. -- PFHLai 05:29, 6 October 2005 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:11, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 00:03, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 6 October 2013[edit]

Matthew Shepard[edit]

While the attack was, in the end, the source of his death, the term "murder" implies that he died today. He was attacked, and died on the 12th. This wording leads the reader to believe that his attack and death occurred at the same time. While we should avoid too morbid of a description, perhaps it could be edited to read along the lines of "was attacked, leading to his death days later" or restoring "fatal attack" Antiwesley (talk) 01:25, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. howcheng {chat} 04:47, 6 October 2013 (UTC)