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R.I.P. Spanky, 1999-2006

I am Howard Cheng and I am an administrator both on English Wikipedia (see nomination) and on Commons. I primarily write the selected anniversaries sections of the Main Page.

As a Commons admin, I am also familiar with copyrights and fair use issues, although I am not an intellectual property attorney.

My other favorite thing to do is dig through image archives such as the Library of Congress and upload suitable images. If you are so inclined, please have a look at the lists of my image uploads on Commons and on Wikipedia.

Other stuff:

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Selected anniversaries[edit]

I have done almost all of the scheduling for this since November 2011:

November 17

Queen Elizabeth I of England
Queen Elizabeth I of England

Agnes of Jesus (b. 1602) · Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1818) · Robert Hofstadter (d. 1990)

More anniversaries:

POTD[edit]

I used to write the blurb for this (May 2006–January 2013):

Dust Bowl
The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s. Drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion caused the phenomenon. The drought came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939–1940, but some regions of the high plains experienced drought conditions for as many as eight years.

This photograph, titled Broke, baby sick, and car trouble!, was taken by Dorothea Lange in 1937 and depicts a Missouri migrant family's jalopy stuck near Tracy, California.Photograph: Dorothea Lange. Restoration: Adam Cuerden.


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Good articles[edit]

Featured pictures I nominated[edit]

Awards[edit]

DYK[edit]

Articles of mine that have appeared on Wikipedia:Did you know

Did you know:

  1. ... that researchers are studying the waters of Soap Lake in Washington with the hope of learning about life on Mars? (30 March 2006)
  2. ... that actinoform clouds form a distinct leaf-like or spokes-on-a-wheel pattern, and can spread out to over 300 kilometers across? (7 May 2006)
  3. ... that Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island was used as a staging area by the Union Army during the American Civil War, and that more than 230 Union troops were buried there? (7 May 2006)
  4. ... that the Yuba Goldfields, said to resemble intestines from the air, are a bizarre collection of gravel mountains, ponds, and streams that remained a major source of gold long after the California Gold Rush? (13 May 2006)
  5. ... that ship tracks are clouds that form around the exhaust released by ships and appear as long strings over the ocean? (14 May 2006)
  6. ... that Heart Mountain in Wyoming, USA, was transported to its current location by the largest landslide ever discovered, approximately 50 million years ago? (18 May 2006)
  7. ... that ergs are huge (> 125 km²) fields of sand dunes and that approximately 85% of all the Earth's mobile sand is found in ergs that are larger than 32,000 km²? (19 May 2006)
  8. ... that taking photos with a perspective correction or "tilt and shift" lens can mitigate the effect of vertical perspective? (27 May 2006)
  9. ... that Joe Maca played on the United States men's national soccer team in the 1950 FIFA World Cup even though he wasn't a U.S. citizen? (17 September 2006)
  10. ... that 1960 mystery film Scent of Mystery was the first and only feature-length film to be shown in Smell-O-Vision? (1 November 2006)
  11. ... that when the Brother Jonathan sank off the coast of California in 1856, it was the worst shipwreck on the Pacific Coast of the United States at the time? (4 November 2006)
  12. ... that even though Harry Love cut off and preserved the head of notorious bandit Joaquin Murrieta, many people still didn't believe the man was dead? (21 November 2006)
  13. ... that Ka Lae on the island of Hawaii is the southernmost point in the United States? (6 December 2006)
  14. ... that 16-year-old Cory Kennedy became an "Internet It girl" in 2006 without her parents even knowing? (2 March 2006)
  15. ... that the interior and exterior of the Jose Maria Alviso Adobe in Milpitas, California have not significantly changed in 150 years? (10 March 2007)
  16. ... that Frank Lloyd Wright's Hanna-Honeycomb House takes its inspiration from the hexagonal structure of a bee's honeycomb? (12 March 2007)
  17. ... that the Downtown Historic District of San Jose, California, an area of just one square block, contains buildings of six different architectural styles? (14 March 2007)
  18. ... that Ruth Comfort Mitchell Young, owner of the Yung See San Fong House in Los Gatos, California, didn't want it to be a bungalow, but a "bungahigh"? (16 March 2007)
  19. ... that when builders told Lou Henry Hoover, who designed her own house, that some of her architectural ideas weren't done, she replied, "Well, it's time someone did"? (18 March 2007)
  20. ... that the F-111 fighter, the B-1 bomber, the Space Shuttle, and the Boeing fleet of commercial airliners were all tested at the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel? (18 March 2007)
  21. ... that Eilley Bowers is one of the most researched, written and talked about women in Nevada history? (25 March 2007)
  22. ... that because of liberal divorce laws in the U.S. state of Nevada, the Riverside Hotel in Reno catered specifically to wealthy divorce-seekers? (28 March 2007)
  23. ... that the Benicia Arsenal, in Benicia, California, was once home to the short-lived U.S. Camel Corps? (28 March 2007)
  24. ... that Room 307, Gilman Hall on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where the element plutonium was discovered, is a United States National Historic Landmark? (30 March 2007)
  25. ... that the Alameda Works Shipyard in Alameda, California, was one of the largest and best equipped shipyards in the United States? (31 March 2007)
  26. ... that although a response to the 1885 Endicott Board recommendations for the coastal defense of San Francisco, the batteries at Fort Miley were not completed until 1902? (2 April 2007)
  27. ... that Helen Hunt Jackson's 1884 novel Ramona was set at Rancho Camulos in Piru, California? (2 April 2007)
  28. ... that Battery Chamberlin contains one of the last disappearing guns on the West Coast of the United States? (2 April 2007)
  29. ... that in five years of operation during World War II, more than 747 vessels were built in the Richmond Shipyards in Richmond, California—a feat not equaled anywhere else in the world, before or since? (8 April 2007)
  30. ... that the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park is the first national tribute to home front American women? (9 April 2007)
  31. ... that some species of Iridomyrmex ants have symbiotic relationships with caterpillars? (16 April 2007)
  32. ... that the first documented discovery of gold in California was at Rancho San Francisco in 1842, six years before the California Gold Rush? (20 April 2007)
  33. ... that the land holdings of Henry Newhall formed the basis of what is now Santa Clarita, California? (24 April 2007)
  34. ... that Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park in California was initially built and run in the 1970s by the Newhall Land and Farming Company? (25 April 2007)
  35. ... that sandwich board-wearing human billboards gave rise to the term "sandwich man"? (8 May 2007)
  36. ... that Edward F. Boyd pioneered the concept of niche marketing in the United States by avoiding ethnic stereotypes in advertising for Pepsi? (11 May 2007)
  37. ... that the Snake River Bridge, in the U.S. state of Washington, was originally built in one location, completely dismantled, and reassembled in its current location? (14 August 2007)
  38. ... that in 1920, George Shima was dubbed "The Potato King" as he controlled 85% of California's potato market? (14 January 2008)
  39. ... that Lorenzo Sawyer was the first judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit? (14 January 2008)
  40. ... that "Big" Alma Spreckels once successfully sued an ex-lover for "personal defloweration"? (15 January 2008}
  41. ... that years after Adolph Spreckels shot M. H. de Young, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (which he donated) and the De Young Museum merged to form the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco? (15 January 2008)
  42. ... that the San Francisco and San Mateo Electric Railway was San Francisco's first electric streetcar company? (18 January 2008)
  43. ... that when San Francisco–based photographer William Rulofson fell to his death, he was heard to have exclaimed, "I am killed"? (19 January 2008)
  44. ... that James A. Forbes planned to build the first flour mill in California, but delays in construction allowed competitors to flourish, driving down prices and forcing him into bankruptcy? (25 January 2008)
  45. ... that so many squatters were living on the property of José Joaquin Estudillo that it became known as "Squatterville"? (25 January 2008)
  46. ... that for establishing the first successful sugar beet processing plant in the United States, E. H. Dyer became known as the father of the American beet sugar industry? (26 January 2008)
  47. ... that tourists flocked to Casa de Estudillo in San Diego, California, to see "Ramona's Marriage Place" even though Ramona was a work of fiction? (29 January 2008)
  48. ... that the Royal Air Force designed the Rotabuggy as a combination autogyro/jeep? (28 April 2008)
  49. ... that the Pasco-Kennewick Bridge in Washington was the first of its size to be financed entirely by sales of stock? (2 June 2008)
  50. ... that the Columbus Monument in Barcelona, Spain, was built entirely using Spanish materials and Catalan labor? (10 July 2008)
  51. ... that startup airline Miwok Airways has been described as competing not with other carriers but the roads of Southern California? (17 September 2008)
  52. ... that yellow-bellied sliders, popular as pets, are found in a wide variety of habitats, including rivers, floodplain swamps, seasonal wetlands, and permanent ponds? (29 October 2008)
  53. ... that Ernest Peixotto′s 1916 work Our American Southwest was the first appearance of the ethnic slur "spic" in writing? (11 November 2008)
  54. ... that Knight Foundry is the last water-powered foundry in the United States? (22 November 2008)
  55. ... that when American sculptor Chester Beach was selected to the National Academy of Design, he was its youngest member (24 November 2008)
  56. ... that traditionalist American art critic Royal Cortissoz denigrated the work of modern masters such as Vincent van Gogh as being the product of "egotists"? (24 November 2008)
  57. ... that David Rubinger was the first photographer to receive the Israel Prize? (6 December 2008)
  58. ... that so many people became custom harvesters in China in the late 20th century that it was no longer possible for them to generate a profit? (6 December 2008)
  59. ... that when Frederick Gottwald lost his position as director of the Cleveland Institute of Art, he got into a fistfight with his successor? (16 December 2008)
  60. ... that American painter Leon Dabo was a spy during World War I? (16 December 2008)
  61. ... that the butterflyfish species Forcipiger longirostris has the longest Hawaiian name for any fish: lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi? (1 May 2009)
  62. ... that until 2001, the Ohio River shrimp had not been seen in the Ohio River for 50 years? (22 April 2010)
  63. ... that the gape of nestlings of several passerine bird species have been shown to be conspicuous in the ultraviolet spectrum? (1 July 2010)
  64. ... that Jean Leon Gerome Ferris's series The Pageant of a Nation is the largest intact series of American historical paintings by a single artist? (13 August 2010)
  65. ... that Andrew Mack, prior to becoming Mayor of Detroit in 1834, had sailed around the world three times? (30 August 2010)
  66. ... that American photographer Amelia Van Buren was the subject of one of Thomas Eakins' most famous paintings? (4 September 2010)
  67. ... that Canadian artist Henry Sandham won an award at the 1878 Exposition Universelle for a composite photograph consisting of 300 separate pictures? (28 October 2010)
  68. ... that German-American photographer William Kurtz published the first color images that were widely reproduced? (9 August 2012)
  69. ... that in the first 16 years of her acting career, Lillian Lawrence appeared in over 300 operatic and 500 dramatic roles? (23 February 2013)
  70. ... that after Belgian-American photographer Aimé Dupont's death, his wife continued the business and was so successful that many of the subjects thought she was Aimé? (29 January 2014)
  71. ... that the sugar plantation in Spreckelsville, Hawaii, US, was once the largest in the world? (15 September 2015)
  72. ... that Qing dynasty ambassador to the United States Liang Cheng was a star baseball player for Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts? (14 December 2015)
  73. ... that the terms of the Treaty of Livadia between Qing China and the Russian Empire were so unfavorable to China that the negotiator Chonghou was sentenced to death? (26 March 2018)

Cheat sheet[edit]

SBL: <ref name="SBL">{{cite encyclopedia|last= |first= |title= |encyclopedia =[[Svenskt biografiskt lexikon]]|date =1920|publisher =[[National Archives of Sweden]]|location =Stockholm |language=Swedish|volume=|page=|url =https://sok.riksarkivet.se/Sbl/Presentation.aspx?id=|accessdate=2018-06-07}}</ref>

The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage: With Sketches of the Family Histories of the Nobility

House of Bourbon-Parma family tree <ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.borbonparma.org/flash/borbon.swf |title=Arbol Genealógical |format=[[Adobe Flash]] |publisher=House of Bourbon-Parma |access-date=2018-06-09}}</ref>

Complete Peerage: {{cite book |editor1-first=G.E. |editor1-last=Cokayne |editor2-first=Vicary |editor2-last=Gibbs |editor3-first=H.A. |editor3-last=Doubleday |editor4-first=Geoffrey H. |editor4-last=White |editor5-first=Duncan |editor5-last=Warrand |editor6-first=Lord Howard |editor6-last=de Walden |title=The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant |edition=new |location=Gloucester, U.K. |publisher=Alan Sutton Publishing |year=2000 |volume=XII/2 |page=895}} 1910 edition volume 1

Burke's Peerage (2003): {{cite book|editor-last=Mosley |editor-first=Charles |title=Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage |edition=107th |volume=3 |location=Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. |publisher=Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd |year=2003}}

Burke's Peerage (1999): {{cite book|editor-last=Mosley |editor-first=Charles |title=Burke's Peerage and Baronetage |edition=106th |location=Crans, Switzerland |publisher=Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd |year=1999}}

Histoire généalogique et chronologique de la maison royale de France {{cite book |title=Histoire généalogique et chronologique de la maison royale de France |volume=1 |trans-title=Genealogical and chronological history of the royal house of France |last=Anselme de Sainte-Marie |first=Père |url=https://books.google.com/books?id=n9lEAAAAcAAJ |publisher=La compagnie des libraires |location=Paris |language=fr |edition=3rd |year=1726 |ref={{harvid|Anselme|1726}}}}

Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse

Digitale bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse letteren

Diccionario biográfico España {{cite encyclopedia |url= |title= |encyclopedia=Diccionario biográfico España |first= |last= |publisher=[[Real Academia de la Historia]] |language=es}}

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani {{cite encyclopedia |url= |title= |first= |last= |encyclopedia=Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani |language=it |volume= |year=}}