Wikipedia:Article traffic jumps

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Article traffic for Wikipedia entries has been seen to increase whenever the subject made the news, or the concept was mentioned in some prominent public article or other artistic work.

Please note; data on ordinary Wikipedia entries seems to indicate that website traffic regularly drops every Saturday. for evidence, you can view the statistics at this link:

Articles showing more than 1 million hits in a day[edit]

(ordered by approximate rank; uncertainty is because of carryover between days)
  1. Steve Jobs 7.4m page views on October 6, 2011 and 1.6m times on October 7.
  2. Robin Williams 6.5m page views on August 12, 2014 and 1.4m times on August 13.
  3. Michael Jackson almost 1.4m page views on June 26 and 5.9m times on June 27, 2009 (hour of death, following hour; incl. redirects).
  4. Whitney Houston 5.9m page views on February 12, 2012.
  5. Osama bin Laden, 4.8m page views on the day of his death, 2 May 2011, and 1.5m the next day. 1.1m the day after that.
  6. Paul Walker, 4.3m page views on December 1, 2013, the day after his death; 1.3m the next day.
  7. Amy Winehouse. 4.2m hits on 23 July 2011, the day she died, and 2.3m hits the next day.
  8. Halloween, 3.5 million hits on day of Halloween in October 2012.
  9. Ryan Dunn. 3.0m hits the day he died and 1.5m the next day.
  10. Nelson Mandela, 2.7m hits on December 6, 2013, the day after his death.
  11. Sarah Palin. 2.5m hits the day that Palin's candidacy for U.S. Vice-President was announced; 1.1m the next day.
  12. Dian Fossey had 2.4m views on January 16, 2014 due to a (Google Doodle) on her 82nd birth anniversary.
  13. Barack Obama. 2.3m hits after the U.S. Election Day in Nov. 2008.
  14. Brittany Murphy. 1.5m and 2.3m hits on the days following her death in December 2009.
  15. Chechnya. Jumped from 2,000 hits per day to 1.5m views when the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings were revealed to be Chechnyans Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
  16. Swine influenza. 1.3m hits each on two days in late April 2009 after the first U.S. death related to the virus was reported, up from under 10 views per day.
  17. James Gandolfini. 1.3m hits on June 20, 2013.
  18. Cory Monteith 1.3m hits on 14 July when his death was announced, up from around 2000 per day in June
  19. Margaret Thatcher. Jumped from an average of slightly less than 10,000 hits per day to 1.2m views on the day she died.
  20. Jenni Rivera. 1.1m hits on December 10, 2012, the day after she died.
  21. Death of Caylee Anthony. Over one million hits on each of two days when Casey Anthony was acquitted
  22. Barack Obama. Jumped around Inauguration Day for Barack Obama, Jan. 2009, probably totaling over 1m in a given 24-hour period.
  23. Halloween finished just ahead of the 1 million mark on October 31, 2013.

Articles showing less than 1 million hits in a day[edit]

(ordered approximately chronologically, largely incomplete)

2009 items[edit]

  1. Lawrence Kutner, fictional character of the TV series House, when he died.
  2. Abraham Lincoln. Day of 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
  3. Google hoax page. traffic jumped on April 1, 2009, day of annual Google hoaxes.
  4. Battlestar Galactica 2004 series. Jumped around time of series finale.
  5. Farrah Fawcett, the day she died.

2010 items[edit]

  1. Pete Rouse article. Jumped when Pete Rouse was appointed Interim Chief of Staff for Pres. Barack Obama.
  2. Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Jumped for unknown reasons, August 6, 2010. possibly due to awarding of major defense contract, as per this article, "Aegis upgrade for destroyers, cruisers".
  3. Prince William of Wales, jumped when Prince William's engagement was announced.
  4. The Maid (Seinfeld episode); jumped when linked to from Yahoo News article.
  5. WikiLeaks jumped when the US diplomatic cables were released.
  6. Operation Payback jumped when visa and mastercard were targeted.
  7. Necrosis jumped when named in the alt text of xkcd comic.
  8. King George VI of Great Britain, jumped upon release of biographical film, The King's Speech.
  9. Kate Middleton jumped when her engagement to Prince William of Wales was announced.

2011 items[edit]

  1. Atlantis; jumped when new scientific theory on location of Atlantis was given widespread news coverage.
  2. Claudia Heill jumped drastically on the day of her death (viewed 1-7 times on other days).
  3. Abbottabad jumped on the day Osama bin Laden was killed there.
  4. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Jumped from around 50 views per day to 214,000 after the crash.
  5. Roza Shanina article jumped from around 50-200 views per day to 1,600 views on November 10, 2011 for unknown reason.
  6. New Nationalism article jumped after being mentioned in speech by President Obama, Dec. 6, 2011.
  7. Kim Jong Il (300-400 per day to 72.5k) and Kim Jong Un (15-20 per day to 12.5k) jumped on 19 December 2011 when the former's death was announced.

2012 items[edit]

  1. Fabrice Muambea jumped from around 100 per day to nearly 460,000 on 17 March 2012 after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during an FA Cup quarter final.
  2. One Direction surpassed 250,000 views the day after their performance on Saturday Night Live in April 2012.
  3. Roanoke Colony, jumped in May 2012 after news articles about new clues found on 400-year-old map regarding colony.
  4. United Airlines Flight 232 Jumped on May 10, 2012, upon the passing of Dennis Fitch, one of the pilots involved in that incident.
  5. Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting surpassed 500,000 views the day after the shootings took place.
  6. Autorotation Jumped for unknown reasons in December 2012. Jumped in January 2013 when mentioned in an article about an incident in Rio De Janeiro.

2013 items[edit]

  1. 2012 DA14 spiked to 349,895 page views as a result of the unrelated 2013 Russian meteor event.
  2. Oscar Pistorius reached 360,000 views following his murder of Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.
  3. Harlem Shake (meme) has been viewed over 3 million times in February 2013, the month that the meme broke out. It hit its peak on February 19, where it surpassed 370,000 views.
  4. Harlem Shake, despite being a disambiguation page, has been viewed over 4 million times, with its peak of over 433,000 hit on February 15th.
  5. Pope Benedict XVI jumped from around 5000 hits per day to over 477,000 on the day he announced he was retiring.
  6. Pope Francis I jumped from single digit views per day as a redirect to a 1979 American novel to over 100,000 when the new pope's name was announced, despite occurring late in the day for most of the world.
  7. 2013 Boston Marathon bombings nearly hit 470,000 views the day after the bombing took place.
  8. Equilibrium (film) soared from roughly 1000 views per day to 289,555 views on July 10, 2013 for unknown reason.
  9. Shooting of Trayvon Martin surpassed the 100,000 mark eleven consecutive days in July 2013, peaking at 854,000 the day after Martin's shooter George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder.
  10. Twerking has surpassed the 100,000 mark multiple times after the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, peaking at over 355,000 on August 27th.
  11. Duck Dynasty jumped in December 2013, after controversy about lead character's remarks.
  12. Chelyabinsk meteor, jumped on the last day of the year 2013, possibly due to year-end retrospectives in various print publications.

2014 items[edit]

  1. Flappy Bird grew gradually throughout the first week of February 2014, but spiked a week later when its developer removed the game from the iTunes app store. Its peak was at 126,000 views on February 10th].
  2. Donald Sterling surpassed the 100,000 mark six consecutive days in late April 2014 after the Los Angeles Clippers owner was banished from the National Basketball Association. It peaked at just under 570,000 page views on April 29th.
  3. Narendra Modi jumped ten times on 16 May 2014, the day his party lead alliance won the 2014 Indian General elections receiving over 250000 page views.
  4. Ice Bucket Challenge jumped quickly in August 2014, once the social media campaign started gaining mainstream attention. Its peak to date is 559,000 views on August 21.
  5. Joan Rivers. Jumped upon news of Joan Rivers' medical complications.
  6. Jules Bianchi jumped from averaging about 100-200 views a day to over 54 thousand following his crash in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
  7. Shooting of Michael Brown reached over 487,000 views the day after Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for his death.

2015 items[edit]

  1. David Letterman Jumped when David Letterman announced his future retirement.
  2. Leonard Nimoy. traffic to article jumped when Mr. Nimoy passed away. also jumped during first week of March 2015.
  3. William Shatner traffic to article jumped when Leonard Nimoy passed away. also jumped in first 2 days of MArch 2015.
  4. The Daily Show, jumped when Jon Stewart announced his retirement from hosting the Daily Show.
  5. Jon Stewart, jumped when Jon Stewart announced his retirement from hosting the Daily Show.
  6. Baltimore, jumped during protests over treatment of Freddie Gray by Baltimore Police Dept.
  7. Robin Williams, jumped on MAy 8th, possibly due to this article and accompanying video: Robin Williams Impressionist Returns With More Celebrity Impersonations.
  8. Great Britain, jumped on MAy 8, 2015, the day that election results were announced there.
  9. David Cameron, jumped on MAy 8, 2015, the day that election results were announced in Great Britain.
  10. Bruce Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner after his sex change.
  11. Jon Stewart, jumped when he announced his retirement from hosting the Daily Show.
  12. SS Pendleton jumped in July 2015, on release of video trailer for movie which describes rescue of crew of SS Pendleton in 1952.
  13. The Beatles, jumped July 7 due to this article: Beatles' Ringo Starr to mark 75th birthday at Capitol Records in Hollywood.
  14. Ghostbusters jumped July 10, 2015 due to coverage of filming of new Ghostbusters film.
  15. Elvis Presley, jumped July 14, 2015, possibly due to this article: Elvis Presley shook up the Springfield Civic Center 40 years ago.
  16. Ida Wells, jumped July 16, 2015, when Ida Wells was the subject of a Google Doodle.
  17. New Horizons probe, jumped when this probe reached the planet Pluto.
  18. Pluto, jumped when the New Horizons probe reached the planet Pluto.
  19. India–Bangladesh enclaves jumped when an agreement took effect that ended or resolved the enclaves.

Google Doodles[edit]

Many Google Doodles have caused more than a million hits. For example, Dian Fossey had 2.4m views January 16, 2014 (Google Doodle) on her 82nd birth anniversary. She died in 1985. Her 81st and 83rd anniversary only had 2260 and 1123 views. Hits which are clearly caused mainly by a Google Doodle are usually not listed elsewhere on this page, although sometimes they may be, such as in the case of this example.

Additional examples[edit]

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