Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/August 18

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Today's featured article for August 18, 2015 Today's featured picture for August 18, 2015
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Ruby Laffoon (1869–1941) was an American politician and the 43rd governor of Kentucky, from 1931 to 1935. At age 17, Laffoon moved to Washington, D.C. to live with his uncle, U.S. Representative Polk Laffoon. In 1931, he defeated Republican William B. Harrison by what was then the largest margin of victory ever in a Kentucky gubernatorial election. To make up for a revenue shortfall during the Great Depression, Laffoon advocated the enactment of the state's first sales tax. This issue dominated most of his term in office and split the state Democratic Party and his own administration; the tax was defeated three times before he forged a bipartisan alliance to get it passed in a special legislative session in 1934. Term-limited by the state constitution, Laffoon supported political boss Tom Rhea to succeed him as governor, but Rhea was beaten by Lieutenant Governor Happy Chandler in the primary. Among Laffoon's gubernatorial legacies was appointing a record number of Kentucky colonels, notably Harland Sanders, who used the title "Colonel" when he opened his chain of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. (Full article...)


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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is a U.S. National Park in southeastern California named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park. Created in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act, the park covers a land area of 790,636 acres (1,235.37 sq mi; 3,199.59 km2). The park includes parts of two deserts, the Mojave and Colorado, as well as the Little San Bernardino Mountains.

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/August 17 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/August 19


I think the 1941 item would read better with the word was inserted after the word Program. -- 199.71.174.100 00:11, 18 August 2005 (UTC)

Phobos: larger, not largest.

Right ! It's the larger of the two moons of Mars. There isn't a third one. -- 199.71.174.100 07:04, 18 August 2005 (UTC)

Fixed both. Thanks. -- Sundar \talk \contribs 07:10, August 18, 2005 (UTC)

Vinalia Rustica[edit]

According to the Vinalia Rustica article, the festival doesn't actually have anything to do with the temple of Venus. Is this correct? CSWarren 13:20, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:44, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:06, 17 August 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:39, 17 August 2014 (UTC)