Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/December 12

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Douglas Mawson

The Far Eastern Party of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition set out with sled dogs in November 1912 to collect specimens, map the coast, and claim territory. Douglas Mawson (pictured), Belgrave Ninnis and Xavier Mertz had covered 311 miles (501 km) when Ninnis and a sled broke through the snow lid of a crevasse and were lost. With few supplies left, Mawson and Mertz made for the main base at Cape Denison, eating the remaining sled dogs one by one. Mertz became sick, and died within a week. For almost a month, Mawson pulled his sled alone, crossing a glacier despite an illness that increasingly weakened him. He reached the comparative safety of Aladdin's Cave—a food depot 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from the main base—on 1 February, only to be trapped there for a week while a blizzard raged outside. He arrived at the main base just hours after the expedition ship, SY Aurora, sailed for Australia, fleeing the encroaching ice. With a relief party, Mawson remained at Cape Denison until the ship returned 10 months later. In 1976 Sir Edmund Hillary described Mawson's journey as "probably the greatest story of lone survival in Polar exploration". (Full article...)


Ruddy kingfisher

The ruddy kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda) is a medium-sized tree kingfisher which is widely distributed in the forests of east and southeast Asia. Like other kingfishers, ruddy kingfishers generally feed on fish, crustaceans, and large insects, though in areas with less running water they are known to take frogs and other amphibians.

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/December 11 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/December 13

I think Paul Martin's becoming Prime Minister of Canada in 2003 is worthy of mention here, afterall their have only been 21. I think it is more noteworthy than the Panay Incident, which I had never heard of until reading here, though I had heard of the other three items. Thoughts on this? I'd like to change this before December 12 if there is no objection. - Jord 00:58, 9 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I'll pass. It remains to be seen if Martin is going to be a notable PM in Canadian history or not. And we should avoid featuring him while he is campaigning for the federal election. -- PFHLai 08:37, 9 December 2005 (UTC)



needs to add observation: "Hanukkah ends at sunset (Judaism, 2007);" Some thing 21:55, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Seems reasonable. Done. Proto:: 11:49, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

2011 notes[edit]

--howcheng {chat} 00:46, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

Clapham Junction rail crash[edit]

Any reason why this deserves less merit than the others listed? It was a while ago (but so were the others listed) but it was one of the worst in the UK and I believe it has merit to be listed still. (talk) 13:50, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

It doesn't have enough footnotes. See WP:OTD#Criteria for listing items on this set of pages #8. howcheng {chat} 20:07, 12 December 2011 (UTC)
I've rewritten it, but I suggest that it's run in 2013 as this is the 25 year anniversary. Edgepedia (talk) 18:00, 12 October 2012 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:24, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:03, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 08:40, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Centennial of Frank Sinatra's birth[edit]

I am not sure of the proper manner in which to make this nomination, but the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth (December 12, 1915) occurs this year. Based upon his accomplishments as an entertainer, he seems to be a viable candidate for listing in this year's OTD/SA. --Allen3 talk 14:25, 4 November 2015 (UTC)