Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/December 3

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Today's featured article for December 3, 2015 Today's featured picture for December 3, 2015
Lafayette dollar, obverse

The Lafayette dollar was an American silver coin issued to raise money for a statue of Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution. The statue was dedicated at the Paris World's Fair of 1900. President William McKinley chose Chicago businessman Ferdinand Peck as commissioner-general for the Paris exposition, and Peck directed that the monument be included in the American exhibit. The coin features conjoined busts of George Washington and Lafayette on the obverse, based on a sculpture of Washington by Jean-Antoine Houdon and a medal of Lafayette by François-Augustin Caunois. The reverse depicts an early sketch of the planned monument. All the coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint on December 14, 1899, the centennial of Washington's death. The coins did not sell out, and 14,000 were later melted by the Treasury. Designed by the Mint's Chief Engraver, Charles E. Barber, the Lafayette dollar was the only U.S. silver dollar commemorative prior to 1983, and the first U.S. coin to depict an American citizen. It is valued from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands, depending on condition. (Full article...)


David Villa

David Villa (b. 1981) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker and also serves as captain for American club New York City FC. Before transferring to the United States, Villa played for a number of Spanish teams, including FC Barcelona, with whom he won his first La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles, Valencia CF, and Atlético de Madrid, shown here after scoring a goal. As part of the Spanish national football team, Villa scored three goals at the 2006 World Cup, was the top scorer at Euro 2008, and earned the Silver Boot at the 2010 World Cup.

Photograph: Carlos Delgado
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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/December 2 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/December 4

I suggest setting Bhopal disaster to be listed in the top five. Rhariram 15:57, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

I came to suggest the same thing as above; Bhopal is of a tragedy of international significance and the anniversary should be acknowledged. (Sorry, I don't know how to post my username/time/etc.) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:29, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

I recommend reordering the wording of the 1967 anniversary to read:

Christian Campbell 10:48, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

I agree that it is a better way of wording it and have implemented it as you suggested. James086Talk | Email 11:35, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

"International Day of Disabled Persons" outdated[edit]

{{editprotected}} "International Day of Disabled Persons" (note the redirect) was renamed to "International Day of Persons with Disabilities" in 2007 (see [1]); update the wikilink+title accordingly. --Cybercobra (talk) 06:47, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

Protected edit done. Thanks. JamesBWatson (talk) 11:01, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 12:07, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:04, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 12:28, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:53, 1 December 2015 (UTC)