Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/February 26

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Q1: Why is [Insert event here], an event that is "more important and significant" than all the others that are currently listed, not posted?
A1: Relative article quality along with the mix of topics already listed are often deciding factors in what gets posted. Any given day of the year can have a great many important or significant historical events. The problem is that there is generally only room on the Main Page to list about 5 events at a time, so not everything can be posted.
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S. validum skull

Stegoceras, a pachycephalosaurid (dome-headed) dinosaur, lived in what is now North America during the Late Cretaceous period. This genus lived about 77.5 to 74 million years ago, more than 70 million years later than the similarly named Stegosaurus. Small and bipedal, Stegoceras was about 2 to 2.5 metres (6.6 to 8.2 ft) long and weighed around 10 to 40 kilograms (22 to 88 lb). It had a rigid vertebral column and a stiffened tail. The pelvic region was broad, perhaps due to an extended gut. The skull was roughly triangular with a short snout, topped by a thick, broad, and relatively smooth dome. The skull jutted out in the back over the occiput, and had a thick ridge over the eyes. The teeth were small and serrated. The skull is thought to have been flat in juvenile animals, growing into a dome with age. The dome may have been used for combat, display, or recognition. Specimens have been found in the Dinosaur Park and Oldman Formations in Alberta, and the Fruitland and Kirtland Formations in the US. (Full article...)


Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley

Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley is an oil painting on canvas completed by the French artist Paul Cézanne between 1882 and 1885. It depicts Montagne Sainte-Victoire and the valley of the Arc River, with Cézanne's hometown of Aix-en-Provence in the background. Once owned by the art collectors and patrons Henry and Louisine Havemeyer, the painting was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after the latter's death in 1929.

Painting: Paul Cézanne
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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/February 25 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/February 27

Could someone delete one entry from this list, since there are 5 of them plus a national holyday? And could someone explain why this page is protected from editing? --Panairjdde 18:27, 21 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Please see my talk page. -- PFHLai 22:32, 2005 Feb 24 (UTC)


This was asked on the mainpage's talk page and it got me thinking. Shouldn't "World Trade Center bombing" be bolded and not Ramzi Yousef. I mean, the bombing is the event that occured today which makes it notable, not the bomber. -- SmthManly / ManlyTalk / ManlyContribs 20:41, 26 February 2006 (UTC)

Not really. Bolding was done to feature a page. For instance, a famous general won a war. The general's page was featured on the anniversary of the victory, with the link bolded. If the article about the war is a stub (or carries a NPOV tag, etc.), we will never bold the link to that page. Otherwise, both links may be bolded. I may switch things around from year to year. Sometimes, I had to pick one over the other if someone posted a cleanup tag, etc. There is also the issue of not featuring the same page twice within the same year, diversity of topics and things like that to worry about ..... In today's case, bolding the link to either the bomber or the bombing is fine. -- PFHLai 08:32, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:56, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 08:02, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:44, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:10, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 17:07, 24 February 2016 (UTC)

2017 notes[edit]

Mackensen (talk) 19:23, 25 February 2017 (UTC)