Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 1

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/June 30 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 2

The TV and non-proliferation events don't seem to have good reference articles

A good candidate to bump off the St.Louis Olympics:

-- PFHLai 11:48, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

Hong Kong handover?[edit]

Pretty significant compared to other events featured. DHN 10:55, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

This was posted on Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/June 30, because the ceremony and the official handover occurred at 30 June, 4:00 PM UTC. In fact, the Transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong article currently also has 30 June date as its primary date. If possible, all events on the Selected Anniversary pages are based on the Gregorian calendar and UTC. Thanks. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 15:43, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

International Criminal Court[edit]

How about this one?

Sideshow Bob Roberts (talk) 12:39, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

This article already has been posted this year on Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/March 11, the date of its inaugural session. Would you like it on this date next year? Zzyzx11 (Talk) 14:32, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
On the other hand, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court article has never been featured yet AFAIK, so that is a possibility. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 14:35, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
Oh, right. I didn't realise an article could only be featured once a year. If that's the case, I'd prefer to feature International Criminal Court on 1 July next year. 11 March 2003 was the date the court held its first session but 1 July 2002 is hugely significant: it's the date the ICC officially came into existence, and the court can only prosecute crimes committed on or after that date. Maybe we could feature Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on 17 July, the date the treaty was adopted in 1998. Sideshow Bob Roberts (talk) 18:24, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Publication of Darwin's theory[edit]

As it happens, today is the 150th anniversary of the reading of Darwin's and Wallace's theories On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection - discussed here . . dave souza, talk 23:56, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 20:13, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:51, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 08:44, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

2014 anniversary[edit]

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the chabad rebbe. There have been a number of books and biographies published recently in connection with the anniversary as well as media coverage and book reviews, etc. (one of the books made it to the top 15 on amazon and the NYT bestsellers list). They are expecting at least 50000 people tomorrow visiting his grave in queens.

I've never done this before so I don't know the guidelines or how to put it up, if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

Just to note: it is the Jewish date of the anniversary, which corrosponds this year to July 1st, not every year is it the same date.

Larryyr (talk) 21:15, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

The long-standing rule is that "Births and natural deaths of notable people can be used only on centennials" so I'm afraid it's a no to your request. BencherliteTalk 23:09, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:54, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 16:43, 30 June 2016 (UTC)