Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 3

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Independence Day[edit]

Why isn't the official national holiday of Belarus mentioned? Cmapm 19:30, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

Well, I didn't know, and I have been away. Is it really Independence Day ? Public holidays in Belarus says so. Not July 27 nor August 25 ? Hmmm.... Anyway, it's on the template now, good for 2007. Would National Day be more appropriate ? --PFHLai 04:26, 4 July 2006 (UTC)
"Independence Day" is alright IMHO, because it means liberation from Nazis in 1944 (Minsk was liberated on this day). Cmapm 04:38, 4 July 2006 (UTC)
Minsk was liberated on 3 July 1944 during Operation Bagration. How about Liberation Day ? --PFHLai 05:14, 4 July 2006 (UTC)
I can't understand, why we should invent new names. "Independence Day" is the official translation [1] and is even named so in the American CIA World Fact Book [2]. Cmapm 10:13, 4 July 2006 (UTC)
I am claiming ignorance here. I really don't know. I would associate "Independence Day" with events on July 27 or August 25. I find this quite odd. But, as "Independence Day" is the official translation, we should keep it. Thanks. -- PFHLai 10:15, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

Capetian dynasty[edit]

Moved from Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors

I'm quite sure the Capetians didn't last to anywhere near the French Revolution; the dynasty went extinct with the death of Charles IV in 1328, and was followed by the Valois and Bourbon dynasties. Kirill Lokshin 17:18, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

According to the article on the Capetians, the Valois and Bourbon dynasties are branches of the Capetian dynasty. However, I must note that House of Bourbon doesn't mention the Capetians at all. joturner 20:57, 3 July 2006 (UTC)
As far as I know, while the Valois and Bourbon are technically branches of the House of Capet, the term "Capetian dynasty" is used (outside Wikipedia, anyways) only in reference to the direct Capetian line. Kirill Lokshin 21:17, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz[edit]

Today is the Fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz in Judaism, one of the six fasts of the Jewish year. Please add it if possible. Valley2city 05:27, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

To be added[edit]

July 3, 1988,: Iran Air Flight 655 also known as IR655, was a civilian airliner shot down by US missiles on Sunday July 3, 1988, over the Strait of Hormuz, toward the end of the Iran-Iraq War. It resulted in killing of 290 passengers, among them many women and children.--ماني (talk) 07:27, 3 July 2008 (UTC)


Quebec City was founded on this date in 1608, today being its 400th anniversary. Radagast (talk) 12:45, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:09, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

Pickett's Charge[edit]

I was bold and put this in. I think there are 3 main reasons/

1. 150th anniversary 2. Great overall article 3. Would be its first time (I think) 4. The Battle of Wyoming was a minor event at best, while the Battle of Gettysburg basically sealed the fate of the entire South, the Battle of Wyoming had little effect in a samll area in Pennsylvania.

Themane2 (talk) 00:06, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:19, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:56, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

The Troubles[edit]

Use of the word 'only' is incorrect: the article gives two consequences. It is also POV as it gives the impression that the actions by one side were ill-conceived, perhaps foolish. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:07, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

In this context, "only" signifies that the action had a consequence which was the opposite of what was intended. For example, "The company lowered the price of the widget, only to find that sales dropped even lower than before." howcheng {chat} 06:50, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:51, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:47, 3 July 2016 (UTC)

We have an article on Robert Pitcairn. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:58, 3 July 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. howcheng {chat} 07:27, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

Yesterday, it was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Guayacanas. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:22, 4 July 2016 (UTC)

That article is too short for inclusion. howcheng {chat} 07:27, 5 July 2016 (UTC)