Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 31

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Today's featured article for July 31, 2017 Today's featured picture for July 31, 2017
Gubby Allen

Gubby Allen (1902–1989) was a cricketer who captained England in eleven Test matches. Born in Sydney, Australia, on 31 July 1902, his family moved to London when he was six. In first-class matches, he played for Middlesex and Cambridge University. A fast bowler and hard-hitting lower-order batsman, Allen was appointed England captain in 1936 and led the team during the unsuccessful 1936–37 tour of Australia. He captained England in a Test series in the West Indies in 1947–48. He later became an influential cricket administrator who held key positions in the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which effectively ruled English cricket at the time. He was instrumental in the creation of an MCC coaching manual, and worked hard to eliminate illegal bowling actions. As chairman of selectors from 1955 to 1961, he presided over a period of great success for English cricket, during which he worked closely with the Test captain Peter May. In 1963, he became MCC President, and was made the club's Treasurer the following year. In this role, he was deeply involved in the D'Oliveira affair, a controversy over the potential selection of Basil D'Oliveira to tour South Africa. He was knighted in 1986. (Full article...)


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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 30 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/August 1

  • I intend to add the Battle of Colachel to this list. How do I go about doing that? mkamat 20:39, September 12, 2005 (UTC)


From the list:

Hermann Göring ordered SS general Reinhard Heydrich to develop a final solution to the Jewish question.

"Jewish question" or "the Jewish question" should be in quotes, IMO. (That's usually how I've seen it written.) --L33tminion | (talk) 05:24, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

I've added the quotation marks. Thanks for the suggestions. -- PFHLai 14:08, 31 July 2006 (UTC)



Ka Hae Hawai‘i Day in Hawai'i

should be

Ka Hae Hawai‘i Day in Hawaii

The name of the day is in Hawaiian (so italics), but the name of the state is in English (so no okina). —Noisalt (talk) 02:13, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:03, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:00, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 31 July 2013[edit]

The word "pamphlet" in the entry for Daniel Defoe should link to The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, an article that was created recently and which is the pamphlet being referred to. MasterOfHisOwnDomain (talk) 12:48, 31 July 2013 (UTC) MasterOfHisOwnDomain (talk) 12:48, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

OK, Done --Redrose64 (talk) 14:06, 31 July 2013 (UTC)
Cheers, MasterOfHisOwnDomain (talk) 20:15, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:21, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:36, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 08:16, 31 July 2016 (UTC)