Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 5

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Q4: Why is the birthday of [Insert name here] not listed?
A4: Births and deaths can only be used on centennials, etc. Exceptions can be made if they are directly related to assassinations, executions, natural disasters, civil accidents, genocide/extinction, or other historically significant topics that frequently appear on the Selected Anniversaries pages.
Q5: Are the holidays/observances listed in any particular order?
A5: Yes, there is a specified order: International observances first, then alphabetically by where observed. But this is a recent change (1 June 2011), so not every page has been updated to reflect this.
Q6: Some of the holidays/observances that are listed have dates in parentheses beside them. What do they mean?
A6: There are two reasons that some holidays/observances have dates next to them:
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Today's featured article for July 5, 2015 Today's featured picture for July 5, 2015
The black basalt sarcophagus of Unas in the funerary chamber of his pyramid

Unas was an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh, the ninth and last ruler of the Fifth Dynasty during the Old Kingdom period. He succeeded Djedkare Isesi, who might have been his father, and reigned for 15 to 30 years in the mid 24th century BC. During this time Egypt maintained trade relations with the Levantine coast and Nubia, and may have launched a military campaign in southern Canaan. A period of declining royal power and decentralization of administrative functions continued under him, ultimately contributing to the collapse of the Old Kingdom some 200 years later. Unas built a pyramid in Saqqara, the smallest of the royal pyramids completed during the Old Kingdom. The accompanying mortuary complex with its high and valley temples linked by a 750 m (2,460 ft) causeway was lavishly decorated with painted reliefs, whose quality and variety surpass the usual royal iconography. His burial chambers were the first with the Pyramid Texts carved and painted on the walls, meant to help the king reach the afterlife by identifying him with Ra and Osiris. (Full article...)


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Sheep

Sheep are quadrupedal ruminants, typically kept as livestock. Although the name "sheep" applies to many species in the genus Ovis, in everyday usage it generally refers to Ovis aries. One of the first animals to be domesticated, sheep are likely descended from the wild mouflon of Europe and Asia. They are raised for their for fleece, meat, and milk.

Photograph: Keith Weller/Agricultural Research Service
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Isaac Newton

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 21:06, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:49, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 08:08, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Although the claim that the Talyllyn was the first Narrow Gauge railway in Britain to carry passengers is sourced in the article, I'd like to confirm exactly what the sources say for that as the Ffestiniog Railway probably has a better claim. I've therefore removed it for this year, and when I get a chance to look at the references (not for a couple of weeks) I'll update the hook in time for next year's 150th anniversary. Optimist on the run (talk) 22:32, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:36, 3 July 2015 (UTC)