Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 7

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Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr (born 1940) is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, and actor best known as the drummer for the Beatles. As a child he was twice afflicted by life-threatening illnesses requiring prolonged hospitalisations. He cofounded his first band in 1957, the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group, and then achieved moderate success with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He joined the Beatles in 1962, replacing Pete Best. On most of the band's albums, he sang lead vocals for one song, including "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "Yellow Submarine". Starr played key roles in the Beatles' films and appeared in numerous others. After the band's break-up in 1970, he released "It Don't Come Easy", "Photograph" and "Back Off Boogaloo", followed by the 1973 top ten album Ringo. He narrated the first two seasons of the children's television series Thomas & Friends. Since 1989, he has successfully toured with twelve variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In 2011 Rolling Stone readers named Starr the fifth-greatest drummer of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle in 1988 and for his solo career in 2015. (Full article...)


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Portrait of Sebastián de Morra

The Portrait of Sebastián de Morra is an oil painting on canvas completed by the Spanish artist Diego Velázquez in c. 1645. It depicts Sebastián de Morra, a dwarf and court jester for Philip IV of Spain. He is shown sitting on the ground with his legs positioned inelegantly, which has been read as a denunciation of the court's treatment of him. The painting is now held at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Painting: Diego Velázquez
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Suggest adding note about 7 July 2005 London bombings? --77.98.23.140 07:31, 7 July 2007 (UTC)

I came here wondering the same thing; it appears it was there but commented out for not having enough sources. -- RattleMan 15:54, 7 July 2007 (UTC)
It has 41 references and tons of external links? I can understand if there are problems with specific facts not being referenced with inline citations, but its tagged as though it has barely any/no sources. RHB - Talk 19:29, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

Tanabata is not July 7[edit]

Tanabata is on the 7th day of the 7th month in the lunisolar calendar. July 7 is not that day. Tanabata should not be listed on this date.

I stand corrected. Apparently, the festival is now commonly observed on July 7 rather than in the 7th lunar month. LarryJeff (talk) 17:32, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:36, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:28, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 04:52, 7 July 2014 (UTC)