Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 9

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Q1: Why is [Insert event here], an event that is "more important and significant" than all the others that are currently listed, not posted?
A1: Relative article quality along with the mix of topics already listed are often deciding factors in what gets posted. Any given day of the year can have a great many important or significant historical events. The problem is that there is generally only room on the Main Page to list about 5 events at a time, so not everything can be posted.
As stated on Wikipedia:FAQ/Main Page, the items and events posted on the Main Page are chosen based more on how well they are written, not based on how much important or significant their subjects are. It is easier for admins to select a well-written, cited, verifiable article over a poor one versus trying to determine objectively how much a subject is important or significant.
Keep in mind that the quality requirements only apply to the selected bolded article, not the other links. Thus, an event may qualify for multiple dates in a year if there is an article written in a summary style and an article providing detailed content; if one of those pages have cleanup issues, the other page can be bolded as an alternate.
Another criterion is to maintain some variety of topics, and not exhibit, just for example, tech-centrism, or the belief that the world stops at the edge of the English-speaking world. Many days have a large pool of potential articles, so they will rotate in and out every year to give each one some Main Page exposure. In addition, an event is not posted if it is also the subject of this year's scheduled featured article or featured picture.
Q2: There are way too many 20th-century events listed. Why aren't there more events from the 19th century and before?
A2: The short, basic reason is the systemic bias of Wikipedia. There are not enough good, well-written articles on 19th-century and earlier events for all 365 days in the year. Currently, a majority of users seem to be generally more interested in writing articles about recent events. If you would like to further help mitigate the systemic bias in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias.
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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.
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:
  • Non-Gregorian-based holidays/observances are marked with the current year as a reminder to others that their dates do in fact vary from year to year.
  • National Days, Independence Days, and other holidays celebrating the nationhood of a country are generally marked by the year of the significant historic date being observed.
Today's featured article for July 9, 2018 Today's featured picture for July 9, 2018
Wikipedia:Today's featured article/July 9, 2018



Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 8 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/July 10

stone "was laid" at a particular minute?[edit]

Moved from Talk:Main Page

Clocks in the 12th century were not very accurate. I rewrote the text in the Charles Bridge article to make clear that this 5:31 a.m. is a "specified time". If they got it right to the nearest five minutes, then they were probably doing pretty good for that era. We do not know what really happened, but I suppose there is no need to change the text. That is, unless we care about reporting "the Truth". -- 00:57, 9 July 2006 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

{{editprotected}} One of the entries on this page does not read well:

1944 – World War II: American forces defeated Japanese on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands.

I would suggest a change to:

1944 – World War II: American forces defeated Japanese forces on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands.

Yes, I know it's mind-blowingly trivial but that's the consequence of page protection! Cynical (talk) 18:08, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

Fixed, thanks. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 21:14, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

South Sudan[edit]

No reference to South Sudan's independence?--Tim Thomason 23:07, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

I agree, if we indicate Argentina's independence day, we should indicate South Sudan South Sudan's independence. JaumeBG 00:25, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 04:26, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:44, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 9 July 2013[edit]

Ramadan Begins on 10 July till 9 August (estimate) (talk) 12:22, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Not done: It looks like this page was right but the Ramadan article was wrong - see this page. I've updated the article instead. Also, for next time things on the front page should be reported to WP:ERRORS. Best — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 12:59, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:38, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:28, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

Addendum: Martyrs of Gorkum added later for balance (2nd appearance, last in 2013). howcheng {chat} 03:25, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 16:20, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

2017 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 08:27, 9 July 2017 (UTC)