Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/June 24

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/June 23 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/June 25

A good candidate: Moscow Victory Parade of 1945. But somewhat stubby right now. -- PFHLai 20:21, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

A better candidate: 1948 start of the Berlin Blockade. -- PFHLai 07:08, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

I'd also add the June 1976 protests (in Poland). --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 22:39, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

Looking at the current choices, I'd use one of the above to replace "The United States' first two "fast battleships", the North Carolina class (pictured), were ordered from the New York and Philadelphia Naval Shipyards." (trivia for military fans). The "1374 – An outbreak of dancing mania, wherein crowds of people danced themselves to exhaustion, took place in Aachen (present-day Germany), before spreading to other cities and countries." is cute, but also without any significant historical significance. Please consider replacing those with the Berlin Blockade and June 1976 protests. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 22:41, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
I also don't see why Canadian anniversary is mentioned twice: once as "1880 – "O Canada", today the national anthem of Canada, was first performed in Quebec City, Quebec, during a Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day banquet." and once as "National Holiday/Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec, Canada" in the heading of festivals/holidays. Surely, one would be enough? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 22:42, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply, but the answer to the first question as to why dancing mania and fast battleships are on even when you don't consider them to be particularly significant, the answer is just to have more variety of articles show up from year to year. But there is a good reason to omit both Berlin Blockade and the Victory Parade: both of those articles have serious maintenance tags on them. Finally, for Canada, it's actually two different anniversaries: one is the holiday and the second is the anniversary of the song. howcheng {chat} 21:01, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 11:54, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Kenneth Arnold incident[edit]

How's the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting for a historical event?

Example sentence: "1947 -- Washington pilot Kenneth Arnold sees nine strangely shaped aircraft near Mount Rainier. — Preceding unsigned comment added by XndrK (talkcontribs) 03:21, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, but the article has two orange-level maintenance tags on it, which makes it ineligible to appear. howcheng {chat} 06:40, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 11:10, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 09:54, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 08:22, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 17:09, 23 June 2016 (UTC)