Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 5

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re Winston Churchill[edit]

the Winston Churchill article specifically states that the term "iron curtain" was not first used in a speech by Winston Churchill --MilkMiruku 01:04, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

Fixed. No one said anything last year ..... Thanks for pointing this out, MilkMiruku. -- PFHLai 03:41, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

Re: References to Military Occupation are POV[edit]

I am new to Wikipedia, so forgive me if I'm talking out of turn, but surely describing the presence of British soldiers in Boston in 1770 as a "Military Occupation" is a Point of View that has no place in Wikipedia, particularly on the front page? 14:36, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

As it is clearly not contended, I have removed reference to Military Occupation. MJD. (talk) 15:19, 26 December 2007 (UTC).


I cannot believe Wikipedia's American-centric attitude put Casimir Pulaski Day as more important than learn from Lei Feng day. What is the justification for this? That China is supposedly communist and authoritarian? Colipon+(T) 04:12, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Boston Massacre poorly worded[edit]

Coming up with a neutral wording for this entry is a challenge, to be sure, but the current version tries so hard to avoid controversy that it avoids telling us who did what:

1770 – The pelting of British soldiers with snowballs soon escalated into a riot in Boston, Massachusetts, leaving at least five civilians dead.

Left out is the fact that colonists pelted soldiers with snowballs (implied), and that soldiers shot civilians (completely unmentioned). Also curious is the phrase "at least"; wasn't the death total exactly five? (One man's death 10 years later was attributed to injuries suffered in the shooting, but of course the incident didn't "leave" him dead.) Here's a better-worded entry, short and to the point:

1770British soldiers fire into a threatening crowd in Boston, Massachusetts, killing five civilians.

Kevin Myers 04:09, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

Requested addition to 5 March 2011 anniversaries[edit]

I'd like to add ZX81 to the list of selected anniversaries for 5 March. It is the 30th anniversary of the ZX81's launch, and I've rewritten and expanded the article to commemorate the anniversary. The Register has already published an anniversary piece which draws quite heavily on the Wikipedia article (see [1]). The proposed line would be:

However, I can't work out any way of editing the selected anniversary page, as it seems to be locked. Can someone please help? Prioryman (talk) 12:47, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Article looks good. I'll be sure to include it when I go do my verifications in a little bit. howcheng {chat} 16:55, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:47, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:38, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

I was just wondering why the 60th anniversary of the Death of Joseph Stalin was not mentioned. But obviously the aquatic ape hypothesis is more important. --ÄDA - DÄP VA (talk) 10:39, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Per the rules, we only include births and natural deaths on centennial anniversaries. howcheng {chat} 16:45, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:11, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 11:54, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:42, 3 March 2016 (UTC)

2017 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:06, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

2018 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 16:38, 5 March 2018 (UTC)