Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/May 13

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Today's featured article for May 13, 2015 Today's featured picture for May 13, 2015
Blackrock is a 1997 Australian drama film directed by Steven Vidler and written by Nick Enright. In Blackrock, a fictional beachside working-class suburb, a young surfer witnesses his friends raping a girl. When she is found murdered the next day, he is torn between revealing what he saw and protecting his friends. Filming locations included Stockton, New South Wales, where a girl named Leigh Leigh was murdered in 1989. While the film was never marketed as the story of her death, many viewers incorrectly believed it to be a factual account of the crime. Her family objected to what they saw as a fictionalisation of her murder, and residents of Stockton opposed the decision to shoot scenes there. The film received generally positive critical reviews in Australia, where it was nominated for five AACTA Awards and won two AWGIE Awards, though it received mixed reviews elsewhere. Adapted from Enright's play of the same name, the film stars Laurence Breuls, Simon Lyndon and Linda Cropper, and features the first credited film performance of Heath Ledger. (Full article...)

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/May 12 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/May 14

National Famine Commemoration Day[edit]

Famine memorial, Dublin

National Famine Commemoration Day (Ireland or Republic of Ireland) is on May 13 in 2012 (and also in Boston this year). jnestorius(talk) 19:59, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 20:00, 12 May 2012 (UTC)

Mother's Day (US)[edit]

I was curious if there was a particular reason why Mother's Day (US) wasn't listed today? I don't have as much wiki experience as others but it seemed as though single country holidays like this are still considered "fair game" to post. --SM1991 (talk) 04:10, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

Actually, my ignorance of the world at large may be showing; looking over the articles, Mother's Day is celebrated in a fair number of countries today. --SM1991 (talk) 04:19, 13 May 2012 (UTC)
I had it listed on May 14 instead of May 13, which is now fixed. howcheng {chat} 17:36, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:53, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 13 May 2013: 1985 Philadelphia aerial bombardment[edit]

Please consider adding the 1985 aerial bombing by the Philadelphia police of a besieged row house. Personally, I cannot remember any other such bombardments by local law enforcement officials. It’s rarity might make it interesting to other Wikipedians as well. See MOVE#1985 bombing. Thanks!

SpikeToronto 14:37, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done. The article has two major maintenance tags on it, which makes it ineligible (see the rules). howcheng {chat} 15:34, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:46, 12 May 2014 (UTC)