Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/October 3

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Q4: Why is the birthday of [Insert name here] not listed?
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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. But this is a recent change (1 June 2011), so not every page has been updated to reflect this.
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:
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V-2 rocket contradiction[edit]

The statement that the 3 October 1942 test flight of the V-2 "occurred after two previous failed tests were recovered by the Allies" contradicts the article, which in V-2#Testing states that the two test launch recoveries were on 30 May & 13 June 1944.-- ToET 07:37, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Art LaPella responded to this on Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors and removed reference to the two recovered launches, commenting "this confuses 2 launches in 1942 with 2 launches in 1944."-- ToET 07:23, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

Edit request on 3 October 2012[edit]

Please remove the ridiculous unsupported statement that Ginsberg's HOWL is the most popular American poem! Who put that nonsense in there? It's not even on the HOWL article. Thanks. HammerFilmFan (talk) 14:43, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

HammerFilmFan (talk) 14:43, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

I'd agree that it should be removed, it doesn't seem sourced. The claim was, however, in the article a handful of edits back, where the same phrasing was relatively quickly removed. --j⚛e deckertalk 16:28, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
Well, it can never be sourced - such things are impossible to document, outside of the silly assumption that Ginsberg has somehow superceded American poets like Walt Whitman in the classroom or the American consciousness, lol. HammerFilmFan (talk) 16:36, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, I had copied it from the article lede. Since it was followed by a footnote to an offline source, there was no way for me to verify it. howcheng {chat} 16:56, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:29, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:10, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

edit request[edit]

Please change South Korea's National Foundation Day link to Gaecheonjeol. Thanks! --kwan-in (talk) 15:11, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, but that article has a big yellow maintenance tag on it and is also a stub, so according to the rules, it can't be featured. howcheng {chat} 16:13, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Add German Unification Day -- Edit Request[edit]

German Unification Day is THE German National Day. Every Nations's National Day (afaik) is displayed, but not the German one. Although this is rightly in the German mind, it should be displayed nonetheless for the non-German audience. Toscho (talk) 16:35, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

Alas, both German Unity Day and Public holidays in Germany are ineligible because they require maintenance. howcheng {chat} 22:13, 4 October 2013 (UTC)
I improved the article German Unity Day and the template has been removed. There is no more reason to keep it off the Main Page. Please add the holiday to the Main Page-template as soon as possible.--37ophiuchi (talk) 21:09, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 21:33, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:14, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:40, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:54, 3 October 2016 (UTC)