Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/October 31

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samhain is not a protestant festival. its irish. this statement is an insult to all irish citizen's. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sagaris1 (talkcontribs) 15:16, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Neither is Halloween. Don't read too much into the commas, Sagaris1. -- 18:03, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Mt. Rushmore[edit]

  • Adding on behalf of who posted this on Main Page General discussion: It says that, "Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers completed...", Gutzon Borglum died on March 6 of 1941, he couldn't have completed it on Halloween in 1941." Puchiko (Talk-email) 22:25, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Right. According to Mount Rushmore, "Borglum died from an embolism in March 1941. His son, Lincoln Borglum, continued the project, but insufficient funding forced the carving to end. Originally, it was planned that the figures would be carved from head to waist." So it's also a stretch to call it "completed". So how do we say all that? Art LaPella 23:19, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Halloween 2009[edit]

In light of Wikipedia:Did you know/Halloween 2009, Wikipedia talk:Today's featured article/requests#Halloween and Template:POTD/2009-10-31, I kinda feel obligated to rewrite the events here so the page has sort of a Halloween theme too. Zzyzx11 (talk) 06:28, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

...for example. Zzyzx11 (talk) 06:57, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
Not sure if it works that well for the Nevada statehood. It just comes off as somewhat unprofessional, as if someone was pushing some sort of Puritanical anti-Nevada agenda or something (e.g. "devilish vices"). Kelvinc (talk) 00:43, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it doesn't seem to work after all. Zzyzx11 (talk) 02:00, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Don't worry, ITN doesn't have a Halloween theme either. :) --candlewicke 02:40, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 11:27, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:20, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 11:37, 29 October 2015 (UTC)