Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 1

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At Sioux  Narrows

King's Highway 71, commonly referred to as Highway 71, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The 194-kilometre-long (121 mi) route travels concurrently with Highway 11 for 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the Fort Frances-International Falls International Bridge in Fort Frances, south of which the roadway continues as US Route 53 (US 53) and US Route 71 (US 71) in Minnesota. At Chapple, Highway 11 continues west while Highway 71 branches north and travels 154 kilometres (96 mi) to a junction with Highway 17 just east of Kenora. Highway 71 is part of the Trans-Canada Highway for its entire length. The current routing of Highway 71 was created out of a route renumbering that took place on April 1, 1960, to extend Highway 11 from Thunder Bay to Rainy River. The portion of the highway that is concurrent with Highway 11 follows the Cloverleaf Trail, constructed by the end of 1880s and improved over the next several decades. The portion between Highway 11 and Highway 17 follows the Heenan Highway, constructed to connect the Rainy River region with Kenora and the remainder of Ontario's road network; before its opening the area was accessible only via the United States. Both highways were incorporated into the provincial highway system in 1937 following the merger of the Department of Highways (DHO) and the Department of Northern Development. (Full article...)

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Las Meninas

Las Meninas is a 1656 painting in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, by Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age. It shows a large room in the Royal Alcazar of Madrid during the reign of King Philip IV of Spain, and presents several figures, including the young Infanta Margaret Theresa surrounded by her entourage. Las Meninas has been recognised as one of the most important paintings in Western art history, and its complex and enigmatic composition has frequently been the subject of analysis. It has been described as "Velázquez's supreme achievement, a highly self-conscious, calculated demonstration of what painting could achieve, and perhaps the most searching comment ever made on the possibilities of the easel painting".

Painting: Diego Velázquez
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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/August 31 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 2


Attack on Sender Gleiwitz was just one of countless German provocations. As the starting point of WWII I'd chose either Westerplatte or Wieluń. If you really want to pick an earlier date it would have to be the Lupków Pass, since it was the first armed engagement. [[User:Halibutt|Halibutt]] 07:40, Sep 2, 2004 (UTC)

I thought the Attack on Sender Gleiwitz was the final German provocation before the large scale invasion to Poland (starting with Westerplatte or Wieluń...) that was why I picked it. No ? -- PFHLai 13:11, 2004 Sep 2 (UTC)
Well, attack on Gleiwitz radio transmitter was simply the best known since it was best advertised by German propaganda. However, I'd rather mention it on August 31, the date it actually happened. IMO a link to it does not belong here. Also, it was neither the final nor the biggest (in terms of casualties), the Germans in fact set the whole Polish border in flames.
I'm not sure what does English historiography say, but the start of WWII in Poland is usually set on either September 1, 4.30 AM (bombardement of Wieluń) or September 1, 4.45 (Westerplatte). Definitely not August 31, 2 AM. I'd propose something like that:
Mention of the Sender Gleiwitz should either be moved to Template:August 31 selected anniversaries or simply ommitted. What do you say? [[User:Halibutt|Halibutt]] 13:33, Sep 2, 2004 (UTC)

The Attack on Gleiwitz radio station is now removed from the Sept.1st template. -- PFHLai 05:02, 2005 August 28 (UTC)

What about the discovery of the wreckage of the RMS Titanic on 1 September 1985 --horsedreamer 20:02, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 16:26, 31 August 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:05, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

How about mentioning the start of World War II next year? I mean it's pretty important, I'd say more important than Second Anglo-Afghan War or even Korean Air Lines Flight 007. //Halibutt 12:02, 1 September 2013 (UTC)
Please see the FAQ at the top of this page. Invasion of Poland is currently ineligible because it requires maintenance. howcheng {chat} 18:28, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:44, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 18:25, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:51, 1 September 2016 (UTC)