Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests

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Here the community can nominate articles to be selected as "Today's featured article" (TFA) on the main page. The TFA section aims to highlight the range of articles that have "featured article" status, from Art and architecture through to Warfare, and wherever possible it tries to avoid similar topics appearing too close together without good reason. Requests are not the only factor in scheduling the TFA (see Choosing Today's Featured Article); the final decision rests with the TFA coordinators Dank, Jimfbleak, Ealdgyth and Wehwalt , who also select TFAs for dates where no suggestions are put forward). Please confine requests to this page, and remember that community endorsement on this page does not necessarily mean the article will appear on the requested date.

The rules for nominations are relatively simple:

  • The article must be a featured article. Editors who are not significant contributors to the article should consult regular editors of the article before nominating it for TFAR.
  • The article must not have appeared as TFA before (see the list of possibilities here)
  • The request must be either for a specific date within the next 30 days that have not yet been scheduled (10 spaces), or a non-specific date (4 spaces). If a section is full, you can wait for a vacancy, or ask the coordinators for advice. The template {{@TFA}} can be used in a message to "ping" the coordinators through the notification system.

If you have an exceptional request that deviates from these instructions (for example, an article making a second appearance as TFA, or a "double-header"), please discuss the matter with the TFA coordinators beforehand.

It can be helpful to add the article to the pending requests template up to 1 year before the requested date. This does not guarantee selection, but does help others see what nominations may be forthcoming. Requestors should still nominate the article here during the 30-day timeframe.

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How to post a new nomination:

Create the nomination subpage.

In the box below, enter the full name of the article you are nominating (without using any brackets around the article's name) and click the button to create your nomination page.

Write the nomination.

On that nomination page, fill out as many of the relevant parts of the pre-loaded {{TFAR nom}} template as you can, then save the page.

Your nomination should mention:

  • when the last similar article was, since this helps towards diversity on the main page (browsing Wikipedia:Today's featured article/recent TFAs will help you find out);
  • when the article was promoted to FA status (since older articles may need extra checks);
  • and (for date-specific nominations) the article's relevance for the requested date.

You're welcome to create your own TFA text as a summary of the lead section, or you can ask for assistance at WT:TFAR. We use one paragraph only, with no reference tags or alternative names; the only thing bolded is the first link to the article title. The length when previewed (including spaces) is usually between 925 and 1075 characters. Add a suitable free-use image if available; fair use images are not allowed.

Post at TFAR.

After you have created the nomination page, add it here under a level-3 heading for the preferred date (or under a free non-specific date header). To do this, add (replacing "ARTICLE TITLE" with the name of your nominated article):
===February 29===
{{Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/ARTICLE TITLE}}

Nominations are ordered by requested date below the summary chart. More than one article can be nominated for the same date.

It would also then be helpful to add the nomination to the summary chart, following the examples there. Please include the name of the article that you are nominating in your edit summary.

If you are not one of the article's primary editors, please then notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination; if primary editors are no longer active, please add a message to the article talk page.


In the absence of exceptional circumstances, TFAs are scheduled in date order, not according to how long nominations have been open or how many supportive comments they have. So, for example, January 31 will not be scheduled until January 30 has been scheduled (by TFAR nomination or otherwise).

Summary chart

Currently accepting requests from August 1 to August 31.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 Helicopter 66 1 0
Nonspecific 2 Oxalaia 1 0
Nonspecific 3
Nonspecific 4
August 1 Loss of MV Darlwyne Anniversary of disaster 2 0
August 4 History of Norwich City F.C. first game in season 4 0
August 16 Evita 60th birthday of principal star Madonna 3 0
August 17 Golden jackal some anniversary 2 0
August 20 Amy Adams birthday 1 0
August 22 Claude Debussy birthday in the year of the centenary of his death 6 0

Tally may not be up to date. The nominator is included in the number of supporters.

Nonspecific date nominations

Nonspecific date 1

Helicopter 66

Helicopter 66 pictured during the Apollo 10 recovery in 1969.

Helicopter 66 is the common name of a United States Navy Sikorsky Sea King helicopter which recovered the returning Apollo 11 astronauts from their oceanic splashdown on July 24, 1969. Called "one of the most famous, or at least most iconic, helicopters in history", Helicopter 66 was the subject of a 1969 song by the German singer Manuela, a cover of which later became a popular dance club tune in 1970s Belgium. In addition to its work in support of NASA, Helicopter 66 also transported the Shah of Iran during his 1973 visit to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk. The aircraft crashed in the Pacific Ocean in 1975 during a training exercise. At the time of its crash, it had logged more than 3,200 hours of service. Replicas of "Old 66" are on display at the USS Hornet Museum and the USS Midway Museum. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s):
  • Main editors: Chetsford
  • Promoted: 9 July 2018
  • Reasons for nomination: Helicopter 66 - considered by some to be the world's most famous helicopter - is best known for its recovery of the Apollo 11 astronauts. As the Apollo 11 command capsule is currently on its first tour outside the National Air and Space Museum since 1970 [1], I think featuring Helicopter 66 sometime in the near - but non-specific - future would be appropriate. The article was just promoted to FA (as of the date of this nomination, the FA icon has yet to populate on the article).
  • Support as nominator. Chetsford (talk) 16:15, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Nonspecific date 2


Speculative restoration based on relatives

Oxalaia is a spinosaurid dinosaur that lived in what is now Brazil during the Late Cretaceous Period, sometime between 93.9 to 100.5 million years ago. The genus name comes from Oxalá, an African deity. Oxalaia's only known fossils, a partial snout and upper jaw bone, were found in 1999 in the Alcântara Formation. At an estimated 12-14 metres (39 to 46 feet) in length, it is the largest carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Brazil, the African genus Spinosaurus was its closest relative. Oxalaia bore two replacement teeth in each socket (similarly to sharks) and a very sculptured secondary palate; features which are not known in other theropod or spinosaurid dinosaurs. Its habitat would have been tropical, heavily forested, and surrounded by dry regions. Oxalaia's skull and teeth resembled that of modern crocodilians, meaning it may have hunted largely fish. Although spinosaurids are known to have occasionally preyed on other animals such as small dinosaurs and pterosaurs. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Heterodontosaurus (May 12), Dilophosaurus (June 22)
  • Main editors: PaleoGeekSquared
  • Promoted: 22nd of July, 2018
  • Reasons for nomination: It is a dinosaur that belongs to the Spinosauridae, a unique and mysterious family of dinosaurs drawn to the public's eye by its debut in the Jurassic Park series, which has featured Spinosaurus and Baryonyx thus far. I'd like to hopefully educate folks about the lesser known members of the group, as well as celebrate Wikipedia's second FA on a spinosaurid (after Baryonyx) and my first FA nomination.
  • Support as nominator. ▼PσlєοGєєкƧɊƲΔƦΣƉ▼ 04:13, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

Nonspecific date 3

Nonspecific date 4

Specific date nominations

August 1

Loss of MV Darlwyne

MV Darlwyne was an unlicensed pleasure cruiser which disappeared off the Cornish coast in south-west England on 31 July 1966, with two crew and twenty-nine passengers. Formerly a naval picket boat, the vessel underwent considerable structural alterations which adversely affected its seaworthiness, and began service as a passenger boat without radio, distress flares or other lifesaving equipment. On the fatal voyage, a group of guests from the Greatwood guest house in Mylor were taken on a 30-mile trip to Fowey. On the morning of 31 July the outward voyage was completed without mishap, but the weather had significantly deteriorated when the return trip began that afternoon. When the vessel failed to return to Mylor the alarm was raised and air and sea searches began on 1 August. Twelve bodies were eventually recovered, but no further traces of the vessel were found at the time. A subsequent Board of Trade enquiry exposed the laxity with which boat licensing regulations were being administered, and led to stricter enforcement. In 2016 divers found an anchor and other debris in the vicinity of Darlwyne's final sighting, which they stated were in all probability Darlwyne relics. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): I don't remember many recent shipwreck articles at TFA. If there were, I probably wrote them
  • Main editors: Brianboulton
  • Promoted: 27 February 2018
  • Reasons for nomination: Acknowledging the anniversary of the disaster. Ideally it should have been 31 July but that date has been allocated.
  • Support as nominator. Brianboulton (talk) 14:34, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Support --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 11:53, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

August 4

Previous nomination

History of Norwich City F.C.

This is the archived discussion of the TFAR nomination for the article below. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page (such as Wikipedia talk:Today's featured article/requests). Please do not modify this page unless you are renominating the article at TFAR. For renominations, please add {{collapse top|Previous nomination}} to the top of the discussion and {{collapse bottom}} at the bottom, then complete a new nomination underneath. To do this, see the instructions at {{TFAR nom/doc}}.

The result was: not scheduled by Jimfbleak - talk to me? 14:51, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Celebration of victory in 2004

The history of Norwich City F.C. stretches back to 1902. After a brief period in amateur football, the club spent 15 years as a semi-professional team in the Southern League before admission to The Football League in 1920. For most of the next 50 years, Norwich City F.C. sat in Division Three (South), then the joint lowest tier of the football league, a period that was distinguished by "a thrilling giant-killing sequence which took them to the FA Cup semi-finals" in 1959. Shortly afterwards, the club won its first major trophy, the 1962 League Cup. Norwich finally reached the pinnacle of the league structure in 1972, with their first promotion to the top tier. Since then, Norwich City has acquired a reputation as a "yo-yo club", with 22 seasons in the top league and 15 in the second tier. During this period the club has achieved most of its greatest distinctions, claiming the League Cup in 1985, reaching two more FA Cup semi finals, 1989 and 1992, finishing fifth, fourth and third in the top division and beating Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup. In the course of its history, Norwich City has survived a number of incidents that threatened its survival, including financial crises. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): 16 October
  • Main editors: Dweller
  • Promoted: 2008
  • Reasons for nomination:
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:31, 5 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Support's football season in UK...Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:32, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Has neither of you read the article before supporting? This was promoted back when the FA standards were very different, and hasn't been maintained for some years (the fact that it ends with discussion of the forthcoming 2015 season should surely be a clue), and is packed with unsourced statements and obvious omissions. (Which country is this team from, for instance? It's not reasonable to expect readers to have a clue where Norwich is. Who is their current manager, and when was he appointed? Why are there no notable players mentioned after 2006?) ‑ Iridescent 20:14, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
Oops, ok. fixing time....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 19:43, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

I can take a look when I get a minute. We'll need to avoid/remove recentism, as that's often the most serious issue in these "History of" type articles. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 16:47, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

Unusually, I'd say the problem in this particular case is the opposite; aside from a bit of gloating about results over Ipswich, it has virtually no additions since you stopped working on it, so just kind of fizzles out somewhere around Gunn's sacking. (No mention of Ed Balls, for instance, who aside from the sainted Delia is probably the only person associated with NCFC 99.9% of readers have ever heard of.) ‑ Iridescent 17:49, 14 November 2016 (UTC)
I can fix that, but it is suffering from recentism. The last 16 years dominates the article. I'll get stuck in. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 14:17, 15 November 2016 (UTC)
Dweller, Iridescent, Cas, Gerda: what's the status on this? I've scheduled up to 10 January and was considering this for 11 January. The article history shows a few edits after the last comment above, but it also includes a comment that more work might be needed. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 12:49, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
Paging The Rambling Man, as if it's not up to scratch any complaint is most likely to come from him. The "comes to a grinding halt two years ago" issue has been fixed, but at the time of writing I still see six "citation needed" tags (although it looks like most of those can be fairly easily fixed). ‑ Iridescent 15:13, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
No edits here for six weeks, so no consensus. I would have closed this by now if there were not vacant slots, any reason not to do so now? Jimfbleak - talk to me? 08:03, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

History of Norwich City F.C.

Celebration of victory in 2004

The history of Norwich City Football Club stretches back to 1902. Based in Norfolk, England, the association football club spent 15 years as a semi-professional team in the Southern League before admission to The Football League in 1920. For most of the next 50 years, Norwich City F.C. sat in Division Three (South), then the joint lowest tier of the football league, a period that was distinguished by "a thrilling giant-killing sequence which took them to the FA Cup semi-finals" in 1959. Shortly afterwards, the club won its first major trophy, the 1962 League Cup. Norwich finally reached the pinnacle of the league structure in 1972, with their first promotion to the top tier. Since then, Norwich City has acquired a reputation as a "yo-yo club", with 22 seasons in the top league and 15 in the second tier. During this period the club has achieved most of its greatest distinctions, claiming the League Cup in 1985, reaching two more FA Cup semi finals, 1989 and 1992, finishing fifth, fourth and third in the top division and beating Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup. In the course of its history, Norwich City has survived a number of incidents that threatened its survival, including financial crises. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): there's a cricketer on 31 Juy, but we had no club for a long time
  • Main editors: Dweller
  • Promoted: 2008
  • Reasons for nomination: first game of the club in the season, said the main editor
  • Support as nominator. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:40, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Support and thank you, Gerda. Can I suggest 04 August, which is the first game of the season --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 08:06, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Support for first day of the season. Joseph2302 (talk) 22:05, 26 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Support as per date suggestion of above commenters. Chetsford (talk) 16:46, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

August 16

Evita (1996 film)

Madonna portrayed Eva Perón

Evita is a 1996 American musical drama film based on the 1976 concept album of the same name produced by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, which also inspired a 1978 musical. The film depicts the life of Eva Perón, detailing her beginnings, rise to fame, political career and death at the age of 33. Directed by Alan Parker, and written by Parker and Oliver Stone, Evita stars Madonna (pictured) as Eva, Jonathan Pryce as Eva's husband Juan Perón, and Antonio Banderas as Ché, an everyman who acts as the film's narrator. The film was released on January 10, 1997 and grossed over $141 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews but earned a number of accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and three Golden Globe Awards. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Resident Evil: Apocalypse in March 2018. Perused through the recent listings after that but cannot find any film article. So I believe there is a strong case for accepting this article on the below proposed date.
  • Main editors: FrankRizzo2006, IndianBio
  • Promoted: 17 June 2017
  • Reasons for nomination: I would prefer if this can appear as TFA on August 16, 2018, the 60th birthday of its principal star, Madonna. Evita was an important film in the repertoire of American singer Madonna's filmography, being the most commercially successful film she had ever starred. This is my first FA that I actively contributed to and nominating for TFA so apologies if there is any mistake. The article is present in over 30 other language wikis thus showing a strong interest in the topic.
  • Support as nominator. —IB [ Poke ] 17:27, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support definitely a good occasion for TFA, and article is quite well written. Snuggums (talk / edits) 20:28, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support: Happy to have helped promote the article to FA status, and would love to see it featured as TFA. FrankRizzo (talk) 00:55, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support: Good article and my third favorite musical! Chetsford (talk) 00:40, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

August 17

Golden jackal

Golden jackal at Upper Bhavani, India

The golden jackal (Canis aureus) is a wolf-like canid that is native to Southeast Europe, Southwest Asia], South Asia, and regions of Southeast Asia. Compared with the Arabian wolf, which is the smallest of the gray wolves (Canis lupus), the jackal is smaller and possesses shorter legs, a shorter tail, a more elongated torso, a less-prominent forehead, and a narrower and more pointed muzzle. The golden jackal has a widespread distribution and high density in areas with plenty of available food and optimum shelter. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): 20 August 2017 Beringian wolf William Harris
  • Main editors: William Harris
  • Promoted: 20 December 2017
  • Reasons for nomination: 17 August 2018 is the third anniversary of a major genetic study that found the golden jackal only exists in Eurasia but not in Africa as previously thought and debated. The new species - the African golden wolf Canis anthus - came into being, thereby ending the controversy. The article is rated at Mid-importance by WikiProject Dogs and WikiProject Mammals. It exists in 74 languages. This is my third TFA following Dire wolf and Beringian wolf. The supplied image is rated at Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International
  • Support as nominator. William Harris • (talk) • 10:35, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support for main page. Tentative support for this date - it's not the strongest of links, so happy with it so long as it's not at the expense of a date that would, for example, be apparent from the blurb, or a round number anniversary. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 11:57, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
  • I don't have any objection to running the article, but we don't mention anniversaries like this one in the blurb itself. Only the readers who click through to the article will see the anniversary (which is fine). - Dank (push to talk) 12:25, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

August 20

Amy Adams

Amy Adams in 2016

Amy Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress. She made her feature film debut with a supporting part in the 1999 satire Drop Dead Gorgeous and her first major role was in Steven Spielberg's 2002 biopic Catch Me If You Can. Her breakthrough came in the part of a loquacious pregnant woman in Junebug (2005) and her first major success as a leading lady was the 2007 musical Enchanted, in which she played a cheerful Disney Princess. She went on to play naive, optimistic women in a series of films, following which she played stronger female parts to positive reviews in The Fighter (2010) and The Master (2012). In 2013 she began portraying Lois Lane in superhero films set in the DC Extended Universe. She won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for playing a seductive con artist in American Hustle (2013) and Margaret Keane in Big Eyes (2014). Further acclaim came for playing a linguist in the science fiction film Arrival (2016) and a self-harming reporter in the miniseries Sharp Objects (2018). (Full article...)

'Stuart McGurk of GQ considers Adams' auburn hair, porcelain skin, upturned nose, and her soft, earnest speaking style to be among her trademarks.[6] She was named one of the most beautiful people in America by Elle in 2011, and several publications have featured her red carpet appearances in their listings of best-dressed celebrities.[165][166] Adams was made the face of Lacoste's fragrance named Eau de Lacoste in 2012, and two years later, she endorsed accessories and handbags of Max Mara.[167] In 2015, the actress collaborated with Max Mara to design and promote a line of handbags.[168]'

Some of the content (especially the first sentence) is unencyclopedic and it ends repetitively. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 12:02, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi, Dweller, could you elaborate on what's unencyclopedic about it? I'm surprised you'd call it so because nobody at the FAC brought it up. Cheers! Krimuk2.0 (talk) 10:41, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
I don't think a slavering physical description of an actress belongs in an encyclopedia, especially as none of the aspects mentioned are particularly defining, unusual ("trademarks" for brown hair and fair skin is ridiculous) or relevant to acting. With the exception of the description of her voice. I've never read GQ, but I see from our article it's accused of being sexist. I'm not surprised. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 12:23, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
Her auburn hair has, in fact, been described as quite impactful. Also, why is describing someone's physical features considered to be "slavering" and "sexist". For an actress who receives significant coverage for her looks and red-carpet appearances, a brief description (after tons and tons of information on her acting) of what a journalist considers to be her defining physical attributes is hardly unwarranted. Which is understandably why no one at the FAC accused this article of being sexist or unencyclopedic. It would have been considered unencyclopedic if I would have fawned on and on about her looks, but that's far from the case. Krimuk2.0 (talk) 14:56, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
I'm not criticising you, I'm criticising our use of a line from GQ. I'm happy for you to disagree but I find it fanboyish. I'd expect an encyclopedia to discuss an actress' physical appearance if it was particularly distinctive. I'd guess (again, I've never read either) GQ and Elle might comment on what shoes she likes to wear or her holiday homes, but we shouldn't talk about that either. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 15:34, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
I've trimmed it to a mention of her hair and speaking style. Krimuk2.0 (talk) 18:13, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
Good on you. Thanks. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 23:28, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

August 22

Claude Debussy

Debussy in 1908

Born to a family of modest means, Claude Debussy was admitted at the age of ten to France's leading music college, the Conservatoire de Paris. He originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative composition, despite the disapproval of the Conservatoire's conservative professors. He took many years to develop his mature style, and was nearly 40 before achieving international fame in 1902 with the only opera he completed, Pelléas et Mélisande. Debussy developed his own style in the use of harmony and orchestral colouring. His works have strongly influenced a wide range of composers, including Béla Bartók, Olivier Messiaen, George Benjamin and the jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Most recent composer was Percy Grainger. Nothing afa I can see in May or June. Imogen Holst in April. 0 in March or February.
  • Main editors: User:Tim riley, User:Dmass, User:Smerus
  • Promoted: 9 July 2018
  • Reasons for nomination: Level 4 vital article, and exists on 87 languages of Wikipedia. It's the 100th anniversary of Claude's death this year. Unfortunately we missed his exact anniversary (25 March) but 22 August is the anniversary of his birth in 1862. The article has just been promoted to FA.
  • Support as nominator. Smerus (talk) 19:53, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:30, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support as one of the main editors. Tim riley talk 20:34, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support as a contributing editor. Dmass (talk) 06:10, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Support of course. Double sharp (talk) 03:41, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Yes please Nice work. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 11:34, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
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