Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 11

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Today's featured article for March 11, 2019 Today's featured picture for March 11, 2019
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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 10 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 12

Moved to Jan. 1st. -- PFHLai 08:14, 2005 Mar 10 (UTC)

Incorrect plural

1845 should read "...between Maori and...". The correct plural of Maori is Maori.

John Howard

The pic is dead... I think we need a new one. --Daysleeper47 19:18, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

Paul I

This event is listed on the March 23 page. The Paul I of Russia article distinguishes March 11 is the old style date. Kentholke (talk) 22:03, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

2010 Pichilemu earthquake

Could it be listed? --Diego Grez (talk) 21:06, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

It's a GA, but reading the article, it seems to be a minor quake. There were few casualties, no tsunami, and no dollar amount of damages listed, so it doesn't look like a good candidate. howcheng {chat} 16:47, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:31, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:53, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 10 March 2013

Perhaps a blurb for Royal Assent should be created as there is this blurb which has huge effect in the Commonwealth of Nations:

1708 – Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.

I was thinking this would only go into the eligible list, and posted up say in 2018. Royal Assent is an FA article, and Queen Anne is a GA article. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 13:36, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Go ahead and do it in a few days when this is no longer protected. howcheng {chat} 18:03, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:13, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Would it be possible for the list to be a little less bloody? Four out of five items have an explicit body count. Melchoir (talk) 16:48, 11 March 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, I didn't notice... I'm usually observant of that sort of thing. howcheng {chat} 03:31, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:49, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

2016 request

Request - Eta Carinae (this one doesn't involve blood or body counts!) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:53, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Further request - 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami Its last (and only) appearance as a featured article was in 2013. Now 2016 is a significant anniversary date, especially for Japan and those who were affected. Requesting a 2016 feature for 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on its 5th anniversary. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CrashesToAshes (talkcontribs) 10:41, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

@CrashesToAshes: Unfortunately, that article is ineligible due to a section being outdated. howcheng {chat} 08:05, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:32, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:41, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

2018 notes

howcheng {chat} 03:06, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

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