Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 18

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 17 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 19

British Parliament links to Parliament of the United Kingdom - which did not exist yet. What should we do? Pakaran. 20:24, 18 Mar 2004 (UTC)

I still think this needs to be dealt with... but I don't like doing stuff unilaterally. Pakaran. 20:42, 18 Mar 2004 (UTC)
The problem is that Parliament of Great Britain, which it was at the time, also redirects to Parliament of the United Kingdom. Warofdreams 20:44, 18 Mar 2004 (UTC)
Ok, screw it then :) Pakaran. 21:11, 18 Mar 2004 (UTC)


In anniversary 1921 - The Polish-Bolshevik War, which determined the borders between the Republic of Poland and Soviet Russia, formally concluded with the signing of the Peace of Riga. should not be bolded "Peace of Riga" instead of "Polish-Bolshevik War"? --Panairjdde 10:14, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Link-bolding indicates which wikipage is the featured page carrying the date in the text. Either one is fine, since neither has been bolded in the other 365 Sel Anniv templates. Last year, Peace of Riga was a stub, so it wasn't an option. I've switched to this for 2006. Nice to have sth new each year, eh! :-) Polish-Soviet War will be on MainPage later this year as a Featured Article, anyway. -- PFHLai 16:55, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Furthermore, the correct link is Polish-Soviet War, not Polish-Bolshevik War.--Panairjdde 10:16, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
It did link to Polish-Soviet War, but I have just re-wikified the line. Better now ? -- PFHLai 16:55, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes. However, mine was just a remark, not a critique. --Panairjdde 13:43, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
Either way, comments and suggestions are always welcome. :-) -- PFHLai 16:23, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Naval operations in the Dardanelles Campaign

Naval operations in the Dardanelles Campaign must be in here. Because this is too importance war in word history. Thanks.--Absar 13:47, 18 March 2007 (UTC)


Hi everyone

The Australian soap opera Neighbours celebrates it's 25th anniversary on this date. Is it ok for this to be included? --5 albert square (talk) 20:04, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 01:01, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 10:42, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 05:33, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 09:25, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Protected edit request on 18 March 2015

As a possible swap: 50th anniversary of the first extravehicular activity by Alexey Leonov (1965). Brandmeistertalk 00:18, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes, I wanted to do that one, but both of those articles are {{refimprove}}, alas. howcheng {chat} 03:16, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:10, 16 March 2016 (UTC)

Judith Kaplan Eisenstein - March 18

Hi, I nominated Judith Kaplan Eisenstein for inclusion on March 18 as she was the first person to celebrate a Bat Mitzvah publicly on March 18 1922. Can you advise if this can be included OTD? Stinglehammer (talk) 19:39, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:22, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

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