Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 20

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 19 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 21


As of March 2004 [[Dachau concentration camp] is a stub

No longer a stub, and it's now posted. -- PFHLai 21:55, 2005 Mar 19 (UTC)

Fire in Boston

Is there an article about the Great Fire of Boston? If not, let's delete it from this page. RickK | Talk 07:09, 14 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Not yet, but Boston has that info in it. Item restored. --mav 09:34, 14 Mar 2004 (UTC)
I removed it as this fire seems not too significant, esp. when compared to Great Boston Fire of 1872 and Cocoanut Grove fire. And, we do have bigger 'old news' items with decent Wikipages to feature this year. -- PFHLai 21:55, 2005 Mar 19 (UTC)


I don't know if this is the right place to say this but it's odd how the equinox is considered "2004" since it's really every year. How can we fix this?

So does Christmas. See Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/December 25. --mav 17:30, 20 Mar 2004 (UTC)
Actually, the Vernal equinox can be anywhere from March 19 to 22. It's off by a few hours every year, more in a leap year. Please see Gregorian Calendar#Calendar seasonal error. -- PFHLai 07:19, 2005 Mar 18 (UTC)

Invasion of Iraq

As of March 19, 2004 there are NPOV and accuracy disputes on that page. When/if this changes then this entry can be placed back in. --mav 22:36, 19 Mar 2004 (UTC)

The NPOV tag is still on the page 2003 invasion of Iraq this year. This anniversary will probably have to stay off the MainPage for another year. The template is full, anyway. -- PFHLai 21:55, 2005 Mar 19 (UTC)
Same problem persists in 2006. --PFHLai 07:24, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

Valentine's Alternative

  • Steak and Blowjob day Steak & Blowjob day is a waste of time effort and energy... Because lets face it most men DON'T make an effort on Valentines Day.

Lots of non-Gregorian based observations in 2008

Looks like a bunch of non-Gregorian calendar based holidays and observations that are normally on these Selected anniversaries pages will fall on the same day in 2008. Of course, the WP:SA currently says "a maximum of ... 3 holidays/observances per day", but it would feel POV to pick one or more of these observations to omit this year just to strictly observe the Wikipedia guideline, right? Zzyzx11 (Talk) 06:01, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 04:54, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:10, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 01:33, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Officially start of the Hundred Days???

One of the item of "On this day" is that "After escaping from exile in Elba, Napoleon Bonaparte (pictured) entered Paris, officially beginning his "Hundred Days" rule."
Really? Did Napoleon proclaim of Hundred Days rule? Did he perhaps state he would only be back for a short time. With just enough time to travel to Waterloo have a chat with |Wellington and then take a long holiday?
The term "Hundred Days" was invented after this period so there never was an official start. Better would it be to say that historians see his arrival in Paris as the start of the Hundred Days. Scafloc (talk) 09:31, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Rewrote it as beginning the period known as the "Hundred Days". Thanks. howcheng {chat} 15:41, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:39, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 10:43, 18 March 2016 (UTC)

The old ineligible link for the March equinox from 2011 was pointing to a different article, new dedicated article has no cleanups; added to section as well (note: both google and facebook are leading with a March equinox page today). — xaosflux Talk 05:13, 20 March 2016 (UTC)
  • There has been a mistake with Naw-Rúz (Bahá'í calendar). It varies with the spring equinox and is on March 20 in 2016. It should be included on the March 20 page (it was accidentally placed on the March 21 page).
Reference:  — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:58, 21 March 2016 (UTC) 

2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:03, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

2018 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:03, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

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