Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 24

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Today's featured article for March 24, 2018 Today's featured picture for March 24, 2018
Chastain at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con

Jessica Chastain (born March 24, 1977) is an American actress and film producer. She has earned critical praise for her portrayals of strong-willed women in films with feminist themes. Born and raised in Sacramento County, California, Chastain studied acting at Juilliard. She made her film debut in the drama Jolene (2008), and gained wide recognition in 2011 for starring roles in half a dozen films, including The Help, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2012, she won a Golden Globe Award for playing a CIA agent in the thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Her highest-grossing releases were the science fiction films Interstellar (2014) and The Martian (2015). She continued to draw praise for her performances in the dramas A Most Violent Year (2014), Miss Sloane (2016), and Molly's Game (2017). Chastain is the founder of the production company Freckle Films, which promotes diversity in film. She is vocal about mental health issues, and gender and racial equality. (Full article...)



A lithograph by Sidney Hall, published in Urania's Mirror, depicting the constellation Scorpius. One of the 48 constellations identified by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century, Scorpius lies between Libra to the west and Sagittarius to the east. It contains 18 main stars, the brightest of which is Antares. Although frequently identified as a scorpion, this constellation has also been likened to a "leaning coconut tree" (Java) or "Maui's fishhook" (Hawaii).

Lithograph: Sidney Hall; restoration: Adam Cuerden
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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 23 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 25

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:47, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 05:57, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:25, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:13, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

2016 / Cowherd death

I offer the Cowherd death to bring back the earliest date and to add variety. I can see that it's not a major event at the time, and that that counts against it.

Although it *is* a minor death at the time, it's important in the development of a significant [edit: global] social movement (vegetarianism). And it's also an interesting, quirky, piece of history.

His followers are also important in the Salford liberal culture - they helped found the Guardian newspaper, opposed the slave trade, founded a municipal graveyard, etc. So though he's not a household name, his life had ripple effects.

Anyway, I thought I'd create a talk page section so that you know where it came from, and it was offered in good faith. Ian McDonald (talk) 00:48, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

The article does not mention the date of his death. --BorgQueen (talk) 01:29, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
Of course. Thanks for explaining your revert here. I'd independently realised it and added it, with more info about his burial and inscription, before I got your revert notification. Ian McDonald (talk) 15:10, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
@BorgQueen: (Just so that User talk:BorgQueen gets a notification) Ian McDonald (talk) 14:40, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:46, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:37, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

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