Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 3

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Rockefeller Foundation is a stub and it has not been updated to reflect the historical event. If and when those two things change, this entry can go back in. --mav 00:37, 29 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Sirhan Sirhan is a stub. Robert F. Kennedy is not, so I'm going to create a Robert F. Kennedy entry on the day of his death. --mav 00:37, 29 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Same as RFK. Please read the guidelines. --mav

Liberation of Bulgaria

Please fix year to 1878 (currently shown: 1978). Thanks. --Cryout 00:24, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Steve Irwin - did not die on March 3. this is not the date on his Bio page and as March 3 is my Birthdqay I would have remembered if the ensuing drama after his death occurred on my birthday.

"Rocket 88"

March 3, 2011, marks the 60th anniversary of the (probable) recording date of "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston with Ike Turner, widely cited as "the first rock and roll record".[1][2] This should be marked in some way. I'm aware of some differences between sources as to whether it was recorded on 3 March or 5 March 1951 - there appears to be no consensus, but this should not stand in the way of commemorating the event. Ghmyrtle (talk) 15:20, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 03:10, 3 March 2012 (UTC)


2013 marks the centennial of the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913, an important event for women's suffrage in the US. Gobōnobō + c 17:31, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Alas, the article is in dire need of more references. Luckily, you have a couple of weeks to improve it. howcheng {chat} 18:55, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
I'll see what I can do. Gobōnobō + c 07:02, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
I've provided more sources for the article. While it still could use some expansion, the article has most of the salient details. Gobōnobō + c 16:23, 1 March 2013 (UTC)
Looks good to go. Nice work! howcheng {chat} 16:35, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:00, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 10:10, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 10:46, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Ruins of the municipal archive of Cologne

So what is the point of featuring the "Ruins of the municipal archive of Cologne" - feature something more positive and educational. - Owain Knight (talk) 20:58, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:37, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

2018 notes

howcheng {chat} 21:55, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

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