Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 19

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Q1: Why is [Insert event here], an event that is "more important and significant" than all the others that are currently listed, not posted?
A1: Relative article quality along with the mix of topics already listed are often deciding factors in what gets posted. Any given day of the year can have a great many important or significant historical events. The problem is that there is generally only room on the Main Page to list about 5 events at a time, so not everything can be posted.
As stated on Wikipedia:FAQ/Main Page, the items and events posted on the Main Page are chosen based more on how well they are written, not based on how much important or significant their subjects are. It is easier for admins to select a well-written, cited, verifiable article over a poor one versus trying to determine objectively how much a subject is important or significant.
Keep in mind that the quality requirements only apply to the selected bolded article, not the other links. Thus, an event may qualify for multiple dates in a year if there is an article written in a summary style and an article providing detailed content; if one of those pages have cleanup issues, the other page can be bolded as an alternate.
Another criterion is to maintain some variety of topics, and not exhibit, just for example, tech-centrism, or the belief that the world stops at the edge of the English-speaking world. Many days have a large pool of potential articles, so they will rotate in and out every year to give each one some Main Page exposure. In addition, an event is not posted if it is also the subject of this year's scheduled featured article or featured picture.
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Q4: Why is the birthday of [Insert name here] not listed?
A4: Births and deaths can only be used on centennials, etc. Exceptions can be made if they are directly related to assassinations, executions, natural disasters, civil accidents, genocide/extinction, or other historically significant topics that frequently appear on the Selected Anniversaries pages.
Q5: Are the holidays/observances listed in any particular order?
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Q6: Some of the holidays/observances that are listed have dates in parentheses beside them. What do they mean?
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Today's featured article for September 19, 2018 Today's featured picture for September 19, 2018
Wikipedia:Today's featured article/September 19, 2018



Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 18 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 20

Dear users of the Wikipedia!

As the most distinguished owner of this date (tis be my birthday!) I wish to invite you all to stand on ceremony and uphold tradition by talking like pirates during the whole course of September 19th which, in this year of 2006, shall fall on a Tuesday. Please also bear in mind that this is the finest day in our calender and I shall not be argued with.

My thanks, Cap'n Zoonotcher

P.s. please show your appreciation for this tremendous day by littering my vessel the Hangman with your generously donated dubloons. Fare ye well!

Zoonotcher 19:02, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

1985 Mexico City earthquake

It occured on September 19, 1985. I believe it's notable. --Victor 12:25, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

Talk like a Pirate day and formatting

While Talk like a Pirate Day is very cute, it isn't a holiday. It isn't recognized by any government and it doesn't celebrate an event in history or any good done by a person or people nor is it of religious significance. As an encyclopedia one shouldn't promote this joke as veracity, because it may confuse people into believe that this day is officially recognized or that indeed this is a holiday to recognize the deeds of pirates. I do not think it belongs on On This Day.

Also, what's with the format?

September 19: Independence Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis (1983), Armed Forces Day in Chile, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Prinsjesdag in Netherlands.

Today's date is bold, that makes sense. Why is St. Kitts Bold but not Chile or the Netherlands? Why are Armed forces day and Prinsjesdag bold, and Independence day and pirate day not bold? It seems like there should be a standard for this.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by Arthurian Legend (talkcontribs)

The standard is that almost all are bolded – except for Independence Day and Republic Day, since most of the content regarding the history where that specified country gained independence or first became a republic is generally posted on that country's article. As for International Talk Like a Pirate, I have no idea. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 06:32, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

First documented use of the smiley emoticon

According to the article on Scott Fahlman was September 19, 1982. Is that notable enough for inclusion in Events for this date? cde 05:14, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

It was posted last year, but not this year because it now does not qualify under the selected anniversaries criterion that the featured and bolded article must be well written. Scott Fahlman is currently still a little stubby article and Emoticon is tagged for cleanup. Cheers. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 06:27, 19 September 2007 (UTC)


Discussion moved to Talk:Main Page#DYK/SA

Prinsjesdag is a different date each year

Prinsjesdag is the day that the state budget for the next year is announced in the Netherlands. It is always on the third Tuesday in September, and therefore falls on a different date each year, in 2007 on September 18.

I cannot change it now, because the page is protected through cascade from the main page. Aron Beekman 11:31, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 05:52, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 00:10, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

1946 Cannes Film Festival

According to 1946 Cannes Film Festival, the 1st Cannes Film Festival was held from 20 September to 5 October 1946. ... (talk) 07:35, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:07, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:53, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Software Freedom Day

Please add Software Freedom Day as a holiday for this day. Pikolas (talk) 12:17, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Can't do it. The article tagged for using too many primary sources. howcheng {chat} 23:25, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 15:39, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 15:44, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

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