Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 22

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Today's featured article for September 22, 2017 Today's featured picture for September 22, 2017
INS Vikrant circa 1984 carrying a unique complement of Sea Harriers, Sea Hawks, Allouette & Sea King helicopters and Alize ASW.jpg

INS Vikrant (from Sanskrit for "courageous") was a Majestic-class aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. The ship was laid down as HMS Hercules for the British Royal Navy during World War II and launched on 22 September 1945, but construction was put on hold when the war ended. India purchased the incomplete carrier in 1957, and construction was completed in 1961. Vikrant was commissioned as the first aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy and played a key role in enforcing the naval blockade of East Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. In its later years, the ship underwent major refits to embark modern aircraft, before being decommissioned in January 1997. Vikrant was preserved as a museum ship in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, until 2012. The ship was sold through an online auction in January 2014 and scrapped in November 2014 after final clearance from the Supreme Court. The Indian Navy is currently constructing its first home-built carrier, also named INS Vikrant, scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2018. (Full article...)


Echidna catenata

Echidna catenata, also known as the chain moray, is a species of moray eel found in shallow parts of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. It is mainly nocturnal, hiding in holes and crevices in shallow water during the day. Although it may reach a maximum length of 165 cm (65 in), lengths of about 40 cm (16 in) are more common.

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 21 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/September 23

Edit Request

Please add Ramadan, 1427 begins at sunset (Islam, 2006) as a holiday. Alternatively, just Ramadan begins... would work fine, if you decide to remove the Jewish and Islamic years (which may be a good idea, because it's getting quite crowded). Thanks in advance. -- tariqabjotu 14:35, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Note, also, that the date is tentative, and so as the day moves closer, I (or someone else) may request that this event be moved to September 23, if that is what the majority of the world decides to follow. -- tariqabjotu 14:35, 17 September 2006 (UTC)
I've put it on Sept.23rd for the time being. -- PFHLai 19:19, 19 September 2006 (UTC)
Alright; that's probably the most accurate anyway. -- tariqabjotu 22:38, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

"Car Free Day"

Shouldn't that be "Car-Free Day" (with a hyphen), to avoid the implication that Europe and Canada are giving away free cars? See WP:HYPHEN, paragraph 3: "Sometimes the hyphen helps with disambiguation (little-used car, not a reference to the size of a used car)." Unimaginative Username 03:28, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

This issue should be addressed on the Car Free Days article first before here. Cheers. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 03:33, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Good idea. Done. Still hope they change this, as the main page is seen by many more people than the CFD article would be, and the error noted more often. Thanks for the suggestion. Unimaginative Username 22:18, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Iran–Iraq War

At this day in 1980 Iraq invaded Iran. This led to eight year war between two countries which is one of the longest war of the contemporary era.--Seyyed(t-c) 05:27, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

Iran–Iraq War is given lower priority this year because it is currently tagged with {{longish}}, {{Split-apart}}, {{Totally-disputed}}, among others. Remember, the selected articles (bolded items) on the Main Page are chosen based more on how well they are written, not based on how much their subjects are important or significant. Zzyzx11 (Talk) 05:43, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

Nazi-Soviet parade (1939)

At this day in 1939, a joint Nazi-Soviet military parade in Brześć was held, to display the power of the newly formed Soviet-Nazi pact to the whole world. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 18:01, 8 September 2009 (UTC)


I am perplexed by the inclusion of OneWebDay, which article reads almost like an advertisement. Is this a real thing that should be on the front page? I am wary of changing the front page with no consensus, however. (talk) 11:40, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

That was me. mkehrt (talk) 11:41, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:39, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:18, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 15:03, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 10:21, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 05:14, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

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