Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/May 13

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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/May 12 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/May 14

National Famine Commemoration Day[edit]

Famine memorial, Dublin

National Famine Commemoration Day (Ireland or Republic of Ireland) is on May 13 in 2012 (and also in Boston this year). jnestorius(talk) 19:59, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

2012 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 20:00, 12 May 2012 (UTC)

Mother's Day (US)[edit]

I was curious if there was a particular reason why Mother's Day (US) wasn't listed today? I don't have as much wiki experience as others but it seemed as though single country holidays like this are still considered "fair game" to post. --SM1991 (talk) 04:10, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

Actually, my ignorance of the world at large may be showing; looking over the articles, Mother's Day is celebrated in a fair number of countries today. --SM1991 (talk) 04:19, 13 May 2012 (UTC)
I had it listed on May 14 instead of May 13, which is now fixed. howcheng {chat} 17:36, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 05:53, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 13 May 2013: 1985 Philadelphia aerial bombardment[edit]

Please consider adding the 1985 aerial bombing by the Philadelphia police of a besieged row house. Personally, I cannot remember any other such bombardments by local law enforcement officials. It’s rarity might make it interesting to other Wikipedians as well. See MOVE#1985 bombing. Thanks!

SpikeToronto 14:37, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Not done. The article has two major maintenance tags on it, which makes it ineligible (see the rules). howcheng {chat} 15:34, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 06:46, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:43, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 17:15, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

2017 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 08:14, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

2018 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 15:58, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

2019 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 03:21, 10 May 2020 (UTC)

2020 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 16:25, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

2021 notes[edit]

howcheng {chat} 07:32, 15 May 2021 (UTC)