Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests

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Here the community can nominate articles to be selected as "Today's featured article" (TFA) on the main page. The TFA section aims to highlight the range of articles that have "featured article" status, from Art and architecture through to Warfare, and wherever possible it tries to avoid similar topics appearing too close together without good reason. Requests are not the only factor in scheduling the TFA (see Choosing Today's Featured Article); the final decision rests with the TFA coordinators (Crisco 1492, Dank, Jimfbleak, and Mike Christie, who also select TFAs for dates where no suggestions are put forward). Please confine requests to this page, and remember that community endorsement on this page does not necessarily mean the article will appear on the requested date.

The rules for nominations are relatively simple:

  • The article must be a featured article.
  • The article must not have appeared as TFA before (see the list of possibilities here)
  • The request must be either for a specific date within the next 30 days that have not yet been scheduled (10 spaces), or a non-specific date (4 spaces). If a section is full, you can wait for a vacancy, or ask the coordinators for advice. The template {{@TFA}} can be used in a message to "ping" the coordinators through the notification system.

If you have an exceptional request that deviates from these instructions (for example, an article making a second appearance as TFA, or a "double-header"), please discuss the matter with the TFA coordinators in the first instance.

It can be helpful to add the article to the pending requests template up to 1 year before the requested date. This does not guarantee selection, but does help others see what nominations may be forthcoming. Requestors should still nominate the article here during the 30-day timeframe.

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How to post a new nomination:

Create the nomination subpage.

In the box below, enter the full name of the article you are nominating (without using any brackets around the article's name) and click the button to create your nomination page.

Write the nomination.

On that nomination page, fill out as many of the relevant parts of the pre-loaded {{TFAR nom}} template as you can, then save the page.

Your nomination should mention:

  • when the last similar article was, since this helps towards diversity on the main page (browsing Wikipedia:Today's featured article/recent TFAs will help you find out);
  • when the article was promoted to FA status (since older articles may need extra checks);
  • and (for date-specific nominations) the article's relevance for the requested date.

You're welcome to create your own TFA text as a summary of the lead section, or you can ask for assistance at WT:TFAR. We use one paragraph only, with no reference tags or alternative names; the only thing bolded is the first link to the article title. The length when previewed (including spaces) is usually between 1025 and 1175 characters. Add a suitable free-use image if available; fair use images are not allowed.

Post at TFAR.

After you have created the nomination page, add it here under a level-3 heading for the preferred date (or under a free non-specific date header). To do this, add (replacing "ARTICLE TITLE" with the name of your nominated article):
===February 29===
{{Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/ARTICLE TITLE}}

Nominations are ordered by requested date below the summary chart. More than one article can be nominated for the same date.

It would also then be helpful to add the nomination to the summary chart, following the examples there. Please include the name of the article that you are nominating in your edit summary.

If you are not one of the article's primary editors, please then notify the primary editors of the TFA nomination; if primary editors are no longer active, please add a message to the article talk page.


In the absence of exceptional circumstances, TFAs are scheduled in date order, not according to how long nominations have been open or how many supportive comments they have. So, for example, January 31 will not be scheduled until January 30 has been scheduled (by TFAR nomination or otherwise).

Summary chart[edit]

Currently accepting requests from April 6 to May 6.

Date Article Notes Supports Opposes
Nonspecific 1 Gabriel Pleydell 2 0
Nonspecific 2 Kona Lanes 2 0
April 6 7th Army (Kingdom of Yugoslavia) 76th anniversary of the invasion of Yugoslavia 4 0
April 9 Canadian National Vimy Memorial 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Vimy Ridge 2 0
April 11 Margaret Lea Houston Her birthday 4 0
April 14 Crucifix (Cimabue, Santa Croce) Crucifix on Good Friday 2 0
April 16 King Kalākaua's world tour Opening day of Hawaii's Merrie Monarch Festival dedicated to Kalākaua 3 0
April 28 Gudovac massacre 76th anniversary of the massacre 3 0
May 5 Wolfenstein 3D 25th anniversary of release 1 0

Tally may not be up to date. The nominator is included in the number of supporters.

Nonspecific date nominations[edit]

Nonspecific date 1[edit]

Gabriel Pleydell[edit]

Gabriel Pleydell (fl. 1519 – c.1591) was an English landowner and politician who served as member for the Wootton Bassett and Marlborough constituencies in the Parliament of England. Pleydell was born before 1519 into a large, affluent family. He entered politics in March 1553 as a Member for Wootton Bassett, close to his family estate at Midgehall in Wiltshire. Pleydell's election to the Marlborough constituency two years later may have been made possible by his father's influential connections. He would later return to the Wootton Bassett seat at the request of Sir John Thynne in 1563. Pleydell's life is marked by legal controversy; among several other infringements, he was alleged to be one of the ringleaders of a plot to exile Queen Mary I of England, and is perhaps best known for his contentious claim of parliamentary privilege after he was found guilty of this offence in 1555. Legal accusations for most of his political career and imprisonment in Fleet Prison and the Tower of London helped "confirm for Gabriel Pleydell a niche in parliamentary history", according to a modern historian. He died between 19 December 1590 and 3 February 1591. (Full article...)

Nonspecific date 2[edit]

Kona Lanes[edit]

The KONA LANES BOWL roadside sign in 2002

Kona Lanes was a 40-lane bowling center in Costa Mesa, California, that opened in 1958 and closed in 2003 after 45 years in business. Built during the advent of Googie architecture, its Polynesian Tiki-themed styling extended from the large roadside neon sign to the building's "flamboyant neon lights and ostentatious rooflines meant to attract motorists like moths." At its peak, Kona Lanes was open 24 hours a day and averaged more than 80 lines of bowling on each of its 40 lanes. The center also hosted music concerts and other events. Following years of decline, Kona Lanes closed and was torn down in 2003; a portion of the distinctive sign (pictured) was saved and sent to Cincinnati, Ohio, for display in the American Sign Museum. In 2010, the still-vacant land was rezoned for senior citizens' apartments and commercial development. Construction on the 215-unit apartment complex began in 2013, and residents were welcomed in 2014. (Full article...)

Specific date nominations[edit]

April 6[edit]

7th Army (Kingdom of Yugoslavia)[edit]

German soldiers returning from a raid across the Yugoslav border

The 7th Army was a Yugoslav formation raised prior to the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, during World War II. It was responsible for the defence of Yugoslavia's frontiers with Italy and Germany. When the invasion commenced on 6 April, it was only partially mobilised, and on the first day the Germans seized several mountain passes and bridges, and fifth column activities weakened the 7th Army. This alarmed its commander, but he was not permitted to withdraw from the border areas until the night of 7/8 April, and the Germans continued to expand their bridgeheads. On 10 April, the Germans captured Zagreb. Italian attacks began the following day, with thrusts towards Ljubljana and down the Adriatic coast, which resulted in the capture of more than 30,000 Yugoslav troops. The Croatian nationalist Ustaše movement arrested the staff of the 7th Army later that day, and the formation effectively ceased to exist. On 12 April, the Germans linked up with the Italians near the Adriatic coast, encircling the remnants of the 7th Army, which offered no further resistance. The Yugoslavs surrendered unconditionally on 18 April. (Full article...)

April 9[edit]

Canadian National Vimy Memorial[edit]

Front view of the memorial

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. It also serves as the place of commemoration for First World War Canadian soldiers killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave. The monument is the centrepiece of a 100-hectare (250-acre) preserved battlefield park encompassing a portion of the ground over which the Canadian Corps made their assault during the Battle of Vimy Ridge offensive of the Battle of Arras. France ceded to Canada perpetual use of a portion of land on Vimy Ridge on the understanding Canada use the land to establish a battlefield park and memorial. Wartime tunnels, trenches, craters, and unexploded munitions still honeycomb the grounds of the site, which remains largely closed off for reasons of public safety. The memorial took designer Walter Seymour Allward 11 years to build and was unveiled by King Edward VIII on 26 July 1936. The site is maintained by Veterans Affairs Canada and is one of only two National Historic Sites of Canada located outside of Canada. (Full article...)

April 11[edit]

Margaret Lea Houston[edit]

Margaret Lea Houston in 1839, the year she met Sam Houston

Margaret Lea Houston was First Lady of the Republic of Texas, First Lady of the state of Texas, and a founding member of Concord Baptist Church in Grand Cane, Texas. She was a poet and an accomplished musician. Her influence on husband Sam Houston persuaded him to give up alcohol and profane language. Margaret gave birth inside the governor's mansion to the youngest of their eight children, as angry mobs gathered outside in response to her husband's opposition to Texas signing the Ordinance of Secession of the Civil War. He was removed from office for refusing to swear loyalty to the Confederacy. Their eldest son joined the Confederate army and was left for dead on the battlefield at Shiloh, saved by a Union Army clergyman who found a Bible from Margaret in his pocket. Sam Houston died of illness before the end of the war, as Margaret sat by his bed reading to him from the 23rd Psalm. She became the keeper of his legacy and opened his records to a trusted biographer. When she died of yellow fever, Margaret could not be buried with her husband in a public cemetery for fear of contamination, and was instead interred on private family property. (Full article...)

April 14[edit]

Crucifix (Cimabue, Santa Croce)[edit]

Crucifix attributed to Cimabue, Santa Croce

Crucifix is a wooden crucifix attributed to the Florentine painter and mosaicist Cimabue. Painted c. 1265 in distemper, it is one of two large crucifixes attributed to him. It was commissioned by the Franciscan friars of Santa Croce and is built from a complex arrangement of timber boards. It is one the first Italian artworks to break from the late medieval Byzantine style and is renowned for its technical innovations and humanistic iconography. The gilding and monumentality of the cross links it to the Byzantine tradition. Christ's static pose is reflective of this style, while the work overall incorporates newer, more naturalistic aspects. The work presents a lifelike and physically imposing depiction of the passion at Calvary. Christ is shown nearly naked: his eyes are closed, his face lifeless and defeated. His body slumps in a position contorted by prolonged agony and pain.The painting is a graphic and unflinching portrayal of human suffering, and has has influenced painters from Michelangelo to Francis Bacon. It has been in the Basilica di Santa Croce since the late 13th century, and at the Museo dell'Opera Santa Croce since restoration following flooding of the Arno in 1966. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): nothing similar to this singular work
  • Main editors: Ceoil, Kafka Liz
  • Promoted: November 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: topic seems best on Good Friday, 14 April this year
  • Support as nominator. Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:14, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Thank you Gerda. Support for 14 April. I would really appreciate if Dan could cast an eye on the blurb and perhaps polish as he see fit. Ceoil (talk) 08:08, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Support - cool item and story Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:33, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

April 16[edit]

King Kalākaua's world tour[edit]

Political cartoon depicting Kalākaua auctioning off the Hawaiian Islands

King Kalākaua's world tour in 1881 was a 281-day feat distinguishing him as the first monarch to circumnavigate the globe. His agenda was to negotiate contract labor for the Kingdom of Hawaii's sugar plantations, with hopes of saving the dwindling Native Hawaiian population by drawing immigration from Asia-Pacific nations. Rumors circulated that the negotiations were a ruse to cover a plan to put the Hawaiian Islands on the auction block. He met with heads of state, reviewed military troops, had an audience with the Pope in Rome, and became influenced by the styles of European monarchies. In between negotiations, Kalākaua and his boyhood friends who traveled with him visited renowned tourist sites and attended local Freemasonry lodge meetings. A visit with Thomas Edison on the return trip through New York led to Iolani Palace becoming the first place in Hawaii to have electric lighting. Kalākaua's amiable personality generated goodwill around the world, and the trip resulted in an increased labor force. A century later, Japanese-Americans erected a statue of Kalākaua in Waikiki commemorating the anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese laborers following his trip. (Full article...)

April 28[edit]

Gudovac massacre[edit]

Exhumed victims of the massacre

The Gudovac massacre was the killing of around 190 Serbs by the Croatian nationalist Ustaše movement on 28 April 1941, during World War II. It occurred shortly after the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia and the establishment of the Ustaše-led puppet state known as the Independent State of Croatia (NDH). It was the first Ustaše massacre of Serbs and presaged a genocidal campaign against them in the NDH. The Ustaše used the deaths of two of their local followers as a pretext for the killings. The victims were drawn from the Gudovac district, taken to a nearby field and shot en masse. Five survived the initial shooting and crawled away. The victims were buried in a mass grave. The Germans became aware of the killings, ordered a partial exhumation and arrested 40 suspects, who were released following the intervention of a senior Ustaše official. Monuments were erected on the site of the massacre in 1955, but destroyed by Croatian nationalists in 1991, amid inter-ethnic warfare. A restored monument was unveiled on the site in December 2010. (Full article...)

  • Most recent similar article(s): Most recent Yugoslavia-related article would be 7th Army (Kingdom of Yugoslavia) on 6 April, but this is a very different subject. This is the first Ustase massacre article to make it to FA.
  • Main editors: 23 editor
  • Promoted: 30 April 2016
  • Reasons for nomination: 76th anniversary of the massacre, which was the first mass killing by the Ustase after they took power. This article exists on the French and Serbian wikis.
  • Support as nominator. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 00:11, 25 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Support as primary author. 23 editor (talk) 00:35, 25 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Support - sombre story - core history material Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:30, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

May 5[edit]

Wolfenstein 3D[edit]

Lead programmer and id co-founder John Carmack

Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software and FormGen. Originally released on May 5, 1992, for MS-DOS, in it the player assumes the role of Allied spy William "B.J." Blazkowicz during World War II as he escapes from the Nazi German prison Castle Wolfenstein and carries out a series of crucial missions against the Nazis. Wolfenstein 3D was the second major release by id Software, and was released through Apogee in two sets of three episodes under the shareware model, in which the first episode is released for free to drive interest in paying for the rest. An additional episode, Spear of Destiny, was released as a stand-alone retail title through FormGen. Wolfenstein 3D was a critical and commercial success, garnering numerous awards and selling over 200,000 copies by the end of 1993. It is widely regarded as having helped popularize the first-person shooter genre and establishing the standard of fast-paced action and technical prowess for many subsequent games in the genre, as well as showcasing the viability of the shareware publishing model at the time. (Full article...)