Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
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.
Q2: There are way too many 20th-century events listed. Why aren't there more events from the 19th century and before?
A2: The short, basic reason is the systemic bias of Wikipedia. There are not enough good, well-written articles on 19th-century and earlier events for all 365 days in the year. Currently, a majority of users seem to be generally more interested in writing articles about recent events. If you would like to further help mitigate the systemic bias in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias.
Q3: This page seems to be biased toward events based in [Insert country or region here]. What can be done about it?
A3: This again is attributed to the systemic bias of Wikipedia. Many users are generally more interested in working on good, well-written articles pertaining to their home country. Since this is the English Wikipedia, there will be more English-speaking users, and thus more articles pertaining to English-speaking countries. And if there are more users who are from the United States, there will probably be more well-written articles about events based in the United States. Again, if you would like to further help mitigate the systemic bias in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias.
Q4: Why is the birthday/death anniversary of [Insert name here] not listed?
A4: There are only three slots available for birth and death anniversaries. As with the events, article quality and diversity in time period, geography, and reason for notability are all contributing factors in whether an article gets selected for inclusion.
Q5: Are the holidays/observances listed in any particular order?
A5: Yes, there is a specified order: International observances first, then alphabetically by where observed.
Q6: Some of the holidays/observances that are listed have dates in parentheses beside them. What do they mean?
A6: There are two reasons that some holidays/observances have dates next to them:
  • Non-Gregorian-based holidays/observances are marked with the current year as a reminder to others that their dates do in fact vary from year to year.
  • National Days, Independence Days, and other holidays celebrating the nationhood of a country are generally marked by the year of the significant historic date being observed.
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The statement that Constantine adopted Christian faith around 28 October 312 is highly arguable. And, in fact, "October 28" page states that he defeated Maxentius, saying nothing about Christianity. The legend of the vision, "in hoc signo vinces", and labarum is, properly, a legend.--Panairjdde 08:04, 28 October 2005 (UTC)

I rewrote the sentence. Is it better now ? -- PFHLai 16:36, 28 October 2005 (UTC)
No. Later Christian sources claimed this legend (and some of them put the vision when Maxentius was in the north). No pagan source deals with such miracle. The bound between the battle and the miracle is legendary, not historical, altought it is important.--

I don't think Mr. Berlusconi appreciates that the link on "italian dictators" says "italian prime ministers" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:20, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

You have your point. I've replaced the link. --BorgQueen (talk) 16:28, 28 October 2008 (UTC) prime minister

ioannis metaxas was not the prime minister of greece,but a dictator.that we learn here in greece in school and is unbelievable that you present him as a prime minister —Preceding unsigned comment added by Koliri (talkcontribs) 21:32, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 10:55, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 05:25, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 28 October 2013

Is it possible to include a link to not existing article? Today all the world celebrates The International School Library Day Perohanych (talk) 06:11, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

No, you would have to create the article first, then propose it for next year ... — Martin (

howcheng {chat} 08:11, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:43, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes

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2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 04:50, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

2018 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:20, 29 October 2018 (UTC)