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This page describes a standard layout to use when adding millennia, centuries, decades, or years to the history timeline. Any comments on changes to this format should be added via Wikipedia Talk:Timeline standards. There is a proposal for changing the current standard (shown below) on the talk page and there is a recently closed survey on years pages here.

See also: WikiProject Days of the year (template for day pages)

Contents

Scope

Articles for the year 500 BC and earlier should be redirected to the relevant decade. Articles for the year 1700 BC and earlier should be redirected to the relevant century. Articles for the year 4000 BC and earlier should be redirected to the relevant millennium.

Layout for year pages

Here is the format for the Year pages. Note: Wikipedia:WikiProject Years is working on minor updates for this version.

Infobox

Each year should have an infobox at the top right. The templates will be the template {{yearbox}} followed by the template {{C21YearInTopic}} (or applicable centuries template).

{{yearbox|
| in?=
| cp=20th century
| c=21st century 
| cf=22nd century
| yp1=2001
| yp2=2002
| yp3=2003
| year=2004
| ya1=2005
| ya2=2006
| ya3=2007
 
| dp3=1970s
| dp2=1980s
| dp1=1990s
| d=2000s
| dn1=2010s
| dn2=2020s
| dn3=2030s
}}
{{C21YearInTopic}}

[edit] Intro section

The first sentence in the introduction explains that the page is for a year and not a number. This statement should only be included if the number is on the List of numbers page. The second introduction sentence will describe the year (a link to a calendar) and the type of calendar the year belongs to. The following sentence lists any official designation the year has.

''This article is about the year 2004. For other uses of 2004, see [[2004 (number)]]:''

'''2004''' is a [[leap year starting on Thursday]] of the [[Gregorian calendar]]. It was designated the:

*''International Year of [[Rice]]'' (by the [[United Nations]]) *''International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against [[Slavery]] and its Abolition'' (by [[UNESCO]]) *''Year of the Monkey'' (by the [[Chinese calendar]])

[edit] Sections

[edit] Events

The events section is divided into months, each month has a calendar at the beginning and lists any important events that occurred. The month header once linked to the particular month in the year (if the page exists, eg. January 2004), but doesn't anymore. Every item links to the day.

==Events==
===January===
* [[January 3]] - [[Flash Airlines Flight 604]] crashes into the [[Red Sea]] off the coast of [[Egypt]], killing all 148 aboard.
* [[January 4]] - [[Mikhail Saakashvili]] wins the presidential elections in [[Georgia (country)|Georgia]].
* [[January 4]] - [[NASA]]'s [[MER-A]] (''Spirit'') lands on [[Mars (planet)|Mars]].

===February=== * [[February 1]] - A [[hajj]] stampede in [[Mina, Saudi Arabia|Mina]], [[Saudi Arabia]], kills 251 pilgrims.

===March=== ===April=== ===May=== ===June=== ===July=== ===August=== ===September=== ===October=== ===November=== ===December===

[edit] Births section

The Births section list all births in that year, divided into month section. Each entry links to the day page, has a very short description of the person, and links to the death year if known.

==Births==
===January===
*[[January 21]] - [[Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway]]
*[[January 21]] - [[another name]] (d. [[2005]]) American author
*[[January 31]] - [[another name]] (d. [[2003]]) Polonesian King

===February===

[edit] Deaths section

The deaths section begins with a see also statement, and follows the same format as the births section: Month section, day link, name, and birth year link if known.

==Deaths==
'''For more deaths see: [[Deaths in 2004]]'''

===January=== *[[January 27]] - [[Jack Paar]], American television show host (b. [[1918]])

===December=== *[[December 28]] - [[Jerry Orbach]], American actor (b. [[1935]]) *[[December 28]] - [[Susan Sontag]], American writer and activist (b. [[1933]])

[edit] More

It has not yet been decided what else will be included on the year pages. Many currently have sections for awards, fiction, external links etc. These sections may be removed (or more likely moved to a separate page to be included on the infobox) later, but for now the following form can be followed to close out the page.

==Layout for decade pages==
''The format for the Decade pages is out of date and will soon be replaced with the current format.''

==Layout for century pages==

''Here is the format for the century pages'' ---- ---- [[1st century BC]] - '''1st century''' - [[2nd century]] - [[Centuries|other centuries]] ---- '''Events and trends''' *

'''Significant people''' *

'''Inventions, discoveries, introductions''' *

'''Decades and years'''

<table border="0" cellpadding="5"> <tr> <td>'''[[0s BC]]'''</td> <td>[[9 BC]]</td> <td>[[8 BC]]</td> <td>[[7 BC]]</td> <td>[[6 BC]]</td> <td>[[5 BC]]</td> <td>[[4 BC]]</td> <td>[[3 BC]]</td> <td>[[2 BC]]</td> <td>[[1 BC]]</td> <td> </td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[0s]]'''</td> <td> </td> <td>[[1]]</td> <td>[[2]]</td> <td>[[3]]</td> <td>[[4]]</td> <td>[[5]]</td> <td>[[6]]</td> <td>[[7]]</td> <td>[[8]]</td> <td>[[9]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[10s]]'''</td> <td>[[10]]</td> <td>[[11]]</td> <td>[[12]]</td> <td>[[13]]</td> <td>[[14]]</td> <td>[[15]]</td> <td>[[16]]</td> <td>[[17]]</td> <td>[[18]]</td> <td>[[19]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[20s]]'''</td> <td>[[20]]</td> <td>[[21]]</td> <td>[[22]]</td> <td>[[23]]</td> <td>[[24]]</td> <td>[[25]]</td> <td>[[26]]</td> <td>[[27]]</td> <td>[[28]]</td> <td>[[29]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[30s]]'''</td> <td>[[30]]</td> <td>[[31]]</td> <td>[[32]]</td> <td>[[33]]</td> <td>[[34]]</td> <td>[[35]]</td> <td>[[36]]</td> <td>[[37]]</td> <td>[[38]]</td> <td>[[39]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[40s]]'''</td> <td>[[40]]</td> <td>[[41]]</td> <td>[[42]]</td> <td>[[43]]</td> <td>[[44]]</td> <td>[[45]]</td> <td>[[46]]</td> <td>[[47]]</td> <td>[[48]]</td> <td>[[49]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[50s]]'''</td> <td>[[50]]</td> <td>[[51]]</td> <td>[[52]]</td> <td>[[53]]</td> <td>[[54]]</td> <td>[[55]]</td> <td>[[56]]</td> <td>[[57]]</td> <td>[[58]]</td> <td>[[59]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[60s]]'''</td> <td>[[60]]</td> <td>[[61]]</td> <td>[[62]]</td> <td>[[63]]</td> <td>[[64]]</td> <td>[[65]]</td> <td>[[66]]</td> <td>[[67]]</td> <td>[[68]]</td> <td>[[69]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[70s]]'''</td> <td>[[70]]</td> <td>[[71]]</td> <td>[[72]]</td> <td>[[73]]</td> <td>[[74]]</td> <td>[[75]]</td> <td>[[76]]</td> <td>[[77]]</td> <td>[[78]]</td> <td>[[79]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[80s]]'''</td> <td>[[80]]</td> <td>[[81]]</td> <td>[[82]]</td> <td>[[83]]</td> <td>[[84]]</td> <td>[[85]]</td> <td>[[86]]</td> <td>[[87]]</td> <td>[[88]]</td> <td>[[89]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[90s]]'''</td> <td>[[90]]</td> <td>[[91]]</td> <td>[[92]]</td> <td>[[93]]</td> <td>[[94]]</td> <td>[[95]]</td> <td>[[96]]</td> <td>[[97]]</td> <td>[[98]]</td> <td>[[99]]</td> </tr><tr> <td>'''[[100s]]'''</td> <td>[[100]]</td> <td>[[101]]</td> <td>[[102]]</td> <td>[[103]]</td> <td>[[104]]</td> <td>[[105]]</td> <td>[[106]]</td> <td>[[107]]</td> <td>[[108]]</td> <td>[[109]]</td> </tr> </table> ---- ---- ''End of format for the century pages''

==Layout for millennium pages==

''Here is the format for the millennium pages'' ---- ---- '''Infobox''' Each millennium should have an infobox at the top right. The templates will be the template {{tl|Millenniumbox}}

<pre><nowiki>{{Millenniumbox|2}}

Intro section The first paragraph in the introduction explains the the start date and end date for the millennium as well as the type of calendar the millennium belongs to. Editors may choose to explain what the millennium is not as popular dating often conflicts with official dating. It is recommended that editors then attempt to summarize the essence of the millennium in a few paragraphs, similar to other wikipedia articles.

Sections


Civilizations can be divided by continent and organized in columns

{|
|-valign="top"
| style="width:20%" |'''Africa'''
* <!--Civilization 1-->
* <!--Civilization 2-->
* <!--Civilization 3-->
| style="width:20%" |'''Asia'''
* <!--Civilization 1-->
* <!--Civilization 2-->
* <!--Civilization 3-->
| style="width:20%" |'''Europe'''
* <!--Civilization 1-->
* <!--Civilization 2-->
* <!--Civilization 3-->
| style="width:20%" |'''Americas'''
* <!--Civilization 1-->
* <!--Civilization 2-->
* <!--Civilization 3-->
| style="width:20%" |'''Oceania'''
* <!--Civilization 1-->
* <!--Civilization 2-->
* <!--Civilization 3-->
|}

Events and trends The events section can be divided into centuries. Care should be taken not to list every important event of the millennium, but choose those that best represent the overall trends of the period.

<nowiki>
==Events and trends==
===[[11th century]]===
* '''[[yyyy]]''' Event 1
* '''[[yyyy]]''' Event 2
* '''[[yyyy]]''' Event 3
===[[12th century]]===
* '''[[yyyy]]''' Event 1
* '''[[yyyy]]''' Event 2
* '''[[yyyy]]''' Event 3
===[[13th centruy]]===
* '''[[yyyy]]''' Event 1
* '''[[yyyy]]''' Event 2
* '''[[yyyy]]''' Event 3
<nowiki>

Significant people can be divided by continent and century. Care should be taken to provide representative examples from each century and each continent whenever possible. The following table may serve as a guide.

{| border="1"
|+Significant people of the millennium
! style="width:10%"| 
! style="width:18%"|<center>Africa
! style="width:18%"|<center>Asia
! style="width:18%"|<center>Europe
! style="width:18%"|<center>America
! style="width:18%"|<center>Oceania
|- 
![[11th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|-
![[12th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|-
![[13th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|-
![[14th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|-
![[15th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|-
! style="width:10%"| 
! style="width:18%"|<center>Africa
! style="width:18%"|<center>Asia
! style="width:18%"|<center>Europe
! style="width:18%"|<center>America
! style="width:18%"|<center>Oceania
|-
![[16th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|-
![[17th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|-
![[18th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|-
![[19th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|-
![[20th Century]]<!--(limit ten)-->
|<!--Africa (limit three), try to include one from North Africa and one from Sub-Saharan Africa--> 
|<!--Asia (limit three), try to include one from East Asia, one from South Asia and one from West Asia--> 
|<!--Europe (limit three), try to include one from Western Europe and one from Eastern Europe--> 
|<!--America (limit three), try to include one from Northern America and one from Latin America--> 
|<!--Oceania (limit three)--> 
|}

Inventions, discoveries, introductions can be grouped together into subtopics such as science, mathematics, communications, transportation and warfare.

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