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This week in Geek History August 28 - September 3

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August 28
1749 - German poet, novelist and dramatist Johann von Goethe mb
1916 - Jack Vance (I) mb

August 29
1811 - Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals mb
1915 - Actress Ingrid Bergman mb
1958 - Pop singer Michae

August 30
1797 - Author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley mb
1893 - Louisiana Gov. Huey Long mb

August 31
1870 - Italian educator Maria Montessori mb

September 1
1875 - Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs mb
1922 - Actress Yvonne de Carlo (The Munsters)
1933 - Country music singer Conway Twitty mb

September 2
1869 - Hiram Maxim (Inventor of the automobile muffler and firearm silencer)
1937 - Former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth mb
1952 - Tennis champion Jimmy Connors mb
1964 - Actor Keanu Reeves mb
1966 - Actress Selma Hayek mb

September 3
1856 - Architect Louis Sullivan mb (The father of the skyscraper)

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This Week in Geek History August 21- 27

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August 21
1872 - Illustrator Aubrey Beardsley mb
1904 - Jazz great William "Count" Basie mb
1936 - Basketball center Wilt Chamberlain mb

August 22
1862 - French composer Claude Debussy mb
1920 - Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury mb

August 23
1883 - Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (Hero of Bataan)

August 24
1880 - Joshua Lionel Cowen, inventor of the electric toy train mb
1895 - Roman Catholic Cardinal Richard Cushing, archbishop of Boston mb
1897 - Country music publisher Fred Rose mb

August 25
1819 - Allan Pinkerton, founder of the private detective agency mb
1530 - Russian ruler Ivan the Terrible mb
1845 - Bavarian King Ludwig II mb
1913 - Cartoonist Walt Kelly mb
1930 - Actor Sean Connery mb
1954 - Musician Elvis Costello mb
1958 - Director Tim Burton mb
???? - LordDillon

August 26
1743 - French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, the founder of modern chemistry mb
1873 - Lee de Forest, known as the father of radio mb
1964 - Richard Pett

August 27
1877 - English auto maker Charles Rolls mb
1890 - Surrealist photographer Man Ray mb
1908 - Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States mb
1910 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa mb
1952 - Actor Paul Reubens mb
1957 - Jeff Grubb

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This week in Geek History August 14 - 20

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August 14
1863 - Writer Ernest Thayer mb (Casey at the Bat)

August 15
1769 - Napoleon Bonaparte mb
1859 - Longtime Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey mb
1888 - British soldier and writer T.E. Lawrence mb

August 16
1845 - The French physicist Gabriel Lippman (Inventor of color photography)
1958 - Pop singer Madonna mb

August 17
1786 - Frontiersman Davy Crockett mb
1945 - Actor Robert DeNiro (Taxi Driver, Cape Fear) mb

August 18
1774 - American explorer Meriwether Lewis mb

August 19
1871 - Aviation pioneer Orville Wright mb
1883 - French fashion designer Coco Chanel mb
1902 - Poet Ogden Nash mb
1921 - Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry mb
1939 - Drummer Ginger Baker [I can't believe there's no Cream fan microbadge]
1946 - Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States mb

August 20
1833 - Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States mb
1890 - Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft mb
1942 - Singer/songwriter and actor Isaac Hayes mb
???? - ErniePaul

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This Week in Geek History August 7 - 13

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August 7
1960 - Actor David Duchovny mb

August 8
1937 - Actor Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer, Outbreak, Dick Tracy)
1961 - Guitarist Edge (David Evans) mb
1978 - Garfield's canine pal Odie mb

August 9
1968 - Actress Gillian Anderson mb
???? - SilvaShado

August 10
1874 - Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States mb
1899 - Actor Jack Haley mb
1949 - Dave LaForce
???? - Michael Lavoie
2000 - Player's Handbook (D&D 3e) released

August 11
1833 - Author Robert Ingersoll mb
1921 - Author Alex Haley (Roots)
1953 - Wrestler Hulk Hogan mb

August 12
1859 - Educator and poet Katherine Lee Bates (America the Beautiful)

August 13
1860 - Sharpshooter Annie Oakley mb
1895 - Actor Bert Lahr mb
1899 - Film director Alfred Hitchcock mb
2009 - Pathfinder Roleplaying Game released.
???? - Barad the Dwarf

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This week in Geek History July 31 - August 6

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July 31
1962 - Actor Wesley Snipes (Blade trilogy)
1965 - JK Rowling mb

August 1
1779 - Francis Scott Key (The Star-Spangled Banner)
1819 - Author Herman Melville mb
1942 - Jerry Garcia, co-founder of the Grateful Dead rock group mb

August 2
1905 - Actress Myrna Loy (Thin Man)
1924 - Actor Carroll O'Connor (All in The Family)
1932 - Actor Peter O'Toole mb

August 3
1811 - Elisha Graves Otis, inventor of the modern elevator mb
1926 - Singer Tony Bennett mb
1940 - Actor Martin Sheen mb

August 4
1901 - Jazz Great Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong mb

August 5
1930 - Astronaut Neil Armstrong mb
1948 - Larry Elmore

August 6
1809 - English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson mb
1911 - Comedian Lucille Ball mb

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This Week in Geek History July 24 - July 30

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July 24
1783 - South American revolutionary and statesman Simon Bolivar mb
1802 - French novelist Alexandre Dumas the Elder mb
1936 - Comedian Ruth Buzzi (Laugh In)
1970 - Actress Jennifer Lopez (Entrapment)
1982 - Actress Anna Paquin mb

July 25
1894 - Actor Walter Brennan (Rio Bravo)

July 26
1856 - Playwright George Bernard Shaw mb
1875 - Carl Jung, founder of analytic psychology mb
1922 - Movie producer Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther)
1943 - Rock star Mick Jagger mb

July 27
1824 - French novelist Alexander Dumas the Younger (Camille)
1905 - Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher mb
1922 - Television producer Norman Lear (All in The Family)
1937 - Actor Don Galloway (Ironside)
1938 - Gary Gygax
???? - AaronTheSkull

July 28
1948 - Actress Sally Struthers (All in the Family)

July 29
1869 - Novelist Booth Tarkington (The Magnificent Ambersons)
1892 - Actor William Powell (Thin Man)
???? - thecameronin

July 30
1863 - Auto pioneer Henry Ford mb
1890 - Baseball player-manager Casey Stengel mb
1947 - Bodybuilder-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger mb
???? - Jackal2k

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This Week in Geek History July 17 - 23

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July 17
1889 - Mystery writer Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason)
1899 - Actor James Cagney mb

July 18
1911 - Canadian Actor Hume Cronyn mb
1913 - Comedian Red Skelton mb
1918 - South African statesman Nelson Mandela mb mb
1921 - Former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio mb

July 19
1814 - American firearms inventor Samuel Colt mb
1834 - French painter Edgar Degas mb
1865 - Dr. Charles H. Mayo (Co-founder of the Mayo Clinic)
1946 - Tennis star Ilie Nastase mb
1962 - Actor Anthony Edwards (Revenge of the Nerds)

July 20
1938 - Actress Natalie Wood (Brainstorm)
1947 - Guitarist Carlos Santana mb

July 21
1899 - Author Ernest Hemingway mb
1924 - Actor-comedian Don Knotts mb
1952 - Actor-comedian Robin Williams mb
1957 - Actor-comedian Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live)
1959 - Ed Greenwood
???? - BenevolentGameMaster

July 22
1822 - Austrian monk Gregor Mendel, discoverer of the first laws of heredity mb
1882 - Painter Edward Hopper mb
1940 - Alex Trebek mb
1955 - Actor Willem Dafoe (Spider Man)
1955 - Actor David Spade (Tommy Boy, Saturday Night Live)

July 23
1888 - Detective novelist Raymond Chandler mb
1961 - Actor Woody Harrelson (Cheers, Zombieland)
1970 - Actress Charisma Carpenter mb

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This Week in Geek History July 10 - 16

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July 10
1834 - American painter James Whistler mb
1856 - Nikola Tesla mb
1920 - TV news anchor and commentator David Brinkley mb
1947 - Folk singer Arlo Guthrie mb

July 11
1899 - Author E.B. White (Charlotte's Web )
1920 - Actor Yul Brynner (The King and I, Westworld)
1955 - Roger E. Moore

July 12
100 BC - Roman leader Julius Caesar mb
1817 - American writer Henry David Thoreau mb
1854 - Photography pioneer George Eastman mb
1937 - Comedian-actor Bill Cosby mb

July 13
1940 - Actor Patrick Stewart mb
1942 - Actor Harrison Ford mb
1946 - Comedian Cheech Marin of Cheech and Chong (Dusk till Dawn)


July 14
1789 - Bastille Day mb
1862 - Austrian Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt mb
1912 - Folk singer Woody Guthrie mb
1913 - Gerald Ford, 38th president of the United States mb
1918 - Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman mb

July 15
1606 - Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn mb
1779 - Poet Clement Clark Moore (A Visit from St. Nicholas ("'Twas The Night Before Christmas") )
1944 - Actor Jan-Michael Vincent (Airwolf)

July 16
1888 - Actor Percy Kilbride (Pa Kettle)

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This Week in Geek History July 3 - 9

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July 3
1906 - Actor George Sanders (Too many movies to name)

July 4
1776 - American Independence Day
1804 - Author Nathaniel Hawthorne mb
1847 - Circus operator James Bailey ( Barnum & Bailey Circus)

July 5
1801 - David Farragut, the first U.S. Navy admiral mb
1810 - Showman P.T. Barnum ( Barnum & Bailey Circus)

July 6
1747 - John Paul Jones, founder of the U.S. Navy mb
1925 - TV personality Merv Griffin mb
1946 - Actor Sylvester Stallone mb
???? - RPG Enthusiast Kevin H (aka dysjunct)

July 7
1887 - Painter Marc Chagall mb
1906 - Baseball pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige mb
1940 - Former Beatle Ringo Starr mb
1949 - Actress Shelley Duvall mb

July 8
1838 - Dirigible inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin mb (Inventor of the Zeppelin)
1951 - Actress Anjelica Huston mb
1958 - Actor Kevin "Thank you sir may I have another" Bacon mb
???? - RPG Enthusiast Kris Van Beurden (aka Tegarend)

July 9
1819 - Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine mb
1956 - Actor Tom Hanks mb
1983 - Queen Toggy (aka Toggy) mb mb
???? - busdjur and derf_red


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This Week in Geek History June 26- July 2

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June 26
1819 - Baseball pioneer Abner Doubleday mb
1898 - German aircraft designer Willi Messerschmitt mb
1997 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (aka Sorcerer's) Stone released on film mb
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June 27
1880 - Blind and deaf author Helen Keller (It's Helen Keller)

June 28
1491 - English King Henry VIII mb
1703 - English clergyman John Wesley, founder of Methodism mb
1712 - French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau mb

June 29
1901 - Actor-singer Nelson Eddy mb
1919 - Actor Slim Pickens mb
1944 - Actor Gary Busey mb

June 30
1896 - Film director Howard Hawks (Rio Bravo, Rio Lobo, El Dorado)
1917 - Actress Susan Hayward (The Conqueror)
1917 - Drummer Buddy Rich mb
1943 - Singer Florence Ballard of The Supremes mb

July 1
1867 - Canada Day
1936 - Actor Jamie Farr mb
1942 - Actress Karen Black mb
1952 - Canadian Actor-comedian Dan Aykroyd mb
1967 - Canadian Actress Pamela Anderson Lee mb
1977 - Actress Liv Tyler mb

July 2
1903 - King Olav V of Norway mb
1961 - Writer Ernest Hemingway took his own life. mb

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