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This Week in Geek History May 22-28

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May 22
1813 - German composer Richard Wagner mb
1859 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mb

May 23
1824 - Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was a U.S. senator and for whom sideburns were named mb
1961 - Comedian Drew Carey mb

May 24
1883 - Elsa Maxwell (Credited with introducing the "scavenger hunt" )
1938 - Comedian Tommy Chong mb
1941 - Musician Bob Dylan mb
1943 - Actor Gary Burghoff mb
1944 - Puppeteer Frank Oz mb

May 25
1803 - Poet-philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson mb
1926 - Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis mb
1927 - Spy novelist Robert Ludlum mb
1939 - Actor Ian McKellan mb
1944 - Director/Puppeteer Frank Oz mb
1953 - Comic creator Stan Sakai mb
1963 - Michael Meyers mb
1977 - Star Wars released
1983 - Return of the Jedi released

May 26
1907 - Actor John Wayne mb
1951 - Sally Ride, first American woman in space mb

May 27
1894 - Author Dashiell Hammett mb
1907 - Pioneering environmentalist and author Rachel Carson mb
1911 - Vice President Hubert Humphrey mb
1911 - Actor Vincent Price mb
1922 - Actor Christopher Lee mb
1934 - Author Harlan Ellison mb
1936 - Actor Lou Gossett, Jr. mb

May 28
1908 - Ian Fleming mb

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This week in Geek History May 15 - 21

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May 15
1856 - Author L. Frank Baum ("The Wizard of Oz") mb
1918 - Country singer Eddy Arnold mb
1961 - Jeff Dee

May 16
1867 - William Seward mb
1952 - Actor Pierce Brosnan mb
1971 - David Boreanaz mb
1973 - Actress Tori Spelling mb

May 17
1749 - English physician Edward Jenner mb
1860 - Schuyler Wheeler, inventor of the electric fan mb
1955 - Actor Bill Paxton mb
1965 - Musician Trent Reznor mb
1972 - Soccer player Mia Hamm mb

May 18
1883 - German architect Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus mb
1897 - Film director Frank Capra mb
1946 - Baseball player Reggie Jackson mb

May 19
1945 - British rock guitarist Peter Townshend mb
1946 - French wrestler and actor Andre the Giant mb
1952 - Rock-star Grace Jones mb

May 20
1908 - Actor James Stewart mb

May 21
1688 - English poet and satirist Alexander Pope mb
1917 - Actor Raymond Burr mb

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Today in Geek History May 8 - 14

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May 8
1828 - Jean Henri Dunant, Swiss founder of the Red Cross Society mb
1884 - Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States mb
1932 - Boxer Sonny Liston mb

May 9
1949 - Singer-songwriter Billy Joel mb

May 10
1886 - Swiss theologian Karl Barth mb
1899 - Actor/dancer Fred Astaire mb
1902 - Movie producer David O. Selznick (King Kong, Gone with the Wind)
1960 - Singer Bono (Paul Hewson) of U2 mb
???? - tutunaku

May 11
1904 - Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali mb

May 12
1907 - Actress Katherine Hepburn mb
1925 - Baseball Hall of Fame member Yogi Berra mb
1938 - Comedian George Carlin mb

May 13
1975 - Brandon Hodge
1882 - French cubist painter Georges Braque mb
1914 - Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis mb
1926 - Actress Beatrice Arthur mb
1937 - Roger Zelazny
1950 - Singer Stevie Wonder, born Steveland Hardaway mb
???? - Hida Mann

May 14
1686 - Prussian physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit, who introduced the mercury thermometer mb
1925 - Opera singer Patrice Munsel mb
1944 - Film producer-director George Lucas mb

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This Week in Geek History May 1 - 7

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May 1
1925 - Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter mb

May 2
1903 - Child care specialist Dr. Benjamin Spock mb
1972 - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson mb

May 3
1469 - Italian political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli mb
1933 - "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown mb
1950 - Rock musician Peter Gabriel mb

May 4
1929 - Actress Audrey Hepburn mb
1949 - Kim Mohan
1959 - Country singer Randy Travis mb

May 5
1818 - German political theorist Karl Marx mb
1830 - Hat maker John Stetson mb
1942 - Singer Tammy Wynette mb
???? - Teh Slipperboy mb
???? - fubfubfub

May 6
1740 - John Penn, signer of the Declaration of Independence mb
1856 - Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud mb
1915 - Actor-director Orson Welles mb
1931 - Baseball great Willy Mays mb
1961 - Actor George Clooney mb
1945 - Musician Bob Seger mb

May 7
1812 - English poet Robert Browning mb
1833 - German composer Johannes Brahms mb
1840 - Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky mb
1909 - Edwin Land, inventor of the Polaroid instant camera mb
1946 - Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann mb
???? - dan_hnnng

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This Week in Geek History April 24 - April 30

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April 24
1905 - U.S. poet laureate Robert Penn Warren mb
1974 - Actress Alyson Hannigan mb

April 25
1599 - Oliver Cromwell, lord protector of England mb
1874 - Guglielmo Marconi (Inventor of the radio telegraph )
1918 - Singer Ella Fitzgerald mb

April 26
1785 - Naturalist John James Audubon mb
1900 - Inventor Charles Richter, responsible for the Richter Scale of earthquake measurement mb
1933 - Entertainer Carol Burnett mb
???? - kronik

April 27
1759 - Writer and groundbreaking feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft mb
1791 - Samuel F.B. Morse mb
1822 - Ulysses S. Grant mb
1904 - English poet C. Day Lewis mb

April 28
1758 - James Monroe mb
1948 - Terry Pratchett
1950 - Talk Show Host Jay Leno mb
18?? - stargate

April 29
1899 - Band leader and composer Duke Ellington mb
1954 - Comedian Jerry Seinfeld mb

April 30
1777 - German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss mb
1933 - Willie Nelson mb

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This Week in Geek History April 17 - 23

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April 17
1946 - Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzman mb

April 18
1480 - Italian duchess Lucrezia Borgia mb
1953 - Canadian Actor Rick Moranis mb
1963 - TV Host Conan O'Brien mb

April 19
1721 - Statesman Roger Sherman, a signer of the U.S. Constitution mb
1836 - Music patron Augustus Juilliard mb
1935 - Actor Dudley Moore mb
1946 - Actor Tim Curry (Legend) mbmb
1968 - Actress Ashley Judd mb
2007 - Wizards announces the end of Dragon & Dungeon as print Magazines
???? - PghArch

April 20
1808 - French Emperor Napoleon III mb
1893 - Silent film comedian Harold Lloyd mb
1893 - Spanish surrealist painter Joan Miro mb
???? = TheEbonyTurtle

April 21
1830 - James Starley mb
1926 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II mb
1947 - Detroit Rocker Iggy Pop mb
1975 - Erik Mona

April 22
1451 - Spanish Queen Isabella I, who funded the first voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World mb
1922 - Jazz bass player Charles Mingus mb
1937 - Jack Nicholson mb

April 23
1564 - English playwright William Shakespeare mb
1791 - James Buchanan, 15th president of the United States mb
1891 - Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev mb
1940 - Actor Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy)

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This Week in Geek History April 10 - 16

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April 10
1827 - Lewis Wallace (Author of "Ben Hur" )
1997 - Wizard of the Coast announced purchase of TSR mb

April 11
1932 - Actor Joel Grey mb ("Doc")

April 12
1904 - Opera singer Lily Pons mb
1971 - Nicholas Brendon mb

April 13
1743 - Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States mb
1951 - Drummer Max Weinberg's birthday mb

April 14
1629 - Dutch physicist Christian Huygens, founder of the wave theory of light mb
1935 - Country singer Loretta Lynn mb
1941 - Former Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose mb
1977 - Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar mb

April 15
1452 - Italian painter and inventor Leonardo da Vinci mb
1933 - Country singer Roy Clark mb
1933 - Actress Elizabeth Montgomery mb

April 16
1867 - Aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright mb
1889 - Actor-comedian-director Charlie Chaplin mb
1924 - Composer-conductor Henry Mancini mb
1947 - Basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar mb

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This Week in Geek History April 3 - 9

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April 3
1924 - Actor Marlon Brando mb
1926 - Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom mb
1934 - Anthropologist Jane Goodall mb

April 4
1915 - Blues musician Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield mb

April 5
1726 - Benjamin Harrison (Signer of the Declaration of Independence)
1856 - Booker T. Washington (Educator)
1908 - Actress Bette Davis mb
1916 - Actor Gregory Peck mb
1934 - Impressionist Frank Gorshin mb (The Riddler)
???? - Againsto

April 6
1874 - Magician Harry Houdini mb
1937 - Country singer Merle Haggard mb
1937 - Actor Billy Dee Williams mb

April 7
1915 - Singer Billie Holiday mb
1928 - Actor James Garner (The Rockford Files)
1939 - Film director Francis Coppola mb
2009 - Dave Arneson passes. mb
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???? - Kattvippa (and her clones -- how else could she play so many games?)

April 8
1960 - Actor John Schneider mb
1966 - Actress Robin Wright mb
1972 - Bassist Paul Gray mb

April 9
1821 - French poet Charles Baudelaire mb ("I love his work")
1926 - Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner mb

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This Week in Geek History March 27 - April 2

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March 27
1868 - Patty Smith Hill (Writer of the song Happy Birthday)
1963 - Quentin Tarantino mb

March 28
1836 - Brewer Frederick Pabst mb
1899 - Brewer August Anheuser Busch Jr. mb

March 29
1790 - John Tyler, 10th president of the United States mb
1867 - Baseball pitcher Cy Young mb
1945 - Former pro basketball player Walt Frazier mb
1956 - Gymnast Kurt Thomas (Gymkata)
1959 - Actress Marina Sirtis mb

March 30
1746 - Francisco Goya mb
1890 - Vincent Van Gogh mb
1945 - Eric Clapton mb
1950 - Robbie Coltrane mb

March 31
1596 - Rene Descartes mb
1878 - Jack Johnson, first African American Heavyweight Boxing Champion mb
1928 - Gordie Howe mb
1943 - Christopher Walken mb
1955 - Angus Young mb
1971 - Ewan McGregor mb

April 1
1815 - German military theorist Prince Otto von Bismarck mb
1873 - Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff mb
???? - JasperMeer (of course, while this day is appropriate it might also be a prank)

April 2
1840 - French novelist Emile Zola mb
1955 - Comedian Dana Carvey mb

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This Week in Geek History March 20 - 26

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March 20
1820 - Adventurer and writer Edward Judson (Originator of the dime novel )
1828 - Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen mb
1904 - Psychologist B.F. Skinner mb

March 21
1685 - Composer Johann Sebastian Bach mb

March 22
1930 - Composer Stephen Sondheim mb
1931 - Actor William Shatner mb

March 23
1908 - Actress Joan Crawford mb
1910 - Japanese film maker Akira Kurosawa mb
1912 - Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun mb
1929 - Roger Bannister, the first person to run the mile in less than four minutes mb
???? - Parrais

March 24
1874 - Harry Houdini mb
1930 - Steve McQueen mb
1973 - Jim Parsons mb
1974 - Alyson Hannigan mb
1976 - Peyton Manning mb

March 25
1867 - Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum mb
1942 - Soul singer Aretha Franklin mb
1947 - Rock musician Elton John mb

March 26
1931 - Actor Leonard Nimoy mb

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