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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
???? - Maho


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 - Canadian Dominion 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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June 12
1932 - Author Rona Jaffe (Mazes and Monsters)
???? - WizardinWhite

June 13
1865 - Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats mb
1903 - Football player Harold "Red" Grange mb

June 14
1995 - Roger Zelazny mb

June 15
1330 - Prince Edward of England, son of Edward III and known as the "Black Prince" mb
1843 - Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg mb
1914 - Artist Saul Steinberg mb
1941 - Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson mb
1954 - Actor Jim Belushi mb

June 16
1890 - Film comedian Stan Laurel mb
1917 - Publisher Katharine Graham (Watergate era publisher of the Washington Post)
1937 - Author Erich Segal mb

June 17
1882 - Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky mb
1917 - Actor-singer Dean Martin mb

June 18
1910 - Actor E.G. Marshall mb
1942 - Singer-composer Paul McCartney mb
1952 - Actress Isabella Rossellini (Legend of Earthsea, The Odyssey)

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This Week in Geek History June 5 - 11

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June 5
1723 - Economist Adam Smith mb
1882 - Composer Igor Stravinsky mb
1956 - Saxophonist Kenny G mb

June 6
1875 - German novelist Thomas Mann mb
1935 - The dalai lama, exiled leader of Tibet's Buddhists mb
1944 - D-Day mb
1947 - Actor Robert Englund mb
1956 - Tennis player Bjorn Borg mb
1973 - Patrick Rothfuss mb mb
2005 - David C. Sutherland, III passes.
2008 - Player's Handbook (D&D 4e) published.

June 7
1848 - French post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin
1868 - Scottish artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh mb
1909 - Actress Jessica Tandy
1917 - Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
1940 - Singer Tom Jones
1952 - Actor Liam Neeson
1960 - The Artist once again known as Prince mb

June 8
1810 - German composer Robert Schumann mb
1625 - Italian-French astronomer Giovanni Cassini mb
1869 - Architect Frank Lloyd Wright mb
1916 - British geneticist Francis Crick, who helped determine the "double helix" structure of DNA mb

June 9
1790 - 1st book copyrighted under US Constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book" mb
1925 - Science fiction author Keith Laumer mb mb
1943 - Science fiction author Joe Haldeman mb mb
1963 - Actor Johnny Depp mb mb


June 10
1922 - Singer Judy Garland mb
1928 - Children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak mb

June 11
1910 - Undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau mb
1913 - Football coach Vince Lombardi mb
1935 - Actor Gene Wilder (Self-promotional link) mb
1936 - Robert E. Howard passes.mb
2009 - RPGGeek.com enters closed beta.

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This Week in Geek History May 29 - June 4

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May 29
1874 - English novelist G.K. Chesterton mb
1917 - John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States mb
???? - Steve Dubya

May 30
1908 - Mel Blanc mbmbmbmbmbmbmbmbmbmb
1964 - Wynonna Judd mb

May 31
1819 - Poet Walt Whitman mb
1930 - Actor Clint Eastwood mb

June 1
June 1:
1495 First written record of Scotch Whisky appears in Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, Friar John Cor is the distiller mb
1637 - Jacques Marquette, Jesuit priest and French explorer of the Mississippi mb
1801 - Mormon leader Brigham Young mb
1890 - actor Frank Morgan mb
1905 - actor Robert Newton, the first to "Arrrh" as a pirate mb
1926 - Actress Marilyn Monroe mb
1926 - Actor Andy Griffith mb
1947 - Rock musician Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones mb

June 2
455 The Vandals sack Rome - Rome looted for 14 days (the genesis of the roleplaying game) mb
1857 - English composer Sir Edward Elgar, who wrote "Pomp and Circumstance" mb
1904 - Olympic swimmer and "Tarzan" movie star Johnny Weissmuller mb
1930 - Astronaut Charles Conrad of Apollo XII mb

June 3
1808 - Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the Civil War mb
1961 - Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons mb

June 4
1953 - Actor Parker Stevenson mb
1971 - Actor Noah Wylie mb
???? - Shawnssica

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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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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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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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