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This Week in Geek History August 18 - 24

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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 STILL not a Cream fan microbadge, we'll use Eric] mb
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
1940 - Churchill says of the RAF "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" mb
1942 - Singer/songwriter and actor Isaac Hayes mb
1948 - Singer/songwriter/Led Zep frontman Robert Plant mb
1968 - 200,000 Warsaw Pact Soviet led troops invade Czechoslovakia in response to 'Prague Spring' mb mb
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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
1485 - Battle of Bosworth Field, Henry Tudor defeats the last Plantagenet, King Richard III, effectively ending the War of the Roses mb
1849 - World's first air raid: Austria launches pilotless balloons against Venice, Italy mb
1862 - French composer Claude Debussy mb
1920 - Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury mb

August 23
1305 - William Wallace executed by the English mb
1883 - Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (Hero of Bataan)
1946 - The Who's drummer and general wild-man Keith Moon mb

August 24
__79 - Mt. Vesuvius erupts, destroying Pompeii & Herculaneum, killing 15,000 mb
1759 - William Wilberforce, leader for abolition of slavery in England mbmb
1880 - Joshua Lionel Cowen, inventor of the electric toy train mb
1897 - Country music publisher Fred Rose mb
1899 - Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges mb
1934 - English actor Kenny Baker mb
1951 - American author Orson Scott Card mb
1957 - English comedian Stephen Fry mb

I'm sure this list is incomplete. Feel free to offer suggestions for this and upcoming weeks. If you want your birthday included just add it to this geeklist: RPG Geek Birthday List
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