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This Week in Geek History August 25 - 31

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August 25
1530 - Russian ruler Ivan the Terrible mb
1819 - Allan Pinkerton, founder of the private detective agency mb
1845 - Bavarian 'Mad' King Ludwig II mb
1913 - Cartoonist Walt Kelly mb
1930 - Actor Sean Connery mb
1949 - KISS guitarist Gene Simmons mb
1951 - Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford mb
1954 - Musician Elvis Costello mb
1958 - Director Tim Burton mb
1991 - Linux's 'birthday' mb
???? - LordDillon
???? - RInaldoQax

August 26
1743 - French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, the founder of modern chemistry mb
1873 - Lee de Forest, known as the father of radio mb
1883 - Krakatoa erupts, resulting in at least 36,417 deaths (including tsunamis) mb
1910 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa mb
1952 - Puzzle Maestro Will Shortz mb
1964 - RPG Designer Richard Pett
1980 - Actor Chris Pine mb

August 27
1877 - English auto maker Charles Rolls mb
1890 - Surrealist photographer Man Ray mb
1896 - In the world's shortest recorded war, Britain defeats Zanibar in 38 minutes mb
1899 - Horatio Hornblower author C.S. Forester mb
1908 - Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States mb
1912 - Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes is published mb
1952 - Actor Paul Reubens mb
1953 - Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson mb
1955 - Guinness Book of World Records first published mb
1957 - RPG Designer Jeff Grubb
1979 - American actor Aaron Paul mb
1990 - Stevie Ray Vaughn dies in helicopter crash at 35 mb
August 28
1749 - German poet, novelist and dramatist Johann von Goethe mb
1916 - American author Jack Vance (I) mb
1917 - Marvel & DC cartoonist Jack Kirby mbmbmbmbmb
1963 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech mb
1965 - Canadian country/pop singer Shania Twain mb
1969 - American comedian Jack Black mb

August 29
1632 - English philosopher John Locke mb
1811 - Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals mb
1915 - Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (died on her birthday in 1982 at 67) mb
1920 - American jazz great Charlie "Bird" Parker mb
1938 - American actor Elliott Gould mb
1958 - King of Pop Michael Jackson mb
???? - Cpiz


August 30
__70 - Temple of Jerusalem burns mb
1146 - European leaders outlaw the crossbow, intending to end war for all time mb
1797 - Author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley mb
1835 - Melbourne, Australia founded mb
1893 - Louisiana Gov. Huey Long mb
1943 - American cartoonist/satirist Robert Crumb mb
1972 - American actress Cameron Diaz mb
1979 - US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Georgia mb

August 31
__12 - 3rd Roman emperor Caligula mb
_161 - Roman emperor Commodus mb(bad day for emperors)
1870 - Italian educator Maria Montessori mb
1888 - Jack the Ripper's first victim found in London's East End mb
1945 - Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison mb
1997 - Diana, Princess of Wales dies at 36 in a car crash in Paris 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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