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This Week in Geek History September 29 - October 5

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September 29
1758 - British admiral & hero of Trafalgar Horatio Nelson mb
1901 - Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi mb
1916 - American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes world's 1st billionaire mb
1935 - American signer/songwriter Jerry Lee Lewis mb
1963 - Funk/metal bassist and Primus frontman Les Claypool mbmb
1996 - The Nintendo 64 system debuts in the US (3 mos after Japan) mb
2008 - Great Recession: Dow Jones falls 778 points following bankruptcy of Lehman Bros & Washington Mutual mb

September 30
1399 - King Richard II abdicates the English throne
1861 - US industrialist William Wrigley, Jr mb
1882 - German physicist Hans Geiger (Famous Counter) mb
1917 - Irving Kahn (Inventor of the Teleprompter) mb
1924 - American author Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) mb
1928 - Romanian author/Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel (Night) mb
1955 - American actor James Dean dies in a car crash at 24 mb
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October 1
331B - Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia mb
1908 - Henry Ford introduces the Model T ($825) mb
1918 - T.E. "Lawrence of Arabia" captures Damascus mb
1920 - Actor Walter Matthau mb
1924 - Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States mb
1927 - Tom Bosley, TV's Howard Cunningham (Happy Days)
1935 - English broadway/film star Julie Andrews mb
1968 - George Romero's cult favorite "Night of the Living Dead" premieres mb

October 2
1452 - England's King Richard III mb
1851 - The pasilalinic-sympathetic compass (built to test the pseudo-scientific hypothesis that snails create a permanent telepathic link when they mate) is demonstrated but proves to be a fake (darn) mb
1869 - Mohandas Gandhi, known as Mahatma Gandhi mb
1890 - Comedian Groucho Marx "I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception." mb
1951 - Sting mb mb
1959 - The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS mb

October 3
1283 - Prince of Gwynedd, Wales become the 1st person executed by being hung, drawn and quartered mbmbmb
1909 - American political cartoonist Herblock (Herbert Block) mb
1925 - American Novelist/screenwriter Gore Vidal mb
1941 - American musician Chubby Checker mb
1949 - Fleetwood Mac's guitarist Lindsey Buckingham mb
1954 - American guitarist/bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughn mb
1995 - OJ Simpson found not guilty of murder mbmb

October 4
1822 - Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president of the United States mb
1895 - Pioneer movie comedian Buster Keaton mb
1923 - American actor Charlton Heston mbmbmb
1946 - American actress Susan Sarandon (Bull Durham, Dead Man Walking, Speed Racer) mbmb
1949 - American actor Armand Assante mb
1957 - Sputnik, world's 1st artifical satellite launched by the USSR mb
1970 - American rocker/singer-songwriter Janis Joplin dies of an overdose at 27 mb
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October 5
1703 - American preacher/theologian Jonathan Edwards mb
1713 - French philosopher Denis Diderot mb
1830 - Chester A. Arthur, 21st president of the United States mb
1882 - Rocket pioneer Robert Goddard mb
1962 - The Beatles release their first record "Love Me Do" mb
1962 - Dr. No, the first James Bond movie premieres mbmb
1965 - NHL Superstars Mario Lemieux mb & Patrick Roy mb
1969 - Monty Python's Flying Circus debuts on the BBC mb
1975 - English actress Kate Winslet 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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