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This Week in Geek History October 13 - 19

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October 13
__54 - Emperor Claudius dies of poison mushrooms, Nero succeeds to the Roman throne mb
1909 - American political cartoonist Herbert Block "Herblock" mb
1941 - Singer-songwriter Paul Simon mb
1947 - American rocker Sammy Hagar mb
1962 - 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice mb

October 14
1322 - Robert the Bruce defeats King Edward II of England, forcing acceptance of Scotland's independence mb
1644 - William Penn (The English Quaker who founded Pennsylvania ) mb
1890 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, WWII General & 34th president of the United States mb
1926 - A.A. Milne's 'Winnie the Pooh' published mb
1927 - English actor Roger Moore mb
1944 - "Desert Fox" Field Marshall Erwin Rommel commits suicide at 52 mb
1947 - Chuck Yeager makes 1st supersonic flight in Bell XS-1 mb
1958 - Early MTV staple Thomas Dolby mbmb
1964 - Martin Luther King Jr. awarded the Nobel Peace Prize mb AND Brezhnev replaces Khrushchev as CCCP General Secretary mb
1982 - US President Ronald Reagan declares "War on Drugs" mb
???? - Ugavine

October 15
1581 - 1st ballet staged in Paris, commissioned by Catherine De Medici mb
1764 - Edward Gibbon is inspired to write The History of the Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire upon observing a group of friars sing in the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter in Rome mb
1844 - German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche mb
1881 - English writer and humorist P.G. Wodehouse mb
1917 - Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is executed in France by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI mb
1920 - American author Mario Puzo mb
1924 - Former Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee Iacocca mb
1924 - American actor Mark Lenard (Spock's loving Vulcan father) mb
1951 - I Love Lucy premieres on CBS mb

October 16
1758 - American lexicographer Noah Webster mb
1793 - Marie Antoinette beheaded at 37 during French Revolution mbmb
1854 - English author and dramatist Oscar Wilde mb
1859 - Abolitionist John Brown leads raid on federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry mb
1886 - 1st Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion mb
1925 - English actress Angela Lansbury mb
1927 - German author Günter Grass mb
1946 - 10 convicted Nazi war criminals are hanged at Nuremberg mb
1950 - C.S. Lewis' 'The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe' published mb
1962 - Cuban Missile Crisis begins when JFK shown photos confirming Soviet missiles in Cuba mb
1962 - Red Hot Chili Pepper's bassist Flea mb

October 17
1711 - Jupiter Hammon, America's first published black poet mb
1814 - A beer flood occurs in London, killing 9 (what a beautiful way to go) mbmb
1902 - Actress Irene Ryan (The Beverly Hillbillies) mb
1938 - American daredevil Evel Knievel mbmbmbmb mb
1947 - American actor Michael McKean mbmb
1948 - Canadian-American actress Margot Kidder mb
1972 - American rapper Eminem mb
1983 - English actress Felicity Jones mbmb
2006 - The population of the US reached 300 million mb
???? - Razumny

October 18
1776 - In a bar decorated with bird tails in Elmsford, New York, a customer requests a glassful of “those cock tails” from bartender Betsy Flanagan mb
1926 - Rock pioneer Chuck Berry mb
1929 - Women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law mb
1951 - Actress Pam Dawber (Mork and Mindy) mb

October 19
202B - 2nd Punic war ends as Hannibal is defeated by Scipio Africanus at the Battle of Zama mb
1781 - British General Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at Yorktown, ending the US Revolutionary War mb
1987 - "Black Monday" ~ Dow Jones falls 22% 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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