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This Week in Geek History July 24 - July 30

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July 24
1783 - South American revolutionary and statesman Simon Bolivar mb
1802 - French novelist Alexandre Dumas the Elder mb
1936 - Comedian Ruth Buzzi (Laugh In)
1970 - Actress Jennifer Lopez (Entrapment)
1982 - Actress Anna Paquin mb

July 25
1894 - Actor Walter Brennan (Rio Bravo)

July 26
1856 - Playwright George Bernard Shaw mb
1875 - Carl Jung, founder of analytic psychology mb
1922 - Movie producer Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther)
1943 - Rock star Mick Jagger mb

July 27
1824 - French novelist Alexander Dumas the Younger (Camille)
1905 - Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher mb
1922 - Television producer Norman Lear (All in The Family)
1937 - Actor Don Galloway (Ironside)
1938 - Gary Gygax
???? - AaronTheSkull

July 28
1948 - Actress Sally Struthers (All in the Family)

July 29
1869 - Novelist Booth Tarkington (The Magnificent Ambersons)
1892 - Actor William Powell (Thin Man)
???? - thecameronin

July 30
1863 - Auto pioneer Henry Ford mb
1890 - Baseball player-manager Casey Stengel mb
1947 - Bodybuilder-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger mb
???? - Jackal2k

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This Week in Geek History July 17 - 23

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July 17
1889 - Mystery writer Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason)
1899 - Actor James Cagney mb

July 18
1911 - Canadian Actor Hume Cronyn mb
1913 - Comedian Red Skelton mb
1918 - South African statesman Nelson Mandela mb mb
1921 - Former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio mb

July 19
1814 - American firearms inventor Samuel Colt mb
1834 - French painter Edgar Degas mb
1865 - Dr. Charles H. Mayo (Co-founder of the Mayo Clinic)
1946 - Tennis star Ilie Nastase mb
1962 - Actor Anthony Edwards (Revenge of the Nerds)

July 20
1938 - Actress Natalie Wood (Brainstorm)
1947 - Guitarist Carlos Santana mb

July 21
1899 - Author Ernest Hemingway mb
1924 - Actor-comedian Don Knotts mb
1952 - Actor-comedian Robin Williams mb
1957 - Actor-comedian Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live)
1959 - Ed Greenwood
???? - BenevolentGameMaster

July 22
1822 - Austrian monk Gregor Mendel, discoverer of the first laws of heredity mb
1882 - Painter Edward Hopper mb
1940 - Alex Trebek mb
1955 - Actor Willem Dafoe (Spider Man)
1955 - Actor David Spade (Tommy Boy, Saturday Night Live)

July 23
1888 - Detective novelist Raymond Chandler mb
1961 - Actor Woody Harrelson (Cheers, Zombieland)
1970 - Actress Charisma Carpenter mb

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This Week in Geek History July 10 - 16

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July 10
1834 - American painter James Whistler mb
1856 - Nikola Tesla mb
1920 - TV news anchor and commentator David Brinkley mb
1947 - Folk singer Arlo Guthrie mb

July 11
1899 - Author E.B. White (Charlotte's Web )
1920 - Actor Yul Brynner (The King and I, Westworld)
1955 - Roger E. Moore

July 12
100 BC - Roman leader Julius Caesar mb
1817 - American writer Henry David Thoreau mb
1854 - Photography pioneer George Eastman mb
1937 - Comedian-actor Bill Cosby mb

July 13
1940 - Actor Patrick Stewart mb
1942 - Actor Harrison Ford mb
1946 - Comedian Cheech Marin of Cheech and Chong (Dusk till Dawn)


July 14
1789 - Bastille Day mb
1862 - Austrian Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt mb
1912 - Folk singer Woody Guthrie mb
1913 - Gerald Ford, 38th president of the United States mb
1918 - Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman mb

July 15
1606 - Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn mb
1779 - Poet Clement Clark Moore (A Visit from St. Nicholas ("'Twas The Night Before Christmas") )
1944 - Actor Jan-Michael Vincent (Airwolf)

July 16
1888 - Actor Percy Kilbride (Pa Kettle)

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This Week in Geek History July 3 - 9

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July 3
1906 - Actor George Sanders (Too many movies to name)

July 4
1776 - American Independence Day
1804 - Author Nathaniel Hawthorne mb
1847 - Circus operator James Bailey ( Barnum & Bailey Circus)

July 5
1801 - David Farragut, the first U.S. Navy admiral mb
1810 - Showman P.T. Barnum ( Barnum & Bailey Circus)

July 6
1747 - John Paul Jones, founder of the U.S. Navy mb
1925 - TV personality Merv Griffin mb
1946 - Actor Sylvester Stallone mb
???? - RPG Enthusiast Kevin H (aka dysjunct)

July 7
1887 - Painter Marc Chagall mb
1906 - Baseball pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige mb
1940 - Former Beatle Ringo Starr mb
1949 - Actress Shelley Duvall mb

July 8
1838 - Dirigible inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin mb (Inventor of the Zeppelin)
1951 - Actress Anjelica Huston mb
1958 - Actor Kevin "Thank you sir may I have another" Bacon mb
???? - RPG Enthusiast Kris Van Beurden (aka Tegarend)

July 9
1819 - Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine mb
1956 - Actor Tom Hanks mb
1983 - Queen Toggy (aka Toggy) mb mb
???? - busdjur and derf_red


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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
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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 - Canada 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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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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