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This Day - EVERY DAY - in History (a 366-Item Geeklist, Eventually)
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I'm a sucker for "this day in history" things. Not just the big events, but the little ones, too, like the invention of the whatchamacallit, or the birth of Prince Skepticus of Erewhon.

So I had the probably-delusional idea that a geeklist, to proceed day-by-day, eventually hitting 366 items (too bad 2011 isn't a leap-year; but in order not to ignore 1/1461st of history, I'll cover Feb 29, too), might be of interest to... well, at least to ME.

So here goes. I have gone back to January 1 since the year is still young, to give this list a running start. I won't necessarily add every day on the actual day, but I won't get AHEAD of the calendar, I can promise you that! I disabled adding items, but allowed comments, so if somebody has an interesting tidbit about a given date, it can be added as a comment.

No doubt this list won't remain at the top of Geeklist hotness for an entire year, so you should subscribe if you want to know how it comes out.

Note #1: If I go back to a past entry to add something I missed the first time, additions will be italicized.

Note #2: The historical event linked to the game will be in bold...

Note #3: Sometimes, I will shorten things a little bit, rather than type a long dissertation about a particular event.

Navigating this geeklist:

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76. Board Game: Rocket Race [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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MARCH 16

597 BC: Babylon captures Jerusalem

37: Upon death of Tiberius, Caligula becomes Roman Emperor

1521: Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines

1660: In England, the Long Parliament disbands

1751: James Madison, President, Secretary of State, and perhaps most importantly primary drafter of the US constitution, born in Virginia

1792: Gustav III, absolutist King of Sweden, shot by noble conspirators; he died March 29

1802: US Military Academy at West Point, New York authorized by Congress

1815: Prince Willem of Orange-Nassau proclaims himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, first constitutional monarch in the Netherlands

1844: A US patent issued for an explosive harpoon, for whaling

1850: The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne published

1867: Joseph Lister publishes the first of a series of articles in the medical journal Lancet on his discovery of antiseptic surgery

1872: The Wanderers, an amateur side in an era before professional soccer had established itself in England, win the first FA (Football Association) Cup, the oldest football/soccer competition in the world; they beat Royal Engineers 1-0

1916: Kaiser Wilhelm II surprises Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz by accepting Tirpitz's resignation; read more about Tirpitz's work in The Build-Up of the Imperial German Navy

1916: Tsutomo Yamaguchi born - the only officially recognized survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings

1924: Fiume annexed to Italy

1926: Robert Goddard successfully launches world's first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts; it traveled for 2.5 seconds at about 60mph (97kph), fueled by liquid oxygen and gasoline

1935: Hitler orders the rearming of Germany, in violation of the Versailles Treaty

1940: Film director Bernardo Bertolucci born in Parma, Italy

1945: Iwo Jima declared "secured" after month-long battle; net death toll 6800 US and essentially all 21,000+ Japanese defenders

1968: US troops massacre between 200 and 500 civilian villagers of My Lai in South Vietnam

1978: Supertanker Amoco Cadiz shipwrecked off of Portsall, France; at the time, the largest oil spill; still the largest shipwreck

1978: Former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro kidnapped by Red Brigades, an Italian communist group

1988: President Reagan orders US troops into Honduras to pressure Nicaragua

1988: Iraq government forces attack Kurdish town of Halabjah with poison gas and nerve agents, killing 5000 people

2005: Israel hands Jericho over to Palestinian Authority
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77. Board Game: Old King Cole [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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MARCH 17

461: St Patrick dies

1776: British troops evacuate Boston

1845: Rubber band patented in Britain

1861: Kingdom of Italy proclaimed

1898: First practical submarine demonstrated by John Holland off Staten Island in New York for 100 minutes

1901: Paintings by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh create a sensation when shown at a gallery in Paris; unfortunately, the artist had committed suicide 11 years earlier and couldn’t enjoy the sales

1919: Singer Nat King Cole born in Montgomery, Alabama

1941: National Gallery of Art opens in Washington DC

1942: Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater

1948: Science fiction writer William Gibson born

1955: Richard Riot happens in Montreal after Montreal Canadiens’ star Maurice “The Rocket” Richard received a hefty suspension; on a more serious note, seen as a sign of tensions between Francophone and Anglophone communities

1957: Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and two dozen others die in a plane crash near Cebu

1958: US launches Vanguard I satellite, its first
its second; it is the oldest artificial satellite still in space

1959: The Dalai Lama flees Chinese-occupied Tibet

1969: Golda Meir becomes Prime Minister of Israel

1970: US Army charges 14 officers in connection to My Lai massacre

1972: American soccer star Mia Hamm born in Selma, Alabama

1973: Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

1988: Battle of Afabet begins in Eritrean War of Independence; big victory for Eritreans

1992: White South Africans vote 69%-31% to end apartheid; this was the last whites-only vote in South Africa
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78. Board Game: Days of Decision [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:5199]
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MARCH 18

978: King Edward the Martyr murdered at Corfe Castle

1241: Mongols defeat Poles at Battle of Chmielnik

1766: Parliament repeals the Stamp Act after protests in the American colonies

1793: Republic of Mainz (in Germany) declared; it didn't last long

1844: Composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov ("Flight of the Bumblebee") born in Tikhvin, Russia

1858: Inventor Rudolf Diesel born in Paris

1871: Paris Commune essentially comes into force (formally proclaimed March 28) (Franco-Prussian War)

1913: King George I of Greece assassinated

1915: British and French naval attack Turkish forts along the Dardanelles; three battleships sunk by mines, and the rest of the ships withdrew

1922: Mohandas Gandhi sentenced to prison for civil disobedience

1937: Natural gas explosion in New London, Texas, kills 300 schoolchildren; the school was in the middle of a gas and oil field, and had 11 oil derricks on school grounds

1940: Hitler and Mussolini meet in Brenner Pass; Mussolini agrees to join Germany in its war with France and Britain (WW2)

1942: In the US, the War Relocation Authority created, its mission to "Take all people of Japanese descent into custody, surround them with troops, prevent them from buying land, and return them to their former homes at the close of the war"; eventually 120,000 people of Japanese descent were removed from the West Coast and sent to camps

1948: Soviet advisers leave Yugoslavia

1950: Nationalist Chinese forces from Taiwan raid the (now Communist) mainland; eventually driven back to Taiwan

1962: France and the Front de Libération nationale (FLN) sign Evian Accords, ending the Algerian War

1965: Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov makes first spacewalk, outside the Voskhod 2 for 20 minutes

1969: US bombs Cambodia for first time

1970: Lt. General Lon Nol ousts Prince Sihanouk and takes power in Cambodia

1974: Most OPEC nations end oil embargo

1990: Twelve paintings worth around $300 million stolen from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts - largest art theft in US history, and the stolen paintings have not been recovered
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79. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:270]
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MARCH 19

1279: The Mongols win the Battle of Yamen, a huge NAVAL battle in southern China; the boy-emperor Huaizong (Bing of Song) died at this last stand of the Song Dynasty

1687: René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, killed by his own men in modern-day Texas while searching for the Mouth of the Mississippi

1865: Sherman defeats Johnston at Battle of Bentonville, Johnston's desperate attempt to stop Sherman's drive through the Carolinas

1920: US Senate for second time fails to ratify Treaty of Versailles

1931: Nevada legalizes gambling

1932: Sydney Harbour Bridge opens

1941: 99th Pursuit Squadron - better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the Army Air Corp, is activated

1946: French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion become overseas départements of France

1966: Texas Western College (now University of Texas - El Paso) defeats University of Kentucky in NCAA basketball championship - first all-black starting five to win

1971: Earthquake, avalanche, landslide, and flood wipe out town of Chungar, Peru, and kill 600 of its people

1982: Argentine civilian scrap metal workers arrive in South Georgia (a British possession) and raise the Argentine flag

1982: Randy Rhoads, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, killed in a small plane crash

2003: US initiates war with Iraq
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80. Board Game: VOC! Founding the Dutch East Indies Company [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:4079]
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MARCH 20

43 BC: Roman poet Ovid born

235: Maximinus Thrax becomes Roman Emperor, first non-Roman to do so; also first emperor to never set foot in Rome

1345: On this day, theorized scholars at the University of Paris, "a triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius, occurring on the 20th of March 1345" created the Black Death, aka bubonic plague; later this theory was ruled to be utter bollocks

1546: Theologian, mathematician and astronomer Baha ad-din Muhammad ibn Husayn, al-Amili born in Syria

1602: Dutch East India Company established

1616: Walter Raleigh released from the Tower of London after 13 years of enforced occupancy

1778: Benjamin Franklin and two others received as representatives of the United States by French King Louis XVI

1809: Mary Bateman executed for witchcraft in York, England

1815: Bonaparte enters Paris with his army, begins his Hundred Days

1848: Facing revolution and unwilling to be king in a constitutional monarchy, King Ludwig I of Bavaria abdicates

1852: Famous and influential anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin published, author Harriet Beecher Stowe

1900: Nikola Tesla receives a patent for the wireless transmission of electric power

1904: Psychologist BF Skinner born in Pennsylvania

1915: Britain and Russia sign secret treaty, secretly arrived at, on how they would divide up the Ottoman Empire between them

1916: Einstein's Theory of General Relativity published as an academic paper

1922: USS Langley commissioned as first US aircraft carrier

1936: Reggae musician Lee "Scratch" Perry born in Kendal, Jamaica

1956: Tunisia becomes independent

1969: John Lennon marries Yoko Ono

1974: Attempt to kidnap Princess Anne in London fails

1982: "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts hits #1

1990: Namibia becomes independent

1995: Sarin gas attack in Tokyo subway system
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81. Board Game: Age of Bismarck: The Unifications of Italy and Germany 1859-1871 [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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MARCH 21

717: Battle of Vincy in France; Charles Martel defeats King of the Franks, Chilperic II

1556: Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer burned at the stake in Oxford; he had been tried for treason and heresy after the Catholic monarch Mary I assumed the throne

1617: Pocahontas dies aged roughly 22

1684: Giovanni Domenico Cassini discovers two moons of Saturn

1685: Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born in Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach, Germany

1790: Thomas Jefferson becomes first US Secretary of State

1801: British defeat French at Battle of Alexandria (Egypt)

1804: Napoleonic Code, a new legal code, enacted in France

1804: Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien, executed on trumped up charges by Bonaparte's regime

1857: Earthquake in Edo (now Tokyo), Japan kills over 100,000 Nope, further checking reveals no evidence this happened on this date in 1857; you can't believe everything you read on the interwebs

1861: Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens delivers Cornerstone Speech in Savannah, Georgia

Alexander Stephens wrote:
(referring to early US history) “Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the ’storm came and the wind blew.’ Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”


1871: Otto von Bismarck appointed first Chancellor of the German Empire

1917: Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin born; known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls

1918: German offensive known as Operation Michael or the Second Battle of the Somme begins (WW1)

1919: Hungarian Soviet Republic established; it didn't last long

1921: The Great Dayton Flood begins in southwestern Ohio; 360 died, 20,000 homes destroyed

1922: American film director/producer Russ Meyer born

1933: Construction of Dachau, first Nazi concentration camp, completed

1935: Shah formally asks that the country once known as Persia be called Iran

1940: R&B giant Solomon Burke born in Pennsylvania

1952: Alan Freed's Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland, Ohio - arguably the first ever rock 'n' roll concert

1960: Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa; police open fire on anti-apartheid demonstrators, killing around 70

1963: Alcatraz, aka The Rock, a prison on an island in San Francisco Bay, closes down

1965: Over 3000 civil rights demonstrators led by Martin Luther King Jr begin march from Selma to Montgomery (Alabama) in cause of voting rights for black Americans

1974: Kiwi comic Rhys Darby born (Murray from Flight of the Conchordes)

1980: President Jimmy Carter announces the US will boycott the Moscow Olympics, over Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

1980: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira born in Porto Alegre, Brazil; you may know him as Ronaldinho Ronaldhino, a pretty fair footballer
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82. Board Game: Traditional Card Games [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1919]
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MARCH 22

1278: Thomas, Earl of Leicester and Lancaster, executed for his role in the revolt against King Edward II; because of his kinship to the King, Thomas was beheaded, as opposed to being drawn, quartered, and THEN beheaded

1394: Mīrzā Mohammad Tāraghay bin Shāhrokh, known as Ulugh Beg, born in Mongol-ruled Persia; called greatest astronomer of his time (he found errors in Ptolemy's calculations)

1622: Jamestown Massacre - Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia

1630: The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables

1765: Parliament in London passes Stamp Act, a tax on all materials printed for commercial use in the American colonies, to help pay off the costs of the Seven Years War/French & Indian War; colonials are quite peeved

1820: US Navy officer/hero Stephen Decatur killed in a duel

1882: US Congress bans polygamy

1894: First playoff game for ice hockey's Stanley Cup played in Montreal

1895: First motion picture shown on a screen presented by Auguste and Louis Lumière in Paris; the film was La Sortie des ouvriers de l'usine Lumière - thrilling footage of workers leaving the brothers' factory in Lyon

1915: Russians capture Austro-Hungarian fortress Przemysl (WWI)

1916: Republic of China restored when the last Emperor of China, Yuan Shikai, abdicates the throne; during 1912-15 Yuan had been President of China before "agreeing" in late 1915 to become Emperor

1920: Werner Klemperer (Colonel Klink on Hogan's Heroes) born in Cologne, Germany

1935: Television broadcasts begin in Berlin

1945: Arab League formed at a meeting in Cairo of representatives from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Yemen

1947: In an atmosphere of anti-Communist hysteria, President Truman orders loyalty checks of all Federal workers

1960: First laser patented by two employees of Bell Telephone Laboratories

1963: Beatles' first album, Please Please Me, released in Britain

1978: Acrobat/daredevil Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas falls to his death in San Juan, Puerto Rico

1981: Gürragchaa becomes first Mongolian in space on Soyuz-39 mission; he later adopted as his clan name "Sansar", the Mongolian word for "cosmos"

1993: Intel ships first Pentium chips

1997: Comet Hale-Bopp makes closest approach to Earth
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83. Board Game: RAN [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:2212]
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MARCH 23

1400: Tran Dynasty of Vietnam deposed

1559: Emperor Gelawdewos of Ethiopia killed in battle

1743: Handel's "Messiah" premieres in London

1749: Mathematician/astronomer/physicist Pierre-Simon Laplace born in Normandy

1775: Patrick Henry, speaking of British oppression, says "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

1801: Russian nobles assassinate Tsar Paul I by striking him with a sword, strangling, and then trampling him

1839: "O.K" first published in Boston Morning Post, jokingly standing for "oll korrect" according to one version of the story; there are competing theories of OK's etymology

1840: First successful photo of the Moon taken (a daguerreotype)

1903: Wright Brothers obtain a patent for an airplane

1910: Japanese film director Akira Kurasawa born in Tokyo; movies include Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and Ran; you should watch them all

1912: Rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun born in Wirsitz, Germany

1918: Paris Gun, a long-range artillery piece made by Krupps, first shells Paris (WWI)

1919: Benito Mussolini founds the Fascist Party in Milan

1933: Hitler granted dictatorial legislative powers when Reichstag passes Enabling Act

1956: With adoption of a constitution, Pakistan becomes first Islamic republic

1965: Gemini 3 blasts off, the first two-person space flight for the US

1982: Military coup in Guatemala

1989: Cold fusion discovered! claimed two Utah scientists; wrong

1994: Luis Donaldo Colosio, Presidential candidate of the PRI, assassinated in Tijuana

1996: Space shuttle Atlantis docks with Russian space station Mir, and leaves US astronaut Shannon Lucid for an extended stay

1996: First direct presidential elections in Taiwan

1999: Paraguay's vice-president Luis María Argaña assassinated

2001: Mir is sent plunging into the South Pacific after 15 years in space
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84. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
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MARCH 24

1401: Timur sacks Damascus

1494: Georg Agricola, German mineralogist and perhaps the coiner of the word "petroleum", born in Saxony; like many in that day, he latinized his real name, Georg Bauer (German for "farmer")

1603: With death of Elizabeth I, James VI of Scotland also becomes James I of England

1603: Tokugawa Ieyasu granted title of shogun by Japanese Emperor; Tokugawa Shogunate established

1832: Mormon leader Joseph Smith tarred and feathered in Ohio

1834: American explorer, geologist and ethnologist John Wesley Powell born

1876: Erik Weisz born in Budapest, Hungary; better known as Harry Houdini

1882: German scientist Robert Koch announces the discovery of the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis

1958: Elvis inducted into US Army

1973: UK release for Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon

1976: Military officers in Argentina oust President Isabel Perón, impose a military dictatorship

1989: Supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground in southern Alaska, worst US oil spill

1999: NATO forces begin air-strikes against (what was then called) Yugoslavia
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85. Board Game: Masters of Venice [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1873]
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MARCH 25

421: Venice founded (traditional date)

752: Pope-elect Stephen dies before he can become Pope

1306: Robert the Bruce becomes King o' Scotland

1634: First English colonists to Maryland arrive at St. Clement's Island and found the settlement of St. Mary's

1655: Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens discovers Titan, the largest moon of Saturn

1802: United Kingdom and French Republic sign Treaty of Amiens; peace only lasts a year

1807: Britain abolishes slave trade

1807: World's first passenger railway service begins; Oystermouth Railway in south Wales

1821: Greece revolts against Ottoman Empire, beginning Greek War of Independence

1865: Battle of Fort Stedman was Lee's last desperate attempt to break out of Petersburg, Virginia; it failed, and soon after the Army of Northern Virginia was evacuating

1867: Conductor Arturo Toscanini born in Parma, Italy

1906: Historian AJP Taylor born in Southport, England

1911: Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory fire in New York, 145 workers (mostly women who spoke little or no English) die, due to things like: of four elevators, only one was operating and it only held 12; one of the two stairways down to the street was locked from the OUTSIDE, and the other one had a door that opened inwards; a shoddy fire escape that would hold only a few people at a time; and no sprinkler system in the factory, which was owned by two guys whose earlier factories had a suspicious habit of burning down after they bought nice fire insurance policies (though this fire was NOT arson)

1941: Yugoslav Prime Minister Cvetkovic signs the Tripartite Pact committing Yugoslavia to the Axis (but it didn't last long)

1942: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin born in Memphis, Tennessee

1946: Soviets announce they will withdraw from Iran, defusing a dangerous early Cold War crisis

1955: Alleging it was obscene, US Customs seize over 500 copies printed in Britain of Allen Ginsburg's book Howl

1957: France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg sign the Treaty of Rome establishing the European Economic Community (EEC), aka the Common Market (came into operation in January 1958)

1965: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 marchers to Alabama state capitol in Montgomery, protesting denial of voting rights to blacks (completing a march that began in Selma a few days earlier)

1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin first Bed-in for Peace in Amsterdam

1975: Saudi King Faisal killed by his nephew, Prince Faisal, reasons still unclear
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86. Board Game: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock [Average Rating:6.07 Unranked]
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MARCH 26

1636: Utrecht University founded in Netherlands

1808: Charles IV of Spain abdicates

1830: Book of Mormon first published

1885: Eastman Kodak manufactures the first commercial motion picture film

1905: Viktor Frankl, neurologist, Holocaust survivor, and author of the book Man's Search for Meaning (based on his experience in a Nazi death camp) born in Vienna, Austria

1910: Korean independence (from Japan) activist An Jung-geun executed

1913: Mathematician Paul Erdős born in Budapest, Hungary

1931: Leonard Nimoy born in Boston, Massachusetts

1944: Diana Ross, Motown singer extraordinaire (The Supremes) born in Motown (Detroit, Michigan)

1953: Dr Jonas Salk announces he has successfully tested a polio vaccine

1971: East Pakistan (Bangladesh) declares independence from Pakistan, Bangladesh Liberation War begins

1975: North Vietnam captures Hue

1979: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty at the White House, witnessed by President Carter

1979: Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson, defeats Larry Bird's undefeated Indiana State for NCAA basketball championship; great game

1991: Treaty of Asunción signed by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, founding Mercosur (Southern Common Market)

2000: Vladimir Putin elected President of Russia
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87. Board Game: March Madness [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:5231]
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MARCH 27

1309: Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its residents

1513: Juan Ponce de Leon sights Florida

1781: Charles Joseph Minard born in Dijon, France; engineer who made major contributions to the graphical representations of data

1794: US Congress re-establishes US Navy and authorizes construction of six frigates; check out my geeklist, Six Frigates - The Early American Navy

1836: Mexican troops massacre 400 prisoners at Goliad in Texas Revolution

1865: President Lincoln meets with Generals Grant and Sherman at City Point, Virginia, to plot the last stages of the war (American Civil War) - their first meeting as a group

1871: First international rugby match played in Edinburgh; England vs. Scotland

1884: First long-distance telephone call between Boston and New York

1901: Japanese Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Eisaku Satō born in Yamaguchi prefecture

1912: Cherry trees, a gift from the Government of Japan, planted at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC

1918: Romania annexes Bessarabia

1939: Oregon becomes first NCAA men's basketball tournament champion, defeating Ohio State

1941: Military coup in Yugoslavia ousts the government that had just signed on to the Axis

1958: Nikita Khruschev, First Secretary of the Communist Party, becomes Soviet premier, first post-Stalin leader to hold both top leadership positions

1968: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, killed in an accident on a training flight

1976: First rail service begins on Washington (DC) Metro

1977: Pan Am and KLM B-747s collide at Tenerife, Canary Islands (both there after being diverted due to a small bomb at Las Palmas Airport, their destination); over 580 die (61 on the Pan Am flight lived) - deadliest accident in aviation history

1981: Solidarity stages a four-hour warning strike in Poland; 12 million participate

1998: Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra
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88. Board Game: España 1936 [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1066]
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MARCH 28

193: Roman Emperor Pertinax assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then auction off the Roman throne to Didius Julianus; Ides of March nothing, beware the Praetorian Guards

845: Paris sacked by Vikings

1774: Responding to Boston Tea Party and other rebellious acts, Parliament passes Coercive Acts

1776: Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza founds San Francisco, California

1834: US Senate censures President Andrew Jackson for removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States

1836: German-American brewer Frederick Pabst born in Saxony

1854: France and Britain declare war on Russia (Crimean War)

1899: August "Gussie" Anheuser Busch, Jr., who made the Anheuser-Busch Companies into the biggest brewery in the world and owned baseball's St Louis Cardinals, born in St Louis

1910: First seaplane, designed and flown by Henri Fabre, takes off near Marseilles, France

1930: Constantinople renamed Istanbul

1936: Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa born in Arequipa

1939: Republicans surrender, Nationalists enter Madrid - the Spanish Civil War is over

1941: Battle of Cape Matapan, Royal Navy destroys three Italian cruisers (WW2)

1942: British forces raid German-held French port of St. Nazaire

1972: English comic actor Nick Frost (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul) born in Dagenham

1979: Near disaster when reactor overheats at nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania

1984: Sneaking out of town in the middle of the night with no prior announcement, the Baltimore Colts under owner Robert Irsay move to Indianapolis
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89. Board Game: Crown of Roses [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:3251]
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MARCH 29

1461: Battle of Towton (Yorkshire), the "largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil", featuring over 50,000 soldiers; Edward IV displaced Henry VI as King of England; Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland among the dead

1549: Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, founded

1638: Swedish colonists found New Sweden in what is now known as Delaware

1792: Gustav III of Sweden dies from wounds received in an assassination attempt on 16 March

1809: Army officers mount a coup in Sweden; King Gustav IV abdicates to try to save the throne for his son (didn't work)

1847: US forces led by Winfield Scott take Veracruz (Mexican-American War)

1849: Punjab annexed into the British Empire

1865: Appomattox campaign begins and the end draws near for the Army of Northern Virginia (American Civil War)

1867: British North America Act creating Dominion of Canada receives Royal Assent (goes into effect 1 July)

1867: Cy Young (baseball pitching great) born in Gilmore, Ohio

1886: First batch of Coca Cola brewed in Atlanta, Georgia; one of the ingredients (until 1904) was cocaine

1895: Ernst Jünger, writer (Storm of Steel) and military officer in the German army in World War One, born in Heidelberg

1917: Man o'War born in Lexington, Kentucky

1930: Anerood Jugnauth, President of Mauritius, born

1945: Patton's Third Army takes Frankfurt (WW2)

1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage on behalf of USSR

1959: Barthélemy Boganda, independence activist and first Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, killed in plane crash; sabotage suspected but no inquiry conducted

1968: Actress Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) born in Auckland, New Zealand

1971: Army Lt. William Calley Jr. convicted of murdering Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre

1973: US withdraws last combat troops from Vietnam; North Vietnam releases US prisoners of war

1974: Mariner 10 visits Mercury and snaps some photos

1980: First transplant of a human fingernail performed in Strasbourg, France

1984: Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi born in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia; his self-immolation in late 2010 sparked revolution in Tunisia and other Arab countries

2004: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO
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90. Board Game: Jeopardy! [Average Rating:5.16 Overall Rank:10327]
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MARCH 30

239 BC: First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet by Chinese astronomers

1135: Moses Maimonides, Jewish philosopher, jurist and physician, born in Cordoba, Spain

1432: Mehmed II "the Conqueror", Ottoman Sultan, born in Edirne; he captured Constantinople, ending the Byzantine Empire, and conquered Anatolia and the Balkans as far as Belgrade

1674: Jethro Tull, writer and agronomist, baptized; he invented some handy agricultural devices

1746: Francisco Goya, Spanish painter, born in Fuendetodos, Aragón, Spain; his paintings of the Peninsular War were grotesque, macabre depictions of the horrors of war

1814: Troops of the Sixth Coalition enter Paris (Napoleonic Wars)

1853: Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh born in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands

1855: First territorial elections in Kansas marred by violence; "Border Ruffians" from Missouri cast votes and a pro-slavery legislature is elected

1858: First US patent for lead pencil with eraser issued

1867: US Secretary of State William Seward signs treaty with Russia, buying Alaska for $7 million

1870: Fifteenth Amendment, granting black American men the right to vote, formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution

1912: Treaty of Fez makes Morocco into a French protectorate

1918: British, Australian and Canadian troops counter-attack against the Germans at Moreuil Wood (south of Amiens), checking the German offensive

1940: Japan sets up a puppet Chinese government in Nanking (WW2)

1945: Soviet troops enter Austria, and capture Danzig (Poland) (WW2)

1945: Eric Clapton, guitar god, born in Ripley, England

1949: Riots in Iceland over the decision for Iceland to join NATO

1964: What is, "Jeopardy!" debuts on US television?

1981: US President Ronald Reagan shot
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91. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.52 Overall Rank:10850]
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MARCH 31

1492: King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella issue the Alhambra Decree - all Jews must convert to Christianity or be expelled from Spain

1596: Mathematician and philospher René Descartes born in France; "I think, therefore I am"

1774: Britain orders the closure of Boston's port (in Massachusetts)

1839: Nikolai Przhevalsky, explorer and geographer, born in Smolensk (in Russian ruled Poland)

1851: Leon Foucault demonstrates his pendulum experiment at the Pantheon of Paris, showing that the Earth was rotating underneath the swinging pendulum

1854: US and Japan sign Treaty of Kanagawa, opening Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade and allowing the US to open a consulate in Japan

1878: Jack Johnson, first black heavyweight boxing champion of the world, born in Galveston, Texas

1889: Eiffel Tower officially opens

1905: First Morocco Crisis - German Kaiser Wilhelm arrives in Tangiers to declare his support for the sultan of Morocco; France and Britain are Not Amused

1914: Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize for Literature recipient, born in Mexico

1917: US takes possession of what is now US Virgin Islands, having just bought them from Denmark

1921: Royal Australian Air Force founded

1931: Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne killed with several others in a plane crash in Kansas

1949: Newfoundland joins Canada

1959: Dalai Lama quits Tibet, granted political asylum in India

1964: Coup d'état launched in Brazil, results in Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco being installed as military dictator

1968: President Lyndon Johnson announces he won't run for a second full term

1976: New Jersey Supreme Court rules that Karen Anne Quinlan, in a coma with no obvious hope of recovery, could be removed from respirator (Quinlan dies in 1985)

1979: Last British soldier leaves Malta

1991: Soviet military commanders relinquish control over Warsaw Pact forces

1992: USS Missouri, the last active battleship in US Navy, is decommissioned

2005: Terri Schiavo dies 13 days after her feeding tube was removed
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92. Board Game: Okinawa [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8404]
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APRIL 1

1572: Sea beggars capture Brielle, a turning point in the Dutch revolt against the Spanish

1578: William Harvey, physician who discovered true function of the heart as a pump for blood, born in Folkestone, England

1776: Mathematician Sophie Germain born in France

1789: US House of Representatives meets for first time

1815: Otto von Bismarck born in Schoenhausen, Prussian Saxony

1865: Confederate governor of Florida, John Milton, commits suicide

1867: Singapore becomes British crown colony

1897: Jandamarra, a Bunuba tribesman who resisted European settlement of Australia, killed by an aboriginal tracker

1908: Abraham Maslow born in Brooklyn, NY; psychologist who observed that some needs take precedence over others ("Maslow's hierarchy of needs")

1918: Royal Air Force founded with merger of Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service

1920: Toshirō Mifune, Japanese actor, born in Qingdao, China (his parents were Japanese)

1922: Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary, dies in exile

1924: Royal Canadian Air Force founded

1924: Adolph Hitler sentenced to five years in jail for the Beer Hall Putsch

1939: Knuckleballer Phil Niekro born in Blaine, Ohio

1941: Musician Jimmy Cliff born in St James, Jamaica

1941: Military coup in Iraq installs Arab nationalist Rashid Ali as Prime Minister

1945: 50,000 US troops (US 10th Army) land on Okinawa (WW2)

1946: Earthquake in Alaska generates tsunami that kills 159 in Hawaii

1948: In a prelude to the Berlin Blockade, Soviet troops began stopping US and British military trains passing thru Soviet zone of Germany en route to Berlin

1957: BBC television program Panorama broadcasts famous April Fool's segment, the spaghetti tree hoax

1960: NASA launches first weather satellite

1976: Apple established by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

1979: Referendum results announced in Iran, claim that 98% supported establishment of an Islamic republic

1999: Territory of Nunavut established in northern Canada

2001: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands - first country to take this step
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93. Board Game: Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:1043]
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APRIL 2

742: Depending on what source you believe, Charlemagne may or may not have been born today

1513: Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida & claims it for the Spanish crown

1725: Casanova born in Venice

1801: With Nelson leading the way, Royal Navy attacks the Danish fleet anchored off Copenhagen, destroying it; oh by the way, Denmark was up to that moment neutral in Britain's war with revolutionary France

1805: Hans Christian Andersen, storyteller, born in Odensk, Denmark

1827: Lead pencils first manufactured in Salem, Massachusetts

1840: Writer and critic Émile Zola born in Paris

1860: First Italian parliament meets in Torino

1865: Grant's armies capture trenches around Petersburg, Virginia; Confederate general AP Hill killed; Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet flee Richmond (American Civil War)

1902: Tally's Electric Theater opens in Los Angeles, world's first full-time movie theater

1914: Alec Guinness born in London (later Sir Alec)

1917: President Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany (WW1)

1927: Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer, born in Budapest

1930: Haile Selassie proclaimed Emperor of Ethiopia upon death of Empress Zauditu

1935: Sir Robert Watson-Watt granted a patent for RADAR (RAdio Detection And Ranging)

1968: Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey premiers in Washington, DC

1979: Anthrax epidemic begins in Sverdlovsk, USSR (now Ekaterinburg, Russia) when anthrax spores are accidentally released from a bioweapons plant; 62 die

1982: Argentina invades the Falklands, a British possession
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94. Board Game: On to Richmond! [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:2037]
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APRIL 3

1449: John of Utynam receives a patent for the making of colored glass from Henry VI - believed to be the first ever patent issued in England

1778: Pierre-Fidèle Bretonneau, epidemiologist who performed first successful tracheotomy, born in France

1783: Washington Irving born in New York City

1860: The Pony Express mail service begins in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California

1865: Union troops enter Richmond (American Civil War)

1882: Outlaw Jesse James shot and killed by fellow gang member Bob Ford

1895: Libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins; doesn't go well for Wilde

1918: French general Ferdinand Foch becomes commander in chief of Allied forces on Western front (WW1)

1930: German chancellor Helmut Kohl born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein

1934: Zoologist and chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall born in London

1942: Japanese launch offensive against Bataan Peninsula, Philippines (WW2)

1946: Japanese general Masaharu Homma executed in the Philippines for war crimes including his role in Bataan Death March

1948: US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan

1948: Mexican president Carlos Salinas born in Mexico City

1948: Jeju Uprising begins on Jeju Island, South Korea; lasting into 1949 (a few held out to 1953), tens of thousands killed

1973: First mobile cell phone call made by inventor Martin Cooper in New York; the phone was 10 inches (25cm) high, 3 inches (1.2cm) deep, and weighed 30 ounces (850 grams)

1974: About 148 tornadoes hit the US, killing 330 people; worst hit is Xenia, Ohio, where 35 were killed

1975: Anatoly Karpov becomes world chess champion by default when Bobby Fischer refuses to play against him

1982: UK dispatches a naval task force to the South Atlantic in response to April 2 invasion of Falklands by Argentina

1996: US Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 32 others killed when plane hits mountain near Dubrovnik, Croatia

2006: Charles Taylor, ex-President of Liberia, pleads not guilty before an international war crimes tribunal
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95. Board Game: Angola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:1323]
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APRIL 4

1081: Alexius I Comnenus crowned Emperor of Byzantium, founding the Comnenian Dynasty

1814: Confronted by his marshals, Napoleon abdicates in favor of his son (which didn't work out)

1828: Chocolate milk powder patented in the Netherlands

1841: US President William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia after 31 days in office - first death of a sitting US president; VP John Tyler becomes President (actually there was some debate whether the VP became President, or merely exercised the powers of the Presidency for the rest of the vacated presidential term; Tyler's precedent established that it was the former)

1850: Los Angeles incorporated as a city

1865: President Lincoln visits Richmond the day after its capture

1873: The Kennel Club founded in London

1913: Bluesman Muddy Waters born in Clarksdale, Mississippi

1949: NATO formed when Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United States sign North Atlantic Treaty in Washington

1960: Ben Hur wins 11 Oscars

1960: Senegal becomes independent from France

1968: Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

1973: World Trade Center dedicated

1974: Hank Aaron hits home run #714 to tie Babe Ruth

1975: Bill Gates and Paul Allen found a software company you might have heard of, called Microsoft

1979: Former prime minister and president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto hanged by Pakistan's new military regime

2002: Angolan government and UNITA sign peace agreement ending Angolan Civil War
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96. Board Game: Archaeology [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:5844]
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APRIL 5

1242: Novgorod forces under Alexander Nevsky defeat invading Teutonic Knights at Battle of the Ice (fought on frozen Lake Peipus)

1588: Philosopher Thomas Hobbes born in Wiltshire, England

1621: Mayflower leaves Plymouth colony to return to England

1722: Dutch explorer Jakob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island (of course, the Polynesians had discovered it long before)

1753: British Museum founded by an Act of Parliament

1792: President Washington vetoes a bill that would have changed how seats in the House of Representatives are divided; first veto by a U.S. president

1794: Key French Revolution figure Georges Jacques Danton executed during the Terror, along with 14 others on that day

1818: Rebels destroy Spanish royalist forces at Battle of Maipú, bringing a successful conclusion (well not for the Spanish) to the Chilean War of Independence

1856: American educator Booker T. Washington born in Hale’s Ford, Virginia

1857: Joseph Lister born; British surgeon and medical scientist, founder of antiseptic medicine and preventive medicine pioneer

1879: Chile formally declares war on Bolivia and Peru, beginning the War of the Pacific

1900: Archaeologists discover cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing (“Linear B”) in Knossos, Crete

1932: Great New Zealand racehorse Phar Lap dies suddenly in California; his hide is displayed at the Melbourne Museum, his skeleton at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and his heart at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra (I can confirm that last bit)

1933: Actor Frank Gorshin (The Riddler on Batman) born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1942: Japanese attack Colombo (Sri Lanka, then Ceylon), sink British cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire (WW2)

1945: Yugoslav leader Tito signs agreement giving Soviet forces temporary access to Yugoslav territory (WW2)

1951: Rosenbergs sentenced to death for spying for Soviet Union

1955: Winston Churchill retires as Prime Minister, but remains in Parliament

1968: On the day after Dr. King’s assassination, James Brown calms the crowd at a Boston concert

1969: Big demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the United States

1976: First Tiananmen Incident in Beijing when public disapproved of removal of displays of mourning for recently-deceased Premier Zhou Enlai turns into protests against Chinese authorities; that evening militia under control of the mayor of Beijing cleared the square

1984: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passes Wilt Chamberlain as all-time top scorer in National Basketball Association history; he still holds the record (38,387 points)

1992: Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori dissolves the Peruvian Congress and assumes full legislative powers

1994: Rocker Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) commits suicide

2009: North Korea launches a rocket they claimed was carrying a satellite (Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2) but South Korea claims was a Taepodong-2 missile; whatever it was, it flies over Japan and lands in the Pacific
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97. Board Game: April's Harvest: The Battle of Shiloh, April 6 & 7, 1862 [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:3366]
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APRIL 6

648 BC: Earliest total solar eclipse recorded by Greeks observed

46 BC: Julius Caesar wins Battle of Thapsus

1483: Raphael, the Renaissance artist and architect, born in Urbino, Italy; he died on this day in 1520

1199: Richard I of England dies of infection from arrow wound

1453: Ottomans led by Mehmed II begin Siege of Constantinople

1782: Rami I founds Chakri Dynasty in Siam (Thailand); it is still the ruling dynasty

1830: Joseph Smith founds Mormon church in rural New York state

1862: First day of the Battle of Shiloh is rough for US Grant's troops; Confederate commanding general Albert Sidney Johnston killed (American Civil War)

1895: Oscar Wilde arrested

1896: First modern Olympic Games open in Athens

1909: Expedition led by Robert Peary reaches North Pole - we think

1917: United States declares war on Germany (WW1)

1930: Hostess Twinkies, which vaguely resemble food, invented in a mad scientist's laboratory

1941: Germany invades Yugoslavia (WW2)

1965: Intelsat I is launched, becoming first commercial communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit

1973: The abomination known as the designated hitter rule first used in American League; Ron Bloomberg of the Yankees draws a walk off of Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant

1973: NASA launches Pioneer 11 towards Jupiter and Saturn

1974: Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest - ABBA performing "Waterloo"

1983: US Secretary of the Interior James Watt bans a rock band from performing at the 4th of July festivities on the Mall, saying such bands attract the wrong element; the band -
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the Beach Boys


1994: Shootdown of aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira triggers the Rwandan Genocide; 800,000 die over the next 100 days
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98. Board Game: Dominoes [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:10350]
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APRIL 7

1348: Charles University founded in Prague

1498: King Charles VIII of France dies aged 27, from a tennis injury (yes seriously – playing tennis, he hit his head on the lintel of a door; some hours later he fell into a coma and then died)

1521: Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Cebu, Philippines

1739: Notorious highwayman Dick Turpin executed for theft in York, England

1776: Captain John Barry on the Lexington captures HMS Edward off of Virginia – first capture of a British vessel in the American Revolution

1788: Marietta, in modern Ohio, founded – the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory

1795: France adopts the meter as the basic unit of length, and the basis for the metric system

1803: Haitian independence leader/general Toussaint Louverture dies in a French prison

1815: Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa (Indonesia) erupts – the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history; explosions heard 2000 miles away; ash spewed in the air made 1816 the “year without a summer” in North America and Europe, with widespread famine due to crop failures

1862: Second day of the Battle of Shiloh; as Grant predicted the night before, his army with fresh reinforcements licked Beauregard’s Confederates (American Civil War)

1906: Algeciras Conference, to defuse First Moroccan Crisis, assigns Morocco to Spain and France

1920: Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar born in Varanasi, India; major influence on Western music, too (George Harrison, etc)

1939: Italy invades Albania

1945: Japanese battleship Yamato, the biggest battleship in the world, sunk 200 miles north of Okinawa; sailing without air cover was suicidal even for such a ship, it was hit by 19 torpedoes from American airplanes

1948: World Health Organization founded

1953: Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjold elected Secretary-General of the United Nations

1954: Trying to drum up support for the French in Indochina, President Eisenhower gives his “domino theory” speech about Southeast Asia

1954: Martial arts actor Jackie Chan born in Hong Kong

1956: Spain relinquishes its protectorate in northern Morocco

1959: Stanford scientists bounce a radar signal off of the Sun

1963: Tito becomes President for Life in new Yugoslav constitution

1978: President Carter ends development of the neutron bomb

1994: Rwandans kill 10 Belgian peacekeepers, provoking UN withdrawal as the genocide/civil war gets underway

1999: World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running battle with the European Union over bananas – “the nasty yellow fruit”

2003: US forces capture Baghdad
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99. Board Game: Hank Aaron Baseball Game [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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APRIL 8

563 BC: Traditional date commemorating birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism

217: Roman Emperor Caracalla assassinated by a member of his personal bodyguard while urinating at a roadside; Mel Brooks said it was good to be King, but it was bloody dangerous to be (Roman) Emperor

1143: Byzantine (that is, Eastern Roman Empire) Emperor John II Komnenos dies after being accidentally infected by a poisonous arrow while hunting

1271 1217: Mamluk Sultan Baibars captures Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers (Syria)

1336: Timur (aka Tamerlane; “timur” was the Mongolian word for iron) born in Kesh, in Transoxiana (modern Uzbekistan); he went on to reconquer lands previously lost by the Mongols and found a new dynasty

1767: Ayutthaya Kingdom (SE Asia) destroyed by Burmese invaders

1817: Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard born – French physiologist and neurologist who was among the first to discover the physiology of the spinal cord

1820: Venus de Milo found on Aegean Sea island of Melos (Milo)

1904: Britain and France sign the “Declaration between the United Kingdom and France Respecting Egypt and Morocco” – the basis for the Entente Cordiale and an eventual alliance between the two old rivals

1912: Sonja Henie, figure skating champion and actress, born in Kristiania (Oslo), Norway

1913: 17th Amendment comes into force in United States, providing for direct election of senators (previously selected by state legislatures)

1938: Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and UN Secretary General, born in Kumasi, Ghana (actually it was still the British colony of Gold Coast)

1942: Japanese capture Bataan (WW2)

1945: Anti-Nazi theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer executed (hanged) in German prison camp Sorry I was wrong - he was condemned on this day and hung at dawn the next

1946: In its final meeting, the League of Nations dissolves itself

1952: US President Harry Truman orders seizure of steel mills to avert a nationwide strike

1974: Henry Aaron of the Atlanta Braves homers off of Al Downing (Dodgers) to pass Babe Ruth as baseball’s home run king (#715)

1975: Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians, the first black manager in major league baseball

1992: Tennis player Arthur Ashe announces he has AIDS

2008: Yi So-Yeon becomes first Korean in space
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100. Board Game: Lee vs. Grant [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:2485]
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APRIL 9

1241: Mongol force under Kadan (a detachment from Subotai's main force) crushes German, Czech, Polish army under Henry II the Pious at Battle of Liegnitz in Silesia

1388: Old Swiss Confederation defeat a much larger Hapsburg force at Battle of Näfels, ending the Swiss-Austrian conflict

1682: Explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, discovers mouth of the Mississippi and claims the Mississippi River basin for France, dubbing it Louisiana

1806: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, designer of first transatlantic steamer, born in Portsmouth, England

1859: Samuel Clemens receives a steamboat pilot's license; became better known by his river-derived nom de plume, Mark Twain

1865: Gen. US Grant accepts the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia from Gen. RE Lee at Appomattox Court House (American Civil War) (the game should be called Grant vs Lee imho)

1872: Dried milk patented in US

1872: Three-time French Prime Minister Léon Blum born

1917: Battle of Arras begins with Canadian-led assault on Vimy Ridge (WW1)

1919: J. Presper Eckert, Jr. born in Philadelphia; he invented ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), and designed UNIVAC

1939: African-American singer Marian Anderson draws 75,000 to an open-air concert in Washington; it was held at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Anderson to sing at their hall

1940: Germany invades Denmark and Norway (WW2)

1945: Anti-Nazi theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer executed (hanged) in German prison camp

1945: Germans in Königsberg surrender to Soviets (WW2)

1948: Presidential candidate Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala assassinated, provoking riots in Bogota and years of violence (La violencia) in Colombia

1957: Suez Canal reopens to shipping

1965: Houston Astrodome opens and first indoor game of baseball played

1975: The first game of the Philippine Basketball Association (the world's second oldest pro league) is played between Mariwasa-Noritake and Concepcion Carrier

1980: Iraqi shi'a cleric and philosopher Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr executed on Saddam Hussein's order
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