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This Week in Geek History August 2 - 8

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August 2
1905 - Actress Myrna Loy (The Thin Man) Microbadge: Fox Terrier lover
1924 - Actor Carroll O'Connor (All in The Family) Microbadge: I Watch too much TV
1932 - Actor Peter O'Toole Microbadge: Peter O'Toole fan
1939 - Horror film director Wes Craven Microbadge: Wes Craven fan

August 3
1811 - Elisha Graves Otis, inventor of the modern elevator Microbadge: Space Elevator enthusiast
1904 - Sci-fi Author Clifford D Simak (Way Station) Microbadge: Science Fiction fan
1926 - Singer Tony Bennett Microbadge: Tony Bennett fan
1940 - Actor Martin Sheen Microbadge: That's some catch, that Catch-22.
1950 - Director John Landis Microbadge: Werewolf fan Microbadge: Animal House fan
1963 - Singer/songwriter/guitarist James Hetfield Microbadge: Metallica fan
1992 - Best Picture winner Unforgiven premieres Microbadge: Unforgiven fan

August 4
1693 - Traditional date ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne Microbadge: Champagne drinker
1901 - Jazz Great Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Microbadge: Louis Armstrong fan

August 5
1906 - Director John Huston Microbadge: Chinatown (the movie) fan Microbadge: The Hobbit is the best thing Tolkien ever wrote!
1930 - Astronaut Neil Armstrong Microbadge: Neil Armstrong - first human on the Moon
1948 - Larry Elmore Microbadge: Larry Elmore fan
1962 - Marilyn Monroe found dead Microbadge: In Memoriam
1964 - Rapper MCA (Adam Yauch) Microbadge: Beastie Boys fan

August 6
1809 - English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson Microbadge: Alfred, Lord Tennyson fan
1881 - Alexander Fleming, inventor of penicillin Microbadge: Biologist
1911 - Comedienne Lucille Ball Microbadge: Lucille Ball fan
1934 - Sci-fi/fantasy author Piers Anthony Microbadge: Fantasy fan
1945 - Bombing of Hiroshima Microbadge: Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds
1996 - George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones published Microbadge: A Game of Thrones fan Microbadge: A Game of Thrones fan
2019 - BGG/RPGG/VGG site re-branding Microbadge: I'm an old school Dungeon Master Old Look

August 7
1782 - George Washington creates the Purple Heart Microbadge: Purple Heart Microbadge: Purple Heart
1958 - "Best Pipes in Metal" Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson Microbadge: Iron Maiden fan
1960 - Actor David Duchovny Microbadge: The X-Files fan

August 8
1937 - Actor Dustin Hoffman Microbadge: University Graduate
1961 - Guitarist Edge (David Evans) Microbadge: U2 fan
1974 - President Nixon announces he will resign (Watergate scandal) Microbadge: 1960: The Making of the President fan
1978 - Garfield's canine pal Odie Microbadge: Garfield fan

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50 Score! 10 Legions! A Crap-Ton!

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The curator of the QOTD asked his 1000th question today.

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This Week in Geek History July 26 - August 1

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July 26
1856 - Playwright George Bernard Shaw Microbadge: George Bernard Shaw - We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.
1875 - Carl Jung, founder of analytic psychology Microbadge: Carl Jung
1894 - Author Aldous Huxley Microbadge:  "...most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution" ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New WorldMicrobadge: "I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly." ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
1922 - Scriptwriter/Director Blake Edwards Microbadge: Pink Panther fan
1928 - Director Stanley Kubrick Microbadge: Kubrick fan
1943 - Stones' Frontman Mick Jagger Microbadge: The Rolling Stones fan
1945 - Actress Helen Mirren Microbadge: Excalibur fan

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

July 28
1887 - Artist Marcel Duchamp Microbadge: Marcel Duchamp fan
1902 - Austro-British philosopher Karl Popper Microbadge: Karl Popper
1948 - Actress Sally Struthers (All in the Family)

July 29
1869 - Novelist Booth Tarkington (The Magnificent Ambersons)
1892 - Actor William Powell (Thin Man) Microbadge: Martini lover
1941 - Actor David Warner Microbadge: Star Trek movies fan Microbadge: Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn fan
1953 - Rush Frontman/Singer/Songwriter/Bassist Geddy Lee Microbadge: Rush fanMicrobadge: Rush fan
1954 - Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring published Microbadge: Tolkien fan
1972 - Actor/Gamer/BGG User Wil Wheaton Microbadge: “My very first friend was a warp coil.” — Wesley CrusherMicrobadge: Today on TableTop
???? - thecameronin

July 30
1818 - Author Emily Bronte Microbadge: English Literature fan
1863 - Auto pioneer Henry Ford Microbadge: Ford fan
1890 - Baseball player-manager Casey Stengel Microbadge: Baseball fan
1935 - 1st Penguin book published, starting the 'paperback revolution' Microbadge: Penguin Books fan
1947 - Bodybuilder-actor-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Microbadge: Terminator fan
1961 - Actor Laurence Fishburne Microbadge: The Matrix fan
???? - Jackal2k

July 31
1956 - Actor Michael Biehn Microbadge: Alien fan
1962 - Actor Wesley Snipes (Blade trilogy) Microbadge: Blade fan
1965 - Author JK Rowling Microbadge: Harry Potter fan

August 1
1779 - Francis Scott Key (The Star-Spangled Banner) Microbadge: American Patriot
1819 - Author Herman Melville Microbadge: Herman Melville fan
1942 - Jerry Garcia, co-founder of the Grateful Dead rock group Microbadge: Jerry Garcia fan
2009 - RPGGeek.com's official birthday (the best site on the internet). Happy 11th Birthday! Microbadge: I love RPG Geek!

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This Week in Geek History July 19 - 25

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July 19
1814 - American firearms inventor Samuel Colt Microbadge: Western fan
1834 - French painter Edgar Degas Microbadge: Edgar Degas fan
1865 - Dr. Charles H. Mayo (Co-founder of the Mayo Clinic) Microbadge: Doctor
1946 - Tennis star Ilie Nastase Microbadge: Tennis fan
1947 - Guitarist Brian May Microbadge: Queen fan
1962 - Actor Anthony Edwards (Revenge of the Nerds)

July 20
356B - Alexander the Great Microbadge: When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer
1822 - Gregor Mendel Microbadge: Gregor Mendel: Father of Genetics
1933 - Author Cormac McCarthy Microbadge: Cormac McCarthy fan
1938 - Actress Natalie Wood (West Side Story, Brainstorm)
1947 - Guitarist Carlos Santana Microbadge: Carlos Santana fan
1969 - Moon landing/walk Microbadge: Apollo 11 - 'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'
1976 - US Viking 1 lands on Mars (1st Martian landing) Microbadge: Mars Colony RPG fan

July 21
1861 - First Battle of Bull Run Microbadge: Baptism at Bull Run fan
1899 - Author Ernest Hemingway Microbadge: Ernest Hemingway fan
1924 - Actor-comedian Don Knotts Microbadge: Andy Griffith Show fan
1951 - Actor-comedian Robin Williams Microbadge: Robin Williams fan
1957 - Actor-comedian Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live)
1959 - Ed Greenwood
???? - BenevolentGameMaster
1983 - Vostok Station, Antarctica: Lowest recorded temperature -128.6F, -89.2C Microbadge: I love Antarctica

July 22
1298 - Battle of Falkirk Microbadge: Hammer of the Scots fan
1882 - Painter Edward Hopper Microbadge: Edward Hopper fan
1940 - Alex Trebek Microbadge: You're sitting on a gold mine, Trebek!
1955 - Actor Willem Dafoe Microbadge: Platoon fan
1955 - Actor David Spade Microbadge: Saturday Night Live fan

July 23
1892 - Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie Microbadge: Lion of Judah: The War for Ethiopia, 1935-1941
1888 - Detective novelist Raymond Chandler Microbadge: Raymond Chandler fan
1904 - Ice cream cone created @ St. Louis Word Fair Microbadge: Ice Cream lover
1961 - Actor Woody Harrelson Microbadge: Cheers fan
1970 - Actress Charisma Carpenter Microbadge: Buffy fan

July 24
1783 - South American revolutionary and statesman Simon Bolivar Microbadge: Simon Bolivar - The Liberator Fan
1802 - French novelist Alexandre Dumas the Elder Microbadge: Alexandre Dumas fan
1936 - Comedian Ruth Buzzi (Laugh In) Microbadge: Comedy Shows fan
1970 - Actress Jennifer Lopez Microbadge: Jello lover
1982 - Actress Anna Paquin Microbadge: True Blood fan

July 25
_306 - Constantine I proclaimed Roman Emperor Microbadge: Istanbul was Constantinople
1894 - Actor Walter Brennan Microbadge: Classic western movies fan
1954 - NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton Microbadge: Chicago Bears fan - Walter Payton

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This Week in Geek History July 12 - 18

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July 12
100B - Roman leader Julius Caesar Microbadge: Julius Caesar enthusiast(maybe the 13th)
1817 - American writer Henry David Thoreau Microbadge: "Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." -- Henry David Thoreau
1854 - Photography pioneer George Eastman Microbadge: Photographer
1937 - Comedian-actor-felon Bill Cosby Microbadge: Bill Cosby fan

July 13
1940 - Actor Patrick Stewart Microbadge: Patrick Stewart / Jean Luc-Picard fan
1942 - Actor Harrison Ford Microbadge: Harrison Ford fan
1944 - Hungarian Inventor Erno Rubik Microbadge: Rubik's cube fan
1946 - Comedian Cheech Marin of Cheech and Chong Microbadge: Weeds Fan -The TV Series

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

July 15
1606 - Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn Microbadge: Rembrandt fan
1779 - Poet Clement Clarke Moore (A Visit from St. Nicholas ("'Twas The Night Before Christmas") ) Microbadge: Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; give a man a goat, and RSP argues about it for 17 pages.
1799 - Rosetta Stone discovered Microbadge: Rosetta Stone user
1944 - Actor Jan-Michael Vincent (Airwolf) Microbadge: Helicopter Pilot
1956 - Guitarist Joe Satriani Microbadge: Joe Satriani fan
1988 - Die Hard released Microbadge: Die Hard fan

July 16
_622 - Muslim era begins with Muhammad's flight from Mecca to Medina Microbadge: Muslim
1439 - Kissing is banned in England (to stop the spread of the Black Death) Sound familiar??Microbadge: Black Death fan
1888 - Actor Percy Kilbride (Pa Kettle)
1911 - Dancer/actress Ginger Rogers Microbadge: Ballroom dancer
1945 - First atomic detonation (Alamogordo) Microbadge: Today's Forecast: 30% chance of nuclear fallout

July 17
1889 - Mystery writer Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason) Microbadge: RPG: Crime (Mystery / Detective / Noir) genre fan
1899 - Actor James Cagney Microbadge: James Cagney fan
1918 - Romanov Family executed by Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg, Russia Microbadge: Reds! The Russian Civil War 1918-1921 fan
1949 - Bassist Geezer Butler Microbadge: Black Sabbath fan
1952 - American actor David Hasselhoff Microbadge: Don't hassle the Hoff!
1955 - Disneyland opens Microbadge: Fan of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA
1959 - Hitchcock's North by Northwest premieres Microbadge: North by Northwest fan

July 18
_64 - Great Fire of Rome Microbadge: Nero fan
1911 - Canadian Actor Hume Cronyn Microbadge: House fan
1913 - Comedian Red Skelton Microbadge: I like to whistle!
1918 - South African statesman Nelson Mandela Microbadge: I love South Africa! Microbadge: I'm Against Racism
1921 - Former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio Microbadge: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) fan
1937 - Gonzo journalist/author Hunter S. Thompson Microbadge: Hunter S. Thompson fan

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This Week in Geek History July 5 - 11

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July 5
1801 - David "damn the torpedoes!" Farragut, First U.S. Navy admiral Microbadge: US Navy
1810 - Showman P.T. Barnum ( Barnum & Bailey Circus) Microbadge: RPG Circus Podcast fan
1927 - Actress Janet Leigh Microbadge: Psycho fan
1937 - SPAM debuts! Microbadge: I love Spam

July 6
1747 - John Paul "I have not yet begun to fight" Jones, 'father' of the U.S. Navy Microbadge: US Navy
1887 - Painter Marc Chagall Microbadge: Marc Chagall fan
1925 - TV personality Merv Griffin Microbadge: Jeopardy! fan
1946 - Actor Sylvester Stallone Microbadge: Rocky fan
1957 - John Lennon (16) Microbadge: The Beatles fan - John & Paul McCartney (15) Microbadge: The Beatles fan - Paulmeet for the 1st time
???? - RPG Enthusiast dysjunct

July 7
1906 - Baseball pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige Microbadge: Negro Leagues - Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
1907 - Science Fiction Author Robert A Heinlein Microbadge: Robert Heinlein fan
1928 - Sliced bread sold for the 1st time Microbadge: Bread eater "That's the best thing to come along since, well, um...in 92 years!"
1931 - Fantasy/Sci-Fi Author David Eddings Microbadge: David Eddings fan
1940 - Beatles drummer Ringo Starr Microbadge: The Beatles fan - Ringo
1949 - Actress Shelley Duvall Microbadge: Strong to the Finish, 'Cause I Eats Me Spinach!
1969 - NHL center Joe Sakic Microbadge: Colorado Avalanche fan

July 8
1838 - Dirigible inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin Microbadge: Led Zeppelin fan
1934 - Comedian Marty Feldman Microbadge: Marty Feldman fan
1951 - Actress Anjelica Huston Microbadge: Addams Family fan
1958 - Actor Kevin "Thank you sir may I have another" Bacon Microbadge: I'm really good at Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
???? - RPG Enthusiast Kris Van Beurden (aka Tegarend)

July 9
1819 - Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine Microbadge: Sewing
1956 - Actor Tom Hanks Microbadge: Forrest Gump fan
1976 - busdjur The Other Jessica
1983 - Queen Toggy (aka Toggy) Microbadge: Tavern Queen Microbadge: Knightly Order of the Emerald Chapbook
???? - RPGG user derf_red

July 10
1040 - Lady Godiva takes her famous ride for tax reform Microbadge: Naked Barbies.... Everywhere!?!
1509 - Theologian John Calvin Microbadge: Jean Calvin
1856 - Nikola Tesla Microbadge: Nikola Tesla fan - father of the modern world
1913 - Death Valley hits 134F, 56.7C, world's highest recorded temp Microbadge: Fire element
1920 - TV news anchor and commentator David Brinkley Microbadge: I get my news from BGG
1940 - Battle of Britain begins Microbadge: RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940 fan
1942 - Heavy Metalist Ronnie James Dio Microbadge: Dio fan
1947 - Folk singer Arlo Guthrie Microbadge: Arlo Guthrie fans

July 11
1274 - Scottish Noble & King, Robert the Bruce Microbadge: Hammer of the Scots fan
1798 - US Marine Corps established Microbadge: US Marine Corps
1804 - US VP Aaron Burr mortally wounds Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel Microbadge: Alexander Hamilton
1834 - American painter James Whistler Microbadge: Whistler's Mother fan
1899 - Author E.B. White (Charlotte's Web ) Microbadge: Some pig! - Charlotte's Web fan
1920 - Actor Yul Brynner (The King and I, Westworld) Microbadge: Westworld fan
1955 - Roger E. Moore
1960 - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird published Microbadge: Harper Lee fan

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This Week in Geek History June 28 - July 4

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June 28
1491 - English King Henry VIII Microbadge: English History buff
1577 - Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish Baroque painter Microbadge: Peter Paul Rubens fan
1703 - English clergyman John Wesley, founder of Methodism Microbadge: Methodist
1712 - French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau Microbadge: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1820 - The tomato is proven to be non-poisonous! Col Robert Gibbon risks his life by eating one on the courthouse steps of Salem, New Jersey Microbadge: Tomato lover
1864 - Adolfe Sax patents the Saxophone Microbadge: Jazz fanMicrobadge: Saxophone fanMicrobadge: Jazz fanMicrobadge: Smooth Jazz fanMicrobadge: Jazz fan
1914 - Archduke Ferdinand of Austria assasinated by Serb Nationist, leading to eruption of WWI Microbadge: I play an Assassin!
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1919 - Treaty of Versailles ends WWI & establishes League of Nations Microbadge: The First World War fan
1926 - Director/Actor Mel Brooks Microbadge: Mel Brooks fanMicrobadge: Blazing Saddles fan
1946 - Actress Gilda Radner Microbadge: Saturday Night Live fan
1971 - Entrepreneur Elon Musk Microbadge: Tesla Motors fanMicrobadge: SpaceX fanMicrobadge: PayPal user
1975 - Rod Serling dies at 50 Microbadge: Twilight Zone fan

June 29
1613 - Shakespeare's Globe Theater burns down during performance of Henry VIII Microbadge: Shakespeare fan (I'm sensing a pattern here)
1900 - Author Antoine de Saint-Exupery Microbadge: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry fan
1901 - Actor-singer Nelson Eddy Microbadge: Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game fan
1919 - Actor Slim Pickens Microbadge: Dr. Strangelove fan
1927 - First flight from West Coast arrives in Hawaii Microbadge: I fly Hawaiian!
1944 - Actor Gary Busey Microbadge: Lethal Weapon fan
1953 - Singer/Songwriter Colin Hay Microbadge: Men at Work fan
1978 - S1: Tomb of Horrors published Microbadge: Dungeons & Dragons fan - Tomb of Horrors
???? - tdphillips

June 30
1917 - American actress Susan Hayward (The Conqueror)
1934 - "Night of the Long Knives" - Hitler's bloody purge of Nazi Party Microbadge: Hummingbird lover
1936 - Gone with the Wind (novel) published Microbadge: American Civil War buff
1938 - Superman debuts in DC's Action Comics #1 Microbadge: Superman fan
1941 - WWII: Operation Barbarossa Microbadge: Operation Barbarossa
1943 - Singer Florence Ballard of The Supremes Microbadge: Motown Records fan
1959 - Actor Vincent D'Onofrio Microbadge: Full Metal Jacket fan
1963 - Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen Microbadge: "How can less be more? More is more!" - Yngwie Malmsteen
1971 - 3 member-crew of Russian Space Mission Soyuz 11 found dead upon arrival to earth (only people to have died in space to date) Microbadge: Dead Space fan
???? - kazozza

July 1
1200 - Sunglasses are invented in China cool
1649 - Gottfried von Leibniz Microbadge: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
1863 - Battle of Gettysburg begins Microbadge: Battle of Gettysburg Enthusiast
1867 - Canada Day Microbadge: I love Canada!
1905 - Einstein introduces his theory of special relativity Microbadge: Albert Einstein
1915 - Bluesman Willie Dixon Microbadge: Blues fan
1934 - Actor Jamie Farr Microbadge: M*A*S*H fan
1939 - Actress Karen Black Microbadge: Karen Black fan
1945 - Blondie Singer/songwriter Deborah Harry Microbadge: Blondie / Debbie Harry fan
1952 - Canadian Actor-comedian Dan Aykroyd Microbadge: Blues Brothers fan
1961 - Princess Diana Microbadge: Royals fan
1967 - Canadian Actress Pamela Anderson Lee Microbadge: Vegan
1977 - Actress Liv Tyler Microbadge: The Lord of the Rings fan

July 2
1903 - King Olav V of Norway Microbadge: I love Norway!
1937 - Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear flying over the Pacific Microbadge: The Bermuda Crisis: Discovery Dawning fan
1961 - Writer Ernest Hemingway took his own life. Microbadge: Ernest Hemingway fan

July 3
1863 - Union victory at Gettysburg, ~50K casualties including 11 generals Microbadge: Gettysburg: The Wheatfield fan
1883 - Author Franz Kafka Microbadge: Franz Kafka fan
1906 - Actor George Sanders (Too many movies to name) Microbadge: All About Eve fan
1962 - Tom Cruise Microbadge: Tom Cruise fan
1971 - Jim Morrison dies in Paris at 27 Microbadge: The Doors fan
1985 - Back to the Future released Microbadge: "...When this baby hits 88 miles per hour..."

July 4
1776 - American Independence Day Microbadge: Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83 fan
1804 - Author Nathaniel Hawthorne Microbadge: Nathaniel Hawthorne fan
1847 - Circus operator James Bailey ( Barnum & Bailey Circus) Microbadge: RPG Circus Podcast fan
1855 - Whitman's Leaves of Grass published Microbadge: Walt Whitman fan
1865 - Carroll's Alice in Wonderland published Microbadge: Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Did you know that the 2nd, 3rd & 5th US Presidents died on the 4th of July? John Adams Microbadge: John Adams & Thomas Jefferson Microbadge: Thomas Jefferson in 1826 & James Monroe in 1831

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This Week in Geek History June 21 - 27

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June 21
1905 - French author/philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre Microbadge: Jean-Paul Sartre
1942 - Tobruk falls to Rommel Microbadge: Rommel in the Desert fan
1947 - Actors Michael Gross & Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) Yeah, they have the same birthday Microbadge: I love TV!

June 22
1342 - Bilbo returns to Bag End and finds he's been declared dead (Shire Reckoning) Microbadge: The Hobbit is the best thing Tolkien ever wrote!
1611 - English explorer Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers and is never seen again Microbadge: Jolly Roger fan
1633 - Galileo forced to recant his Copernican view that the earth orbits the sun Microbadge: Galileo Galilei
1856 - English adventure novelist H. Rider Haggard (King Solomon's Mines, She) Microbadge: RPG: Action / Adventure genre fan
1898 - German novelist Erich Remarque (All Quiet on the Western Front) Microbadge: Western Front Tank Leader fan
1906 - Director Billy Wilder (The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, Double Indemnity, Stalag 17 etc) Microbadge: I live in an apartment
1941 - The Axis Powers declare war on the Soviet Union Microbadge: I play Axis & Allies - Germany
1941 - TV reporter Ed Bradley (60 Minutes)
1949 - American actress Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman)
1949 - American actress Meryl Streep Microbadge: I like cinema!
1981 - Publication of L1: The Secret of Bone Hill Microbadge: AD&D fan (1st edition)
???? - James Lowry aka Rindis

June 23
1894 - Pioneer sex researcher Alfred Kinsey (The Kinsey Report) Microbadge: RSP Forum (Religion. Sex. Politics.)
1912 - Alan Turing Microbadge: Alan Turing - pioneer of the modern computer
1940 - Runner and U.S. Olympic gold medalist Wilma Rudolph Microbadge: Olympic Games fan
1943 - Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine Microbadge: Opera fan
1955 - Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig Microbadge: Misfits fanMicrobadge: Danzig fan
1960 - Actress Frances McDormand Microbadge: Fargo fan
2007 - First ever Free RPG Day Microbadge: Come celebrate Free RPG Day - click here for more!

June 24
1509 - Henry VIII crowned King of England (4 days before his 18th birthday) Microbadge: English History buff
1842 - Writer and satirist Ambrose Bierce Microbadge: Ambrose Bierce fan
1895 - Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey Microbadge: Boxing fan
1942 - Drummer Mick Fleetwood Microbadge: Fleetwood Mac fan
1950 - Fantasy author Mercedes R Lackey Microbadge: Mercedes Lackey fan

June 25
1630 - Massachusetts Governor Winthrop introduces the fork to American dining Microbadge: Maine Mariners fan
1876 - The Battle of the Little Bighorn, Custer's Last Stand Microbadge: Fan of Sitting BullMicrobadge: is larger thanMicrobadge: George Custer fan
1903 - English novelist and critic George Orwell, author of "1984" Microbadge: George Orwell fan
1963 - English singer/songwriter George Michael Microbadge: George Michael fan
1975 - RPG Designer Jason Bulmahn
1982 - Blade Runner released in theaters Microbadge: Blade Runner fan
???? - RPG Geek member: Jonathan Tullsen aka Military Muskrat
???? - RPG Geek member: Yohann aka Shadow Hexagram

June 26
1284 - The Pied Piper leads 130 children away from Hamelin Microbadge: The Pied Piper fan
1498 - Toothbrush invented in China using boar bristles Microbadge: I have a big mouth
1819 - Baseball pioneer Abner Doubleday Microbadge: Baseball fan
1898 - German aircraft designer Willi Messerschmitt Microbadge: Wings of War: WW2 fan
1955 - Clash City Rocker Mick Jones Microbadge: The Clash fan
1963 - JFK: "Ich bin ein Berliner" Microbadge: I love BerlinMicrobadge: equalsMicrobadge: Krispy Kreme fan - Original Glazed Doughnut
1974 - Future Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter Microbadge: Derek Jeter fan
1997 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (aka Sorcerer's) Stone released on film Microbadge: Harry Potter fan
???? - Maho Microbadge: "True greatness consists in being great in little things"Microbadge: "I bought a badge from Marion's 2015 microbadge wishlist!"


June 27
1869 - Anarchist activisit/writer Emma Goldman Microbadge: Anarchist
1880 - Blind and deaf author Helen Keller Microbadge: Blind GamerMicrobadge: Deaf
1966 - Writer/Director JJ Abrams Microbadge: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens fanMicrobadge: LOST fanMicrobadge: Star Trek fan
1975 - Actor Tobey Maguire Microbadge: Spider-Man fan

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This Week in Geek History June 14 - 20

Stymie says, "No Fidgets"
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California
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"Nobody down here 'cept us dummies"
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"Betcha can't throw that donut on my finger"
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.Microbadge: ChristianMicrobadge: Black Lives MatterMicrobadge: Golden CamelMicrobadge: One does not simply recognize great geeks. Not with 10,000 stars could you do this...
June 14
1933 - Polish-American author Jerzy Kosinski Microbadge: Jerzy doesn't need any fans
1946 - US President Donald Trump Microbadge: RSP Forum (Religion. Sex. Politics.)
1949 - American author Harry Turtledove Microbadge: Harry Turtledove fan
1995 - Author Roger Zelazny passes at 60 Microbadge: Roger Zelazny fan

June 15
1215 - King John signs the Magna Carta at Runnymede, England Microbadge: Caylus Magna Carta fan
1219 - Legend says the Dennebrog (flag of Denmark) fell from the sky during the Battle of Lyndanisse. It is the world's oldest nat'l flag Microbadge: I've played games in Denmark
1330 - Prince Edward of England, son of Edward III and known as the "Black Prince" Microbadge: I love Prince Edward Island!
1843 - Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg Microbadge: Edvard Grieg fan
1914 - Romanian-American artist Saul Steinberg Microbadge: Saul Steinberg fan
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover assumes leadership of the FBI Microbadge: Big Brother is watching you
1941 - American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson Microbadge: Harry Nilsson fan
1954 - American actor Jim Belushi Microbadge: Scooby Doo fan

June 16
1723 - Scottish Economist Adam Smith Microbadge: Adam Smith
1829 - Apache chief Geronimo Microbadge: Geronimo fan
1880 - Salvation Army forms in London Microbadge: Salvation Army supporter
1890 - English film comedian Stan Laurel Microbadge: Classic Comedy fanMicrobadge: Laurel and Hardy fan
1917 - American publisher Katharine Graham (Watergate era publisher of the Washington Post) Microbadge: Journalist
1937 - American author Erich Segal Microbadge: The Beatles fan - Yellow Submarine
1960 - Hitchcock's Psycho released Microbadge: Psycho fanMicrobadge: Slasher Movie fanMicrobadge: Alfred Hitchcock fan

June 17
1775 - Battle of Bunker (Breed's) Hill Microbadge: Col. Prescott wishes you a happy Bunker Hill day
1882 - Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky Microbadge: Igor Stravinsky fan
1947 - Funk composer & musician George Clinton Microbadge: Funk fanMicrobadge: George Clinton fan
1958 - "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe published Microbadge: I love Africa
1958 - Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) Microbadge: Dead Kennedys fan
1965 - The Kinks arrive in New York City, beginning their 1st US tour Microbadge: The Kinks fan
2006 - Author Anne McCaffrey inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame Microbadge: Dragonriders of Pern fan

June 18
1812 - War of 1812 begins Microbadge: War of 1812 Wargamer
1815 - Wellington & Blucher defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo Microbadge: Battle of Waterloo Enthusiast
1914 - American actor E.G. Marshall Microbadge: Hallelujah!  Holy s---!  Where's the Tylenol?
1942 - English singer-composer Paul McCartney Microbadge: The Beatles fan - Paul
1952 - Italian actress Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Legend of Earthsea, The Odyssey) Microbadge: David Lynch fan

June 19
1623 - French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal Microbadge: Blaise Pascal
1846 - The New York Knickerbocker Club plays the New York Club in the first official baseball game at Elysian Field, Hoboken, New Jersey. Microbadge: Baseball fan
1897 - Moe Howard Microbadge: Three Stooges fan
1903 - Baseball player Lou Gehrig Microbadge: New York Yankees fan
1947 - British-Indian author Salman Rushdie Microbadge: Salman Rushdie fan
1950 - Musician Ann Wilson, Heart Microbadge: I have a heart of gold
1953 - Ethel & Julius Rosenberg executed for espionage Microbadge: Cold War: CIA vs. KGB fan
1964 - US Civil Rights Act passes Microbadge: equals
1978 - Comic strip Garfield debuts Microbadge: Garfield fan
1988 - World's then largest sausage completed: 13.125 miles Microbadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fanMicrobadge: Burgertime fan
1991 - Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrenders to police Microbadge: The War On Drugs fan

June 20
236B - Scipio Africanus, Roman statesman and 2nd Punic War general Microbadge: Scipio Africanus enthusiast
_451 - Battle of the Catalaunian Plains: Romans & Visigoths defeat Attila the Hun in France Microbadge: Attila fan
1837 - Victoria ascends the British throne and reigns for 63 years Microbadge: RPG: History (Victorian Era) genre fan
1887 - German artist Kurt Schwitters Microbadge: Kurt Schwitters fan
1893 - Lizzie Borden acquitted of the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother Microbadge: Blood Rage fan
1909 - Australian-American actor Errol Flynn Microbadge: Errol Flynn fan
1924 - Highly decorated American combat soldier Audie Murphy Microbadge: US Sherman Tank
1924 - Master guitarist Chet Atkins Microbadge: Country fan
1928 - American actor Martin Landau Microbadge: Space: 1999 fan
1942 - Songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys Microbadge: Beach Boys fan
1952 - American actor John Goodman Microbadge: Coen Brothers fan
1954 - Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony Microbadge: Van Halen fan
1974 - Chinatown released Microbadge: Chinatown (the movie) fan
1975 - Jaws released Microbadge: Jaws fan
2020 - Summer/Winter Solstice Microbadge: I Love SummerMicrobadge: I Love Winter (location specific, terms and conditions apply, see your local dealer for more information)

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This Week in Geek History June 7 - 13

Stymie says, "No Fidgets"
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Microbadge: Citizenship Recognition - Level VI -  Is six any more shiny? ... Well, it's one shinier isn't it? ... Okay, why don't you just make five a bit more shiny and then that would be the most shiny? ... Because these go to six.Microbadge: ChristianMicrobadge: Black Lives MatterMicrobadge: Golden CamelMicrobadge: One does not simply recognize great geeks. Not with 10,000 stars could you do this...
June 7
1654 - Louis XIV crowned King of France Microbadge: Louis XIV fan
1848 - French post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin Microbadge: Paul Gauguin fan
1868 - Scottish artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh Microbadge: Charles Rennie Mackintosh fan
1909 - English-American actress Jessica Tandy Microbadge: Daisy lover
1917 - Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry Microbadge: Poetry fan
1917 - American singer/actor Dean Martin Microbadge: Dean Martin fan
1940 - Welsh singer Tom Jones Microbadge: 60's Music fan
1942 - Allies win Battle of Midway, 1st WWII naval defeat of Japan Microbadge: Midway fan
1952 - Irish actor Liam Neeson Microbadge: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace fan
1960 - The Artist once again known as Prince Microbadge: Fan of The Artist Known As Prince
1989 - For one second, the time is 01:23:45, 6-7-89 Microbadge: Sequence fan

June 8
452 - Italy invaded by Attila the Hun Microbadge: Attila fan
1810 - German composer Robert Schumann Microbadge: Robert Schumann fan
1625 - Italian-French astronomer Giovanni Cassini Microbadge: Cassini-Huygens space probe - eye on Saturn
1867 - American architect Frank Lloyd Wright Microbadge: Frank Lloyd Wright fan
1869 - Ives McGaffey patents the 'sweeping machine' (vacuum) Microbadge: "The human body can be drained of blood in 8.6 seconds given adequate vacuuming systems" — River Tam
1896 - First ever recorded car theft (Paris) Microbadge: Grand Theft Auto fan
1914 - 34.7°F (1.5°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands Microbadge: I prefer cold weather over hot weather
1915 - 92°F (33.3°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands Microbadge: I prefer hot weather over cold weather
1916 - British geneticist Francis Crick, who helped determine the "double helix" structure of DNA Microbadge: Gaming is in my DNA
1957 - Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams Microbadge: Dilbert fan
1984 - Ghostbusters Microbadge: Who ya gonna call? & Gremlins released

June 9
__68 - Emperor Nero commits suicide by having his secretary kill him Microbadge: Nero fan
1672 - Peter the Great, Russian Tsar Microbadge: Russian History buff
1790 - 1st book copyrighted under US Constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book" Microbadge: Spelling Impeared
1915 - Les Paul, guitarist and inventor of the solid-body electric Microbadge: Les Paul player
1925 - American science fiction author Keith Laumer Microbadge: Science Fiction fan Microbadge: Ogre fan
1934 - Donald Duck's 'birth' via 'The Wise Little Hen' Microbadge: Donald Duck fan
1943 - American science fiction author Joe Haldeman Microbadge: Joe Haldeman fan Microbadge: The Forever War fan
1963 - American actor Johnny Depp Microbadge: Johnny Depp fan Microbadge: Pirates of The Caribbean fan
1973 - Secretariat earns the Triple Crown by winning The Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths Microbadge: Eadweard Muybridge fan - The Horse in Motion
1981 - American actess Natalie Portman Microbadge: Natalie Portman fan
2013 - [d.] Iain Banks, 59 years old Microbadge: Iain Banks fan

June 10
323B - Alexander the Great dies either from fever or excessive wine @ 32 years old Microbadge: When micro-Alexander saw the breadth of his badges, he wept for there were no more subjects to cover.
1720 - Mrs. Clements of England markets first paste-style mustard Microbadge: Gnomish Mustard Video Series fan
1793 - 1st public zoo opens in Paris Microbadge: Zoo Worker
1845 - President Andrew Jackson's pet parrot is removed from Jackson's funeral for 'swearing so loud and long as to disturb the people [in the church]' Microbadge: Parrot loverMicrobadge: Yeah, I cuss at the gaming table.
1895 - Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind, Little Rascals). First African-American actress to win an Oscar Microbadge: I watch the Oscars
1910 - American bluesman/rock influencer Howlin' Wolf Microbadge: Howlin' Wolf fan
1922 - American singer/actress Judy Garland Microbadge: Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.
1928 - Children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak Microbadge: Maurice Sendak fan Microbadge: Where the Wild Things Are fan
1981 - B3: Palace of the Silver Princess (Green) published Microbadge: D&D fan - Basic Editions

June 11
1184B - Troy is sacked and burned according to Eratosthenes Microbadge: Iliad fan
1770 - Captain James Cook discovers the Great Barrier Reef Microbadge: Reef Encounter fan
1910 - Undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau Microbadge: Jacques Cousteau fan
1913 - Football coach Vince Lombardi Microbadge: Green Bay Packers fan
1935 - American actor Gene Wilder Microbadge: "Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination." - Willy Wonka
1936 - Robert E. Howard passes at 30 Microbadge: Robert E. Howard fan
1959 - English actor Hugh Laurie Microbadge: House fan Microbadge: Jeeves and Wooster fan
1962 - The Anglin brothers and Frank Morris escape from Alcatraz (only ones to do so) Microbadge: Alcatraz fan
1969 - American actor Peter Dinklage Microbadge: Game of Thrones fan - Tyrion Lannister
1987 - Margaret Thatcher wins third term as Prime Minister, ensuring punk rock will continue for a few more years Microbadge: Punk fan
2009 - RPGGeek.com enters closed beta Microbadge: RPGG  is my social network!

June 12
1929 - Anne Frank. In 1942 she's given her diary as a birthday present Microbadge: In Memoriam
1931 - Al Capone indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury Microbadge: Al Capone
1932 - American author Rona Jaffe (Mazes and Monsters) devil
1981 - Raiders of the Lost Ark released Microbadge: Indiana Jones fan
1987 - President Reagan challenges Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall' Microbadge: Ronald Reagan fan
???? - WizardinWhite

June 13
__40 - Agricola, Roman General & Governor of Britain Microbadge: Agricola, Master of Britain fan
1865 - Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats Microbadge: "Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." -- W. B. Yeats (my favorite poem EVER!)
1903 - Football player Harold "Red" Grange Microbadge: Chicago Bears fan
1920 - US Post Office says children cannot not be sent by parcel post (after various instances) Microbadge: Send my games by mail... I'm too poor to be in a hurry!Microbadge: not equal toMicrobadge: Save the Children supporter
1922 - Longest recorded attack of hiccups begins: Charlie Osborne gets the hiccups which continue for 68 years (1990!). He dies 11 months after they stop Microbadge: Hold Your Breath! fan
1929 - Ralph McQuarrie, American artist/conceptual designer Microbadge: Star Wars fan
1943 - English actor Malcolm McDowell Microbadge: A Clockwork Orange fan

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