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This Week in Geek History September 26 - October 2

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September 26
1181 - St. Francis of Assisi Microbadge: Franciscan University of Steubenville
1774 - John Chapman frontier nurseryman (Johnny Appleseed) Microbadge: Apple Cider drinker
1876 - C B "Buck" Llewellyn, cricketer (S Afr lefty all-rounder 1896-1912) Microbadge: Cricket fan
1888 - American Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot Microbadge: "Do I dare disturb the universe?" -- T.S. Eliot
1898 - American composer George Gershwin Microbadge: George Gershwin fan
1958 - Punk rocker Darby Crash of The Germs Microbadge: Punk fan
1969 - The Beatles release Abbey Road Microbadge: The Beatles fan
1981 - American tennis star Serena Williams Microbadge: Serena Williams fan
1982 - Knight Rider debuts on NBC Microbadge: Knight Rider fanMicrobadge: Pick me up K.I.T.T.!

September 27
1885 - American magician Harry Blackstone Sr. Microbadge: Master of Magic fan
1905 - Einstein's paper introducing E=mc2 published Microbadge: Albert Einstein
1940 - Much to the world's detriment, the Axis alliance is formed between Nazi Germany, Italy & Japan Microbadge: BLOCKS IN THE EAST fan - I play Axis
1986 - Metallica's bassist Cliff Burton dies in a bus crash at 24 Microbadge: Metallica fan

September 28
551B - Chinese philosopher Confucius Microbadge: Confucius
48BC - Pompey the Great is assassinated by agents of King Ptolemy of Egypt Microbadge: Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus enthusiast
58BC - Livia Drusilla, wife of Augustus, mother of Tiberius Microbadge: I, Claudius fan
1785 - Napoleon graduates 42nd out of 51 from Paris military academy Microbadge: Napoleon's Triumph fan
1901 - Ed Sullivan (The Ed Sullivan Show)
1909 - Al Capp (Li'l Abner)
1925 - Seymour Cray (Cray Computer) Microbadge: Computer Programmer
1976 - Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life released Microbadge: Stevie Wonder fan
1987 - Star Trek: The Next Generation debuts Microbadge: Because sometimes expressing how dumb some things are in words just doesn't work
2008 - SpaceX launches 1st private spacecraft, Falcon 1, into orbit Microbadge: SpaceX fan
???? - Mabby

September 29
1758 - British admiral & hero of Trafalgar Horatio Nelson Microbadge: Napoleonic Naval Wargamer
1901 - Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi Microbadge: The Manhattan Project fan
1916 - American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes world's 1st billionaire Microbadge: I'm Rich - I have at least 999.99 GeekGold
1935 - American signer/songwriter Jerry Lee Lewis Microbadge: FIREBALL! MAKE YOUR SAVES!
1963 - Funk/metal bassist and Primus frontman Les Claypool Microbadge: Les Claypool fanMicrobadge: Primus fan
1996 - The Nintendo 64 system debuts in the US (3 mos after Japan) Microbadge: Nindendo 64 fan - Best controller ever
2008 - Great Recession: Dow Jones falls 778 points following bankruptcy of Lehman Bros & Washington Mutual Microbadge: The recession won't stop me buying games!

September 30
1399 - King Richard II abdicates the English throne
1861 - US industrialist William Wrigley, Jr Microbadge: Gum chewer
1882 - German physicist Hans Geiger (Famous Counter) Microbadge: Radioactive
1917 - Irving Kahn (Inventor of the Teleprompter) Microbadge: Fan of Aaron Sorkin's show The Newsroom
1924 - American author Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) Microbadge: Author
1928 - Romanian author/Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel (Night) Microbadge: Jewish
1955 - American actor James Dean dies in a car crash at 24 Microbadge: James Dean fan
???? - MonsterMike
???? - Vaklam

October 1
331B - Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia Microbadge: When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer
1908 - Henry Ford introduces the Model T ($825) Microbadge: Ford fan
1918 - T.E. "Lawrence of Arabia" captures Damascus Microbadge: Lawrence of Arabia fan
1920 - Actor Walter Matthau Microbadge: The Bad News Bears fan - Chico's Bail Bonds - "Let Freedom Ring"
1924 - Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States Microbadge: Presidential Trivia fan
1927 - Tom Bosley, TV's Howard Cunningham (Happy Days)
1935 - English broadway/film star Julie Andrews Microbadge: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
1968 - George Romero's cult favorite "Night of the Living Dead" premieres Microbadge: Night of the Living Dead fan

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

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This Week in Geek History September 19 - 25

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September 19
1911 - English author William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
1928 - American actor Adam West Microbadge: Batman fan
1948 - English actor Jeremy Irons (Dungeons & Dragons)
1975 - 'Fawlty Towers' premieres on BBC2 Microbadge: Fawlty Towers fan

September 20
_451 Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, Roman General Flavius Aetius defeats Attila the Hun, halting the Hun invasion of Gaul Microbadge: Huns fan
1885 - Jazz piano player Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton Microbadge: Jelly Roll Morton fan
1934 - Actress Sophia Loren Microbadge: Classic Italian film fan
1941 - Sculptor Dale Chihuly Microbadge: Dale Chihuly fan
1948 - Author George R.R. Martin Microbadge: George R. R. Martin fan
???? - Stelio

September 21
1645 - Louis Joliet, French-Canadian explorer of the Mississippi River Microbadge: Mississippi
1866 - English author and historian H.G. Wells Microbadge: H. G. Wells fan
1874 - English composer Gustav Holst Microbadge: Gustav Holst fan
1902 - British publisher Sir Allen Lane (Introduced the low-priced Penguin paperback) Microbadge: Penguin Books fan
1931 - Actor Larry Hagman Microbadge: Dallas Games Marathon participant
1937 - JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' published Microbadge: The Hobbit is the best thing Tolkien ever wrote!
1947 - American writer Stephen King Microbadge: Stephen King fan
1950 - American actor/comedian Bill Murray Microbadge: Bill Murray fan
???? - Narl

September 22
1290 - Bilbo Baggins (Shire Reckoning) Microbadge: Red Book of Westmarch fan
1791 - English chemist and physicist Michael Faraday Microbadge: The New Science fan
1957 - Singer/songwriter Nick Cave Microbadge: Nick Cave fan
2011 - CERN scientists announce discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light Microbadge: Subatomic: An Atom Building Game fan
2021 - Equinox Microbadge: I Love SpringMicrobadge: I love Autumn

September 23
63BC - 1st Roman Emperor Augustus (Octavius) Caesar Microbadge: Augustus enthusiast
1215 - Mongol Emporer/Yuan Dynasty founder Kublai Khan Microbadge: "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree"
1869 - 'Typhoid Mary' Mallon - 1st known immune carrier of typhoid, infected at least 51 in New York City Microbadge: Pandemic fan
1897 - Belgian surrealist painter Paul Delvaux Microbadge: Paul Delvaux fan
1926 - American Jazz Giant John Coltrane Microbadge: John Coltrane fanMicrobadge: Saxophone fan
1930 - American soul singer and pianist Ray Charles Microbadge: Ray Charles fan
1949 - American rocker Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen Microbadge: Bruce Springsteen fan
2002 - Mozilla's Firefox debuts Microbadge: Firefox user
???? - Vestige
???? - l-hansen

September 24
1725 - Irish brewer Sir Arthur Guinness Microbadge: I love Guinness!Microbadge: Guinness drinker
1870 - French chemist Georges Claude (Inventor of the neon lamp)Microbadge: Neon Knights: 2086 fan
1896 - American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald Microbadge: F. Scott Fitzgerald fan
1936 - Muppet Creator Jim Henson Microbadge: I'm a grouch
1948 - Canadian actor/comedian Phil Hartman Microbadge: Saturday Night Live fan
1991 - Nirvana releases Nevermind Microbadge: Nirvana fan
2007 - The Big Bang Theory premieres on CBS Microbadge: Bazinga!

September 25
1897 - American author William Faulkner Microbadge: William Faulkner fan
1951 - American actor Mark Hamill Microbadge: Tatooine - If there's a bright center to the universe, you're on the planet that it's farthest from
1952 - American actor Christopher Reeve Microbadge: Superman fan
1968 - American actor/rapper Will Smith Microbadge: Will Smith fan
1975 - Pink Floyd's album Wish You Were Here reaches #1 in US Microbadge: Pink Floyd fan
1980 - Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham dies at 32 Microbadge: Led Zeppelin fan

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This Week in Geek History September 12 - 18

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September 12
_490 - Battle of Marathon (traditional date) - Small Athenian force defeats the Persian Empire Microbadge: Marathon finisher
1624 - 1st public submarine test (Thames River, London) for King James I Microbadge: Submarine
1818 - Richard Gatling, inventor of the Gatling gun Microbadge: gatlingEngine player
1913 - U.S. Olympic track star Jesse Owens Microbadge: Fan of the Olympic Games
1921 - SF author Stanislaw Lem Microbadge: Stanislaw Lem fan
1944 - American Singer/Songwriter/Producer Barry White Microbadge: Barry White fan
1952 - Rush drummer Neil Peart Microbadge: Rush fan
1957 - German composer Hans Zimmer (over 150 films!) Microbadge: Hans Zimmer fanMicrobadge: Gladiator fan
1966 - The Pre-Fab 4 "The Monkees" premieres on NBC (what? no badge?)
1967 - American comedian Louis C.K. Microbadge: Louis CK fan

September 13
_122 - Construction of Hadrian's Wall begins in Northern England Microbadge: Hadrian enthusiast
1911 - Bill Monroe, the "father of bluegrass" music Microbadge: Bluegrass fan
1916 - English author Roald Dahl Microbadge: Roald Dahl fan
1956 - IBM introduces RAMAC 305, 1st commercial computer with magnetic disk storage (weighs 1 TON) Microbadge: IBM user
1969 - Scooby-Doo premieres on CBS Microbadge: ...and I would've gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids!
1980 - Solid Gold (music television) premiers 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.
1985 - Super Mario Brothers first appears for the NES Microbadge: Nintendo fan

September 14
1849 - Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov Microbadge: Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
1914 - Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger on television Microbadge: The Lone Ranger fan
1936 - American (not Russian) actor Walter Koenig (Star Trek's Pavel Checkov) Microbadge: Star Trek fan
1982 - Princess of Monaco/American actress Grace Kelly dies in a car crash at 52 Microbadge: Grace Kelly fan
1983 - Singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse Microbadge: Amy Winehouse fan

September 15
1254 - Traveler/author Marco Polo (traditional - date uncertain) Microbadge: Auf den Spuren von Marco Polo fan
1789 - 1st major American novelist James Fenimore Cooper (Last of the Mohicans) Microbadge: Legends of the American Frontier fan
1830 - Mexican president Porfirio Diaz Microbadge: Pax Porfiriana fan
1857 - William Howard Taft, 27th president of the United States Microbadge: Presidential Trivia fan
1889 - Humorist Robert Benchley Microbadge: Author
1890 - Mystery writer Agatha Christie Microbadge: Agatha Christie fan
1903 - Country music star Roy Acuff Microbadge: Country fan
1907 - Actress Fay Wray Microbadge: King Kong (Hail to the king!)
1916 - First use of tanks in warfare "Little Willies," Battle of the Somme Microbadge: I drive a tank
1928 - Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin Microbadge: Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp fan
1934 - Author/illustrator Tomie dePaola Microbadge: Enjoys Children's Books
1946 - American Director Oliver Stone Microbadge: Wall Street fan - Gordon Gekko
1946 - Actor Tommy Lee Jones Microbadge: Tommy Lee Jones fan
1958 - Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know Microbadge: Bad Brains fan
???? - Mulligans

September 16
1745 - Field Marshall Mikhail Kutuzov Microbadge: Kutuzov fan
1838 - Railroad magnate James Jerome "J.J." Hill Microbadge: Railroad Tycoon fan
1898 - Author/illustrator H.A. Rey Microbadge: I ♥ Curious George
1925 - Singer/guitarist B.B. King Microbadge: B. B. King fan
1927 - Actor Peter Falk Microbadge: Just one more thing before I go...

September 17
1859 - Gunslinger Billy the Kid Microbadge: Gunslinger fan (maybe 11/23/1859)
1862 - Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg), 23,110 die in bloodiest day of American Civil War Microbadge: American Civil War buff
1923 - Country music pioneer Hank Williams Sr. Microbadge: Country fan
1928 - English actor Roddy McDowall Microbadge: "Beware the beast man for he is the devil's pawn."
1935 - American author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and one of my favorite novels of all time: Sometimes a Great Notion)

September 18
1851 - New York Times begins publication (2 cents/copy) Microbadge: New York Times reader
1905 - Swedish actress Greta Garbo Microbadge: Greta Garbo fan
1970 - Jimi Hendrix dies of asphyxiation at 27 Microbadge: Jimi Hendrix fan
???? - XyberDAWG


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This Week in Geek History September 5 - 11

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September 5
1847 - American outlaw Jesse James Microbadge: Outlaws: Adventures in the Old West
1942 - American actress Raquel Welch (One Million Years B.C.)
1946 - Queen frontman Freddie Mercury Microbadge: Freddie Mercury fan Microbadge: Queen fan
1951 - American actor Michael Keaton Microbadge: Batman fan
1957 - Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" published Microbadge: Jack Kerouac fan

September 6
1943 - Pink Floyd bassist and singer/songwriter Roger Waters Microbadge: Pink Floyd fan - The Wall
1947 - Actress Jane Curtin Microbadge: Saturday Night Live fan
1958 - Comedian Jeff Foxworthy (You might be a redneck if…)
1972 - English author China Mieville Microbadge: China Miéville fan

September 7
1533 - England's Queen Elizabeth I Microbadge: English History buff
1936 - Musician Buddy Holly Microbadge: Buddy Holly fan
1978 - The Who's drummer Keith Moon dies of an overdose at 31 Microbadge: The Who fan
1979 - ESPN debuts Microbadge: ESPN fan

September 8
1157 - England's King Richard I (The Lion Hearted) Microbadge: The Legend of Robin Hood fan
1504 - Michelangelo's David unveiled in Florence Microbadge: Michelangelo fan
1841 - Czech composer Antonín Dvorák Microbadge: Antonín Dvořák fan
1897 - Country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers, "The Singing Brakeman" Microbadge: Country fan
1925 - English actor Peter Sellers Microbadge: Ahh... The old closet ploy, I do enjoy a good closet ploy
1941 - American politician Bernie Sanders Microbadge: Vermont
1960 - Hitchcock's "Psycho" premieres Microbadge: Psycho fan
1966 - Star Trek premieres Microbadge: Star Trek fanMicrobadge: Star Trek: The Original Series fan

September 9
1585 - Cardinal Richelieu Microbadge: Richelieu fan
1828 - Russian author Leo Tolstoy Microbadge: Leo Tolstoy fan
1850 - California admitted as the 31st state of the Union Microbadge: California
1890 - Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harlan Sanders Microbadge: Chicken Chicken Chicken
1941 - "King of Soul" Blues Singer Otis Redding Microbadge: Otis Redding fan
1966 - American actor/comedian Adam Sandler Microbadge: Hanukkah
???? - Mallet

September 10
1941 - Paleontologist and popular science author Stephen Jay Gould Microbadge: Natural History enthusiast
1945 - Mike the Headless Chicken is decapitated in Colorado; he survives another 18 months before choking to death Microbadge: Sleepy Hollow fan - Headless Horseman
1993 - The X-Files premieres on Fox Microbadge: The X-Files fan
2008 - The Large Hadron Collider at CERN goes online in Geneva Microbadge: Old & Chaotic Evil Bob, eclipsing the dark corners of the Geek with his own utter darkness, like a reverse black hole. Only more Evil.

September 11
1773 - Ben Franklin writes "There never was a good war or a bad peace" Microbadge: Benjamin Franklin
1885 - English author D.H. Lawrence Microbadge: D. H. Lawrence fan
1913 - University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant Microbadge: University of Alabama
2001 - 9/11: 2,941 people die in terrorist attacks on New York City, The Pentagon & UA Flight 93 Microbadge: Remember

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This Week in Geek History August 29 - September 4

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August 29
1632 - English philosopher John Locke Microbadge: John Locke
1811 - Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Microbadge: I buy cruelty-free products!
1915 - Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (died on her birthday in 1982 at 67) Microbadge: Ingrid Bergman fan
1920 - American jazz great Charlie "Bird" Parker Microbadge: Charlie Parker fan
1938 - American actor Elliott Gould Microbadge: M*A*S*H fan
1958 - King of Pop Michael Jackson Microbadge: Michael Jackson - Thriller
???? - Cpiz

August 30
__70 - Temple of Jerusalem burns Microbadge: Lost Temple fan
1146 - European leaders outlaw the crossbow, intending to end war for all time Microbadge: Peace out.
1797 - Author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Microbadge: Uuuuurrgh!
1835 - Melbourne, Australia founded Microbadge: Melbourne University
1893 - Louisiana Gov. Huey Long Microbadge: I've played games in Louisiana
1943 - American cartoonist/satirist Robert Crumb Microbadge: Robert Crumb fan
1972 - American actress Cameron Diaz Microbadge: Shrek fan
1979 - US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Georgia Microbadge:  The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog - Death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth!

August 31
__12 - 3rd Roman emperor Caligula Microbadge: Caligula fan
_161 - Roman emperor Commodus Microbadge: Gladiator fan(bad day for emperors)
1870 - Italian educator Maria Montessori Microbadge: "Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world." - Maria Montessori
1888 - Jack the Ripper's first victim found in London's East End Microbadge: Jack the Ripper unmasked
1945 - Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison Microbadge: Van Morrison fan
1997 - Diana, Princess of Wales dies at 36 in a car crash in Paris Microbadge: In Memoriam

September 1
1875 - Tarzan & Sci Fi author Edgar Rice Burroughs Microbadge: Edgar Rice Burroughs fan
1922 - Actress Yvonne de Carlo (Ten Commandments & The Munsters) Microbadge: Let my meeple go.
1933 - Country music singer Conway Twitty Microbadge: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Conway Twitty...
1939 - World War II begins Microbadge: Conflict of Heroes: Price of Honour - Poland 1939 fan
1939 - American comedienne Lily Tomlin Microbadge: “Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself." — Lily Tomlin
1977 - 1st TRS-80 Computer sold Microbadge: To err is human. To really foul things up requires a computer.

September 2
31BC - Battle of Actium: Octavian (later Augustus) defeats Mark Antony & Cleopatra in a decisive naval battle, effectively ending the Roman Republic Microbadge: Rise of Augustus fan
1666 - The Great Fire of London begins at 2am in Pudding Lane, 80% of the city is destroyed Microbadge: The Great Fire of London 1666 fan (There's a boardgame AND a microbadge for EVERYTHING these days!)
1864 - Union General Sherman captures & burns Atlanta Microbadge: Civil Wargamer
1902 - "A Trip to the Moon" the first sci-fi film is released Microbadge: I love the moon Watch it here!
1937 - Former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth Microbadge: Baseball fan
1945 - VJ day, formal surrender of Japan aboard the USS Missouri, WWII ends Microbadge: USS Missouri ("Mighty Mo"), BB-63, was laid down on 6 January 1941, launched on 29 January 1944, and commissioned on 11 June 1944. She was the last battleship commissioned by the United States.Microbadge: Missouri fought at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Inland Sea, and in naval bombardments of the Japanese mainland. She was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan that ended World War II. Microbadge: She also served in Korea, supporting the Incheon landings among other efforts, then she was decommissioned on 26 February 1955, joining the so-called "Mothball Fleet."Microbadge: After modernization and formal recommissioning on 10 May 1986, she became the first US battleship to circumnavigate the globe since Theodore Roosevelt's "Great White Fleet." Her last missions were in the Persian Gulf both before and during the Gulf War. Microbadge: Decommissioned on 31 March 1992, she is now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
1952 - American tennis champion Jimmy Connors Microbadge: Tennis fan
1964 - Canadian actor Keanu Reeves Microbadge: The Matrix fan - My name is Neo
1966 - Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek Microbadge: Salma Hayek fan

September 3
1752 - The British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar, losing 11 days. Riots ensue in protest of 'the government stealing 11 days of people's lives!' Microbadge: 'Come and see the violence inherent in the system!'
1856 - Architect Louis Sullivan Microbadge: Louis Sullivan fan (The father of the skyscraper)
1955 - Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones Microbadge: Sex Pistols fan

September 4
_476 - Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire as Emporer Agustulus abdicates to Odoacer, who would soon be known as the First King of Italy Microbadge: Roman Empire buff
1886 - Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders, ending last major US-Indian war Microbadge: Geronimo fan
1918 - Radio news commentator Paul Harvey Microbadge: Paul Harvey........................................... Good day!
1970 - Actress Ione Skye (Say Anything, Covington Cross)

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This Week in Geek History August 22 - 28

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August 22
1485 - Battle of Bosworth Field, Henry Tudor defeats the last Plantagenet, King Richard III, effectively ending the War of the Roses Microbadge: Tudor fan
1849 - World's first air raid: Austria launches pilotless balloons against Venice, Italy Microbadge: Balloon Cup fan
1862 - French composer Claude Debussy Microbadge: Claude Debussy fan
1920 - Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury Microbadge: Ray Bradbury fan

August 23
1305 - William Wallace executed by the English Microbadge: Hammer of the Scots fan
1883 - Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (Hero of Bataan)
1946 - The Who's drummer and general wild-man Keith Moon Microbadge: The Who fan

August 24
__79 - Mt. Vesuvius erupts, destroying Pompeii & Herculaneum, killing 15,000 Microbadge: Downfall of Pompeii fan
1759 - William Wilberforce, leader for abolition of slavery in England Microbadge: FreedomMicrobadge: Freedom
1880 - Joshua Lionel Cowen, inventor of the electric toy train Microbadge: Lionel Trains Operator
1897 - Country music publisher Fred Rose Microbadge: Country fan
1899 - Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges Microbadge: Jorge Luis Borges fan
1934 - English actor Kenny Baker Microbadge: Star Wars fan - R2-D2
1951 - American author Orson Scott Card Microbadge: Ender's Game fan
1957 - English comedian Stephen Fry Microbadge: Jeeves and Wooster fan

August 25
1530 - Russian ruler Ivan the Terrible Microbadge: Russian History buff
1819 - Allan Pinkerton, founder of the private detective agency Microbadge: Deadlands: Doomtown fan
1845 - Bavarian 'Mad' King Ludwig II Microbadge: Castles of Mad King Ludwig fan
1913 - Cartoonist Walt Kelly Microbadge: Pogo fan
1930 - Actor Sean Connery Microbadge: My favourite Bond is Sean Connery
1949 - KISS guitarist Gene Simmons Microbadge: KISS fan
1951 - Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford Microbadge: Judas Priest fan
1954 - Musician Elvis Costello Microbadge: Elvis Costello fan
1958 - Director Tim Burton Microbadge: Tim Burton fan
1991 - Linux's 'birthday' Microbadge: Linux user
???? - LordDillon
???? - RInaldoQax

August 26
1743 - French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, the founder of modern chemistry Microbadge: I love chemistry
1873 - Lee de Forest, known as the father of radio Microbadge: Old Time Radio fan
1883 - Krakatoa erupts, resulting in at least 36,417 deaths (including tsunamis) Microbadge: Krakatoa fan
1910 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa Microbadge: Mother Teresa - 'We can do no great things; only small things with great love.'
1952 - Puzzle Maestro Will Shortz Microbadge: Crosswords fan
1964 - RPG Designer Richard Pett
1980 - Actor Chris Pine Microbadge: Star Trek Movies fan

August 27
1877 - English auto maker Charles Rolls Microbadge: Rolls Royce fan
1890 - Surrealist photographer Man Ray Microbadge: Surrealism fan
1896 - In the world's shortest recorded war, Britain defeats Zanzibar in 38 minutes Microbadge: Chit Chat: Wait, what?
1899 - Horatio Hornblower author C.S. Forester Microbadge: C. S. Forester fan
1908 - Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States Microbadge: Presidential Trivia fan
1912 - Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes is published Microbadge: Tarzan fan
1952 - Actor Paul Reubens Microbadge: Pee Wee Herman fan
1953 - Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson Microbadge: Rush fan
1955 - Guinness Book of World Records first published Microbadge: Hey everyone, watch this!
1957 - RPG Designer Jeff Grubb
1979 - American actor Aaron Paul Microbadge: Breaking Bad fan
1990 - Stevie Ray Vaughn dies in helicopter crash at 35 Microbadge: Stevie Ray Vaughan fan

August 28
1749 - German poet, novelist and dramatist Johann von Goethe Microbadge: Goethe fan
1916 - American author Jack Vance (I) Microbadge: Jack Vance fan
1917 - Marvel & DC cartoonist Jack Kirby Microbadge: Jack "King" Kirby fanMicrobadge: Captain America fanMicrobadge: Fantastic Four fanMicrobadge: X-Men fanMicrobadge: Hulk fan
1963 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech Microbadge: Martin Luther King, Jr.
1965 - Canadian country/pop singer Shania Twain Microbadge: Country fan
1969 - American comedian Jack Black Microbadge: Jack Black fan

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This Week in Geek History August 15 - 21

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August 15
1057 - Malcolm Canmore kills King Macbeth of Scotland (Lumphanan) Microbadge: If it's not Scottish it's Crap!
1769 - Napoleon Bonaparte Microbadge: Field of Glory Napoleonic fan
1859 - Longtime Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey Microbadge: Chicago White Sox fan
1888 - British soldier and writer T.E. Lawrence Microbadge: Lawrence of Arabia fan
1969 - Woodstock begins (4 days)Microbadge: Carlos Santana fanMicrobadge: Grateful Dead fanMicrobadge: Creedence Clearwater Revival fanMicrobadge: Sly & The Family Stone fanMicrobadge: The Who fanMicrobadge: The Band - Robbie RobertsonMicrobadge: Crosby, Stills & Nash fanMicrobadge: Jimi Hendrix fan
1979 - Apocalypse Now premieres Microbadge: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" - Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

August 16
1845 - French physicist Gabriel Lippman (Inventor of color photography)
1958 - Pop singer Madonna Microbadge: Madonna fan
1977 - Death of Elvis Presley Microbadge: Elvis Presley fan
2018 - Death of Aretha Franklin Microbadge: Aretha Franklin fan

August 17
1786 - Frontiersman Davy Crockett Microbadge: Blood of Noble Men: The Alamo fan
1945 - Actor Robert DeNiro (Taxi Driver, Cape Fear) Microbadge: Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver fan

August 18
1774 - American explorer Meriwether Lewis Microbadge: Lewis & Clark fan

August 19
1871 - Aviation pioneer Orville Wright Microbadge: Wilbur and Orville Wright - pioneers of powered flight
1883 - French fashion designer Coco Chanel Microbadge: Chanel fan
1902 - Poet Ogden Nash Microbadge: I enjoy the work of Ogden Nash, the Master of light verse
1921 - Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry Microbadge: Star Trek fan
1939 - Drummer Ginger Baker Microbadge: Cream
1946 - Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States Microbadge: Presidential Trivia fan

August 20
1833 - Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States Microbadge: Presidential Trivia fan
1890 - Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft Microbadge: H. P. Lovecraft fan
1940 - Churchill says of the RAF "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" Microbadge: RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940 fan
1942 - Singer/songwriter and actor Isaac Hayes Microbadge: South Park fan
1948 - Singer/songwriter/Led Zep frontman Robert Plant Microbadge: Led Zeppelin fan
1968 - 200,000 Warsaw Pact Soviet led troops invade Czechoslovakia in response to 'Prague Spring' Microbadge: I love the Czech Republic! Microbadge: I Love Slovakia!
???? - ErniePaul

August 21
1872 - Illustrator Aubrey Beardsley Microbadge: Aubrey Beardsley fan
1904 - Jazz great William "Count" Basie Microbadge: Count Basie fan
1936 - Basketball center Wilt Chamberlain Microbadge: NBA fan

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This Week in Geek History August 8 - 14

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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

August 9
1828 - Author Leo Tolstoy Microbadge: Leo Tolstoy fan
1945 - "Fat Man" dropped on Nagasaki, Japan Microbadge: Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds
1965 - Singapore leaves Malaysia Microbadge: I love Singapore!
1968 - Actress Gillian Anderson Microbadge: The X-Files fan
1969 - Sharon Tate, along with 5 others murdered by the "Manson Family" Microbadge: Chaotic Evil
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August 10
__70 - Traditional date given to Roman General Titus' destruction of Herod's Temple as he sacks Jerusalem Microbadge: Siege of Jerusalem fan
1874 - Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States Microbadge: Presidential Trivia fan
1899 - Actor Jack Haley Microbadge: If I only had a heart.
1949 - TSR artist/cartographer Dave LaForce Microbadge: AD&D fan (2nd edition)
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2000 - Player's Handbook (D&D 3e) released Microbadge: D&D fan (3rd edition)

August 11
3114B - Mayan Calendar begins Microbadge: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar fan
1833 - Author Robert Ingersoll Microbadge: Robert G. Ingersoll
1921 - Author Alex Haley (Roots)
1950 - Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak Microbadge: Apple fan Microbadge: Apple hater
1953 - Wrestler Hulk Hogan Microbadge: Hulk Hogan fan
1965 - Watts riots begin in Los Angeles (6 days) Microbadge: Riot Games
2014 - Robin Williams dies Microbadge: Suicide Awareness

August 12
_30B - Cleopatra commits suicide by asp Microbadge: 7 Wonders: Leaders fan
1859 - Educator and poet Katherine Lee Bates (America the Beautiful)
1887 - Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger Microbadge: Schrödinger's Cat
1981 - IBM introduces its first Personal Computer Microbadge: IBM userMicrobadge: PC gamer
1990 - "Sue" (T-Rex) discovered Microbadge: Dinosaur Island - pink T-rex fan
2000 - Kursk lost at sea Microbadge: Submarine

August 13
1860 - Sharpshooter Annie Oakley Microbadge: Wild West Games fan
1895 - Actor Bert Lahr Microbadge: Courage!
1899 - Film director Alfred Hitchcock Microbadge: Alfred Hitchcock fan
1961 - Construction of the Berlin wall begins Microbadge: Pink Floyd fan - The Wall
2009 - Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (1st Edition) released Microbadge: Pathfinder RPG fan
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???? - Barad the Dwarf Microbadge: I potty trained a dwarf in the Tavern

August 14
1863 - Writer Ernest Thayer Microbadge: Baseball fan (Casey at the Bat)
1945 - VJ Day, Japan unconditionally surrenders, ending WWII Microbadge: Victory in the Pacific fan
1945 - Comedian/actor/banjo-player Steve Martin Microbadge: Steve Martin fan
1950 - Cartoonist Gary Larson Microbadge: Far Side fan

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In the first round, which is running until August 10, everyone can suggest 1 theme for a random table.

On August 10, bxrrr will randomly pick one of those themes and then we'll have until September 1 to create an entray based on that theme. All the individual tables which will be published as a product we'll release on this site and on drivethrurpg.

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Check out the contest here: The Great 2019 Memorial Random Table Project (Happening now - August 2021!)
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This Week in Geek History August 1 - 7

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August 1
1779 - Francis Scott Key (The Star-Spangled Banner) Microbadge: American Patriot
1819 - Author Herman Melville Microbadge: Herman Melville fan
1914 - Germany declares war on Russia, turning the conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia into the first World War Microbadge: Marne 1918: Friedensturm 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 12th Birthday! Microbadge: I love RPG Geek!

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
1936 - Jesse Owens wins his first gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Berlin Microbadge: Gold Medal
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

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