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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251. Board Game: The Miss America Pageant [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 7

1228: Frederick II the Holy Roman Emperor lands at Acre in the Sixth Crusade, which restored the Kingdom of Jerusalem

1533: Elizabeth I born in London

1652: Start of the Guo Huaiyi Rebellion against Dutch rule on Taiwan; it was crushed

1707: Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, a French nobleman and naturalist, born in Montbard, France; Buffon formulated an early theory of evolution, and was one of the first to suggest that the earth might be older than the account contained in the Bible

1776: First submarine attack – an American one-man submersible, the Turtle, tries to sink a British warship Eagle in New York harbor by attaching a bomb

1812: Napoleon defeats Kutuzov at Battle of Borodino, but about one-third of Napoleon's force is killed or wounded; this was the largest single-day battle of the French invasion of Russia (Napoleonic Wars)

1822: Brazil declares independence from Portugal

1860: Grandma Moses (real name Anna Mary Robertson Moses) born in Greenwich, New York; she became a celebrated artist in her 70s

1893: Genoa Cricket & Football Club formed by British expats; now known as Genoa, it is the oldest football club in Italy (and still in Serie A)

1895: The first rugby league games take place in England, following a split with the Rugby Football Union

1901: Boxer Rebellion officially ends with signing of the Boxer Protocol between Qing Dynasty China and Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, and United States; amongst other provisions the Chinese agreed to pay large indemnities and to allow signatories to base troops in China

1914: James Van Allen, who discovered the magnetosphere, born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa

1921: First Miss American beauty pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey

1927: Philo T. Farnsworth succeeds in transmitting an image by electronic means (television)

1936: The last known Tasmanian tiger, Benjamin, died in the Hobart Zoo

1940: German aircraft bomb London, the first of 57 consecutive nights of bombing known as the Blitz

1953: Nikita Khrushchev elected leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

1977: US and Panama sign a treaty to give control of the Panama Canal to Panama

1978: Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, dies of drug overdose aged 32

1979: ESPN debuts

1986: Bishop Desmond Tutu becomes the first black to lead the South African Anglican Church
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252. Board Game: Star Trek Game [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:7234]
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SEPTEMBER 8

1264: Duke Boleslaus the Pious of Poland issues Statute of Kalisz, giving jurisdiction over Jewish matters in Poland to Jewish courts

1380: Russians defeat the Golden Horde (Mongols and Tatars) at Battle of Kulikovo

1664: The Dutch surrender New Amsterdam to the English, who rename it New York in honor of the Duke of York

1888: The first six matches are played in England’s new Football League, the first professional soccer league in the world; original members are Accrington Stanley, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers (no Man U, no Arsenal, no Liverpool, no Chelsea!)

1900: A strong hurricane hits Galveston, Texas, killing 6000

1923: Nine destroyers of the US Navy run aground at Honda Point in California; seven are destroyed

1926: Germany admitted to the League of Nations

1930: Comic strip Blondie first published

1934: US Senator Huey Long shot in the Louisiana state capitol; he dies on September 10

1941: The German siege of Leningrad begins (WW2)

1943: General Eisenhower announces the surrender of Italy (WW2)

1944: First German V2 rockets hit London and Paris (WW2)

1945: First American troops arrive in southern Korea as part of the post-war occupation

1951: Treaty of San Francisco between Japan and the Allies signed by 48 states

1954: Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO) formed

1966: Star Trek premieres on NBC

1974: President Gerald Ford controversially pardons former president Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office

1998: Mark McGwire (St Louis Cardinals) hits his 62nd home run of the season to break Roger Maris’ single-season record; McGwire ended the season with 70, and Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) with 66 – both with the help of keen eyesight, sweet swings, practice, a trend towards smaller baseball parks, and performance-enhancing drugs
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253. Board Game: War and Peace [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1580]
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SEPTEMBER 9

9: Three Roman legions annihilated by six Germanic tribes at Battle of the Teutoberg Forest; the Romans never again tried to conquer Germania beyond the Rhine (though they did conduct raids and other military operations there)

1000: Olaf I, King of Norway, dies at Battle of Swold; he was key in converting Norway to Christianity

1776: Continental Congress formally adopts the name “United States”; earlier the collection had called themselves the “United Colonies”

1791: The new capital of the United States is named Washington

1828: Leo Tolstoy, influential writer (War and Peace, Anna Karenina), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia

1850: California becomes a state less than two years after coming under US sovereignty, and without passing thru a period as a territory

1863: Union forces under Gen. Rosecrans capture Chattanooga, Tennessee (American Civil War)

1890: Harland “Colonel” Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, born in Henryville, Indiana

1926: NBC (National Broadcasting Company) founded

1942: A Japanese floatplane carried by a submarine drops incendiary bombs on a forest in Oregon – the only air attack on the American mainland in World War 2 (plenty of ships were sunk in American waters in the Atlantic, though)

1944: Military coup in Bulgaria – a German ally – installs a pro-Soviet regime (WW2)

1947: First computer software bug discovered; it was a REAL bug, a moth trapped in a relay in the Harvard Computation Facility

1948: People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (aka, North Korea) proclaimed

1956: Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time

1963: First birth of a giant panda in captivity, at Beijing Zoo

1971: Prisoners seize control of the maximum-security prison Attica, near Buffalo, New York

1976: Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party (and therefore of China), dies

1991: Tajikistan declares independence from Soviet Union

1993: Palestine Liberation Organization agrees to recognize Israel's right to exist, and Israel recognizes the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people

1997: Sinn Fein (the political arm of the Irish Republican Army) renounces violence

2001: Al Qaeda assassinates Ahmad Shah Massoud, leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in Afghanistan

2000: Ozone hole over Antarctica expands and for first time, is over a populated city (Punta Arenas, in far southern Chile)
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254. Board Game: Grunge Golem [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 10

490 BC: Battle of Marathon – Athens and Plataea defeat the Persian during the first Persian invasion of Greece

1384: Lê Lợi, future emperor and founder of the Later Lê Dynasty of Vietnam, born in 1384 or 1385

1419: John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, assassinated by men of the future French king, Charles VII

1813: US Captain Oliver Hazard Perry leads a small American fleet to victory over a British squadron at the Battle of Lake Erie; after the battle he sends the famous message, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours” (War of 1812)

1823: Champlain Canal opened between Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, in New York

1833: President Andrew Jackson closes the Second Bank of the United States

1846: Elias Howe receives a patent for the sewing machine

1897: First arrest for drunk driving – a London taxi driver arrested after driving his cab into a building

1898: Empress Elizabeth of Austria, Queen Consort of Hungary, assassinated in Geneva by an Italian anarchist

1919: Republic of Austria and the Allies sign Treaty of Saint-Germain, ending hostilities and declaring the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

1941: Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, author, and baseball fan, born in Bayside, New York

1955: Gunsmoke premieres on CBS, runs 20 years

1963: After a standoff between the federal authorities and Alabama governor George Wallace, 20 black students enter public schools in Birmingham, Tuskagee, and Mobile

1972: The United States loses an international basketball match for the first time in a game against the Soviet Union (51-50) at the Munich Olympics; the referee was in on the fix

1977: France used the guillotine for the last time, executing a man in Marseilles convicted of murder

1981: Picasso’s masterpiece mural Guernica returns to Spain, an endorsement of Spain’s young democracy

1989: Hungary allows East German refugees to cross into Austria on their way to West Germany

1990: Pope John Paul II consecrates Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in Ivory Coast, the largest church in Africa

1991: Nirvana’s single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” released

2002: Switzerland joins the United Nations

2003: Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh stabbed in a shop in Stockholm; dies the following day

2008: The Large Hadron Collider at CERN (in Geneva, Switzerland) is powered up, and the earth does not disappear into a black hole
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255. Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 - ? [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:208]
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SEPTEMBER 11

1541: Indigenous warriors destroy the new Spanish settlement of Santiago (in modern Chile)

1609: Local residents of Manhattan Island discover Henry Hudson

1714: Barcelona surrenders to French and Spanish Bourbon armies (War of the Spanish Succession)

1789: Alexander Hamilton appointed first US Secretary of the Treasury

1897: Abyssinian soldiers capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of the Kingdom of Kaffa, ending Kaffa's independence

1857: Mormon guerrillas and Indian allies massacre 120 migrants from Arkansas and Missouri at Mountain Meadows, Utah

1914: Australia invades the German colony of New Britain (WW1)

1917: Jessica Mitford, writer and political activist, born in Gloucestershire, England

1919: US Marines invade Honduras

1921: Silent film star Fatty Arbuckle arrested for murder and rape (acquitted later on)

1925: Royal tomb of the Indian Mound Builders unearthed in Chillicothe, Ohio

1941: Ground is broken to begin the construction of the Pentagon

1941: Aviation hero and Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh gives a speech blaming "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" for trying to draw the United States into World War II

1946: First mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation happens, between Houston and St. Louis

1961: World Wildlife Fund founded

1962: The Beatles record "Love Me Do" in London, their first single

1970: Rocker Ted Leo born in South Bend, Indiana

1972: The San Francisco area Bay Area Rapid Transit system opens to passengers

1973: A CIA-backed coup in Chile; democratically-elected socialist President Salvador Allende commits suicide as troops stormed the presidential palace, which the air force had already bombed; leads to Gen. Augusto Pinochet becoming dictator

1985: Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) gets hit number 4192, to pass Ty Cobb as all-time major league baseball hits leader

1997: Scottish voters choose to establish a parliament for Scotland within the United Kingdom

2001: Al Qaeda terrorists crash airliners into World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia (a fourth aircraft, en route to a target in Washington DC, was brought down by passengers near Shanksville, Pennsylvania); nearly 3000 die

2007: Russia tests the most-powerful conventional bomb, a thermobaric device
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256. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
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SEPTEMBER 12

1609: Henry Hudson sails into what we now call the Hudson River

1683: Poles under King Jon Sibieski and other allies help Holy Roman Empire to defeat the Ottoman Turks at the walls of Vienna in the Battle of Vienna

1793: First quarantine in the US when the Maryland governor stops traffic with Philadelphia, which is suffering a yellow fever outbreak

1818: Richard Gatling, inventor of the Gatling gun, the first successful machine gun, born in Como, North Carolina

1846: Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning elope

1913: Track and field great Jesse Owens born in Oakville, Alabama

1938: Hitler demands self-determination for Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia

1919: Adolph Hitler joins the German Workers' Party (predecessor of the Nazi Party)

1921: Stanislaw Lem, science fiction writer and satirist, born in Lvov, Poland (now in Ukraine)

1940: Teenagers discover the Lascaux cave paintings near Montignac, France, that are over 15,000 years old

1943: German paratroopers rescue ex-Duce Mussolini from Italian custody

1959: Premier of the TV show Bonanza, the first regularly-scheduled TV show to be presented in color

1974: Emperor Haile Selassie deposed from the Ethiopian throne by a military coup

1977: Steven Biko, a black anti-apartheid activist and student leader, is killed in police custody in Pretoria, South Africa

1980: Military coup in Turkey

1990: US, Soviet Union, Britain, and France give up their rights to occupy Germany

1992: Peru's National Police capture Shining Path leader Abimael Guzmán

2001: Ansett, Australia's oldest airline, collapses
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257. Board Game: Car Wars [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:1649]
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SEPTEMBER 13

509 BC: Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus in Rome is dedicated

122: Construction begins on Hadrian's Wall

1229: Ögedei is proclaimed Great Khan, succeeding Genghis

1501: Michelangelo begins work on his sculpture, David

1694: Yeongjo born in Seoul; he was the king of Joseon Dynasty Korea for over 50 years

1759: British defeat French outside of Montreal at Battle of the Plains of Abraham; British commanding officer Wolfe and French opposite number Montcalm both killed (Seven Years War)

1788: New York City declared the interim capital of the United States

1791: Louis XVI accepts the new constitution for France, its first written constitution (French Revolution)

1814: Battle of Baltimore - a British attempt to capture this key port - begins (War of 1812)

1833: Calcutta (Kalikut) receives first import of ice (180 tons) from Boston, Massachusetts

1851: Walter Reed born in Beiroi, Virginia; as a U.S. Army physician, Reed led the team that in 1900 confirmed that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, not by direct contact

1857: Milton S. Hershey, who founded the Hershey Chocolate Company and the town of Hershey, born in Derry Church, Pennsylvania

1860: John Pershing, career US Army officer who led the American Expeditionary Force in France in World War One, born in Leclede, Missouri; Pershing is the only US Army officer to be promoted to the highest rank (General of the Armies) in his lifetime (George Washington was promoted retroactively in 1976, by Congress)

1862: Union troops find Lee's orders for the Antietam plan, and quickly pass them to Army of the Potomac commander George McClellan, who with his usual surfeit of caution, dithers instead of striking quickly to take advantage of this intelligence windfall (file under "Wasted Opportunities") (American Civil War)

1899: Henry Bliss killed in a car accident in New York - the first recorded fatality from an automobile accident in the US; he was hit by a taxi while getting off of a streetcar

1911: Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, born in Rosine, Kentucky

1916: Mary the Elephant hanged in Erwin, Tennessee, for killing a hotel worker

1922: Temperature at Al 'Aziziya, Libya hits 136F (57.8C) - in the shade

1936: Bob Feller (Cleveland Indians) strikes out 17 Philadelphia A's; he was 17 at the time

1940: Italian forces invade Egypt (WW2)

1968: Albania quits the Warsaw Pact

1971: Lin Biao, a very senior Communist Chinese military leader and at one point Mao Zedong's #2 and designated successor, killed in a plane crash (accident?) in Mongolia; he was apparently fleeing China after a failed coup against Mao, though details are sketchy; he was condemned as a traitor after his death

1977: Fiona Apple, singer-songwriter, born in New York City

1990: Law & Order debuts on NBC; it is now mathematically impossible to find a single second in a day where this or one of its spin-offs isn't airing somewhere in the world

1993: Israel and Palestine Liberation Organization sign Oslo Accords at the White House in Washington; Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat famously shake hands

2001: Civilian air traffic resumes in the United States (stopped on the morning of September 11)
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258. Board Game: Dante's Inferno [Average Rating:4.73 Overall Rank:11019]
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SEPTEMBER 14

1321: Dante Alighieri, poet (birthdate unknown in 1265 or so in Florence), dies; his work includes Divine Comedy, perhaps the greatest work in the Italian language

1741: George Frideric Handel completes his oratorio, Messiah; hallelujah!

1769: Alexander von Humboldt, naturalist and explorer, born in Berlin

1812: Napoleon's vanguard enters Moscow - and the Russians don't surrender, though they do set fire to Moscow (Napoleonic Wars)

1814: Inspired by the defense of Fort McHenry near Baltimore, Francis Scott Key writes a poem, Defence of Fort McHenry, which later becomes the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner"

1847: Winfield Scott enters Mexico City (Mexican War)

1879: Margaret Sanger born in Cornell, New York; she was a nurse, sex educator, and birth control advocate

1914: Robert S. Dietz born; he was a geophysicist and oceanographer who, observing the pattern of submarine volcanoes, set forth a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961

1917: Russia proclaimed a republic

1940: Congress authorizes first peace-time draft in United States

1944: Allies liberate Maastricht, Netherlands (WW2)

1955: Little Richard records "Tutti Frutti" in New Orleans

1959: Luna 2, a Soviet probe, becomes first man-made object to hit the moon

1960: Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) founded

1960: Mobutu Sese Seko takes power in The Congo (later Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo) with CIA help

1968: Denny McLain (Detroit Tigers) defeats Oakland A's to gain his 30th win; he is the only pitcher to win 30 since 1938

1974: Hicham El Guerrouj, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder for middle distance running (1500m, mile, 2000m), born in Berkane, Morocco

1979: Afghan president Nur Muhammad Taraki assassinated on orders of his successor, Hafizullah Amin - who didn't last long

1982: Bachir Gemayel, president-elect of Lebanon, assassinated

1987: Toronto Blue Jays hit TEN home runs (a major league record) and defeat Baltimore Orioles 18-3

1994: Owners decide to cancel the rest of the baseball season as the player strike reaches 34 days
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259. Board Game: Bankruptcy: The Card Game [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:10133]
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SEPTEMBER 15

668: Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II assassinated in the bath

1616: Europe's first free public school opens in Frascati, Italy

1776: British occupy New York (American Revolution)

1789: James Fenimore Cooper, author (Last of the Mohicans), born in Burlington, New Jersey

1830: The Liverpool and Manchester Railway opens, the first locomotive-hauled rail to connect two major cities, and the first with scheduled passenger service

1830: Porfirio Díaz, general and president of Mexico for over 30 years, born in Oaxaca, Mexico

1835: Charles Darwin, aboard the HMS Beagle, reaches the Galapagos

1858: US government begins transcontinental mail service to San Francisco

1890: Agatha Christie, mystery writer, born in Torquay, England

1894: Japanese defeat Chinese at Battle of Pyongyang, during First Sino-Japanese War

1904: First balloon for meteorological research launched in St Louis

1914: Allies and Germans begin to build trenches following the Battle of the Marne (WW1)

1916: Tanks used for first time in combat during Battle of the Somme (WW1)

1935: German Jews stripped of citizenship, and Germany adopts a new flag featuring the Nazi's swastika

1940: Norman Spinrad, science fiction writer (The Iron Dream), born in New York City

1950: US marines land at Inchon (near Seoul), in the North Korean rear during the Korean War

1954: During the making of The Seven Year Itch, the "skirt" scene featuring Marilyn Monroe is filmed

1963: Four young girls killed in bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, a black church in Birmingham, Alabama

2004: National Hockey League owners agree to lock out players; eventually the 2004-05 NHL season is cancelled

2008: Lehman Brothers Holding, Inc. files for bankruptcy protection, the largest such instance in the US
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260. Board Game: The Voyage of the Mayflower [Average Rating:4.30 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 16

1400: Owain Glyndŵr proclaimed Prince of Wales, the last native Welshman to hold that title

1620: The Mayflower leaves Plymouth, England, with over 100 passengers, headed for Virginia

1877: Jacob Schick, inventor and founder of the Schick Razor company, born in Ottumwa, Iowa

1893: Over 100,000 take part in the Land Run, looking to stake claims on the Cherokee Outlet in northwestern Oklahoma

1810: Mexican War of Independence begins

1891: Karl Dönitz, a German naval commander during World War 2, born in Berlin; Dönitz succeeded Hitler, becoming (briefly) President of Germany upon Hitler's suicide in 1945

1908: William Durant creates General Motors

1923: Lee Kuan Yew born in Singapore; Lee was prime minister of Singapore for over 30 years, and is currently the Minister Mentor

1941: Britain and Soviet Union invade Persia (fearing it was going to align with Nazi Germany) and depose the Shah, putting his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on the Peacock Throne

1959: The first successful photocopier - a Xerox - is demonstrated on television in the US

1963: The Federation of Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak form Malaysia

1974: President Ford announces an amnesty program for Vietnam-era draft dodgers

1977: Marc Bolan, lead singer and guitarist for T. Rex, dies in an auto accident aged 29

1978: Earthquake in Iran kills over 25,000

2008: An $85-billion emergency loan to AIG, the largest insurance company in the world (in deep financial crap because of the poorly-calculated misadventures of one relatively small non-insurance division of AIG), is announced
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261. Board Game: A Gleam of Bayonets: The Battle of Antietam [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:3491]
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SEPTEMBER 17

1111: Alfonso VII crowned King of Galicia by Galician nobility

1630: Boston, Massachusetts founded

1683: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutch scientist, writes to the Royal Society to report his discovery of bacteria (“animalcules”)

1778: Treaty of Fort Pitt signed between the US and Lenape (Delaware) Indians – the first formal, written treaty between the United States and an Indian tribe

1787: US Constitution signed in Philadelphia

1862: Army of the Potomac (McClellan) and Army of Northern Virginia (Lee) slug it out in Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland; though tactically inconclusive (and McClellan failed to commit all his troops or to pursue Lee), it was a strategic Union victory in that Lee was forced to abandon his first invasion of the North and cross back over the Potomac into Virginia; with 23,000 casualties on the two sides, it remains the bloodiest single-day battle in US military history

1871: Mont Cenis Tunnel (a rail tunnel) connecting Savoy thru Switzerland to the rest of Italy opens

1908: A passenger in an airplane with Orville Wright becomes the first US airplane fatality in a crash in Arlington Heights, Virginia

1920: American Professional Football Association – now known as the National Football League – organized in Canton, Ohio (see my geeklist, The Graveyard of Professional Football Leagues, for more early American football history)

1939: Soviet Union invades Poland, which was already fighting Nazi Germany (WW2)

1940: Hitler postpones Operation Sealion, the planned invasion of Britain, after a heavy defeat during the Battle of Britain

1948: Count Folke Bernadotte, a Swedish diplomat working as a UN mediator of the Arab-Israeli conflict, assassinated by members of a Jewish nationalist group in Jerusalem

1953: First successful surgical separation of conjoined twins (“Siamese twins”) done in a hospital in New Orleans

1963: Wendy Northcutt, who invented the Darwin Awards, born

1967: The Who trash guitars and blow up drums on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, briefly knocking the live show off the air

1972: M*A*S*H premieres on CBS

1978: Menachem Begin (Prime Minister of Israel) and Anwar Sadat (President of Egypt) sign Camp David Accords at the White House

1980: Anastasio Somoza, the exiled former dictator of Nicaragua, assassinated in Paraguay

1983: Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America

1988: Non-commissioned officers in Haiti depose government of General Henri Namphy, leading to General Prosper Avril becoming president
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262. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 18

53: Trajan, a notable Roman Emperor, born in Hispania (modern Spain)

324: Roman Emperor Constantine the Great defeats rival emperor Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis

1759: British capture Quebec (French & Indian War)

1793: President Washington lays cornerstone for US Capitol building

1819: Léon Foucault, physicist, born in Paris; he invented the Foucault pendulum to demonstrate the effect of the Earth's rotation and named the gyroscope

1837: Tiffany & Company founded in New York City

1850: Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act, allowing slaveowners to reclaim escaped slaves even in free states

1851: New York Times publishes its first edition (original name was The New-York Daily Times)

1862: Army of Northern Virginia begins to withdraw from Maryland following the Battle of Antietam; McClellan doesn't pursue

1898: During the Fashoda Incident (a British-French standoff in Sudan), Sir Herbert Kitchener arrives at Fashoda with a powerful gunboat flotilla

1911: Russian Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin assassinated in Kiev

1919: The Netherlands gives women the vote

1927: The Columbia Broadcast System (CBS) starts

1931: A small bomb planted by Japanese army officers near a Japanese-owned railroad in Manchuria serves as the pretext for Japan to invade Manchuria - the Mukden Incident

1939: Polish government, under attack from both Germany and USSR, flees to Romania (WW2)

1947: US Air Force becomes independent of the US Army

1949: Peter Shilton, who is much taller than Maradona and appeared in goal in 125 games for England, born in Leicester, England

1961: United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold while traveling on a mission to end the violence in the Congo dies in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia)

1964: North Vietnamese army begins to infiltrate into South Vietnam

1970: Jimi Hendrix, guitar god, dies in London of a drug overdose aged 27

1973: East Germany and West Germany admitted to United Nations

1981: The parking lot at the West Edmonton Mall enters the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest parking lot in the world with 20,000 spots

1998: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) founded

2009: After 72 soapy years on radio and TV, final episode of The Guiding Light airs on CBS
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263. Board Game: Charlie Chaplin Card Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 19

1356: Edward the Black Prince wins a decisive victory for the English over the French at the Battle of Poitiers, capturing French king Jean II (Hundred Years War)

1774: Cardinal Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti born in Bologna; during his life he learned over three dozen languages

1777: British defeat the colonials at the First Battle of Saratoga (American Revolution)

1802: Lajos Kossuth, Hungarian nationalist, journalist, and during the 1848 revolution, Regent-President of Hungary, born in Monok, Hungary, Austrian Empire

1863: First day of the Battle of Chickamauga near Chattanooga, Tennessee – ends on the 20th in a victory for Bragg’s Army of Tennessee over Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland (American Civil War)

1870: Prussia and its German allies begin the Siege of Paris (Franco-Prussian War)

1870: Italian army lays siege to Rome (Papal States), which fell the next day

1893: New Zealand becomes first country to give women the vote in national elections

1944: Soviet Union and Finland sign an armistice, ending Finland’s active participation in World War 2

1946: First Cannes Film Festival begins in the south of France; it had originally been slated for September 1939 but war intervened

1949: Twiggy, model and actress, born in London

1952: At the direction of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Charlie Chaplin’s permission to re-enter the United States is revoked while Chaplin was in Britain, because Hoover suspected Chaplin of being a communist

1955: Juan Peron, President of Argentina, deposed in a military coup

1957: First underground nuclear test happens in Nevada, about 65 miles from Las Vegas

1959: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev learns he will not be able to visit Disneyland in California due to security and crowd control concerns

1982: First documented emoticons posted by computer scientist Scott Fahlman on Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board

1988: Israel launches its first satellite

1991: The mummified remains of Ötzi the Iceman, who died over 5000 years ago, discovered in the Italian Alps near the Austrian border by tourists

1994: US troops land in Haiti

2006: Military coup in Thailand
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264. Board Game: ABC Monday Night Football [Average Rating:5.98 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 20

1187: Siege of Jerusalem by Saladin begins

1260: The Great Prussian Uprising against the Teutonic Knights begins; lasts till 1274 and ends in defeat for the Prussians

1519: Ferdinand Magellan sets out to circumnavigate the world

1697: France, England, Spain, Holy Roman Empire, and Dutch Republic sign Treaty of Rijswijk to end Nine Years’ War

1792: Revolutionary France defeats invading Prussians and Austrians at Battle of Valmy (Wars of the French Revolution)

1835: The War of the Ragamuffins, a republican revolt against the monarchy, begins in southern Brazil; the emperor won in 1845

1848: First meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in Philadelphia

1870: The capture of Rome completes Italian reunification

1954: First FORTRAN computer program run

1962: James Meredith, a black man, is refused entry into the University of Mississippi by the state's governor

1967: Ocean liner RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 launched at Clydebank, Scotland

1970: Monday Night Football debuts on ABC; Cleveland Browns defeat New York Jets, 31-21

1977: Vietnam admitted to United Nations

1979: A coup d’etat overthrows Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Empire (now the Central African Republic)

1982: NFL players begin a strike

1998: Cal Ripken (Baltimore Orioles) takes a day off, ending his consecutive-game streak at 2632
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265. Board Game: Little Wars [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:5637]
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SEPTEMBER 21

1780: General Benedict Arnold commits his act of treason, giving the British the plans to West Point, Arnold’s command

1792: The National Convention abolishes the monarchy and declares France a republic

1823: Joseph Smith first visited by the angel Moroni (according to Smith)

1866: HG Wells, journalist, wargame player and designer, and science fiction writer (War of the Worlds, The Time Machine) often called the Father of Science Fiction, born in Bromley, England

1897: New York Sun publishes its famous editorial, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” (psst - the Sun was wrong)

1898: Empress Dowager Cixi seizes control in China and ends the Hundred Days Reform

1937: The Hobbit first published, in London

1939: Romanian prime minister Armand Calinescu assassinated by members of the right-wing Iron Guard

1942: B-29 Superfortress makes its first flight

1976: Orlando Letelier, a member of the late Salvador Allende’s government in Chile, assassinated in Washington DC

1981: Sandra Day O’Connor confirmed by Senate to become first woman on the US Supreme Court

1993: Russian President Boris Yeltsin dissolves parliament and scraps the constitution
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266. Board Game: Ringside [Average Rating:5.16 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 22

1586: Spanish defeat Dutch and English at Battle of Zutphen

1692: Martha Corey hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts

1776: Nathan Hale, patriot, hanged in New York by the British as a spy; legend (probably wrong) has him saying "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country"

1784: Russia establishes a colony at Kodiak, Alaska

1791: Michael Faraday, chemist and physicist, born in Newington Bluffs, England

1828: Shaka, military leader and founder of the Zulu Kingdom, assassinated by his half-brothers, aged 41

1862: President Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, saying that slaves in areas still in rebellion as of 1 January 1863 (i.e., omitting the loyal border states) would be freed

1902: Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, born in Khomein, Iran

1910: Duke of York's Picture House opens in Brighton; it is still in operation and largely unaltered

1927: Jack Dempsey loses to defending heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney in the "Long Count" fight in Chicago

1945: General George Patton tells reporters he doesn't see the need for "this denazification thing" in occupied Germany

1955: First commercial television broadcast in Britain (ITV)

1957: Francois Duvalier ("Papa Doc") elected president in Haiti (takes office October 22)

1957: Nick Cave, rock singer/songwriter, born in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia

1961: Peace Corps created when President Kennedy signs legislation

1964: Fiddler on the Roof opens on Broadway, first of 3242 performances

1965: End of the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965

1980: Iraq invades Iran over a border dispute, kicking off the long and bloody Iran-Iraq War
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267. Board Game: Panko or Votes for Women [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 23

480 BC: Euripides, a great Greek playwright, born in Salamis (really September 23, 480? Who knows?)

63 BC: Augustus, first Roman Emperor, born in Rome (birth name Gaius Octavius Thurinus)

1122: Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V agree to Concordat of Worms, ending that particular Pope-Emperor power struggle over political control (Investiture Controversy)

1215: Kublai Khan born somewhere in Mongolia

1779: John Paul Jones’ Bonhomme Richard defeats two British warships in Battle of Flamborough Head off the coast of England; Jones utters his famous line, “I have not yet begun to fight” in rejecting to strike his colors (War of the American Revolution)

1803: British East India Company forces commanded by Major-General Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) defeat Maratha Confederacy at Battle of Assaye

1838: Victoria Claflin Woodhull, a leading advocate of women’s suffrage and the first female candidate for president in the United States (1872), born in Homer, Ohio

1845: Knickerbockers Baseball Club founded in New York; first to play under modern rules

1846: Johann Gottfried Galle discovers Neptune

1869: Mary Mallon born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland ; she became infamous as “Typhoid Mary”, unknowingly passing on typhoid fever to 51 others (three died) in the 1900s and 1910s while working in the New York area while remaining immune to it herself; she was the first healthy typhoid carrier to be identified by medical science, and lived the last 23 years of her life in enforced quarantine

1879: Richard Rhodes invents the first hearing aid

1908: University of Alberta founded in Edmonton

1926: John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist, born in Hamlet, North Carolina

1932: Kingdom of Hejaz and Kingdom of Nejd united as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under King Abdul Aziz bin Saud

1943: Mussolini, sponsored by the Germans, establishes a fascist puppet republic in northern Italy (WW2)

1952: Republican vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon gives his “Checkers” speech denying allegations of illegal campaign financing

1957: A white mob forces nine black students to withdraw from Little Rock Central High School

1999: Mars Climate Observer burns up in the Martian atmosphere as it began to go into orbit; an error involving software written in metric units (Newtons) while ground crew entered course correction and thruster data in Imperial units (Pound-force) was the cause
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268. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:185]
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SEPTEMBER 24

622: Mohammed completes his hijira (flight) from Mecca to Medina, done to escape persecution in Mecca

1213: Gertrude of Merania, Queen Consort of Hungary, assassinated by jealous Hungarian magnates

1501: Girolamo Cardano born in Pavia, Italy; as a gambler, he learned about probability and became one of the founders of that field; as a physician, he was the first to give a clinical description of typhus fever; he also invented a combination lock, contributed to hydrodynamics argued that perpetual motion is impossible, and wrote two encyclopedias about natural science and astrology

1583: Albrecht von Wallenstein, an Austrian general and the inspiration for a popular boardgame, born in Heřmanice, Kingdom of Bohemia, Holy Roman Empire

1725: Arthur Guinness, a brewer who founded the Guinness brewery business, born in Celbridge, Ireland

1755: John Marshall, who was a Secretary of State, member of teh House of Representatives, and most importantly a hugely influential Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, born in Germantown, Virginia

1852: Dirigible (powered by a coal-burning steam engine) demonstration flight from Paris to Trappe by Henri Giffarde covers 17 miles at 5 miles per hour (27 km/8 kph)

1869: "Black Friday" aka "Fisk/Gould Scandal" - after Jay Gould and James Fisk corner the gold market, US president Ulysses S. Grant orders the Treasury to sell gold, and prices plummet

1877: Imperial Japanese Army defeats 500 samurai of Satsuma to a man in the Battle of Shiroyama, ending the Satsuma Rebellion

1890: Mormon church leadership officially renounces polygamy and orders church members to obey anti-polygamy laws

1891: William Friedman born (as Wolfe Friedman) in Kishinev, Russian Empire (now Chisinau, Moldova); he was a renowned cryptologist who broke Japan's "Purple" code (1937-40), thus allowing the US to read much of Japan's secret communications during World War II

1906: President Theodore Roosevelt makes Devil's Tower in Wyoming the first National Monument in the US

1918: Bulgaria, an ally of Germany and Austria-Hungary, announces it is seeking a cease-fire (WW1)

1948: Honda Motor Company incorporated in Hamamatsu, Japan

1957: The Brooklyn Dodgers play their last home game; next season, they would be the Los Angeles Dodgers

1957: Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC and currently the largest stadium in Europe (by seating capacity), opens

1957: President Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation

1960: USS Enterprise launched in Norfolk, Virginia, the world's largest warship at the time, and the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

1962: US Court of Appeals orders University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith

1966: "Last Train to Clarksville" by the made-for-TV The Monkees enters Billboard's Top 40

1968: 60 Minutes debuts on CBS

1979: CompuServe launches the first consumer internet service, including the first public email service

1991: Classic Nirvana album Nevermind released; oh well, whatever, never mind

1996: Stephen King releases two novels on the same day - Desperation, and under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, The Regulators

1996: 72 states sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, including the US and all other major nuclear powers
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269. Board Game: Conquistador [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2298]
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SEPTEMBER 25

1066: At Battle of Stamford Bridge, English King Harold Godwinson defeated an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada (Harald Hardrada killed)

1506: Philip I of Castile dies of typhoid fever aged 28

1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa completes crossing the Isthmus of Panama to reach the Pacific Ocean

1555: Emperor Charles V and Schmalkaldic League conclude the Peace of Augsburg

1644: Ole Rømer, astronomer, born in Aarhus, Denmark; he proved that light travels at a finite speed

1711: Qianlong Emperor of China born

1846: Gen. Zachary Taylor's army captures Monterrey (Mexican War)

1862: Billy Hughes, prime minister of Australia for eight years (1915-23) including the entirety of World War One, and the longest-serving member of Australia's parliament (51 years), born in London, England

1890: Sequoia National Park in California established

1894: President Grover Cleveland pardons Mormons who had previously been in polygamous marriages

1942: Swiss Police Instruction of September 25, 1942 issued, denying entry into Switzerland to Jewish refugees (WW2)

1951: Pedro Almodóvar, film director (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), born in Ciudad Real, Spain

1956: First trans-Atlantic telephone cable goes into service

1957: US 101st paratroopers help nine black students re-enter Little Rock's Central High School

1965: Satchel Paige starts for the Kansas City Athletics, giving up one hit in three innings to the Boston Red Sox; oh by the way, Mr. Paige was 59 years old

1972: Norwegian voters reject membership in the European Community

1980: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham chokes to death after a drinking binge, aged 32

1996: The last Magdalene asylum for "fallen women" (women pregnant out of wedlock) in Ireland closes (in Waterford)

2005: Irish Republican Army officially disarms
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270. Board Game: Inside Pitch Baseball [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 26

1580: After over three years, Francis Drake in the Golden Hind returns to Plymouth, first English navigator to circumnavigate the globe

1687: Venetians partially destroy the Parthenon in Athens while besieging Ottomans

1774: John Chapman, a conservationist better known as Johnny Appleseed, born in Leominster, Massachusetts

1820: Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a philosopher, academic, educator, writer, translator, printer, publisher, entrepreneur, reformer, and philanthropist and an important figure in the Bengali Renaissance, born in Medinipur, West Bengal, India

1888: TS Eliot, poet, born in St Louis

1889: Martin Heidigger, existential philosopher, born in Messkirch, Germany

1907: New Zealand and Newfoundland become dominions within the British Empire

1918: American and French armies begin Meuse-Argonne Offensive, part of the final Allied offensive of World War One

1957: West Side Story opens on Broadway

1960: Presidential candidates, Senator John Kennedy and Vice-President Richard Nixon, engage in the first presidential debate to be televised

1969: Abbey Road, the last studio album recorded by the Beatles, released

1971: Jim Palmer wins his 20th game, making the Baltimore Orioles the first (and last) team since 1920 to have four 20 game winners (others were Jim McNally, Mike Cuellar, and Pat Dobson)

1973: The Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic

1981: Nolan Ryan becomes first and so far only player to throw five no-hitters in the major leagues

1983: Australia II wins the America's Cup (yachting) near Newport, Rhode Island; the New York Yacht Club had held the cup in 132 years
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271. Board Game: The Art of Siege [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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SEPTEMBER 27

1066: William the Bastard’s invasion fleet sets sail from Normandy for England to press his claim to the throne, and lands in Pevensy (Sussex) the following day

1529: Ottomans under Suleiman begin the Siege of Vienna

1540: The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), crucial in the Counter-Reformation, formally established as a religious order when it receives its charter from Pope Paul III

1590: Pope Urban VII dies of malaria; his reign as Pope was 13 days

1605: At Battle of Kircholm, a devastating charge by Polish-Lithuanian Winged Hussars scores a decisive victory over the Swedes (Polish-Swedish War of 1600-11)

1669: Venetians surrender the fortress at Candia (on Crete) to the Ottomans after a siege that lasted 21 years (yes, twenty-one YEARS), the longest siege in history

1722: Samuel Adams, statesman and one of the Founding Fathers, born in Boston, Massachusetts; perhaps best known today for giving his name to a popular beer

1822: Jean-François Champollion, a French classical scholar, announces he has deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone

1864: Confederate guerillas sack Centralia, Missouri (American Civil War)

1905: Albert Einstein’s famous equation, E = mc2 (concerning mass-energy equivalence) appears in his paper, "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", published on this date in Annalen der Physik

1908: First Ford Model T build at Ford’s Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan

1916: Zewditu becomes Empress of Ethiopia in a palace coup

1940: Germany, Japan, and Italy sign the Tripartite Pact

1941: The first Liberty ship, the SS Patrick Henry, launched by President Franklin Roosevelt in Baltimore; 2700 more followed

1949: Mike Schmidt, the best hitting third baseman in baseball history (Philadelphia Phillies) and a ten-time Golden Glove winner, born in Dayton, Ohio

1954: Tonight! (Later, The Tonight Show) debuts on NBC, hosted by Steve Allen

1964: Warren Commission report made public; concludes that Lee Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John Kennedy

1998: Mark McGwire (St Louis Cardinals) hits his 69th and 70th home runs of the season, then a record
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272. Board Game: Confucius [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1326]
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SEPTEMBER 28

551 BC: Confucius (孔丘), renowned philosopher, born in Qufu, Zhou Dynasty China

48 BC: In the midst of a Roman civil war, Pompey the Great is murdered upon landing in Egypt (where he hoped for refuge from Caesar) on King Ptolemy's orders

935: Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, known now as St Wenceslaus the patron saint of the Czech state (and the "Good King Wenceslaus" of the Christmas carol), murdered by his brother Boleslaus I

1238: James I of Aragon ("the Conqueror") accepts surrender of Muslim Valencia

1542: Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers San Diego Bay in California

1781: Siege of Yorktown begins with American and French forces (and a French fleet) on the outside and Lord Cornwallis' British army on the inside (American Revolution)

1791: France becomes first country to emancipate Jews (i.e., recognize as citizens with equal rights)

1841: Georges Clemenceau, statesman and two-time prime minister of France, born in Mouilleron-en-Pareds in the Loire Valley of France; as the determined war-time prime minister (WW1) he earned the nickname "The Tiger"

1850: US Navy abolishes flogging

1856: Kate Douglas Wiggin, educator, advocate of children's rights, and author of children's stories (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) born in Philadelphia

1865: Elizabeth Anderson becomes the first female licensed physician in Britain

1867: Toronto becomes capital of Ontario

1871: Brazil passes law granting freedom to all new children born to slaves

1924: Marcello Mastroianni, film actor, born in Fontana Liri, Italy

1928: Parliament outlaws cannabis (marijuana) in the United Kingdom

1928: Scottish scientist Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory in St Mary's Hospital in London, discovering what later became known as penicillin

1939: Warsaw surrenders to the Germans (WW2)

1941: On the last day of the season, Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox) goes 6 for 8 to raise his average to .406; he is the last major leaguer to hit .400 for a season (with any significant amount of at bats)

1961: Quentin Kawānanakoa, head of the House of Kawānanakoa and pretender to the throne of Hawaii (and currently Minority Leader in Hawaii's state legislature), born in San Francisco, California

1961: Military coup in Damascus ends United Arab Republic (union of Egypt and Syria)

1972: Japan and the People's Republic of China agree to establish diplomatic relations

1989: Deposed Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos dies in exile in Hawaii

1996: The former president of communist-era Afghanistan, Mohammad Najibullah, is castrated, dragged behind a truck in the streets of Kabul until dead, and his body hanged from a traffic light by the Taliban
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273. Board Game: Origins of World War II [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:7008]
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SEPTEMBER 29

480 BC: Greeks under Themistocles soundly defeat the Persian fleet at Battle of Salamis during the Second Persian Invasion of Greece

1227: Pope Gregory IX excommunicates the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II, over Frederick’s refusal to participate in the Crusades

1571: Caravaggio, an Italian artist infamous in his time, born in Milan

1725: Robert Clive, First Baron Clive, “Clive of India”, born in Shropshire, England; as a British army officer, he established British supremacy (actually, supremacy of the East India Company) in Bengal and helped secure India for the British crown

1758: Horatio Nelson, the most famous British admiral, born in Burnham Thorpe, England

1829: Metropolitan Police of London founded

1898: Trofim Lysenko, biologist, born in Karlivka, Russian Empire (now Ukraine); he directed Soviet biology under Stalin and rejected the Mendelian theory of heredity, instead developing a fraudulent pseudo-scientific movement called Lysenkoism which said acquired traits could be inherited; other theories of heredity were outlawed, and Lysenko caused the arrest and execution of many Soviet biologists

1899: László Bíró, inventor of the ball-point pen, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary

1901: Enrico Fermi, Nobel-Prize winning physicist, born in Rome; known for work on the first nuclear reactor (Chicago Pile-1), and on quantum theory and other problems of physics

1911: Italy declares war on the Ottoman Empire; this war won Libya for Italy

1918: Allied troops breach the Germans’ Hindenberg Line; also Bulgaria signs an armistice (WW1)

1936: Silvio Berlusconi, monopolistic media magnate (and owner of AC Milan) turned hard-partying bunga-bunga loving corrupt politician and (for now) prime minister of Italy, born in Milan

1938: Agreement is reached in Munich between the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy to allow Germany to occupy the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia (agreement signed 2:00 AM following morning but dated September 29)

1941: German forces begin the Babi Yar massacre of Jews near Nazi-occupied Kiev, Ukraine; when it was over on September 30, over 30,000 had been killed

1943: Lech Wałęsa, electrician, trade union activist and first president of post-communist Poland, born in Popowo

1951: The Duke-Pittsburgh college football game aired on NBC becomes the first coast-to-coast sports broadcast on television in the United States

1951: Michelle Bachelet, the first female president of Chile, born in Santiago

1954: Willie Mays (New York Giants centerfielder) makes one hell of a catch on Vic Wertz’ (Cleveland Indians) deep drive to center in the World Series

1957: New York Giants play their last baseball game in New York; they moved to San Francisco for the 1958 season

1966: Chevrolet introduces its popular muscle car, the Camaro

1972: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with Communist China

1982: Six people in Chicago die after taking cyanide-laced Tylenol painkillers; the person who tampered with the painkillers has still not been identified

1991: Another military coup in Haiti
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274. Board Game: Wildlife Safari [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:960]
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SEPTEMBER 30

1399: Henry IV proclaimed King of England upon abdication of Richard II

1715: Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, philosopher, born in Grenoble

1791: Mozart’s The Magic Flute debuts in Vienna

1882: World’s first hydroelectric power plant opens in Appleton, Wisconsin, on the Fox River

1895: Madagascar becomes a French protectorate

1927: Babe Ruth becomes first to hit 60 home runs in the major leagues

1928: Elie Wiesel, writer, professor, human rights activist, survivor of the Holocaust, born in Sighet, Romania

1935: Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) dedicated in Boulder City, Nevada

1938: Munich Pact signed (agreed to previous day) allowing Germany to annex the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia

1938: League of Nations bans "intentional bombings of civilian populations"

1947: First World Series game to be televised (New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers)

1949: Berlin Airlift officially ends a few months after the Soviet blockade ended

1955: James Dean, Hollywood star, dies in an automobile accident aged 24

1962: Riots in Oxford, Mississippi as James Meredith is escorted onto the campus of the University of Mississippi by federal marshals

1962: César Chávez founds the union now known as the United Farm Workers

1965: Violence within the military in Indonesia (six generals kidnapped and executed by the September 30 movement) leads to General Suharto increasing his power

1966: Bechuanaland (now Botswana) declares independence from Britain

1972: Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates) gets hit number 3000 – his last one

2005: Cartoons depicting Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper, eventually setting off a diplomatic row
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275. Board Game: Tollroad Turnpike [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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OCTOBER 1

331 BC: Alexander the Great defeats Darius III at Battle of Gaugamela, leading to the demise of the Achaemenid Empire of Persia

959: Edgar the Peacable becomes King of England

1800: Spain cedes Louisiana to France

1814: The Congress of Vienna, a diplomatic conference to redraw the map of Europe after all the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic upheaval, opens for business

1843: News of the World (tabloid newspaper) first published in London

1890: Yosemite National Park established

1896: Liaquat Ali Khan, first prime minister of Pakistan, born in Karnal, Punjab, British India

1903: Baseball's first World Series game is played; Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) 3

1908: Ford’s Model T goes on sale, yours for a mere $825 (about $18,000 in 2011 dollars)

1918: Arab forces led by Lawrence of Arabia ride into Damascus; however, the 3rd Australian Light Brigade entered Damascus first (WW1)

1928: Soviet Union introduces its first Five-Year Plan

1936: General Francisco Franco named head of the rebel National government in Spain

1939: On a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill famously calls the Soviet Union “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”

1940: Pennsylvania Turnpike (or at least a 160 mile/260 km stretch) opens between Irwin and Carlisle, first limited-access interstate-type highway in the US

1945: Rod Carew, seven-time American League batting champion, born on a train in Gatún, Panama Canal Zone

1949: People’s Republic of China proclaimed by Mao Zedong

1957: The phrase “In God We Trust” first appears on US notes (it had been on coins since some time in the 19th century)

1959: Youssou N'Dour, singer and actor, born in Dakar, Senegal

1960: Nigeria becomes independent of Britain

1961: Roger Maris (NY Yankees) hits his 61*st home run to surpass Babe Ruth’s single season record

1961: Federal Republic of Cameroon formed as Southern Cameroons (formally a British colony) united with French Cameroun

1962: Johnny Carson makes his debut as host of The Tonight Show

1965: Suharto crushes an attempted coup in Indonesia

1966: George Weah, former soccer great and now a politician in Liberia, born in Monrovia, Liberia; while playing for AC Milan he was the first non-European to be named FIFA European Footballer of the Year

1969: Concorde breaks the sound barrier for first time

1971: Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida

1975: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila

1979: US reverts sovereignty over the Panama Canal to Panama

1985: Israeli warplanes bomb PLO headquarters in Tunisia

2007: US National Snow and Ice Data center report that the summer melt of Arctic Sea ice is the greatest on record

2009: Supreme Court of the United Kingdom established, takes over judicial functions of the House of Lords
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