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We've got a lot of geeks on this site, and we've got a wide variety of ages. I wonder how many consecutive months in a row a geek was born?

If you want to join in on this what can be loosely called fun, post your the year and month of your birth on this geeklist (assuming the month/year combination is not already taken). Also post something interesting that happened that month.

The more people who add, the neater it will look.

Claim your month and year before someone else does!
Posting gets you a shiny geekpenny

Please make your month/year big and bold.

So far:
Youngest: June 1998
Oldest: March 1946
Years missing: '48,'50,'54,'58,'89-'96
Most Consecutive Months: 9 (70-71)

This is going well holes are filling in, giving us longer and longer streaks.
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1. Board Game: The Fires of Midway [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:3961]
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JUNE, 1942

Nearly born on the weekend of the battle, but another women in labor was screaming so much that my mother's contractions stopped. She returned to the hospital on the 20th and I began this wondrous adventure...JWA
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March 1946

Liza Minnelli and I share a birthday.

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What do you mean? Mick Jagger is three years older than I.

Also: I was born on a Tuesday. On the following Saturday Bobby Troup's '(Get Your Kick On) Route 66' was recorded for the first time, by the Nat King Cole Trio. Since this is my 66th. year it is a pleasant surprise to discover this fact now.

All sorts of unpleasant things were going on at that time, so I have chosen a couple of events that I think must have added to the gaiety of nations.
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3. Board Game: UFO Interception: Roswell 1947 Standard Boxed Set [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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APRIL 1947

I was born while my parents were in transit to the 3rd planet of some useless Solar System

images of our existence will not be released until 2447





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4. Board Game: Walt Disney's Pluto's Lost Bones Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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February 1949


(1930) Pluto, the ninth planet, is discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. I am a few months older than that youngster Coffindodger.


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5. Board Game: San Francisco 49ers Trivia Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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April, 1949.

Except for Old & Chaotic Evil Bob who claims to have been born somewhere other than Earth, this should make me one of the oldest Geeks. On my birthday, Newfoundland became part of Canada and the Republic of Ireland was established. Hmmm...

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6. Board Game: Korea: The Mobile War 1950-51 [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:14510]
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August 1951
Come Onna My House by Rosemary Clooney (George's mom) was #1 on the Hit Parade, and you could take your pick in the theatres of Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Marlon Brando playing a Japanese guy in Tea House of the August Moon, or Bogie and Hepburn in African Queen.

Truman was still in the White House (though he had announced he would not stand for reelection, opening the door for Ike), and peace talks had finally begun in Korea.

Then, on the sixth anniversary of Hiroshima another bomb was dropped on the world: me!
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7. Board Game: The Game of Dragnet [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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January 1952

"Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
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8. Board Game: Primordial Soup [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:875]
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FEBRUARY 1953

Watson and Crick of Cambridge University announced their discovery of the structure of DNA.
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9. Board Game: Mig Madness: Jet vs. Jet Combat [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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August 1953 for all you young'uns out there. Where's my damn cane?

Interesting fact. I was born. Now get off my lawn.

Actually on August 17 (day before my birthday, apparently nothing of interest happened on my birthday) the following occurred:

Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
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10. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:9] [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked]
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October 1953

According to our friends at Wikipedia:

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Cold War: U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally approves the top secret document National Security Council Paper No. 162/2, which states that the United States' arsenal of nuclear weapons must be maintained and expanded to counter the communist threat.
Hearty thanks to all the folks above me in the list -- for being above me in the list.
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11. Board Game: Battle for Germany [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:2790]
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October, 1954

The "allies" from 9 years before agree to end the occupation of Germany. And President Dwight David Eisenhower pledges U.S. support to South Viet Nam.
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12. Board Game: Mickey Mouse Club Game In Disneyland [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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JULY 1955


In July 1955: (month's name in honor of Julius Caesar (Born July 13, 100 BC):

July 7 – The New Zealand Special Air Service is formed (1955).

July 13 - Ruth Ellis (born 1926) is hanged for murder in London, becoming the last woman ever to be executed in the United Kingdom.

July 16 -

July 17 – The American Broadcasting Company broadcasts a sneak preview of Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

July 18
- Disneyland opens to the public in Anaheim, California.
(My parents did not carry me to the inauguration because I was only two days old...)
- The first nuclear-generated electrical power is sold commercially, partially powering the town of Arco, Idaho.
- The first Geneva Summit meeting between the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and France begins. It ends on July 23.

July 27 – El Al Flight 402 from Vienna, Austria to Tel Aviv-Yafo via Istanbul is shot down over Bulgaria. All 58 passengers and crewmen aboard the Lockheed Constellation airplane are killed.

July 28 – The first Interlingua Congress in Tours, France, leading to foundation of the Union Mundial pro Interlingua.


Famous people, besides me, who was born on July 16:

Will Ferrel
Ginger Rogers
Corey Feldman
Stewart Copeland
Barbara Stanwyck
Phoebe Cates
Annalynne McCord
Denise Faye
Roald Amundsen
Andrew James Allen
Ann Turkel


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13. Board Game: Booze, Boobs and Boners [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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March 1956

March 25 - Death of actor Robert Newton
March 11 - Birth of actor Rob Paulsen
March 2 - Death of baseball player Fred Merkle
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14. Board Game: Honfoglaló: 1956 [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Philip Poulton
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June 1956

Oldest so far.

Apparently their was a Total Solar Eclipse, about a week before I was born.
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15. Board Game: Middle East Battles: Suez '56 [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:15158]
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September 1956

It was always talked about in my family that the Suez Crisis was ongoing on the day of my birth and was partly to blame for my mother going into labour. However, it seems to me that most of the Crisis was finished before September, so my family obviously trying to blame someone or something else for my appearance. Huh - nice to be wanted isn't it!

I share a day of birth with Jacqueline Bisset - she got the looks, I musta got something else.

Also good to be 3 months younger than my old mate Phil Poulton (see above). These 3 months are quite important when it comes to starting player in so many games.
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16. Board Game: Crappy Birthday [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:12959]
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Cindy Nowak
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December, 1956

Dec 1 - Frank Robinson (NL) & Luis Aparicio (AL) voted Rookie of the Year

Dec 4 - "Million Dollar Quartet" impromptu jam session at Sun Records
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Dec 8 - 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-0

Dec 20 - Montgomery, Ala, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses

Dec 28 - Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
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17. Board Game: Sputnik [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:16237]
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OCTOBER, 1957

1st - B-52 bombers begin full-time flying alert in case of USSR attack

4th - USSR launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite

4th - "Leave It to Beaver," debuts on CBS

14th - Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" reaches #1

21st - Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens

30th - Soviet Union launches, Sputnik II, carrying a dog named Laika
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18. Board Game: The Muppet Show Game [Average Rating:4.43 Overall Rank:18741]
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JAN, 1958

Jim Henson founded Muppets Inc sometime in 1958, specific date is not given so I figured I would note it here.

Jan 12, 1879: British-Zulu War begins (My birthday, guess I should get a copy of Zulus on the Ramparts!: The Battle of Rorke's Drift – Second Edition)

Jan 4 – Sputnik 1 (launched on October 4, 1957) falls to Earth from its orbit and burns up.
Jan 8 – 14-year-old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship.
Jan 31 – The first successful American satellite, Explorer 1, is launched into orbit.
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February 1959

The music died on February 3, 1959.
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20. Board Game: Ben-Hur Chariot Race Game [Average Rating:5.17 Unranked]
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April, 1960

The good: Ben Hur & Heston win Oscars

The Bad: France becomes 4th nuclear nation by exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara

The Ugly: Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in 4 games

(Stanley cup in April? OMG! I can still remember being horrified when the first time the Cup ended in June. But how on Earth could the season and the finals be over in April!?!)

Also: Transit 1B, 1st Nav satellite into orbit. USS Triton completes first submerged circumnavigation of Earth.

(All from http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1960/april, and I hadn't know any of them)
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21. Board Game: The Flintstones Game [Average Rating:4.10 Unranked]
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September 1960

Month of the first presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon.

More importantly, I was born on the day that The Flintstones first aired on US TV.

I am as old as Fred Flintstone. Yabba dabba doo...


Might as well get in when I can still be on the front page...
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22. Board Game: Car Wars [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2496]
Board Game: Car Wars
Thomas Fuhs
United States
Goldsboro
North Carolina
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November 1960: Chrysler Corporation announced that it was ceasing production of its DeSoto line of automobiles.

Great, I'm older than the last DeSoto
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23. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1368]
Board Game: Niagara
Mark Ricketson
United States
Durango
Colorado
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February, 1961

1st - 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
10th - Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power (my birthday!)
13th - Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus
14th - Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif
16th - China uses it's 1st nuclear reactor
28th - JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
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24. Board Game: Orbit [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Orbit
Jim Bolland
United States
Saint Paul
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April, 1961

First person to orbit the earth - Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin in the Vostok 1.

The Bay of Pigs Invasion

The first-ever patent for an integrated circuit - issued to Robert Noyce, founder of the Intel Corporation.
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