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Baseball history unpacked, January 7

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history. Two of the biggest contracts in Cubs history were born on this date.

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On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives that expand over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Don’t be afraid to click the links for ‘inside baseball’ on the entries, which change from year to year as we re-examine the subjects.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Dad Clarke, Kitty Bransfield, Al Todd, Alvin Dark, Dick Calmus, Doug Capilla, Alfonso Soriano, Jon Lester*. Also notable: Johnny Mize HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1610 - Galileo Galilei discovers the first three moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa & Ganymede.
  • 1714 - Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later).
  • 1790 - French Revolution: A major riot breaks out in Versailles as people demand lower bread prices.
  • 1830 - First US railroad station opens in Baltimore.
  • 1890 - African American inventor William Purvis receives a patent for the fountain pen.
  • 1927 - Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois.
  • 1958 - Gibson issued US patent for the Flying V Guitar.
  • 1970 - Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by “Woodstock Festival”.
  • 1999 - President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial begins in the US Senate.
  • 2021 - US Congress completes the ceremonial certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory late in the night after an earlier breach of the Capitol.

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