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A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history. This one might have separation anxiety.

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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. We also add a bit of world history, for perspective’s sake.

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Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Jim Korwan, Red Murray, Earl Tyree, Clyde McCullough, Dave Stevens, Nick Castellanos. Also notable: Dazzy Vance HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1628 - England’s King Charles I grants a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1681 - English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania.
  • 1789 - First US Congress meets and declares constitution in effect (nine senators, 13 reps).
  • 1829 - Unruly crowd mobs White House during President Andrew Jackson’s inaugural ball.
  • 1837 - Chicago becomes incorporated as a city.
  • 1924 - ”Happy Birthday To You” published by Claydon Sunny.
  • 1936 - First flight of the airship Hindenburg at Friedrichshafen, Germany. The dirigible will last another ten months.
  • 1945 United Kingdom’s Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), joins the British Auxiliary Transport Service as a driver.
  • 1977 - 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, New Mexico.
  • 1978 - Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue.

Common sources:

There is a very active baseball history community and there are many facets to their views. We strive for clarity. Please be aware that we are trying to make the historical record as represented by our main sources coherent and as accurate as is possible. No item is posted here without corroboration. Some of these items spread from site to site without being verified. That is exactly why we ask for reputable sources, so that we can address them to the originators. BBRef is very cooperative in this regard, as are SABR and the Baseball Almanac. We have removed thenationalpastime from our sourcing list, as there have been multiple complaints about their content and they do not respond to attempts to communicate.

Also please remember that this is supposed to be fun.

Thank you for your cooperation. And thanks for reading!