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Baseball history unpacked, June 7

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Memorable Cubs moments and Luke Farrell’s birthday.

Happy birthday, Luke Farrell!
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On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Frank Reberger, Heathcliff Slocumb, Justin Berg, Luke Farrell*.

Today in history:

  • 1195 - Earliest report of ball lightning in London by Benedictine monk Gervase of Christ Church Cathedral Priory, Canterbury.
  • 1665 - Great Plague of London: Samuel Pepys writes in his diary of houses marked with a red cross in London’s Drury Lane, meaning somebody inside is infected with the plague and must be locked in for 40 days or until death.
  • 1753 - British Museum founded by an Act of Parliament with royal assent from King George II (opens in 1759).
  • 1929 - Vatican City becomes a sovereign state.
  • 1989 - For one second this morning, the time is 01:23:45, 6-7-89.
  • 2018 - Mars Curiosity Rover finds organic matter, including methane, on Mars in studies published in journal “Science”.

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