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Baseball history unpacked, January 10

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. *!0,000 BCB points to the person who first identifies the person in the picture. Cincinnati peace talks, Mordecai Brown on the move, crossing the Rubicon, and other stories.

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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: Tom Dolan, John Houseman, Jack O’Neill, Johnny Bates, George Pierce, Ed Stauffer, Cliff Chambers, Dan Rohn, Rafael Dolis. Also notable: Harry Wright HOF, Willie McCovey HOF.

Today in History:

  • 49 BC - Julius Caesar defies the Roman Senate and crosses the Rubicon, uttering “alea iacta est” (the die is cast), signaling the start of civil war which would lead to his appointment as Roman dictator for life.
  • 1430 - Catholic Order of the Golden Fleece founded in Bruges in celebration of the prosperous and wealthy domains of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy.
  • 1870 - Standard Oil Company created by John D. Rockefeller (30%), his brother and other business partners. They controlled about 10% of world oil.
  • 1878 - US Senate proposes female suffrage.
  • 1917 - Suffragettes the “Silent Sentinels” first protest outside The White House, in Washington led by Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party.
  • 1928 - Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky.
  • 1964 - Vee-Jay Records releases “Introducing the Beatles,” the first Beatles album released in the US.
  • 1967 - PBS (National Educational TV) begins as a 70 station network.

Common sources:

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Some of these items spread from site to site without being verified. That is exactly why we ask for reputable sources if you have differences with a posted factoid. We are trying to set the record as straight as possible. But it isn’t brain surgery.

Also, the ‘history’ segment is highly edited for space and interest. Of course a great many other things happened on those days. We try to follow up on the interesting or unfamiliar ones.

And everything is subject to editorial oui.

Thanks for reading.