A Conlanger’s Calendar

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John Wilkins born, 1614.
John Wilkins (1 January 1614 - 19 November 1672) was an English clergyman, natural philosopher and author, a founder of the Royal Society, and Bishop of Chester from 1668 until his death. He is particularly known for An Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language in which, amongst other things, he proposed a universal language and a decimal system of measure not unlike the modern metric system.
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J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Middle Earth and its languages, born, 1892
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Jakob Grimm (of Grimm's Law and folktale fame) born, 1785.
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A monument to Ivar Aasen, creator of Nynorsk, is unveiled in Oslo, 1996.
(noted in Limits of Language by Mikael Parkvall)
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Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, born Eliezer Yitzhak Perelman, ("reviver" of Hebrew) in Luzhky, Lithuania, 1858.
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Paul Passy, French linguist, founder of the International Phonetic Association, born, 1859.
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The inception of the CONLANG/AUXLANG split, 1996
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James Evans, missionary who created syllabaries for various Algonquin languages, born, 1801.
James Evans (January 18, 1801 - November 23, 1846) was a Canadian Methodist missionary and amateur linguist. He is best remembered for his creation of the "syllabic" writing system for Ojibwe and Cree, which was later adapted to other languages such as Inuktitut.
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The word "conlang" is added to www.etymonline.com, 2014
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Dr. Victoria Fromkin, creator of Pakuni, dies, 2000.
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Edward Sapir is born, 1884.
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