Earlier this month I was playing with a the Google Closure library and using the slider. I wanted to play with it for developing a time slider too. Since I'm going to History Hack Day at the end of January in London, I thought I'd show off some samples there and this was a perfect hack for that.
The tricky part is that Fusion Tables doesn't document the date formats that it accepts for queries. We just haven't gotten around to changing the docs, but I happen to know that we accept these formats:MM/dd/yy