Watercooler 5/18 Open Thread: Sideshow Don's Supremes, Weird News

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Sideshow Don Suggests Supremes

Take it with a grain of salt, and his approval of this may get Chuck Grassley a Burn Notice, but… Trump’s started to float his shortlist of Supreme Court picks. Is he just posturing with name-drops like Willett and Pryor, or actually trying to take baby steps at extending an olive branch? (I’m still not impressed, the Black Flag remains at full-staff.) But, at least his radical pro-abortion sister wasn’t on it…


From the Weird Files:


This Week In History

  • Sunday, May 15: Virginia proposes Independence resolution, 1776; Lincoln creates USDA, 1862; Vegas founded, 1905; first McDonald’s, 1940; Nixon appoints first female Army generals, 1970
  • Monday, May 16: First Oregon Trail wagon-train, 1843; five-cent “nickel” introduced, 1866; Sedition Act, 1918; first Oscars, 1929; Elizabeth II first British monarch to address US Congress, 1991
  • Tuesday, May 17: Aristides wins first Kentucky Derby, 1875; US’s first televised baseball game, 1939; Brown v. Board of Education, 1954; USS Stark attacked, 1987
  • Wednesday, May 18: Siege of Vicksburg, 1863; Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896; Jackie Cochran first woman to break sound barrier, 1953; Mt. St. Helens first eruption, 1980
  • Thursday, May 19: Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo, 1848; immigration quotas start, 1921; “Letter from Birmingham Jail” published, 1963
  • Friday, May 20: Kentucky declares neutrality, 1861; Strauss & Davis patent riveted jeans, 1873; Lindbergh and Earhart begin transatlantic solos, respectively 1927 and 1932
  • Saturday, May 21: Pro-slavery terrorists burn Lawrence, KS, 1856; Clara Barton establishes American Red Cross, 1881; “Demon Core” nukes physicist Louis Slotin, 1946;  9/11 Museum opens, 2014

Today’s Birthdays: Civil War photographer Matthew Brady, 1822; filmmaker Frank Capra, 1897; Pope John Paul II, 1920; aviatrix Jeana Yeager, 1952

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.

Quote of the Day

“My boy, we are pilgrims in an Unholy Land.”–Prof. Henry Jones, Sr.

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