Watercooler 4/12 Open Thread: Week in Weird

#NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…

 

This Week in Weird

 

This Week In History

  • Sunday, 4/9: LaSalle claims Louisiana, 1682; Lee surrenders, 1865; Mercury Seven announced, 1959
  • Monday, 4/10: Second Bank of the U.S. approved, 1816; first Arbor Day, 1872; PGA established, 1916
  • Tuesday, 4/11: Elks founded, 1857; MacArthur sacked, 1951; Civil Rights Act signed, 1968
  • Wednesday, 4/12: NC votes for independence, 1776; “Great Locomotive Chase,” 1862; first Shuttle launch, 1981
  • Thursday, 4/13: Ft. Sumter falls, 1861; J.C. Penney opens first store, 1902; “Houston, We Have A Problem,” 1970
  • Friday, 4/14: Franklin & Rush organize first abolition society, 1775; Lincoln assassinated, 1865; The Grapes of Wrath published, 1939
  • Saturday, 4/15: Preliminary peace articles for Revolutionary War signed, 1783; G.E. formed, 1892; Teapot Dome investigation begins, 1922; B-52 bomber first flies, 1952

Today’s Birthdays: Statesman Henry Clay, 1777; aviator Robert L. Scott, 1908; authors Beverly Cleary, 1916, Tom Clancy, 1947 and Scott Turow, 1949;

Holidays Around the World: It’s Halifax Day in North Carolina, National Redemption Day in Liberia and Children’s Day in Bolivia. Also, the aerospace community has a number of commemorations of Gagarin’s first spaceflight, including International Day of Human Space Flight and Yuri’s Night.

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.

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Quote of the Day

“I prefer my coffee BLACK and my tea in the HARBOR!”–seen on a sign by gun-culture merchandiser Ranger Up

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Now that I’ve spoken my piece, it’s your turn to sound off on whatever grabbed your eye today… Don’t forget, with the 15th this weekend, Tax Day is Monday, so if you haven’t already filed or arranged an extension get it done–I don’t wanna read about the Infernal Revenue Scumbags coming for any of you anytime soon.

#NoQuarter #TheParty’sOver

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