Watercooler 7/12 Open Thread: Weird (but not Fake) News

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


Quick Hits of Weird



This Week In History

  • Sunday, 7/9: Braddock Expedition defeated at Ft. Duquesne (now downtown Pittsburgh), 1755; 14th Amendment ratified, 1868; Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech, 1893
  • Monday, 7/10: Louis XVI orders France into Revolutionary War, 1778; Jackson vetoes Second Bank of the U.S., 1832; Telstar, first communications satellite launched, 1962
  • Tuesday, 7/11: Burr kills Hamilton, 1804; Confederate attack on DC repelled at Ft. Stevens, 1864; To Kill A Mockingbird published, 1960
  • Wednesday, 7/12: Americcan forces occupy Windsor, ON, 1812; Medal of Honor authorized, 1862; most pre-1960 military service records destroyed in suspicious fire at National Personnel Records Center, 1973
  • Thursday, 7/13: Northwest Ordinance enacted, 1787; New York draft riots, 1863; Nixon tapes’ existence revealed to Watergate committee, 1973
  • Friday, 7/14: Sedition Act passed, 1798; Battle of Taejon, 1950; 386BSD first “open-source” operating system release, 1992
  • Saturday, 7/15: Pike Expedition heads West, 1806; Georgia last Confederate state to rejoin Union, 1870; first American jetliner, Boeing’s “Dash Eighty,” makes maiden flight, 1954

Today’s Birthdays: Writer Henry David Thoreau, 1817; businessman George Eastman, 1854; director-songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895; politician J. D. Hayworth, 1958

Holidays Around the World: Kiribati and Sao Tome & Principe both celebrate Independence Day today; Northern Ireland and Scotland observe Orangemen’s Day.

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

“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.”–Annie Oakley

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. That’s it for today, hope you found something tastier than Sour Grapes and Orange Koolaid around the snack table, and the floor’s all yours for whatever news, gossip and general thoughts may catch your attention.

#NoQuarter #TheParty’sOver

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