RedState's Watercooler, 1/17 Open Thread: Shameless Clickbait Weird News


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Weird News



This Week In History

  • Sunday, 1/14: Connecticut adopts first written constitution, 1639; Treaty of Paris ratified, 1784; Casablanca Conference begins, 1943; NBC’s Today show debuts, 1952
  • Monday, 1/15: Vermont declares independence, 1777; USS President captured, 1815; Coca-Cola incorporated, 1889; Super Bowl I, 1967
  • Tuesday, 1/16: Virginia enacts Jefferson’s religious-freedom statute, 1786; Pendleton Act establishes modern Civil Service system, 1883; Prohibition ratified, 1919
  • Wednesday, 1/17: Battle of the Cowpens, 1781; Thurston overthrows Hawaiian government, 1893; Desert Storm begins, 1991
  • Thursday, 1/18: Ely makes first shipboard aircraft landing, 1911; Boston Strangler convicted, 1967; DC mayor Barry busted for drugs, 1990
  • Friday, 1/19: First major CSA loss at Mill Springs, 1862; Senate votes down League of Nations, 1920; US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty signed, 1960
  • Saturday, 1/20: Senate authorizes lease of Pearl Harbor for Navy base, 1887; FDR marks first Jan. 20 (20th Amendment) inauguration, 1937; MLK Day first observed as Federal holiday, 1986

Today’s Birthdays: Founding father Benjamin Franklin, 1706; filmmaker Carl Laemmle, 1867; airman-engineer Glenn Martin, 1886; actor James Earl Jones, 1931.

Holidays Around the World: The Spanish island of Menorca celebrates its National Day, and the city of Patras in Greece kicks off Patras Carnival today.


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Quote of the Day

I cannot remember if I’ve used this one previously, but it seems relevant to goings-on right now so I’m dropping it anyway.


“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”–Ronaldus Maximus


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