RedState's Watercooler, 1/31 Open Thread: Weird News


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Weird News



This Week In History

  • Sunday, 1/28: Lego brick patented, 1958; Lombardi leads the Pack, 1959; Ceasefire in Nam, 1973; Challenger disaster, 1986
  • Monday, 1/29: Retreat from Ft. Independence, 1777; Poe’s “The Raven” published, 1845; Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members, 1936; Battle of Khafji, 1991
  • Tuesday, 1/30: Ironclad USS Monitor launched, 1862; Lone Ranger debuts, 1933; “Great Raid” liberates Cabanatuan POW’s, 1945; Tet offensive, 1968
  • Wednesday, 1/31: Congress passes 13th Amendment, 1865; Scotch Tape first sold, 1930; Apollo 14 launched, 1971; McDonald’s opens in Moscow, 1990
  • Thursday, 2/1: Texas secedes, 1861; Edison builds first movie studio, 1893; Voice of America starts broadcasting, 1942; Penn Central merger, 1968; Columbia disaster, 2003
  • Friday, 2/2: New Amsterdam (now NYC) incorporated, 1653; first Groundhog Day, 1887; Ex-Im Bank established, 1934; ABSCAM hits press, 1980
  • Saturday, 2/3: Spain recognizes US independence, 1783; Income Tax amendment ratified, 1913; “Looking Glass” command posts begin three decades of nonstop airborne alert, 1961

Today’s Birthdays: Founding father Gouverneur Morris, 1752; author Zane Grey, 1872; athlete Jackie Robinson, 1919.

Holidays Around the World: It’s Street Children’s Day in Austria and Independence Day in Nauru.


This Week In History is compiled with assistance from 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


Brought to mind by some recent commentary:

Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.–Evan Esar


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