RedState's Watercooler, 2/7 Open Thread: Landmark Date for a Dark Landmark


Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got a bad case of burnout from your humble scribe, so let’s get the weekly formalities taken care of and go straight to the Open Thread.



Landmark Anniversary

My German correspondent, E.D., asked me to note in today’s historical discussion that yesterday marks the point where the Berlin Wall has been down for as long as it was up. May it and all the chekist bastards who ran it rot in Hell…


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 2/4: Washington’s unanimous election, 1789; Last of the Mohicans published, 1826; Hearst kidnapping, 1974
  • Monday, 2/5: Battle of Dabney’s Mill, 1865; Southern Pacific RR completes “Sunset Route,” 1883; Wilson veto of Immigration Act overridden, 1917
  • Tuesday, 2/6: Franco-American alliance signed, 1778; Dalton Gang’s first train robbery, 1891; Of Mice and Men published, 1937; Reagan Doctrine announced, 1985
  • Wednesday, 2/7: Franklin publishes “Imaginary Speech,” 1775; plea bargaining becomes common practice, 1881; Cuban trade embargo begins, 1962
  • Thursday, 2/8: First legal Japanese immigrants enter Hawaii, 1885; Boy Scouts of America incorporated, 1910; last crew leaves Skylab, 1974
  • Friday, 2/9: Mass. declared in rebellion, 1775; J.Q. Adams elected President by House, 1825; McCarthy sounds alarm about State Dept. Commie infestation, 1950
  • Saturday, 2/10: French & Indian War ends, 1763; CSA Mosquito Fleet destroyed, 1862; Texas Tech founded, 1923; U-2 pilot Gary Powers traded for spy Rudolf Abel, 1962

Today’s Birthdays: Blacksmith-businessman John Deere, 1804; authors Charles Dickens, 1812 and Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867; “Hacksaw Ridge” hero Desmond Doss, 1919.

Holidays Around the World: It’s Independence Day in Grenada.

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

The will to be stupid is a very powerful force, but there are always alternatives.–Lois McMaster Bujold


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