RedState's Watercooler, 3/21 Open Thread: Week in History


Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got a short stroll down Memory Lane before proceeding straight to Open Thread.


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 3/18: Stamp Act repealed, 1766; American Express established, 1852; gold standard repealed, 1968
  • Monday, 3/19: First US air combat mission, 1916; Daylight Savings Time established, 1918; Nevada legalizes gambling, 1931
  • Tuesday, 3/20: Louis XVI receives American diplomats, 1778; GOP founded, 1854; USS Langley commissioned as first American flattop, 1922
  • Wednesday, 3/21: Massacre at Hancock’s Bridge, 1778; Stanley begins search for Livingstone, 1871; Alcatraz closes, 1963
  • Thursday, 3/22: NC Gov. Holden first state governor removed by impeachment, 1871; Schawlow & Townes receive laser patent, 1960; Intel ships first Pentium CPU’s, 1993
  • Friday, 3/23: “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!,” 1775; Otis installs first elevator, 1857; Reagan proposes Strategic Defense Initiative, 1983
  • Saturday, 3/24: Quartering Act imposed, 1765; NYC Subway groundbreaking, 1900; “The Great Escape,” 1944; Exxon Valdez disaster, 1989

Today’s Birthdays: Confectioner Forrest Mars Sr., 1904; actors Gary Oldman, 1958 and Matthew Broderick, 1962

Holidays Around the World: It’s Education Freedom Day and World Down Syndrome Day. Poland has Truant’s Day, Portugal observes Arbor Day and Namibia celebrates their Independence Day.

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.



Gratuitous Gun Giveaways

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Don’t Forget: March 24 Moneybomb

Just a reminder, we’re at three days to the gun community’s March 24 NRA Moneybomb counterprotest. If you haven’t already signed up for $600 Installment Life membership you’ve missed out, but it might still be a good time for giving gift memberships…


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Quote of the Day

The hardest thing when you think about focusing. You think focusing is about saying “Yes.” No. Focusing is about saying “No.” And when you say “No,” you piss off people.

–Steve Jobs


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