RedState's Watercooler, 4/11 Open Thread: Another Round of Weird News


Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got a little less than hoped for… I was hoping to do a Gear Review on a new optic I ordered, but it’s still on the Big Brown Truck.


Weird News


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 4/8: Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s homer record, 1974
  • Monday, 4/9: Lee surrenders, 1865; Bataan falls, 1942; Mercury Seven astronauts announced, 1959
  • Tuesday, 4/10: Jones sets sail on first raiding voyage, 1778; loss of USS Thresher, 1963; Charlie Chaplin finally gets Oscar, 1972
  • Wednesday, 4/11: Fort Pulaski falls, 1862; MacArthur sacked, 1951; Apollo 13 launched, 1970
  • Thursday, 4/12: NC votes for independence, 1776; Fort Sumter receives first shots of Civil War, 1861; Gagarin inaugurates Space Age, 1961
  • Friday, 4/13: Battle of Bound Brook (NJ), 1777; Union occupies Raleigh, 1865; J. C. Penney opens first store, 1902; Apollo 13 oxygen-tank explodes, 1970
  • Saturday, 4/14: Franklin & Rush found first abolitionist society, 1775; Webster copyrights dictionary, 1828; Lincoln shot, 1865; Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath published, 1939

Today’s Birthdays: Statesman Dean Acheson, 1893; author Thomas Harris, 1940; actress Jennifer Esposito, 1973

Holidays Around the World: Costa Rica observes Juan Santamaria Day. It’s also World Parkinson’s Day and International “Louie Louie” 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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Quote of the Day

“History does not long entrust the care of Freedom to the weak or the timid.”–Dwight D. Eisenhower


As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. And as so eloquently coined by ntrepid, “Thanks for the click! Your effort helps fund future posts of this nature.” That’s it for this week, other than to note that if you need Movie Night ideas Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 would be an exceptionally apt choice. 🙂

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