RedState's Watercooler, 5/16 Open Thread: Weird News


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Weird News

Weird News is compiled with assistance from news-aggregator Orbusmax.


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 5/13: Jamestown settlers arrive, 1607; Polk declares Mexican War, 1846; Grant moves on Jackson, Miss., 1863
  • Monday, 5/14: Constitutional Convention assembles, 1787; Lewis & Clark set out from St. Louis, 1804; Skylab launched, 1973
  • Tuesday, 5/15: Adams moves Federal Government to D.C., 1800; Cooper’s “Faith 7” spaceflight, 1963
  • Wednesday, 5/16: Pres. Johnson acquitted, 1868; Sedition Act passed, 1918 (hint, hint!); first Oscars, 1929
  • Thursday, 5/17: NYSE formed, 1792; first Kentucky Derby, 1875; Brown v. Board of Education, 1954
  • Friday, 5/18: Lincoln wins GOP nomination, 1860; Apollo 10 launched, 1969; Mt. St. Helens erupts, 1980
  • Saturday, 5/19: New England’s Dark Day, 1780; Mexico ratifies Guadelupe Hidalgo peace treaty, 1848; Task Force 16 starts home after Battle of the Coral Sea, 1942

Today’s Birthdays: Statesman William H. Seward, 1801; historian Studs Terkel, 1912; actress Yvonne Craig, 1937; journalist Tucker Carlson, 1969.

Holidays Around the World: Iraq observes Mass Graves Day, South Sudan celebrates National Day and Malaysia has Teachers’ 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.


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Quote of the Day

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.–David T. Wolf


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