RedState's Watercooler, 9/12 Open Thread: The Week in History


Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got a short one…

This Week In History

  • Sunday, 9/9: Nation named “United States of America” by Continental Congress, 1776; Cleveland’s daughter born in White House, 1893
  • Monday, 9/10: Hale volunteers as spy, 1776; Battles of Lake Erie, 1813 and Carnifex Ferry, 1861; Jackson kills Second Bank of the U.S., 1833
  • Tuesday, 9/11: Staten Island peace conference fails, 1776; Mountain Meadows massacre, 1857; Western Front advances onto German soil at Aachen, 1944
  • Wednesday, 9/12: Battle of Chapultepec, 1847; Battle of Edson’s Ridge begins, 1942; “We choose to go to the Moon,” 1962
  • Thursday, 9/13: NYC named temporary US capital, 1788; Baltimore repels British assault, 1814; Union troops intercept Lee’s battle plans, 1862
  • Friday, 9/14: Battle of South Mountain, 1862; IBM 305 RAMAC computer introduces disk data-storage, 1956; Elizabeth Ann Seton canonized as first American saint, 1975
  • Saturday, 9/15: Confederates take Harpers Ferry, 1862; USS Wasp sunk at Guadalcanal, 1942; restoration work makes Smithsonian’s ex- John Bull world’s oldest operable steam locomotive, 1981

Today’s Birthdays: Journalists H. L. Mencken, 1880 and Greg Gutfeld, 1964; publishers Arthur Sulzburger, 1891 and Alfred A. Knopf, 1892; actor Desmond Llewelyn, 1914 (Happy Birthday, “Q”!); politicians Sam Brownback, 1956 and Scott Brown, 1959.

Holidays Around the World: Maryland observes Defenders Day and Cape Verde celebrates their National 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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Prayer Request

When y’all have a moment to spare over the coming days, please keep our members downrange of Hurricane Florence in the coastal Carolinas in your thoughts and prayers.


Fire Mission Request: Washington State Initiative 1639

Once again, and you’re going to get sick of this every week until the election but defeating this Bloomer-bought-and-paid-for monster needs All Hands On Deck, I need to ask you the readership to contact anyone and everyone you know in Washington State who might be sympathetic to our cause and ask them to get the facts for themselves at and Cliffs Notes version on how bad this thing really is can be found in a handy little flyer at Believe me, if they get the foot in the door with this here they’ll be trying to bring it to YOUR door next…


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Quote of the Day

“Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.”
–Winston Churchill


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