Watercooler 10/19 Open Thread: Weird News and Weekly History Lesson

#NeverTrumpNeverHillary #NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…

Weird News


This Week In History

  • Sunday, Oct 16: Last major raids of Revolutionary War, 1780; first demonstration of anesthesia, 1846; Brown raids Harpers Ferry, 1859; BYU founded, 1875
  • Monday, Oct 17: Burgoyne and Cornwallis surrender, respectively 1777 and 1781; Capone found guilty, 1931; San Francisco rocked by Loma Prieta quake, 1989
  • Tuesday, Oct 18: Burning of Falmouth, ME, 1775; Moby Dick published, 1851; US takes possession of Alaska, 1867, and Puerto Rico, 1898; Fuchs nuclear treason, 1945
  • Wednesday, Oct 19: Jay sworn in as first SCOTUS Chief Justice, 1789; Confederate terrorists attack St. Albans, VT, 1864; Cuban embargo begins, 1960
  • Thursday, Oct 20: Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase, 1803; MacArthur’s “I Have Returned” walk-on-water, 1944; HUAC begins investigation of Hollywood, 1947
  • Friday, Oct 21: USS Constitution launched, 1797; Edison invents viable lightbulb, 1879; Ike transfers von Braun’s rocket team from Army to NASA, 1959
  • Saturday, Oct 22: Houston inaugurated as first President of Texas, 1836; run on Knickerbocker Trust Co. triggers Panic of 1907; Supremes first “girl group” with a #1-selling album, 1966

Today’s Birthdays: Financier Charles E. Merrill, 1885; Admiral Arleigh “31-Knot” Burke, 1901; actor John Lithgow, 1945; South Park co-creator Trey Parker, 1969

Holidays Around the World: Albania celebrates Mother Teresa Day and New Zealand Constitution Day today.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette. Also, with some Watercooler personnel changes this feature may become every-other-week rather than the present weekly schedule.


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Quote of the Day

Just something to remember this season… particularly with some on our side.

To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.–Plutarch


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