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

IN MEMORIAM

Today’s Watercooler begins with a somber note, on the passing of sister-site Bearing Arms’s editor Bob Owens. Our own Jen Van Laar and many others have said everything there is to say better than I ever could, but I wanted to note the loss in my own quiet little way. In pace requiescat, Bob, you are missed.

 

This Week In History

  • Sunday, 5/7: New Orleans founded, 1718; V-E Day, 1945; 27th Amendment bans midterm Congressional pay raises after two centuries in limbo, 1992
  • Monday, 5/8: Battle of Palo Alto, 1846; 007 film franchise enters pop-culture, 1963; smallpox declared eradicated, 1980
  • Tuesday, 5/9: Pontiac lays siege to Ft. Detroit, 1763; Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show opens, 1887; Honeymooners’ finale, 1971
  • Wednesday, 5/10: Allen & Arnold take Ft. Ticonderoga, 1775; Golden Spike driven, 1869; Hoover takes helm at FBI, 1924
  • Thursday, 5/11: Columbus begins final voyage, 1502; Pullman Strike, 1894; Ellsberg’s charges dismissed in Pentagon Papers case, 1973
  • Friday, 5/12: Charleston falls to Redcoats, 1780; McPherson’s forces collapse Pemberton’s deensive line in Mississippi, 1862; farm subsidies begin, 1933
  • Saturday, 5/13: Tennessee settlers adopt Cumberland Compact, 1780; Confederates win Battle of Palmito Ranch, last fight of the Civil War, 1865

Today’s Birthdays: Publisher-broadcaster James Gordon Bennet Jr., 1841; entertainer Fred Astaire, 1899; Senators Rick Santorum, 1958 and Dean Heller, 1960

Holidays Around the World: The Maldives observes Children’s Day, Micronesia has Constitution Day and Romania celebrates their Independence Day.

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.

 

Gratuitous Gun Giveaways

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Quote of the Day

If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; But if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.–Don Marquis

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. The floor’s all yours for whatever juicy tidbits of Watercooler Gossip you may have to share…

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