#NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Guns & Gear Review is on hiatus this month, but we’re making up for it with a real doozy in Weird News.

 

Weird News

 

This Week In History

  • Sunday, 4/23: The Bard born, 1564; Jones burns Whitehaven, 1778; Hammerin’ Hank Aaron’s first homer, 1954
  • Monday, 4/24: Library of Congress established, 1800; Annie Oakley joins Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, 1885; Desert One disaster, 1980
  • Tuesday, 4/25: Cornwallis retreats from Guilford Courthouse, 1781; Mexican-American War begins, 1846; Hubble space telescope launched, 1990
  • Wednesday, 4/26: Sybil Ludington’s 40-mile ride, 1777; Johnston surrenders to Sherman, 1865; first field trials of Salk polio vaccine, 1954
  • Thursday, 4/27: Battle of Ridgefield, CT, 1777; Marines attack Derna (“to the shores of Tripoli”), 1805; cash bounties offered for MiG pilots to defect with their planes, 1953
  • Friday, 4/28: ten miles of Central Pacific RR track laid in one day, 1869; Billy the Kid jailbreak, 1881; Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki sets sail, 1947
  • Saturday, 4/29: New Orleans falls, 1862; Dachau liberated, 1945; evacuation of Saigon, 1975

Hey uselogic and Joliphant, try to Sweep the Board on *this* one… I DARE YA!

Today’s Birthdays: Bird expert John J. Audubon, 1785; soldiers George Hull Ward and Ambrose Wright, both 1826; Melania Trump, 1970; actresses Stana Katic, 1978 and Emily Wickersham, 1984

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Holidays Around the World: It’s World Intellectual Property Day and Hug A Friend Day. Tanzania celebrates Union Day, and Russia and Belarus both observe remembrances of the Chernobyl disaster this date in 1986.

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.

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*Note: FMG Publishing giveaways require you to provide an FFL dealer’s info at entry. Aero Precision and Primary Arms giveaways give me one entry each per person who uses my referral link.

 

Quote of the Day

“Those who do not view armed self defense as a basic human right, ignore the mass graves of those who died on their knees at the hands of tyrants.”–unknown

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Now that I’ve had my little bit of fun, the floor is all yours for whatever juicy bits of Watercooler Gossip you have to share…

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