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Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got… well, I’m in a place where my sharp tongue does me no favors despite hours of trying, so I decided it was best after all this delay to skip a Feature topic, get through the weekly formalities and go straight to the Open Thread.

This Week In History

  • Sunday, 12/10: Jay elected Continental Congress’s president, 1778; treaty ends Spanish-American War, 1898; Ford’s one-millionth car built, 1915
  • Monday, 12/11: Skirmish with Cornwallis delays Washington’s march to Valley Forge, 1777; Buffalo Bill’s first show, 1872; Hitler declares war on U.S., 1941
  • Tuesday, 12/12: Pennsylvania ratifies Constitution, 1787; Boys Town established, 1917; Japanese sink USS Panay, 1937
  • Wednesday, 12/13: Massachusetts organizes first militia, 1636; Battle of Fredericksburg, 1862; Gore FINALLY concedes, 2000
  • Thursday, 12/14: Alabama statehood, 1819; first Pacific telegraph cable laid, 1902; Cernan leaves last footprint on moon, 1972
  • Friday, 12/15: Bill of Rights becomes law, 1791; Battle of Nashville, 1864; Gemini 6A and Gemini 7 perform first space rendezvous, 1965
  • Saturday, 12/16: Boston Tea Party, 1773; Great White Fleet sets sail around the world, 1907; Battle of the Bulge begins, 1944

Today’s Birthdays: First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, 1818; Medal of Honor awardee Alvin York, 1887; economist-statesman George Shultz, 1920; actor Steve Buscemi, 1957; singer Taylor Swift, 1989.

Holidays Around the World: It’s Acadian Remembrance Day. Poland observes Martial Law Victims Remembrance Day, China has Nanking Massacre Memorial Day. Malta celebrates Republic Day, St. Lucia has National Day, and Brazil commemorates Sailor’s 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.

 

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Quotes of the Day

“You voted for poop, now shut up and eat your poop-cake.”–Larry Correia

“There are those who would rather see MacArthur lose a battle than America win the WAR.”–Douglas MacArthur

 

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