Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got a short one, since an idea I was working on didn’t pan out.
- Sunday, 1/6: Vail demonstrates first primitive telegraph, 1838; Washington National Cathedral chartered, 1893; FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech, 1941
- Monday, 1/7: Jamestown burns, 1608; Siege of Bataan begins, 1942; Clinton impeachment trial begins, 1999
- Tuesday, 1/8: Washington delivers first State of the Union address, 1790; Battle of New Orleans, 1815; Watergate trial begins, 1973
- Wednesday, 1/9: Blanchard flies first hot-air balloon in US, 1793; Battle of Bear Valley ends Indian Wars, 1918; Krueger’s Sixth Army lands at Lingayen, 1945
- Thursday, 1/10: Paine publishes Common Sense, 1776; first steamboat arrives in New Orleans, 1812; Spindletop gusher inaugurates Texas oil boom, 1901
- Friday, 1/11: America’s first life-insurance company established, 1759; CSS Alabama sinks USS Hatteras off Galveston Light, 1863; first networked TV broadcast, 1949
- Saturday, 1/12: Boelcke and Immelmann get first Blue Maxes for air combat, 1915; first American combat in Nam, 1962; Congress authorizes military force for Desert Storm, 1991
Today’s Birthdays: Bridgebuilder Joseph Strauss, 1870; actors Lee Van Cleef, 1925 and Bob Denver, 1935; politician Matt Bevin, 1967.
Holidays Around the World: Panama observes Martyrs’ Day and South Sudan celebrates Peace Agreement Day. Japan celebrates the start of Hoonko today.
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- 1-800-Guns And Ammo: http://i.refs.cc/ov8iWvDx?u=1522834489762 – You get 5% off your first order, I get 75 Rewards Points. (~$7.50 store credit)
- Dvor: https://www.dvor.com/s/8l190b – I get $10 in store credit after your first order ships.
- Star Citizen computer game: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/enlist?referral=STAR-JRY4-Z754 – You get 5000 credits for the in-game store, and if you buy a $40 game package I get a Recruitment Point toward some cool stuff. (Next goal: 5 more RP’s to a free ship.)