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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.

 

This Week In History

  • 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.

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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RedState Slack – Realtime Chat and Private Messaging for the VRWC

Several of us commenters put heads together to address some longstanding desires for features the Disqus platform lacks like private user-to-user messaging, and we’ve started up a Slack server for private messaging and chat. If you’d like to join the fun Slacking Off after hours, your invitation to the party is here.

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Quote of the Day

“You are responsible for your actions, but the world doesn’t turn around you, so it’s important that you find something bigger than yourself to work for, a way for you to make a difference.”

–Medal of Honor awardee Drew Dix

 

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