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July 8, 2013, 9:24 a.m.
LINK: www.niemanlab.org  ➚   |   Posted by: Joshua Benton   |   July 8, 2013

clockThings that have happened on July 8:

— The first reports of the UFO incident at Roswell, New Mexico are broadcast (1947).

— A group of Canadian Mounties march west for Alberta (1874), pushing Canada’s expansion westward.

Kevin Bacon is born (1958), creating the Bacon Number.

— Nieman Lab holds a happy hour for journalists, technologists, business-side types, and anyone else interested in the future of news (2013).

Yes, it’s the return of our sometimes monthly, occasionally occasional happy hour for Bostonians and near-Bostonians. You should come have a drink with us on this very lovely Monday, July 8 (today!), at 6 p.m. or so. Along with the usual ol’ Lab staff, you’ll get to meet our Google Journalism Fellows, who are only with us for the summer.

We’re doing it again at The Field, which is in Central Square, roughly 8.2 seconds’ walk from the Central Square T stop and thus easily accessible to anyone with a Charlie Card.

First eight people to come up to me and repeat the magic phrase — “Drop this jiggery-pokery and talk straight turkey” — gets a free beer on me.

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