On this day in 1968, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash met and performed spontaneously at Joni Mitchell’s house and decided they sounded pretty good together. Here they are performing “Wooden Ships.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.