Ridley's Believe It Or Not—June 16, 2014: Totally skunked on holidays and basking in the glow of Father’s Day unable to create one. Hope you enjoy these meager few holidays, factoids and quote on fathers.
1. Bloom’s Day—celebrating not the flowers blooming around us but the accomplishments of a great Irish writer and poet James Joyce.
2. National Fudge Day—celebrating not the proclivity of our leaders to distort the truth but a great desert
On this day in:
a. 1944 in one of our worst moments of criminal justice, George Junius Stinney, Jr. became the youngest person at age 14 to be executed for murder.
b. 1981 President Reagan awarded the first Congressional Medal of Honor to be awarded to foreign citizen to Ken Taylor, Canada’s former ambassador to Iran for helping six American hostages to escape from Tehran. America—another reason to rent the movie Argos and why this poet is proud to have had a Canadian mother.
c. 2010 in an I will lead you should follow moment Bhutan became the first nation to institute a total ban on tobacco—when as thousands die each year from smoking will we follow?
A thought for those Baby Boomers nearing the rocking chair on the porch. “Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.” James Joyce noted Irish author
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