Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 23, 2014: Trust your Thursday is proving to be a great one and that you are able to view the partial solar eclipse at 3:30 this afternoon and as always enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quote from the Greek poet Archilochus, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a slice of Boston cream pie, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
1. Mole Day—celebrated, since 1991 by chemists and chemistry students between 6.02 A.M. and 6.02 P.M. with 6.02 x 10/23 representing Avogrados number, the number of particles in a mole, one the seven base systems of international measurements.2. International iPod Day—celebrating the release of the first iPod on this day in 2001 and the beginning of the end of CD players.
3. Swallows Leave San Juan Capistrano Day—honoring that swallows’ rite of passage, the day they leave to return to their summer homes in Argentina, 6,000 miles away.
4. Partial Solar Eclipse Day—celebrating one of the amazing bits of celestial viewing a partial solar eclipse, visible today in California and the West Coast at 3:30 P.M.
5. National Boston Cream Pie Day—celebrating another great desert treat best eaten as opposed to thrown.
On this day in
a. 1850 the first National Women’s Rights Convention began in Worcester, Massachusetts.
b. 1946 the first meeting of the U.N. General Assembly occurred in an auditorium in Flushing, Queens in New York City.
c. 1983 in Beirut the U.S. Marines Barracks was hit by a suicide bomber in a truck, killing 241 Marines.
d. 2002 40 armed Chechen terrorists seized the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow, holding over 700 theater goers hostage; Russian security forces two days later stormed the building, killing all terrorists but in the assault over 130 civilians lost their lives.
Reflections on today’s partial solar eclipse: “"Nothing can be surprising any more or impossible or miraculous, now that Zeus, father of the Olympians has made night out of noonday, hiding the bright sunlight, and . . . fear has come upon mankind. After this, men can believe anything, expect anything. Don't any of you be surprised in future if land beasts change places with dolphins and go to live in their salty pastures, and get to like the sounding waves of the sea more than the land, while the dolphins prefer the mountains." May refer to a total solar eclipse of 6 April 648 B.C. Archilochus, Greek poet (c680-640 B.C.)
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