Monday, November 17, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not november 18 History Push Button Phone Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 18, 2014:
Trust your Taco Tuesday and Popeye’s Louisiana Fried Chicken two piece special Tuesday is proving to be a great one and as always I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quotes from John Kennedy on Vietnam, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to enjoying a warm cup of apple cider, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, 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.  Need only contact me for details.
       1. William Tell Day—commemorating the legend of William Tell’s shooting of an apple off his son’s head on this day in 1307.
      2. Push Button Phone Day—celebrating the introduction of the push button phone on this day in 1963 and the beginning of the end of the dial phone.
      3. It’s A Lulu Day—celebrating last day of being the number one song on this day in 1967 of To Sir With Love, song by Lulu as a soundtrack in the movie To Sir With Love, starring Sidney Poitier.
      4. File Day—celebrating not the reduction of clutter by putting paper into proper files but rather the birthday on this day in 1970 of Megyn Kelly, the host of the Kelly File on Fox News who regularly stomps her same time counterpart Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.
       5. National Apple Cider Day—celebrating that great drink made from apples—perfect warmed on cold November day (National Vichyssoise Day did not make the cut—cold soup on a cold day is not my idea of culinary excellence.
On this day in
      a. 1961 in the beginning of our national agony in Vietnam, President Kennedy sent 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam, the first battlefield casualty of whom was Specialist 4 James T. Davis, killed on December 22, 1961.
      b. 1978 Jim Jones led his People’s Temple to a mass murder suicide in Jonestown, Guyana resulting in the deaths of 918 people including 270 children—sick man!
     c. 1993 21 political parties approved a new constitution in South Africa, expanding voting rights and ending white minority rule.
      d. 2013 NASA launched the MAVEN space probe to Mars to orbit Mars and study the Martian atmosphere which it commenced doing in the first week of November 2014.
Reflections on Vietnam and the difference between campaigning for President and becoming President: John F. Kennedy, speech, New York Times, October 13, 1960. "Should I become President...I will not risk American permitting any other nation to drag us into the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time through an unwise commitment that is unwise militarily, unnecessary to our security and unsupported by our allies." John F. Kennedy as President: “Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.” Eisenhower was wrong on the domino theory in Southeast Asia and threat by the Chinese as witnessed by the mini wars and border skirmishes the Vietnamese fought with the Chinese after the South fell to the North.
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