Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 6, 2014: Finally the voters have spoken and one can only hope the gridlock in Washington will come to an end. As always hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a quote from Nelson Mandela, with a smile on your sunscreened face, enjoying a great sandwich, 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.
1. International Day for Prevention of Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict—observed by the U.N. and W.H.O.
2. Safety Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1976 of Pat Tillman, free safety for the Arizona Cardinals who quit professional football to enlist in the U.S. Army and was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire.
3. March Madness—celebrating not the NCAA basketball tournament in March, but rather the birthday of the iconic composer of marches—John Philip Sousa on this day in 1852.
4. Basketball Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1861 of John Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball.
5. National Nachos Day—celebrating a great snack; perfect treat when you have people over to watch a football game during the weekend.
On this day in
a. 1869 in the first intercollegiate football game, Rutgers defeated Princeton 6-4.
b. 1947 Meet the Press made its debut.
c. 1962 the U.N. passed a resolution condemning the apartheid policies of South Africa calling upon all nations to severe economic relations with the country.Reflections on apartheid:”During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." Nelson Mandela
- 20 April 1964. Rivonia trial
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