Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 9 History World Freedom Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 9, 2014: Weekend is upon us and the elections have faded away but perhaps the gridlock is the dandruff we cannot shed. News flash, Starbucks changed its policy on baristas showing tattoos—right thing to do as one out of seven Americans now have tattoos--    Ripped them poetically on in July for wanting to fire a barista with a rose on her hand. Glad to see they may have listened. As always I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a quote from Justin Cronin, with a smile on your sunscreened face, enjoying a vanila cupcake, 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.  On the weekends to read Ridley’s Believe Or Not, you have to go to my blogs.
       1. World Freedom Day —commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of Soviet rule over Eastern and Central Europe; federal observance started by George W. Bush in 2001.  
      2. Schickelstag Day(Germany-Fateful Day) —commemorating in Germany five important events that occurred on November 9—the execution of George Blum in 1848, the abdication of the Kaiser in 1918, Hitler’s failed putsch in 1923; the pograms against Jewish residents in 1938 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
      3.   International Tongue Twister Day--celebrating the art of the tongue twister—try saying this one at great speed:  The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick.”
      4. Swamp Rock Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1941 of Tom Fogerty, co-founder of Credence Clearwater Revival who tragically died from AIDS after receiving tainted blood transfusions.
      5. National Vanilla Cupcake Day—celebrating another habit forming snack.      
On this day in
      a. 1620 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sighted land at Cape Cod,
       b. 1857 The Atlantic was founded in Boston, Massachusetts.
       c. 1967 the first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published.
       d. 1979 in a real scary event, NORAD reported a false alarm detecting a massive Soviet nuclear missile launch against the U.S.; fortunately NORAD quickly discovered the data was false and our countersrikes were cancelled---Whew!
Reflections on the Cold War and the Berlin Wall: ”I grew up during the Cold War when everything seemed very tenuous. For many years right up to until the fall of the Berlin Wall, I had vivid nightmares of a nuclear apocalypse.” Justin Cronin, noted American author born in 1962
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