Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 1, 2016, 385 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your New Year’s Eve party was a safe and sane one and the first day of 2016 is off to a great start and your New Year’s Resolutions are set and being observed; as always, I hope you enjoy Friday’s holidays and observances, a music link to Olivia-Newton John, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Sean Ban Breathnach, looking forward to starting your New Years Day with a Bloody Mary, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. New Year’s Day—celebrating the beginning of the New Year and hopefully a Stanford victory over Iowa in the Rose Bowl.
2. Public Domain Day—celebrating in many countries the day that copyrighted material goes into the public domain; usually 70 years after the death of the author. Nothing like not having to a pay a royalty to the creator of the copyrighted material to lower its cost.
3. 1981 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1981 on a long run of ten weeks in that position Physical by Olivia-Newton John. Here is a link to Olivia-Newton John performing Physical: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWz9VN40nCA
4. National Bloody Mary Day—celebrating the perfect drink to overcome the excesses of any New Year’s Eve party.
5. Honey With Cocaine Bitter Not Sweet—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1971 rapper and hip hop artist Freddy E who, distraught over a failed relationship with another rapper Honey Cocaine, committed suicide at the age of 22.
On this day in:
a. 1772 the first travelers checques which can be used 90 European cities go on sale in London.
b. 1773 the hymn which became known as “Amazing Grace” was first performed at a sermon of John Newton at Orney, England.
c. 1804 French rule in Haiti ended with Haiti becoming the first black republic and the second nation to become independent in North America. d. 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation became effective in all Confederate states although without Union troops present, it was only a gesture for those slaves residing in such states.
e. 1902 in the first Rose Bowl game instituted to defray the cost of holding the Rose Parade which was first held on January 1, 1890. In the first post season bowl game, Michigan who came into the game 10-0 demolished a 3-1-2 Stanford team 49-0—not a great day for Stanford.
Reflections on New Year’s Day: “New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.” Sean Ban Breathnach, noted Irish radio and TV broadcaster and personality. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and join 165 growing followers and please follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day In History.