Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 14 History Ratification Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 14, 2015:    Trust your Wednesday is off to a good start and you are following at least a few of your 2015 resolutions. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and three quotes from Andy Rooney,  with a smile on your face, savoring a hot pastrami sandwich from your favorite restaurant melba, 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, 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. Ratification Day—celebrating ratification on this day in 1784 by the Senate of the Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War.
        2. Caesarean Section  Day—celebrating a method of birth that has been around since the time of Julius Caesar although the mothers did not survive the procedure until the 1500’s and now experienced by one third of new mothers in the U.S.                                                                          
        3. 1983 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1983 Men At Work by Down Under.                                                                                       
        4. National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day—celebrating a great sandwich especially when served with Dijon mustard.
        5. A Few Minutes Make Your Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1919 of one of the more colorful and incisive journalists and television personalities Andy Rooney who for many years prior to his death in 2011 closed 60 Minutes with a brief essay on life.
On this day in
      a. 1952 NBC’s long running morning news show Today hosted by David Garroway first aired.
       b. 1967 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco the Human Be-In occurred launching the Summer of Love—should bring back fond memories among the aging flower children of the 60’s.
       c. 1973 Elvis Presley’s performance Aloha from Hawaii was broadcast live worldwide by satellite and is believed to be the most watched television performance by a single entertainer.
       d. 2010 Yemen declared open war against al-Qaeda operating in the country; sadly and despite U.S. military assistance and drone strikes as the events in Paris and the training of the two gunmen in Yemen show, that war has not been won.
       e. 2011 former Tunisian President fled from his country to Saudi Arabia due to nationwide protests and riots over his corruption and rule, marking the beginning of the Arab Spring and the subject overthrow of Mubarak and the killing of Khadafy.
 Reflections on life from Andy Rooney: We didn't shock them, and we didn't awe them in Baghdad. The phrase makes us look like foolish braggarts. The president ought to fire whoever wrote that for him." -- on the start of the war in Iraq in 2003
"We can all be prouder to be human beings, because that's what they were. They make up for a lot of liars, cheats, and terrorists among us." -- on the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger after it exploded on takeoff in 1986
“I've learned .... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.”
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