Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20 History Vernal Equinox

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 20, 2015 Trust your Friday and Vernal Equinox (first day of spring) is proving to be a great one and that your weekend will be even better and your horoscope today is favorable. As of 7:00 a.m. this morning there were 33 mushers on the course from Safety (22 miles from Nome) to Shaktoolik (221 miles from Nome) Cindy Abbott who unlike last year when she broke her Pelvis not far from Willow but still managed to mush 600 miles is still in the race in last place at the Shaktoolik checkpoint.                                                           
As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, music videos, and a relevant quote  and  relevant quotes on astrology from Andy Rooney and Cassius in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar,  enjoying some ravioli, 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 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. International Day of Happiness—created by the General Assembly of the UN in 2012 to promote social activities to promote happiness; given the difficulties we face in an increasingly unsafe world a daunting task.
       2. International Astrology Day—celebrating the beginning of the astrological year with the sign Aries waving good bye to the last month of the astrological year—Pisces.
      3. 1987 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1987, as part of a 2 week run Lean on  Me by Club Nouveau, an American pop band formed in 1986 whose song Lean on Me won a Grammy in 1987.  Here is a link to the song being performed by the band:
      4. National Ravioli Day—great way to intake your carbs.
      5. Total Solar Eclipse Day—celebrating a total solar eclipse visible in the North Atlantic, Greenland and parts of Northern Europe but sadly not in the United States starting at 8:30 GMT (1:30 am in California). Always an awesome sight even if not memorialized by Carly Simon in You’re So Vain.
On this day in
     a. 1854 the Republican Party was organized at Ripon, Wisconsin.
     b. 1883 the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the first treaty involving the protection of intellectual property, was signed in Paris, France.
     c. 1985 in a triumph of women’s accomplishments, Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth; if you had been following my blogs you would have noted that two of the four finishers after the winner, Dallas Seavey, were women.  
     d. 1987 in step to change AIDS from a death sentence to a disease that with treatment albeit expensive, the FDA approved the drug AZT for use in treating AIDS.
     e. 2003 in response to Saddam Hussein’s refusal to allow inspection and removal of weapons of mass destruction that did not exist, U.S. and coalition forces commenced the invasion of Iraq which resulted in the toppling and ultimate execution of Hussein and unfortunately the chaos that has continued in Iraq since then and continues today. 
     Two great quotes on Astrology separated by 500 or so years: “I don’t differentiate much, except in degree, between people who believe in religion from those who believe in astrology, magic or the supernatural.” Andy Rooney, noted commentator on CBS’s 60 Minutes The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings." Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Act 1, Scene ii
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