Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 22 History World Water Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 22, 2015 Trust your weekend is proving to be a great one. As of 9:25a.m. this morning there were 3 mushers still on the course from Safety (22 miles from Nome) to White Mountain (77 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 after checking into White Mountain at 1 this morning.        
As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, music video, and a relevant quote from the Cornerstone Speech,  enjoying some coq au vin while watching your favorite team play in the NCAA Tournaments (both men and women), 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. World Water Day—created by the United Nations in 1993 to promote fresh water development and conservation. As we in California head into another year of severe drought, definitely a day to observe.
       2. Emancipation Day (Puerto Rico)--celebrating the abolition of slavery by Spain of slavery in Puerto Rico on this day in 1873; slaves were required to work three more years.
      3. 1989 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1989, as part of a brief 1 week run, The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics, an English pop rock band formed in 1985. Here is a link to the song being performed
      4. Coq Au Vin Day—great way to use some of the cheap wine you have been given and a very tasty way to enjoy chicken without all the fat of frying it.
      5. Beam Me Up Daycelebrating the birthday on this day in 1931 of William Shatner aka Captain Kirk of the Enterprise and still going at warp speed today in the ads for Priceline.
On this day in
     a. 1872 Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.
     b. 1960 Arthur Schawlow and Howard Townes received the first patent for a laser.
     c. 1972 Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. Although 35 states ratified it, the required number of states ratifying an amendment to the Constitution was 38 and the Equal Rights Amendment failed to become part of our Constitution.
     d. 1972 in a heralded move to kick the government out of the bedroom, the Supreme Court in Eisenstadt v. Baird ruled that like married couples, unmarried couples could buy and use contraceptives 
     e. 1993 Intel shipped its first Pentium chips which markedly increased computer speed and performance.
     Reflections from bodies of fresh water like lakes and rivers: "Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting, and doing the things historians usually record while, on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry, whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happens on the banks." Will Durant, noted historian and author.
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