Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 28 History Emancipation of the Serfs Day (Tibet)

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 28, 2015 Trust your weekend is proving to be a great one despite if a Stanford fan the blowout of the Stanford women by Notre Dame on Friday. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest, music video of Madonna, and a relevant quote by William Scranton, enjoying a serving of Black Forest cake while watching your favorite team play in the NIT or 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. Sen no Rikyūcommemorating the influence of Rikyū on the Japanese Way of Tea.
       2. Emancipation of the Serfs Day (Tibet)—celebrating the emancipation of the serfs in theocratic feudal Tibet by the Chinese on this day in 1959.
      3. 1995 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1995, as part of a 7 week run, Take a Bow by Madonna, aka “The Queen of Pop,” who, with over 300 million records sold, has sold more records than any female artist in history even though her last album was a dismal flop. Here is a video link to her performing the song.
      4. National Black Forest Cake Day—celebrating a real caloric extravaganza, a multi layered chocolate cake with cherries soaked in rum or kirsch and topped with whipped cream and cherries.
      5. Gag Day--celebrating not a joke or the precursor to vomiting but the birthday on this day in 1986 of Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga who became the first artist in history to have three singles released which each one sold more than 3 million copies online.
On this day in
     a. 1910 Henri Fabre became the first person to fly a seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion.
     b. 1969 Greek poet and Nobel Prize Laureate Giorgos Seferis on the BBC called for the end to the junta that was then ruling Greece. 
     c. 1978 the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision in Stump v. Sparkman prevented a woman who had been sterilized at the request of her mother at the age of 15 without her knowledge, without the benefit of counsel and without any hearing of evidence as to why she should be sterilized could not sue the judge who ordered the sterilization due to “judicial immunity.”
     d. 1979 a nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island suffered a loss of coolant and partial core meltdown. Although no one was killed or injured the fears of radiation effectively stopped the groundbreaking of any new plants after 1979 until 2013 at which time four new power plants were under various stages of construction.                                                  
     e. 2006 in a chilling reminder of why France has an unemployment rate of 23% among its young because of the extreme difficulty for an employer to terminate a worker, over a million people took to the streets to protest the proposed First Employment Contract Law which would have made it easier for employers to terminate someone under the age of 26 during a probationary period of two years.
     Reflections on why politicians need to wait for the facts to develop as opposed to a rush to judgment: “What I had said in the morning was that this is what we know has happened, but there has been no significant off-site release. Only to find out moments later that, in fact, there had been an off-site release. I still haven't gotten over that.” William Scranton, then governor of Pennsylvania at the time
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