Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—April 13 2015 Trust your weekend was a good one and your Monday has you humming on all cylinders. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest, a music video of I’m Telling You Now, and a relevant quote by Congressman David Scott, anticipating a bowl of peach cobbler, 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. Jefferson’s Birthday -- celebrating
per a proclamation of President Franklin Roosevelt issued on March 21, 1938 the birthday of
Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of
Independence, on this day in 1743.
2. Scrabble Day—commemorating
a board game loved by children and adults that was invented in 1938 by Alfred
Mosher Butts who was born on this day in 1899.
3. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1965
on a two week run I’m Telling You Now
by Freddie and the Dreamers, an English rock band that debuted in 1963 and
noted for their on stage antics. Here is a music video of the Freddie and the Dreamers performing I’m Telling You Now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8zCEkI7mdU
4. National Peach Cobbler Cheese
especially when served with some ice cream.
5. Top of the Morning Nobel Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1939 of Seamus
Heaney, a noted Irish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.
this day in
a. 1861 Fort Sumter after being bombarded
continually since April 12. 1861 surrendered.
b. 1919 noted socialist Eugene V,
Debs was imprisoned in a federal penitentiary in Atlanta for two years for
speaking out against the draft in World War I.
c. 1943 the Jefferson Memorial in
Washington, D.C. was dedicated on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
d. 1953 CIA Director Allen Dulles, in an if
you think the NSA eavesdropping program was bad look at this moment, launched
the covert mind control program MKULTRA. MKULTRA used numerous
methodologies to manipulate people's mental states and alter brain functions,
including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other
chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse
and well as torture until it was ended in 1973.
e. 1974 Western Union in cooperation with
Hughes Aircraft and NASA) launched Westar 1 the first geosynchronous
Lessons on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday that a partisan
and dysfunctional Washington, D.C. should learn: “Alexander
Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson hated each other so much. But that hate that they
had for each other did not come before the love of their country.” David Scott,
African American Democratic Representative from Georgia
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