wish that your Friday is proving to be a great day since on this day you have earned enough to pay your taxes such that every dollar now coming in is a dollar you do not have to hand over to the government. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest, a music video of Disco Lady and a relevant quote by Talat Pasha, having enjoyed a couple of pigs in a blanket, 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. Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day—commemorating the genocide by Turkey of some 800,000 to 1,500,000 Armenians living in Turkey starting on this day 1915; to this day our “ally” Turkey has never admitted this genocidal stain on their nation.
2. Arbor Day—first celebrated in 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska; a great day to plant a tree unless you are in California which given our drought, a cactus might be more appropriate.
3. 1976 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1976 on a four week run Disco Lady by Johnny Taylor, a popular R&B, pop, and gospel singer of the 50’s and 60’s whose song Disco Lady sold over 2 million copies. Here is a link to the music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDpC5YUhE5Y
4. National Pigs in a Blanket Day—celebrating another great finger food snack—Vienna sausage baked in a dough cover.
5. Funny Girl Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1942 of Barbara Streisand an iconic singer who has sold over 145 million records but whose political views like many of Hollywood stars make Elizabeth Warren look like a right wing fanatic.
On this day in
a. 1184 B.C. Troy was sacked by the Greeks.
b. 1800 the Library of Congress was established when President John Adams signed legislation appropriating $5,000 to purchase books as may be appropriate for use by members of Congress.
c. 1967 Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov became the first human to die during a space mission when his Soyuz 1 parachute failed to open on reentry.
d. 1990 the telescope Hubble was launched from the Shuttle Discovery; it is still mapping the universe with incredible photos of the galaxies.
e. 2005 Snuppy, an Afghan hound, became the first dog to be cloned; the act was honored by Time Magazine as the Invention of the Year.
Reflections on Armenian genocide: “Turkey is taking advantage of the war in order to thoroughly liquidate (grundlich aufzaumen) its internal foes, i.e., the indigenous Christians, without being thereby disturbed by foreign intervention. What on earth do you want? The question is settled. There are no more Armenians.” Talat Pasha Chilling words from one of the leaders of Turkey in 1915; the same words are being spoken today by the jihadists such as ISIS.
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