Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—April 27, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and Monday is also is off to a great start. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Heart of Gold and relevant quotes by Thomas Jefferson and AG Alberto Gonzales, having enjoyed a large slice of prime rib covered in mushrooms, 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. Freedom Day (South
Africa)—commemorating the first post
apartheid election in South Africa in which all citizens regardless of race
2. Matanzas Mule Day—commemorating
on this day in 1898 in one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American,
U.S. ships bombarded the Cuban village of Matanzas causing only one casualty, a
mule; an interesting footnote to the war and the concept of collateral damage.
Number One Song—celebrating the
number one song in 1979 on a brief one week run Heart of Glass by Blondie, a
very popular pioneer band in new wave and punk rock that has sold over 50
million records, was in ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, and
is still performing today. Here is a link to a music video of Blondie singing Heart of Glass:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGU_4-5RaxU
(Debbie Harvey has a great voice).
4. National Prime Rib Day—celebrating this omnivore’s favorite
cut of meat and if you go to Steven’s Steak and Seafood House in Commerce, California
you can enjoy its famous Big Jim Special Prime Rib, weighing in at 32 ounces
for only $33.95 and cooked exactly the way you like it.
5. Dots and Dashes Day—commemorating the birthday on this day
in 1791 of Samuel Morse who created the Morse Code enabling communication by
telegraph and radio.
On this day in
Moorish troops led by Tarig ibn Ziyad landed at Gibraltar to begin the conquest
and Islamization of Iberian Peninsula; fortunately for Christianity in Europe
the spread of Islam out of the Iberian Peninsula was crushed on October 10, 732
the Franks led by Charles Martel near Tours, France (also famous for housing
the Stanford en France program).
1667 a blind and impoverished John Milton sold the copyright to Paradise
Lost for £10,
dooming future generations of English majors to the agony of having to read it.
c. 1861 Abraham Lincoln suspended the
rights of criminal defendants to obtain relief by filing a writ of habeas
1974 10,000 people marched in Washington, D.C. calling for the impeachment of
Richard Nixon (he resigned on August 9, 1974).
e. 1981 Xerox PARC introduced the computer
on the writ of habeas corpus from two perspectives: “The
Constitution doesn’t say every individual in the United States or every citizen
is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas,” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Jan.
18, 2007 “Freedom of the person under the protection of
the habeas corpus I deem [one of the] essential principles of our government.”
–Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural Address, 1801. I vote for Jefferson’s view.
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