Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 1, 2015 Trust your Friday is off to a great start with a great weekend awaiting you; if you are rattled by the difficulties inherent in waiting to the last moment in picking out the appropriate Mothers’ Day gift which see below is easy to solve. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Beat It and a relevant quote by Robert Frost, having enjoyed a chocolate parfait, 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 Mothers’ Day, 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. International Labor Day
aka May Day—created by anarchists,
socialists and communists to advance the fight for workers’ rights, better pay,
an eight hour week and formally recognized by the Congress of the Second
International in 1891. It is also the first day of summer and the universal voice
distress call which did not originate to the perceived problems of communism
but rather from the thoughtful incite of a senior radio officer, Frederick
Mockford at Croydon Airport in London asked to create a voice equivalent of the
Morse Code SOS. Since much of the traffic was between Croydon and Le Bourget he
proposed Mayday which sounds exactly like the French “m’aidez"
2. Law Day (U.S.)— proclaimed
by Executive Order by President Eisenhower in 1958 and codified by statute in
1961 to promote the rule of law as the foundation of any society ( hope the day
is not observed with rioting in Baltimore).
3. 1983 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1983 on a three
week run (thought it would have been longer) Beat It by the one and only
Michael Jackson. Here is a link to a music video of Michael Jackson performing Beat It:
4. National Chocolate Parfait Day—celebrating another one of this
omnivore’s favorite deserts which is why the world is populated with
5. Hard to Keep a Canary in a Cage—celebrating the birthday on this day
in 1852 of Martha Canary, aka Calamity Jane, noted frontierswoman along the
lines of Annie Oakley. She was married to Bill Hickok and sadly died of
alcoholism at the age of 51.
On this day in
Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro
was performed for the first time.
b. 1866 in a riot that makes the
protests in Baltimore look like a Sunday picnic the three day Memphis Race Riot
began, resulting in the death of two whites and 46 blacks and massive
destruction of homes, churches and schools in the black community and
thankfully the passage of the 14th Amendment by a nation outraged by
the atrocities committed.
c. 1894 Coxey’s Army some 500 unemployed
workers who had lost their jobs due to the depression of 1893 which was to last
4 years arrived in Washington, D.C. demanding public works projects be
implemented to stimulate the economy (sound familiar?). The first significant
protest march in our history died out when its leader Jacob Coxey and others
were arrested for walking on the White House Lawn.
1927 the first airline cooked meals were introduced on an Imperial Airlines
flight from Paris to London; unfortunately could not find out what the meals
consisted of but without microwares and the short distance would have been
e. 2011 President Obama announced to the
nation that Osama bin Laden, the head of al Qaeda and mastermind of the 911
attacks had been killed in Pakistan. Unfortunately for us, killing a leader
does not kill the ideology especially in the case of radical Islam.
on work on this International Labor Day: “By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to
be a boss and work twelve hours a day.” Robert Frost, noted
poet but unfortunately only partially right on the amount of boss time; it is
more like 16 hours.
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