Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—June 5, 2015 Trust your Friday is going to be a great day and weekend plans are all set and during Sun Protection Week with the news of a doubling of melanoma cases you are using sun screen, a hat or an umbrella to protect your skin from the destruction of UV rays. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances (another tough day and near skunk for holidays and observances), factoids of interest, a music video by Pat Boone, a relevant quote by Mahatma Gandhi, looking forward to enjoying some slices assorted cheeses, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like Fathers’ 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. World Environment Day —created by the
U.N. in 1972 to promote awareness of the need to protect and preserve the
of Popular Delusions Day—not sure where this observance came from but
suspect it originated to celebrate the anniversary of June 5, 1944 the eve of
D-Day and the last day of delusion of the Nazis that they would win World War
II even as the Russians were surging toward Germany-the line between a dream
and a delusion is often a fine one.
Number One Song—celebrating the number one song
in 1957 on an five week run Love Letters in the Sand by Pat Boone, popular pop singer of the 50’s
and early 60’s with sales of over 45 million albums to his credit. l. Here is a
link to Pat Boone’s Love Letters in the
Sand with an apology for having sound only, not video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ENzT9k1LRs
4. National Cheese Day—celebrating one
of mankind’s first ways of preserving food (along with bread, wine, jerky, and
5. Visible Man with Invisible Hand—celebrating not a sequel to the movie Invisible Man but rather the birthday on this day in 1723 of
Scottish economist Adam Smith, author of The Wealth of Nations and
considered the Father of Capitalism.
On this day in:
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s serial Uncle Tom’s Cabin began a ten month run
in abolitionist paper New Era.
the first regularly scheduled Orient Express departed Paris for Istanbul.
the U.S. Congress by joint resolution in response to the Great Depression took
the government off the gold standard, nullifying the right of creditors to
demand payment of debts in gold.
Elvis Presley performed his hit single Hound
Dog on the Milton Berle Show showcasing his
suggestive and for the 50’s provocative hip movements.
after winning the California Primary, and giving a speech to supporters at the
Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, thanking them for support and congratulating
Don Drysdale who had just broken the record for scoreless innings was mortally
shot moments later by Sirhan Sirhan.
f. 1981 the Centers for Disease Control announced
the occurrence in Los Angeles of the first five cases of a rare pneumonia found
in people with reduced immune systems; these were the first known reported
cases of the results of persons infected with AIDS.
Reflections on World Environment Day:
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every
man's needs, but not every man's greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi Not sure when Gandhi made this statement
but even with the additional billions added to the population of the Earth, the
statement is still true today.
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