Saturday, June 6, 2015

Ridley's Believe It or Not June 6 2015 D-Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—June 6, 2015 Trust your weekend is off to a great start. 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 the Everly Brothers, a relevant quote by Dwight Eisenhower, looking forward to enjoying some slices of gnegerbread, 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. D-Day —celebrating the landing of five Allied divisions on five Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944 and the dropping from the air of three airborne divisions—memorialized by Cornelius Ryan’s epic history of the event The Longest Day, Zanuck’s film of the same name and last and maybe least a poem by the Alaskanpoet:  
       2. Russian Day—another UN holiday to promote one of the working languages of the UN, Russian, and ironic that but for D-Day on June 6, 1944 there would have been no UN and all of Europe would be speaking Russian.     
        3. 1958 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1958 on an four week run All I Have to Do Is Dream by the Everly Brothers, popular duo of the 50’s and 60’s. Here is a link to the Everly Brothers performing, sadly audio only, All I Have to Do Is Dream:  
       4.  National Gingerbread Day—celebrating even if you not have to produce a man or a house, a great way to use ginger in baking.
       5.  Hail, Hail, the Patriot Is Here—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1753 of Nathan Hale, who before being hanged as an American spy against the English uttered, “I regret I have only one life to give for my country.”    
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1844 the Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in London just waiting for the Village People to hit the charts with their number one song YMCA.  
       b. 1932 the first federal gas tax at the cheap rate of only a cent of gallon was enacted by the taxing beasts of D.C.     
       c. 1946 the National Basketball Association was formed with 11 teams.   
       d. 1997 in a Prom Mom moment Melissa Drexler gave birth to a child in the bathroom while attending her senior prom, deposited the child in the trash and returned to continue dancing. Fortunately she was caught and sentenced 15 years for manslaughter.
       e. 2015 after a drought of 37 years, American Phoenix, by winning the Belmont Stakes, became a winner of the Triple Crown.                        
Reflections on D-Day given on the eve therof: “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well
equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in
battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great
and noble undertaking.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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