Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 18, 2016, 368 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Tough loss for the Steelers last night and great fireworks between Clinton and Sanders last night and better yet your Monday is off to a great start with all or a majority of your New Year’s Resolutions still being observed; as always, I hope you enjoy Monday’s holidays and observances, a music link to Vaughn Monroe; factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., looking forward to enjoying a serving of Peking Duck, blessed with a positive attitude 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. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—honoring a great man and proponent of nonviolence as a means of achieving desegregation and ending discrimination who sadly was assassinated far too early. .
2. Elementary School Teachers’ Day—commemorating and honoring all those teachers that more likely than not have had a great impact on our lives.
3. 1948 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1948 on a long run of ten weeks in that position Ballerina by Vaughn Monroe. Here is a link to Vaughn Monroe performing Ballerina: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ZdI_okm2I
4. National Peking Duck—celebrating another great Chinese dish and a great reason to go to your favorite Chinese restaurant.
5. Temptations Come In All Forms--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1941 the lead singer of the Temptations, David Ruffin, who sadly could not withstand the temptation of cocaine and died of a cocaine overdose in 1951.
On this day in:
a. 1788 the first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England arrived at Botany Bay.
b. 1903 the first radio transatlantic transmission to originate in the U.S. was sent from a radio transmitter located at Wellfleet, MA.
c. 1967 Albert De Salvo, aka the ”Boston Strangler,” was convicted of numerous murders and sentenced to life imprisonment.
d. 1977 scientists identified a previously unknown bacterium which caused the deadly outbreak of what became to be known as Legionnaires Disease so name because it struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.
e. 1993 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was observed in all 50 states for the first time.