Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 25, 2016. Unfortunately, still 330 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately only 9 days until the start of and my daily updates on the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth. Interesting theater on the Red race as Governor Romney has suggested that past tax returns that Trump still has not released may contain “bombshells” and on the Blue race, the federal court judge appointed by Bill Clinton indicated the need for subpoenas of Hillary and her top aides as this scandal will not go away. I trust your Thursday is off to a great start and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Wham!, factoids of interest, a relevant quote by John Burroughs looking forward to enjoying a bowl of clam chowder, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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. Pistol Patent Day—honoring the issuance of a patent for a revolver with chambers for six bullets to Samuel Colt on this day in 1836.
2. Quiet Day—another observance that should be observed daily as opposed to once a year especially if observed by 20 minutes of meditation which will lower stress, blood pressure and bathe the participant with large amounts of serenity and tranquility.
3. 1985 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1985 on a run of three weeks in that position Careless Whisper by Wham! Here is a link to Wham! performing Careless Whisper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDKn5BGTGMM
4. National Clam Chowder Day—celebrating a great way to enjoy those tasty mollusks whether in be in Manhattan form (red) or New England form (white) but whatever you do, do not skimp on the clams and if white don’t forget the bacon and go easy on the potatoes.
5. X Marks the Spot—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1954 of singer, songwriter, actor and poet who founded the punk rock band X who is still performing at the ripe age of 61.
On this day in:
a. 1862 paper currency was introduced in the United States by President Abraham Lincoln.
b. 1919 Oregon became the first state to place a sales tax on the sale of gasoline at the rate of one cent per gallon.
c. 1928 Charles Jenkins Laboratories was granted by the Federal Radio Commission (precursor to the FCC) the first television commercial broadcast for Station W3XK which operated for six years, going out of business with the death of Charles Jenkins.
d. 1987 SMU’s football team received the death penalty from the NCAA for maintaining a slush fund to funnel booster contributions to SMU football players and was banned from playing any games in the 1987.
e. 1991 the Warsaw Pact, a counterpart to NATO was disbanded. Reflections on the currency which has and retains value: “For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice - no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.” John Burroughs, noted 19th Century American essayist and pioneer in the conservation movement.
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