Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Johnny Appleseed Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 26, 2016 Only 44 waning days to go until the only polls that matter close for Trump to continue his pivot before we elect a new president and only a few hours to go until the first debate that will probably be watched by over 100 million people; on the sports front two legends are no longer with us—Arnold Palmer who just died and Vin Skully who has retired from broadcasting the Dodgers’ games; mass shootings in Houston by of all persons a lawyer; on the political front just hours before the first presidential debate, the liberal media has realized that Trump has surged to make this race a dead heat and is favored in key battleground states and they are in panic mode with editorials and coverage vilifying him. Hope everyone has time to watch the fireworks tonight.
          As Trump is trying to become more presidential, going to is a great way to start your day along of course with and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
          As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to the Weavers and Marty Robins,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Herman Kahn, while  looking forward to enjoying a generous serving of pancakes, 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. Lumberjack Daycreated in 2005 to honor, due to the environmentalists, a dying over regulated breed--the lumberjack; today would be a great day to eat pancakes and wear plaid but if you have an ax with you make sure it is a toy one, given the fears over terrorists’ stabbings and axings.   
2. National Johnny Appleseed Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1774 of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, who was a New York nurseryman who traveled west and along the way planted apple trees for settlers in Ohio and Pennsylvania to have a source of food.   
3. 1950 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1950 on a long run of 13 weeks in that position “Goodnight Irene” by the Weavers with Gordon Jenkins. Here is a recording of the Weavers with Gordon Jenkins performing the song:
4. National Pancake Day—celebrating this high great breakfast meal especially when covered in real maple syrup—great day to hop down to IHOP.
5. Go To El Paso With A Big Iron On Your Hipcelebrating the birth on this day in 1925 of noted country and pop singer and song writer better known to his fans as Marty Robbins—here is a link to him performing the ballad “Big Iron.”
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1933 Machine Gun Kelly caught without his Thompson submachine gun surrendered to federal agents after shouting “Don’t Shoot G-men,” saddling them with a nickname still used today to describe federal agents in law enforcement.   
b. 1950 following the successful and daring landing of U.S. forces at Inchon, Seoul was recaptured; but the South Korean capital was recaptured by the Chinese and North Koreans on January 7, 1951.  
c. 1960 the first televised presidential debate took place between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon which was watched by an estimated 70 million viewers (predictions are that over 100 million will be watching tonight).      
d. 1969 the Beatles released their last album Abbey Road.
e. 1983 at a time of strained relations with the United States and fortunately for the hundreds of millions of Americans and Soviet that would have died, fortunately Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov manning a Soviet early missile warning center correctly identified a report that the U.S. had just launched a Minuteman nuclear armed missile at the Soviet Union as being erroneous thereby preventing an accidental nuclear war between the two nations.         
Reflections on the anniversary of an almost accidental nuclear war that border on the delusional: “From a scientific perspective there is some indication that a nuclear war could deplete the earth's ozone layer or, less likely, could bring on a new Ice Age - but there is no suggestion that either the created order or mankind would be destroyed in the process.” Herman Kahn, founder of the Hudson Institute and preeminent military strategist and futurist on the 20th Century although on this quote I believe he is out to lunch. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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