Ridley's Believe It Or Not—May 19, 2014: Kudos to California Chrome and hope the horse gets an exception for the nasal strip for the Belmont; today is the holiday wasteland of all holidays. Hope you enjoyed the weekend and if in California the cooling temperatures and will enjoy these meager holidays, or celebrate in a culinary fashion, found for today along with the factoids and quotes.
1. Wooly Bully Day—honoring John Quincy Adams who signed into law in 1828 a tariff law protecting sheep farmers in the United States from foreign competition (created by the Alaskanpoet on this day).
2. Malcolm X Day—celebrated in very few places like Berkeley—this man was about as far away from the philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. as one could be.
3. National Devils’ Food Cake Day—even if the list of holidays is nonexistent, at least you can enjoy a great tasting cake.
On this day in:
a. 1848 in a “to the victor belongs the spoils moment”, Mexico signed the treaty of Guadalupe Hildago ending the Mexican-American War of 1848 and ceding California, Utah, New Mexico and the parts of 4 other future states to the U.S. for the sum of $15 million.
b. 1962 at a birthday salute to President Kennedy was delivered at Madison Square Garden, the highlight of which was Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
c. 1963 The Washington Post published Martin Luther King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail calling for an end to segregation in Birmingham; his arrest in April of 1963 and the campaign to end segregation in Birmingham was credited by many as the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.
Read the speeches and works of Martin Luther King, Jr. and you will see why segregation, thank God, did not have a chance to prevail. “We did not hesitate to call our movement an army. But it was a special army, with no supplies but its sincerity, no uniform but its determination, no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Why We Cannot Wait
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©May 19, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet