Ridley's Believe It Or Not—July 14, 2014: C’est domage but on this Bastille Day a meager faire for holidays. Hope you enjoy the factoids and quote from Charles Dickens.
1. Bastille Day--if you are French or a Francophile today is a good day to celebrate but do not overdo it and try to storm a jail; the police especially those in Orange County have no sense of humor.
2. Republic Day—celebrated in Iraq marking the overthrow of the Hashemite monarchy in 1958 but probably under great concern as IS moves closer to Baghdad.
3. National Grand Marnier Day—celebrating that great after dinner liqueur.
On this day in:
a. 1798 in one of this country’s darker moments of censorship the Sedition Act making it a federal crime to write or utter false or malicious statements about the government was enacted; it expired before the Supreme Court ever had a chance to review it.
b. 1943 in Diamond, Missouri the George Washington Carver Monument became the first National Monument to honor an African American.
c. 1982 386BSD was released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz marking the beginning of the Open Source Operating System Revolution. Linus Torvalds released his Linux soon afterwards.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way." Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
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