Ridley's Believe It Or Not—July 20, 2014: Totally skunked today on decent holidays, but at least found a few factoids and a quote by Lunar Astronaut Edgar Mitchel from Apollo 14 for you to enjoy.
1. Friends Day (Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay) —celebrated as a day to greet old and new friends although should be observed more frequently than once a year as good friends are hard to find and even harder to keep.
2. Moon Day—celebrating not that great tradition of mooning the Surfliner as it passes through on the second Saturday in July but rather the landing of the first men on the moon on July 20, 1969.
3. National Ice Cream Day—to celebrate this day, do the obvious and enjoy a large bowl of ice cream.
4. National Lollipop Day—you do not have to be a kid to enjoy this day.
On this day in:
a. 1940 the first freeway the Arroyo Seco Parkway was opened connecting Los Angeles to Pasadena was opened.
b. 1944 Adolf Hitler survived a bomb assassination attempt in his bunker, thereby dooming the world to another 10 months of death and destruction in Europe.
c. 1968 the first International Special Olympics Summer Games was held in Chicago at Soldier Field with over 1,000 contestants.
d. 1997 the fully restored U.S. Constitution celebrated its 200th birthday by settling sail again after 117 years of being berthed in Boston.
Another good reason for the U.S. to return to the Moon: “From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’” Edgar Mitchel, Apollo 14 astronaut, speaking in People magazine on 8 April 1974. Pelosi, Reid, and Obama would be my first choice.
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