Ridley's Believe It Or Not—July 21, 2014: Found some holidays to enjoy with your Big Mac and fries and factoids and a quote by the mission commander of the last Space Shuttle Mission.
1. Belgian National Day —celebrated by the Belgians to commemorate the coronation of Leopold 1, Belgium’s first king after gaining independence from the Netherlands in 1830.
2. National Junk Food Day—celebrated to thumb one’s nose at Michelle Obama’s continued harping on the need to eat healthy and the tasteless school cafeteria menus that many kids do not like to eat.
3. Global Hug Your Kid Day—celebrated on the third Monday in July but really should be celebrated daily each and every day of the year if your child is present.
On this day in:
a. 1949 the U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty creating NATO as a deterrent to further Soviet aggression in Europe.
b. 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published, becoming the fastest selling book in history—15 million copies in the first 24 hours sold.
c. 2011 in an end to an era moment NASA’s Atlantis returned to Earth end the Space Shuttle Program.
We are an exceptional people: “The shuttle is always going to be a reflection of what this nation can do when it dares to be bold and commits to follow through. We're not ending the journey today ... we're completing a chapter of a journey that will never end.” -- Mission Commander Chris Ferguson, on the radio to Launch Director Mike Leinbach minutes before launch of the final shuttle mission. Given what comes out of Washington I sure hope he was right in his observation.
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