Ridley's Believe It Or Not—July 22, 2014: Another meager day of holidays but you are probably on vacation anyway and do not need the time off. Hope you enjoy what is posted, along with the factoids and quote from Andrew Jackson with a smile on your face and a penuche in your hand.
1. Rat Catchers’ Day —celebrating not those saving the mainstream media washing up on shore leaping from the Obama ship but rather the Pied Piper of Hamlin, memorialized by who else but a poet Robert Browning on this July day in 1376.
2. Make It A Question Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1940 of Alex Trabek, the long time host of one of the more popular game shows of all times—Jeopardy.
3. National Penuche Fudge Day—celebrating that great tan colored fudge often laced with pecans.
4. National Hammock Day—celebrating right in the middle of the dog days of summer the only place to be in the shade when you are not working but resting on vacation—a hammock—life is good!
On this day in:
a. 1933 Wally Post completed the first solo circumnavigation flight of the globe in the time of 7 days 18 hours and 45 minutes, sadly to die two years later in a plane crash in Alaska taking Will Rogers with him.
b. 1937 the Senate rejected FDR’s proposal to increase the size of the Supreme Court, thereby continuing the court roadblocks to implementation of major parts of the New Deal, but preserving the independence of the judiciary as a separate but equal part of the U.S. government.
c. 1994 O.J. Simpson pled absolutely not guilty to the charges of murder of his ex-wife Nicole and Ron Goldman.
Jackson was a lot smarter than being relegated to a face on a twenty dollar bill: “All rights secure to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.” Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States. Unfortunately, an independent and virtuous Senate is MIA on this issue.
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