Ridley's Believe It Or Not—July 3, 2014: Wishing you a safe and safe Fourth of July. Meager day for holidays but hope you enjoy these along with the factoids and a quote from Bernard Baruch preparing for your Fourth of July weekend with a smile on your face and a chocolate wafer in your hand. Also hope you enjoy this poem on what Newport Beach on the 4th too often degenerates into http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2012_07_01_archive.html
1. Alred Not All Blue Day—celebrating or better yet bemoaning the birthday of Gloria Alred , a lawyer not red but blue to her inner most core and the nightmare of anyone opposing her in a divorce proceeding.
2. 53 Day—bemoaning the death on this day in 1993 of one of the most intimidating pitchers for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, Don Drysdale #53, forever memorialized by Robert Kennedy’s congratulating his record scoreless innings streak at his victory celebration of his win in the California primary in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel moments before he was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
3. Upwind Day—aka National Eat Beans Day; always good to be upwind of someone who is celebrating this holiday with fervor.
4. National Chocolate Wafer Day—celebrating a great snack especially when eaten with some ice cream.
On this day in:
a. 1839 the first state normal school (teacher’s college) was opened in the United States at Lexington, Massachusetts with three students.
b. 1884 Dow Jones and Company published its first stock average (which is at record levels today).
c. 1886 the New York Tribune became the first newspaper to use the linotype machine replacing typesetting by hand.
Why we need the stock market: “The main purpose of the stock market is to make fools of as many men as possible.” Bernard Baruch, noted American financier, author and philanthropist
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