Ridley's Believe It Or Not—July 31, 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 Ronald Reagan with a smile on your face and a slice of raspberry cake on a plate.
1. Mutt’s Day—a great way to obtain a dog without paying for a pedigreed canine.
2. Ka Hae Hawaii Day—celebrating the adoption of Hawaii’s state and civil flag on this day in 1990; it is the only state flag with a Union Jack displayed.
3. National Chili Dog Day—celebrating a messy but tasty treat.
4. National Raspberry Cake Day—another great desert treat especially with ice cream.
On this day in
a. 1790 the first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
b. 1970 known as Black Tot Day, the Royal Navy issued its last daily rum ration to its sailors.
c. 1991 the U.S. and the Soviet Union took more steps to make the world a safer place by executing the START I to reduce their stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Reagan was no trigger happy cowboy: “The main threat to peace posed by nuclear weapons today is the growing instability of the nuclear balance. This is due to the increasingly destructive potential of the massive Soviet buildup in its ballistic missile force. Therefore, our goal is to enhance deterrence and achieve stability through significant reductions in the most destabilizing nuclear systems, ballistic missiles, and especially the giant intercontinental ballistic missiles, while maintaining a nuclear capability sufficient to deter conflict, to underwrite our national security, and to meet our commitment to allies and friends." Ronald Reagan May 9, 1982 commencement address at Eureka College.
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