Ridley's Believe It Or Not—August 20, 2014: Trust your week is proving to be a good one and that you enjoy the holidays of some distinction along with the factoids and quote from Malcolm Gladwell with a smile on your face, a positive attitude and the will power to not eat a whole chocolate pecan pie but the desire to support budding entrepreneurs by stopping at a child’s lemonade stand..
, 1. World Mosquito Day-- commemorating the discovery by British physician Sir Ronald Ross on this day in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria to human beings—thank God these insects that blot out the sky in Alaska and are rumored to have carried away small dogs and cats are not being honored, only a doctor who called out the need to try, albeit not successfully, to eradicate these pests from the face of the earth.
2. National Radio Day—celebrating one of the great inventions of all time the radio even if the car next to you at the stoplight has his on at a 300 decibel level listening not to classic rock of the 60’s but rather the scourge of rap or hip hop.
3. National Dosimetrist Day--celebrating that key member of an oncology radiation treatment team who calibrates the dosages so the patient does not glow in the dark.
4. Lemonade Day—celebrating that great summer drink that in stands around the country manned by small children defy bureaucrats who trying to justify their existence are always trying to shut them down.
5. National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day---celebrating a desert that this highly evolved omnivore has never enjoyed but sounds like it should go on my dietary bucket list.
On this day in
a. 1920 the first public radio station commences operations in Detroit, Michigan as 8MK now WWJ.
b. 1940 with Britain on the ropes fighting for its life against the Luftwaffe, Churchill trying to rally the nation made one of his greatest wartime speeches honoring the RAF with the line “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”
c. 1968 in a move that may be replicated today in Ukraine, the Soviet Union with its Warsaw Pact allies invaded Czechoslovakia ending the Prague Spring.
Bill Gates may be unloved because of Windows, but when it comes to malaria he is closing the window on the spread of the disease: “There will be statutes of Bill Gates across the Third World. There is a reasonable shot that because of his money we will cure malaria.” Malcolm Gladwell, noted Canadian writer, author and speaker and member of the staff of The New Yorker.
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