Ridley's Believe It Or Not—August 28, 2014: Trust your Thursday is starting on a great note as you prepare for the end of Summer and the Labor Day Weekend and that you enjoy the holidays of dubious distinction in the shadow of Labor Day Weekend along with the factoids and quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. with a smile on your face, a positive attitude and a large Cherry Turnover in front of you before calling it quits for the day secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem tailored to the event and the recipient.
1. Radio Commercial Day—celebrating the first airing of a radio commercial by Queensboro Realty on WEAF in 1922 station in New York City—10 minutes of commercial time for $100.
2. National Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day—celebrating the frustration of waiting for your computer to fully boot up by having a race on the desktop to eliminate the boredom and frustration.
3. You Can’t Have One Without The Other Day—celebrating the birthday of one of the icons of literature of the 19th Century, born on this day in 1828, famous for a little light reading War and Peace (can’t have one without the other).
4. Why We Need Less Parasites And More Poets Day –celebrating the birthday also on this day in 1828 of Johann Von Goethe leader of the Strum und Drang literary movement in Germany; who as a child, studied many different languages, including Latin, Greek, French, Italian, English and Hebrew. During the 1760s, he unhappily studied law in Leipzig, devoting most of his time and energy to writing poetry and pursuing romance which fortunately for us he wrote less briefs and more poems including his epic Faust.
5. Last but not least for the omnivores in us all—National Cherry Turnovers Day.
On this day in
a. 1845 the first issue of Scientific American was published; magazine is still going strong.
b. 1955 Black Teenager Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi giving rise to the nascent Civil Rights Movement.
c. 1957 Senator Strom Thurmond rose to commence a filibuster against passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Act and did not stop speaking for 24 hours, 18 minutes three hours and 18 minutes longer than the most recent memorable filibuster by Senator Cruz against the funding of Obamacare.
d. 1963 following the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, before a packed Washington Mall, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I Have a Dream Speech.
Sadly as the Kerner Report so aptly pointed out and the recent strife in Ferguson, we have more progress to make to bring King’s dream to reality: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Martin Luther King, Jr. on that historic day in 1963.
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