Ridley's Believe It Or Not—August 30, 2014: Trust your Labor Day Weekend is off to a great start and that you enjoy the holidays of dubious distinction in the shadow of Labor Day Weekend along with the factoids and quote from William Shirer with a smile on your face, a positive attitude and a copious amount of bacon, 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. Go Cardinal against UC Davis today; do not be focusing ahead on the game the following Saturday against the Trojans!
1. International Day Of The Disappeared—honoring and creating awareness for those poor souls who have been abducted and held in places unknown to families and friends.
2. Bacon Day—honoring on the Saturday before Labor Day not those who bring home the bacon from work but rather that high fat tasty breakfast meat—bacon. Celebrated first in Bedford, MA in 2000.
3. Franchise Appreciation Day—honoring one of the cornerstones our economy—franchisees; my favorite is the Popeyes Louisiana Fried Chicken on the corner of First and Harbor in Santa Ana, especially on Tuesday with its $1.29 leg and thigh chicken.
4. Frankenstein Day –celebrating the birthday on this day in 1797 of Mary Shelly who wrote the book Frankenstein in 1818.
5. National Toasted Marshmallow Day—celebrating the perfect ending to any Labor Day Weekend barbecue or picnic.
On this day in
a. 1914 in a Cannae repeats itself moment, the Germans under von Hindenburg and Ludendorff defeated the Russians decisively in the Battle of Tannenberg, suffering 13,000 casualties to the Russians’ loss of over 170,000 men.
b. 1963 in a move to diffuse the possibilities of nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the U.S. following the Cuban Missile Crisis in the preceding October, the Red Phone hot line was established between Moscow and Washington, D.C.
c. 1967 Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court.
Why the hot line between the two nuclear giants is such a great idea even if parodied in the movie Dr. Strangelove: “In our new age of terrifying, lethal gadgets, which supplanted so swiftly the old one, the first great aggressive war, if it should come, will be launched by suicidal little madmen pressing an electronic button. Such a war will not last long and none will ever follow it. There will be no conquerors and no conquests, but only the charred bones of the dead on and uninhabited planet.” William Shirer, noted author and historian
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