Ridley's Believe It Or Not—August 5, 2014: A very symbolic holiday to be celebrated tonight by close to 40 million which hopefully will cause the criminals to be on vacation for at least a day. Hope you enjoy what is posted, along with the factoids and quote from President Kennedy with a smile on your face, a positive attitude and a plate of at least a half dozen oysters or a like number of oyster shooters.
1. National Night Out Day—celebrating since 1984 not a night on the town but rather the taking back the parks and streets from the various criminal elements after dark with porch lights on and various block parties, walks and neighbors getting together—close to 40 million will participate.
2. National Underwear Day—celebrated by those fearless exhibitionists with hopefully great bodies wearing only underwear in public.
3. Work Like A Dog Day---celebrating or bemoaning as the case may be, those workaholics who are consumed in their work to make sure the job is always done.
4. National Oyster Day--celebrating that great tasty mollusk best eaten raw and in copious quantities; legend has it that this mollusk equivalent of Viagra was consumed by the great womanizer Casanova to the tune of 50 for breakfast to fuel his drive for conquest.
5. Baby Step Day—celebrating the birthday of Neil Armstrong on this day in 1930 who took one small step for a man but a large one for mankind.
On this day in
a. 1962 Nelson Mandela was jailed in South Africa for protesting apartheid; he would not be released until 28 years later.
b. 1963 to the joys of children everywhere watching the levels of Strontium 90 and Cesium 131 increase in milk due to nuclear weapons testing above ground, the U.S., Great Britain and the Soviet Union as the Original Parties signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty banning all above ground and underwater nuclear weapons tests.
c. 1981 Federal Air Traffic Controllers went on strike and President Reagan fired 11,359 of them for failing to heed his order for them to return to work.
A small but important step for mankind: “Yesterday a shaft of light cut into the darkness. Negotiations were concluded in Moscow on a treaty to ban all nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in outer space, and under water . . . it is an important first step -- a step toward peace -- a step towards reason -- a step away from war.” President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in an address to the nation on July 25, 1963
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