Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 15 History White Cane Safety Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 15, 2014:  As you on this last day to file your tax returns wondering where you will find the money to pay the taxes due (that’s why you waited until today), at least enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and  the anonymous quote, with (no matter how hard it might be) a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to some sautéed mushrooms with a touch of garlic, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem tailored to the event and the recipient.
      1. Global Handwashing Day—first celebrated in Stockholm on this day in 2008 to encourage children to wash their hands with soap and water and given the wave of Enterovirus cases flooding across the U.S. a great idea that adults need to join in also.  
      2. White Cane Safety Day—by proclamation on October 6, 1994 by President Lyndon Johnson and now also known as Blind Americans Equality Day per Barack Obama since October 2011; the day honors the accomplishments of the blind and the independence represented by the cane with a long white tip.                                                                           
      3. National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day—commemorating what has to be one of the most tragic events to befall a family--the lost of an infant or the loss of a pregnancy.
      4. National Mushroom Day—celebrating the some 14,000 different kinds of fungi, some of which are very poisonous, some of which mind altering and many of which are five star from the culinary standpoint. This day is celebrated by all politicians especially those in remote D.C. who treat us as mushrooms, keeping us in the dark and feeding us layer upon layer of B.S.
       5. Mustang Day—celebrating not the wild horses of the West or the Mustangs of Cal Poly SLO who made it to the Dance with a losing record but rather the birthday of Lee Iacocca on this day in 1924 who saved Ford from bankruptcy with the introduction of the Mustang.
On this day in
       a. 1951 Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes completed the last step of the synthesis of norethisterone, the progestin in used in the first of three oral contraceptives without which the 60’s would have just been drugs and rock and roll.
       b. 1956 FORTRAN the first modern computer language was shared with coders for the first time.
      c. 1979 the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam demonstrations were held across the nation with 250,000 people demonstrating in D.C. and 2,000,000 across the nation; sadly our combat involvement in the Vietnam War albeit on a declining basis  continued until March of 2013.  
      d. 1990 Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to lessen the tensions of the Cold War and open up the Soviet Union.
Reflections on the last day to file your income tax return. “Day in and day out, your tax accountant can make or lose you more money than any single person in your life, with the possible exception of your kids or your divorce lawyer or your ex-spouse’s divorce lawyer as the case may be.” Anon Amen to that although in race to spend the most I would bet on the divorce lawyer.  
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