Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 9 History World Post Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 9, 2014:  Trust your Thursday is proving to be a great day and that you enjoy the slim pickings of holidays and factoids and quote from Shoeless Joe Jackson and an unnamed

kid who must have been one of his ardent fans with a smile especially today on your sunscreened face, being viewed as a hero and eating a hero, blessed with a positive attitude, and 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 the Cougars on Friday!
   1. World Post Day--celebrating on this day in 1874 in Berne, Switzerland the formation of the Universal Postal Union which marked the beginning of a global communications revolution wherein people around the world obtained the ability to communicate by mail. Given the demise of snail mail and the exponential rise of texting and email, this holiday may be on the endangered holiday list.
      2. Leif Erickson Day—honoring the contributions of Norwegians to the  United States and  the feats of Leif Erickson who was the first European to discover North America beating Columbus by almost 500 years.
      3. Fire Prevention Day—commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which burned for 27 hours and killed over 300 people which by legend started by Mrs. O’Leary knocking a lantern over by accident in her barn.
      4. Submarine-Hero-Hoagie-Grinder Day—celebrating a great choice of sandwiches for the palate; not sure where this came from but suspect Subway was involved.
On this day in
      a. 1888 the Washington Monument was opened to the public.
      b. 1919 in the Black Sox Scandal the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series against the Chicago White Sox but 8 players on that team were charged with throwing the games in exchange for money from gamblers, acquitted and then banned from baseball.
      c. 1967 After being captured the day before Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara was executed for attempting to incite revolution in Bolivia.
      d. 1986 the classic musical Phantom of the Opera had its first performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.
Even our national pastime can break a kid’s faith in heroes: As Jackson departed from the Grand Jury room, a small boy clutched at his sleeve and tagged along after him.  "Say it ain't so, Joe," he pleaded.  "Say it ain't so."  "Yes kid, I'm afraid it is," Jackson replied.   "Well, I never would've thought it," the boy said. 
Chicago Herald and Examiner (9/30/1920)
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