Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 29, 2014: Trust your resolutions for the New Year are being framed in a fashion that you will be able to achieve and, as always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Chief Seattle, with a smile on your face, looking forward to a piping hot bowl of pepper pot soup made the old fashioned way with tripe, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, 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 at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Young Man’s Day —commemorating not the hit single by the Village People in 1978 Y.M.C.A. but the founding of the first YMCA facility in America at Boston in 1851.
2. It Was A Good Year Day—celebrating on this day in 1800 the birth of Charles Goodyear, who was issued a patent #3633 for the vulcanization of rubber which ultimately enabled the onset of the automotive age.
3. 1969 Number One Song—celebrating what we in California still really need the number one song on this day in 1969 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head by B.J. Thomas.
4. Pepper Pot Soup Day—celebrating Washington’s and FDR’s favorite soup—perfect for a cold winter day to warm the body and soul.
On this day in
a. 1860 the first ocean going ironclad the HMS Warrior was launched by the Royal Navy.
b. 1890 in another black day for this nation in dealing with its Native Americans soldiers from the Seventh Cavalry killed over 300 men, women and children Sioux at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
c. 1959 physicist Richard Feynman gave a speech “There’s plenty of room at the bottom,” which is regarded by many as the birth of nanotechnology.
d. 1997 Hong Kong began the killing of all of its 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a deadly strain of the flu virus.
e. 1998 in a belated at best moment, the leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologized for the genocide that killed over a million Cambodians.
Reflections on Wounded Knee and genocide and why all of us as human beings regardless of race, color or creed of the victims must rise up and insure with one voice, one act, Never Again: “My people are few. They resemble the scattering trees of a storm-swept plain...There was a time when our people covered the land as the waves of a wind-ruffled sea cover its shell-paved floor, but that time long since passed away with the greatness of tribes that are now but a mournful memory.” Chief Seattle, The Chief Seattle’s Speech noted 19th Century Squamish Indian tribe chief Please enjoy the 140 character poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and join 150 growing followers and please follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance. Go to Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times for comments on important and breaking news events that should be of interest. www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com Ridley's Believe It Or Not Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times
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