Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 31 History New Years Eve

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 31, 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 Dirk Stikker,  with a smile on your face, looking forward to ringing in the New Year, 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. New Year’s Eve —celebrating world wide the end of the year with fireworks and unfortunately too many traffic fatalities from celebrants celebrating in excess.
        2. First Day of Hogmanay in Scotland—celebrated with excess by the Scots by first footing with gifts and fireball swinging. 
       3. 1970 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1970 My Sweet Lord by George Harrison.
        4. Universal Hour of Peace Day—celebrated since 1995 from 11:30 p.m. on the 31st to 12:30 a.m. on the 1st. Sadly, we humans track record for maintaining peaceful thoughts is not a good one but one hour is better than none.
         5. National Champagne Day—Hopefully in moderation as you toast in 2015 with a resounding singing of Auld Lang Syne.
On this day in
      a. 1907 the first New Year’s Celebration was held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square.  
      b. 1951 the Marshall Plan ended after distributing over 13 Billion Dollars of aid to rebuild Western Europe.
      c.  1983 AT&T and its Bell Telephone companies was broken up by the U.S. Government as an illegal monopoly.
      d.  1999 in a dark day for mankind, Boris Yeltsin resigned as the first president of the Russian Federation and was replaced by Vladimir Putin.
       e. 1999 in a we built it but cannot keep it moment, the U.S. turned over control of the Panama Canal to Panama.
Reflections on the Marshall Plan: “Churchill's words won the war; Marshall's words won the peace.--Dirk Stikker, Foreign Minister of The Netherlands, 1948-1952
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