Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 6 History St. Nicholas Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 6, 2014:    Trust your weekend is off to a great note.  As always I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a quote from Steve Wilkos, with a smile on your sunscreened face, wondering if this is the day you will enjoy a bowl of gazpacho, 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 or the coming Christmas, 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.  St. Nicholas Day—celebrating in Europe and in Wisconsin the feast of St. Nicholas, the precursor of Santa Claus who died on this day in 343 and who would secretly give gifts to the children of Myra, Turkey, where he was a bishop.
         2.  Pawnbrokers’ Day—celebrated on this day as St. Nicholas was also considered to be the patron saint of pawnbrokers—highly appropriate as the credit cards are probably starting to max out as the Christmas shopping season is in high gear.
        3. National Gazpacho Day—great soup but since it is served chilled, one would think this day should be observed in the Southern Hemisphere not here where we are 15 days before the start of winter.
       4. 1961 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1961 Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean.
        5. Keys Day—celebrating the birthday of one of the better jazz musicians, Dave Brubeck in 1920 who hit his last piano key in 2012.
On this day in
      a. 1768 the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was published.
      b. 1877 the first edition of the Washington Post was published.
      c. 1897 London became the first city in the world to host licensed taxicabs; a system now under attack due to Uber and its lower costs.
      d. 1907 a coal mine explosion in Monagah, West Virginia killed 361 miners and one engineer, leaving approximately 250 widows and 1,000 fatherless children.
      e.  1967 Doctor Adrian Kantrowitz transplanted the first heart in the United States into a 19 day old infant born with a heart defect that would have been fatal; sadly the operation was successful but the infant died six hours later. It was an important first step in treating heart disease.     
Reflections on pawnbrokers: “I've been watching 'Pawn Stars' every week for the last year. I like learning about the history behind the items that people bring into the pawnshop. I actually pawned a ring once that a woman sent to me while I was on 'Jerry Springer.' It was really gaudy.” Steve Wilkos, former head of security for the Jerry Springer Show and since 2007 the host of the TV talk show the Steve Wilkos Show  
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