Monday, January 12, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 12 History National Pharmacist Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 12, 2015:    Trust your weekend was a good one and your Monday is off to a great start and you are following your 2015 resolutions. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from John Lennon,  with a smile on your face, savoring a multi-colored molded Marzipan, 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. National Pharmacist Day—celebrating the contribution to our well being of the pharmacists and the various drugs they dispense. 
        2. Stick To Your Resolutions Day—commemorating the need to devote more time to your New Year’s resolutions like getting more exercise, stopping smoking or losing weight.                                                                          
        3. 1981 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1981 (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon recorded for his last album Double Fantasy two months before his death by Mark Chapman.   
        4. National Marzipan Day—celebrating the moldable treat made with sugar and almond paste or meal and with the addition of food coloring looks just like Play Doh so if you have infants around the house, make sure they do not see you eating it as they might try the same with Play Doh.
        5. Listen To The Wild Call Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1876 of Jack London author of such adventurist novels set in the Klondike like White Fang and The Call of the Wild and honorary member of the Bohemian Grove.
On this day in
      a. 1915 the U.S. House of Representatives in one of its less enlightened moments rejected legislation granting women the right to vote.
       b. 1931 Hattie Caraway became the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, appointed by the governor following the death of her husband while in office as a U.S. Senator. She went on to serve two terms representing Arkansas until defeated in the Democratic primary in 1944 by William Fulbright.
       c. 1962 the United States Army conducted its first combat mission in South Vietnam, Operation Chopper in which 50  U.S. helicopters transported 1,000 ARVN paratroopers into a Viet Cong stronghold near Saigon.
      d. 1967 Dr. James Bedford became the first person to be cryonically preserved following his death due to cancer—a cure must not have been found as he is still encased in liquid nitrogen awaiting the resuscitation.
        e.  1971 in a reminder that you do not have to be a jihadist to be a terrorist Father Philip Berrigan, five nuns and priests and one Pakistani journalist were indicted on a conspiracy to kidnap Henry Kissinger and blow up the underground heating tunnels in several federal buildings in D.C. A hung jury resulted and the seven were freed.
Reflections on one’s role in life: “My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.John Lennon. What a tragedy to have him killed on a New York City street by Mark Chapman; the loss of all the lyrics not yet written by him cannot be measured only mourned.
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