Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 15 History Humanitarian Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 15, 2015:    Trust your Thursday is off to a good start and you are still following at least a few of your 2015 resolutions. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.,  with a smile on your face, savoring a bowl of strawberry ice cream, 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 like Valentines’ Day soon approaching, 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. Humanitarian Day—celebrating the first of three Emancipation Days of Respect to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote unity, respect and remembrance on the day of his birthday January 15.
        2. Where’s The Beef, Where’s The Heart Day—celebrating a not that iconic commercial for Wendy’s but rather the birthday on this day in 1941 of Captain Beefheart, one of modern music's true innovators who spawned a generation of punk rockers and had great critical acclaim but modest commercial success.                                                                          
        3. 1984 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1984 Owner of a Lonely Heart by Yes which replaced the previous number one Say Say Say by a rare duo of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.                                                                                           
        4. National Strawberry Ice Cream Day—celebrating another great reason to go to Baskin Robbins or the freezer section of the supermarket.
        5. PC Matic Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1953 of one of the great defensive ends of football Randy White who now no longer sacks quarterbacks but rather viruses by touting the virtues of PC Matic on TV ads.
On this day in
      a. 1919 in Boston a molasses tank burst and in the following sticky flood 21 people were killed and 150 injured; the event would be remembered as the Boston Molasses Disaster.
       b. 1943 the Pentagon, the world’s largest building, was dedicated.
       c. 1967 the first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles with the Bart Starr led Packers defeating the Len Dawson led Kansas City Chiefs 35-10; a fan would have had no problem in purchasing a 50 yard line seat in the Coliseum for a bargain basement price of $12.
       d. 2001 Wikipedia was launched to the delight of all people worldwide not wanting to go to the library for research and making all of us with a keystroke instant experts on almost any topic.
       e. 2009 US Airways Flight 1549 in what has to be one of the great piloting skills of history after losing power after takeoff from La Guardia landed on the Hudson River with no fatalities.
 Reflections on life from Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday: There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right." Wiser words are hard to find.
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