Monday, January 26, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not January 26 History Republic Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—January 26, 2015:    Trust your weekend was a good one and your Monday is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from A.B. Bedakar,  with a smile on your face, enjoying a handful of pistachios, 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. Republic Day—celebrating in India, the world’s largest democracy, the ratification of the Constitution of Indian on this day in 1950.
       2. Lotus 1-2-3 Day—commemorating the release on this day of Lotus 1-2-3.
       3. 1995 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1995  Creep   by TLC, a female trio that sold over 20 million albums.
        4. National Pistachio Day—celebrating another great snack.
        5. Unbroken Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1917 of the Torrance Torpedo, Louis Zemperini who competed in the 1936 Olympics and managed before his death last year to have a private screening of the film Unbroken with the director Angelina Jolie. One can only pray as the members of the Greatest Generation head to their graves that their grandchildren and great-grandchildren will take up the task to defeat the tyranny that now faces us.     
On this day in
     a. 1838 to the dismay of all future lovers of Jack Daniels, Tennessee enacted the first prohibition statute in the United States.
      b. 1978 in a warning to what will hit the Northeast today the Great Blizzard occurred in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. with snowfall over 2 feet in certain areas (forecast today in the Northeast is for 30 plus inches—so much for the fear of global warming).
      c. 1980 Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations.
      d. 1998 in a straight face moment perhaps never to be surpassed by politicians, President Bill Clinton announced on TV to the American people: “I want to say one thing to the American people. I did not have sexual relations with that woman Miss Lewinsky.” The stains on her blue dress would prove otherwise.   
      e. 2005 Condoleeza Rice became the first Afro-American to serve as Secretary of State.  
Reflections on the passage of the Constitution of India, the world’s most populous democracy:
"Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them." B.R. Ambedkar, noted Indian jurist and author of the Indian Constitution
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