Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—January 30, 2015 Trust your Friday is off to a great start and your squares selected in the office Super Bowl pool will prove to be winners. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Mahatma Gandhi, with a smile on your face, enjoying a warm croissant, 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. Martyrs’ Day (India)—commemorating the
assassination on this day in 1948 of Mahatma Gandhi, a man of nonviolence so
important to India’s gaining independence from Great Britain.
2. National Inane Answering Machine Day—commemorating
the ability to end prank calls and inane messages on one’s answer
3. 1999 Number One Song—celebrating
the number one song on this day in 1999 as part of only a 2 week run Baby One More Time by Brittany Spears,
who has sold over 100 million albums.
4. National Croissant Day—good reason
to head to France to the nearest patisserie.
5. One Heartbeat Away With A Bad Heart
Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in
1941 of Dick Cheney Vice President under George W. Bush who experienced his
first of five heart attacks at the age of 37 after smoking three packs of
cigarettes a day and among other accomplishments memorialized in joke and
satire accidentally shot one of his quail hunting partners.
On this day in
Richard Lawrence attempted the first assassination attempt on a U.S. President
Andrew Jackson but failed when both pistols misfired.
b. 1969 the Beatles performed their last public concert which was held
on the roof of Apple Records in London, only to have it broken up by police.
c. 1975 the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was established one of two
marine sanctuaries created to protect a cultural resource the wreck of the
U.S.S. Monitor as opposed to the other eleven which protect natural resources.
d. 1982 Richard Skrenta, a 15 year old high school student wrote one of
the first PC computer virus codes disguised as an Apple boot program, the “Elk
Cloner”—a glimpse into the future of things to come in cyber world.
e. 1995 workers from the National Institute of Health announced
successful clinical trials for the treatment of sickle-cell disease which
affects African Americans.
Reflections on theocracy by
Mahatma Gandhi: “If I were a dictator, religion and state would be separate. I swear
by my religion. I will die for it. But it is my personal affair. The state has
nothing to do with it. The state would look after your secular welfare, health,
communications, foreign relations, currency and so on, but not your or my
religion. That is everybody's personal concern!” When it comes to separation of church and
state the mullahs need to read some of Gandhi’s views.
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