Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not February 22 History World Thinking Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—February 22, 2015 Trust your weekend is off to a fine start and you are looking forward to viewing the Academy Awards this evening and anxiously awaiting the start of the Iditarod in 15 days (when it starts properly befitting my Alaskan heritage and homage to the Last Great Race on Earth I will post daily standings). As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and relevant quote by George Washington with a smile on your face, enjoying a margarita, 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 any memorable event like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, 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. Celebrity Day (Church of Scientology)—celebrating the opening of the Celebrity Center International in Los Angeles on this day in 1970, which, in the Church's words, is "dedicated to the rehabilitation of the culture through art."
       2. World Thinking Daycelebrated worldwide by Girl Scouts and Guides since 1926 to promote awareness of the goals of scouting and the empowerment of girls to accomplish their goals.
       3. 1964 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1964, as part of a 7 week run I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles.
        4. National Margarita Day—if you did not have a reason to head to Mexico to escape the bitter cold, here is another more compelling reason by celebrating the day at a warm beach in Cabo, sipping a margarita and watching the sunset.
        5. White Men Don’t Need to Jump to Dunk  Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1918 of Robert Wadlow, who at his death in 1940 from a parasitic infection stood at 8 feet 11 ½  inches, the tallest man in the world and weighing over 400 pounds.
On this day in
     a. 1732 George Washington was born.
     b. 1959 Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500; the race is in the news because of NASCAR’s suspending indefinitely of Kurt Busch for domestic violence.  
     c. 1974 in an eerie and unpublicized precursor to 911, Samuel Byck tried to highjack a commercial airliner while at the gate and to have it flown into the White House in an attempt to assassinate Richard Nixon; fortunately he failed but killed three people including himself.
     d. 1980 at Lake Placid in the Winter Olympics the U.S. Hockey Team accomplished thee Miracle on Ice upsetting the Soviets 4-3 in the semi finals to advance to the finals which they won.   
     e. 1983 the notorious musical Moose Murders opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theater and closed the same day. 
Reflections on an idea that Obama needs to heed: Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.”  George Washington Wise words to heed as the Administration continues to dither in formulating a strategy against radical Islam as the map of the Middle East, Africa and Asia shown on TV is being to look like an outbreak of measles on a child’s body.
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