Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not February 25 History National Clam Chowder Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—February 25, 2015 Trust your Hump Day is off to a great start in 12 days (when it starts properly befitting my Alaskan heritage and homage to the Last Great Race on Earth I will post daily race standings). As always, I  hope you enjoy the meager holidays and observances, factoids and relevant quote by George Harrison 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. Plum Blossom Day—celebrated at the Kitano-Tenman gu shrine built in 947 at Kyoto, Japan to appease the angry spirit of the bureaucrat, scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane, who had been exiled as a result of political maneuvers of his enemies in the Fujiwara clan. 
       2. Yellow Ribbon Daycelebrated in the Philippines and commemorating a peaceful, nonviolent protests that led to the removal in 1986 of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda and her collection of over one thousand pairs of shoes.
       3. 1967 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1967, as part of a 2 week run but a million records sold Kind of a Drag by the Buckinghams, an American sunshine pop band that was one of the first rock bands in the 60’s to institute the practice of meet and greets for their fans after concerts, a practice which the groupies attending must have loved.
        4. National Clam Chowder Day—great way to warm one’s soul during a cold winter day; if you are making New England clam chowder, go easy on the potatoes, heavy on the clams, don’t forget the bacon and sauté the minced onions. If you prefer Manhattan clam chowder go to any Enterprise Seafood Company Restaurant.
        5. Here Comes the Sun Day—commemorating not the appearance of the warming sun that snow weary New Englanders anxiously await but rather the birthday on this day in 1943 of the lead guitarist of the Beatles, George Harrison, who like so many smokers before him and sadly after, died way too early of lung cancer at the age of 58.                                                    
On this day in
     a. 1836 Samuel Colt received a patent for his revolving cylinder pistol.  
     b. 1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels, an African American and Republican, was sworn in as a Senator from Mississippi, the first African American to serve in Congress.   
     c. 1928 Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. was issued the first television broadcast by the Federal Radio Commission.
     d. 1956 Nikita Khrushchev in a speech before the Politburo denounced the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin, a speech that could never have been made while Stalin was alive.     
     e. 1987 SMU’s football program was given the death sentence by the NCAA for having a slush fund dating back to 1981 to funnel illegal payments to its football players.                                                           
Reflections on the here and now: “It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.”  George Harrison Wise words but often very hard to follow.  
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