1. Liberation Day—celebrating in Kuwait since February 26, 1991 the liberation of Kuwait from Iraq’s illegal occupation by Operation Desert Storm.
2. Levi Strauss Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1829 of Levi Strauss who founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans and is still going strong today.
3. 1968 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1968, as part of a 5 week run with a million records sold Love Is Blue by the Paul Mauriat, a French conductor of the Le Grande Orchestre de Paul Mauriat, best known for the easy listening genre.
4. National Pistachio Day—great way to gobble up some tasty protein.
5. Be Happy Not Miserable Day—commemorating the birthday of the writer many have called the greatest writer in French history, Victor Hugo, famous for such novels as Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and poetry anthologies such Les Compliations and La Legrande des Siecles.
On this day in
a. 1815 Napoleon escaped from exile on the island of Elba bring Europe into war which culminated in his defeat at Waterloo by the combined forces of Great Britain, Prussia and Russia.
b. 1909 Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process was shown to the public at the Palace Theatre in London. .
c. 1935 Robert Watson-Watt carried out a demonstration at Daventry which led to the development of radar, without which Great Britain most likely would have the lost the Battle of Britain.
d. 1987 the Tower Commission charged with investigating the Iran-Contra Affair rebuked President Reagan for failing to have controlled his security staff.
e. 1993 in another radical Islamic terrorist act, a truck bomb went off in the parking garage of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing six and injuring approximately 1,000 people. .
Reflections on how a leader mans up to when he was wrong and deceiving of the American people, something our current President is psychologically incapable of doing.
“In spite of the wildly speculative and false stories of arms for hostages and alleged ransom payments, we did not—repeat, did not—trade weapons or anything else for hostages, nor will we." Ronald Reagan, denying the Iran-Contra Affair, November 1986
"A few months ago, I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and evidence tell me it is not." - Ronald Reagan, admitting the Iran-Contra Affair, March 1987
© February 26, 2015 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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