Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not April 12 History World Space Party

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—April 12, 2015 Trust your Sunday will be a great one. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest, a music video of Can’t Buy Me Love, and a relevant quote by Joseph Wirthlin, anticipating a grilled cheese sandwich, 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.
World Space Party aka the Alaskanpoet Yuri’s Night—celebrating around the world the first flight of a human being, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, into space this day in 1961.
       2. International Day for Street Children—commemorating since 2010 the need to create awareness for the blight impacted on the millions of children living around the world on the streets and to create demand the UN make this day a World Day.
      3. 1964 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1964 on a five week run Can’t Buy Me Love by the Beatles. Here is a music video of the Beatles performing Can’t Buy Me Love:
National Grilled Cheese Day—celebrating the day to use up any excess cheese that did not make it into the fondue pot celebrating yesterday National Cheese Fondue Day.  
Where Is Jack Ryan When We Need Him In the Oval Office Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1947 of tom Clancy, that prolific author and creator of the character Jack Ryan well played by Harrison Ford.
On this day in
     a. 1861 the Civil War began with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter; the greatest carnage in American history would finally come to an end 4 years later at Appomattox.
     b. 1955 to the relief of all parents the polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is declared safe by the FDA.
     c. 1980 Terry Fox, suffering from cancer began his attempt on one artificial leg to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research started his “Marathon of Hope” at St.Johns, Newfoundland.
     d. 1994 to the disgust of future millions of the internet two lawyers, Carter and Siegel, launched the first commercial internet spam.
Apollo 13 was launched and justifying the fears of triskaidekaphobiacs everywhere almost ended in complete disaster; although the lunar landing was aborted, Apollo 13 managed to get the crew back alive.

     e. 1999 President Bill Clinton despite all his Yale Law School training was cited for contempt of court for providing false information in conjunction with a sexual harassment civil law suit.

     Reflections on Polio and the excitement of progress: “We are ever on the threshold of new journeys and new discoveries. Can you imagine the excitement of the Wright brothers on the morning of that first flight? The anticipation of Jonas Salk as he analyzed the data that demonstrated a way to prevent polio?” Joseph Wirthlin, noted American businessman and religious leader  
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