Monday, April 20, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not April 20 History Patriots' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—April 20, 2015 Only 4 more days to Tax Freedom Day and
 a wish that your weekend is proving to be a great. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest,  music videos of the First Time I Saw Your Face and Strange Fruit and  a relevant and for him rare honest quote by Barack Obama, having enjoyed a plate of lima beans, 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. 4/20 (Cannabis Counter Culture Day) celebrating since 1971 at 4:20 in the afternoon at San Rafael High the meeting of the Waldos at a wall near the statute of Louis Pasteur to smoke weed.
       2. Patriots’ Day—celebrating the defiance in 1775 by the militia led by colonel John Parker of the British marching on Lexington to seize arms and munitions at Lexington  and the holding of the Boston Marathon.
       3. 1972 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1972 on a six week run The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack, another iconic singer of the sixties and seventies and still going strong; she is the only solo artist to have two consecutive Grammies for the best song of the year.  Here is a video of her performing The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.
       4. National Lima Beans Day—celebrating a bean that has been cultivated since 6000 B. C. and is the main ingredient along with corn in succotash.
       5. Mein Kampf Day—bemoaning the birthday on this day in 1889 of one of the more despicable tyrants the world has ever have the displeasure to have witnessed—Adolf Hitler.
 On this day in
       a. 1912 opening day for Fenway Park, the oldest Stadium for baseball.

       b. 1918 Manfred von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron, shot down his 79th and 80th victims, his last victories before being killed the next day.
       c. 1926 Western Electric and Warner Brothers announced Vitaphone, a process to add sound to motion pictures.
       d. 1939 Billie Holiday released Strange Fruit, the first civil rights song which protested racism and lynchings of blacks:  
       e. 2010 the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig owned by BP exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 13 workers and causing a massive oil spill that lasted over six months and cost BP billions in terms of fines, penalties and cleanup costs..
Reflections on finally getting some honesty out of our current president as opposed to Bill Clinton who dodged the 420 issue. “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”―Barack Obama
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