wish that your Taco Tuesday is proving to be a great day. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances albeit somewhat meager today, factoids of interest, music video of Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree and a relevant quote by Benjamin Radford, having enjoyed a bowl of chocolate covered cashews, 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. Aggie Muster—commemorating and honoring since 1922 those graduates of Texas A&M who have passed in the prior year.
2. Grounation Day—celebrating the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie to Jamaica on this day in 1966 to meet with leaders of the Rastafari movement.3. 1973 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1973 on a four week run Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree by Tony Orlando and Dawn, another successful pop group of the 70’s. Here is a music video of Tony Orlando and Dawn performing Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mRrFx1oBMY
4. National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day—celebrating a great combo snack, cashews and chocolates—hard to beat.
5. A Great Day for a Walk in a Park Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1838 of the great naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club John Muir. If we are facing global warming another good reason to go to Alaska to view a glacier named after him, the Muir Glacier before it melts away.
On this day in
a. 1836 Texas forces under Sam Houston crushed the Mexicans led by Santa Ana at the Battle of San Jacinto resulting in Texas becoming an independent republic and avenging the loss of the Alamo.
b. 1934 the Daily Mail published the “Surgeon’s Photo” which showed the Loch Ness Monster; in 1999 it was revealed as a hoax. Open up Google today and you will see a doodle of a submarine searching for Nessie.
c. 1962 the Seattle World’s Fair, complete with a monorail and that iconic structure, the Space Needle, opened.
d. 1982 Rollie Fingers became the first pitcher to achieve 300 saves.
e. 1989 100,000 protestors gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing to commemorate the death of Hu Yaobang, a reformer in the Chinese Communist Party.
Reflections on Nessie: “Some claim that the Loch Ness monster was first reported in A.D. 565, when St. Columba turned away a giant beast threatening a man in the Ness River, which flows into the lake. However it is only one of many Catholic Church legends about righteous saints vanquishing Satan in the form of serpents and dragons.” Benjamin Radford, “Is the Loch Ness Monster Dead?” Live Science Whether dead or not, Nessie has to be a great tourist attraction
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