1. World Intellectual Property Day—commemorating awareness of the contribution of intellectual property to our well being and encouraging its protection to incentivize inventors and creative people to develop intellectual property.
2. Audubon Day—commemorating on this day in 1785 the birthday of America’s foremost ornithologist illustrator, John James Audubon—imagine how difficult it would be to sketch a drawing of a bird before it flew away.
3. 1978 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1978 on an eight week run Night Fever by the Bee Gees, a very popular rock and disco band of three brothers, Maurice, Barry and Robin, performing in the 60’s and 70’s with over 220 million records sold and a 1997 induction to the Rock n Rock Hall of Fame to their credit. Here is a link to a music video of the Bee Gees singing Night Fever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ihs-vT9T3Q
4. National Pretzel Day—celebrating those tasty, salty snacks which are a perfect complement to a cold beer while watching a sporting event.
5. Tale of the Tape Day—bemoaning the birthday on this day in 1926 of Donald Sterling who was caught on tape by his mistress making numerous racist remarks and ultimately forced to sell the L.A. Clippers to Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO, for $2 billion.
On this day in
a. 1865 Union Cavalry cornered and killed John Wilkes Booth in Virginia.
b. 1956 the SS Ideal X, the world’s first successful container ship left New Jersey on its first voyage bound for Houston. The design revolutionized world commercial shipping and markedly reduced the numbers of longshoremen needed to unload vessels.
c. 1970 The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization went into force.
d. 1981 Dr. Michael Harrison of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center performed the world’s first open fetal surgery.e. 1986 at Chernobyl, Ukraine, the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred at the nuclear power plant located there.
Reflections on accidents like Chernobyl: “Accident - A statistical inevitability. Some nuclear power plants are built on fault lines, but ever mine, dam, oil rig, and waste dump is founded upon a tacit acceptance of the worst-case scenario. On a long enough timeline, everything that can go wrong will, however small the likelihood is from one day to the next. The responsible parties may wring their hands about the Fukushima meltdown - and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Exxon Valdez, and Hurricane Katrina, and Chernobyl, and Haiti - but accident is no accident.” CrimethInc, an anarchist collective of autonomous cells engaging in publications, music and direct action promoting anarchy.
Please enjoy the 140 character poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and join 155 growing followers and please follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance. Go to Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times for comments on important and breaking news events that should be of interest. www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com Ridley's Believe It Or Not Rhymes On The Newsworthy Times © April 26 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
Alaskanpoet for Hire, Poems to Admire
Poet Extraordinaire Beyond Compare
Rhymes for All the Memorable Times
A Unique Gift to the Spirits Lift