Monday, April 27, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not April 27 History Freedom Day (South Africa)

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—April 27, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and Monday is also is off to a great start. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Heart of Gold and  relevant quotes by Thomas Jefferson and AG Alberto Gonzales, having enjoyed a large slice of prime rib covered in mushrooms, 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. Freedom Day (South Africa)—commemorating the first post apartheid election in South Africa in which all citizens regardless of race could vote.
       2. Matanzas Mule Day—commemorating on this day in 1898 in one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American, U.S. ships bombarded the Cuban village of Matanzas causing only one casualty, a mule; an interesting footnote to the war and the concept of collateral damage.  
       3. 1979 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1979 on a brief one week run Heart of Glass  by Blondie, a very popular pioneer band in new wave and punk rock that has sold over 50 million records, was in ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, and is still performing today. Here is a link to a music video of Blondie singing Heart of Glass: (Debbie Harvey has a great voice).
       4. National Prime Rib Day—celebrating this omnivore’s favorite cut of meat and if you go to Steven’s Steak and Seafood House in Commerce, California you can enjoy its famous Big Jim Special Prime Rib, weighing in at 32 ounces for only $33.95 and cooked exactly the way you like it.    
       5. Dots and Dashes Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1791 of Samuel Morse who created the Morse Code enabling communication by telegraph and radio.
On this day in
       a. 711 Moorish troops led by Tarig ibn Ziyad landed at Gibraltar to begin the conquest and Islamization of Iberian Peninsula; fortunately for Christianity in Europe the spread of Islam out of the Iberian Peninsula was crushed on October 10, 732 the Franks led by Charles Martel near Tours, France (also famous for housing the Stanford en France program).

       b. 1667 a blind and impoverished John Milton sold the copyright to Paradise Lost for £10, dooming future generations of English majors to the agony of having to read it.
       c. 1861 Abraham Lincoln suspended the rights of criminal defendants to obtain relief by filing a writ of habeas corpus.
       d. 1974 10,000 people marched in Washington, D.C. calling for the impeachment of Richard Nixon (he resigned on August 9, 1974).
       e. 1981 Xerox PARC introduced the computer mouse.
Reflections on the writ of habeas corpus from two perspectives: “The Constitution doesn’t say every individual in the United States or every citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas,” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Jan. 18, 2007  “Freedom of the person under the protection of the habeas corpus I deem [one of the] essential principles of our government.” –Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural Address, 1801.  I vote for Jefferson’s view.
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