Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 19 History National Hepatitus Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 19, 2015 Trust you are looking forward today to either some inexpensive tacos or Popeye’s two piece chicken special for $1.49 to accompany a great day. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, music videos of All for You and Happy Birthday Mr. President and a relevant quote from Karen Gonzales, looking forward to powering down a slice of devil’s food cake, blessed  with a positive attitude even though you know you may 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 Fathers’ Day, 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. National Hepatitis Awareness Day—observed since 2011 to remind Americans that millions of us carry the virus and do not know it. May is Hepatitis Month and today would be a good day if you have any risk factors to make an appointment for a test of this potentially fatal disease.
       2. National Boys and Girls Club of America Day—from a single facility founded in Hartford, Connecticut in 1860 by three women who believed that boys needed a place to gather; that idea grew to 53 local clubs forming Boston in 1906 the Boys Club of America Federation which has grown today to over 4,000 local chapters operating under the present name, Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
       3. 2001 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2001 on a seven week run All for You by Janet Jackson whose Super Bowl XVIII half time equipment failure might have obscured the fact she has sold over 140 million records, at 49 has just released her 11th studio album and has the record for female artists of 18 consecutive top ten singles. Here is a link (hooray with no ad) to a music video of Janet Jackson performing All for You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njq9Jj5Qhn0
       4. National Devil’s Food Cake Day—another great cake that first appeared here in the early 1900’s that is hard to resist which explains why diets are so hard to stay on.  
       5.  Şerefe Ataturk Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1881 of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Father of Turkey, who established Turkey from the rubble of the Ottoman Empire as a secular, modern state, granting women equality and freeing it from the feudal chains of the mullahs. Unfortunately, since he drank a liter of raki a day, the white anise flavored national drink of Turkey which has an alcohol content of 45-50 percent, died of cirrhosis of the liver before his reforms had been completed. FYI,   Şerefe, pronounced Sher-i-feh, means “Cheers” in Turkish. 
On this day in:                                                           
        a. 1898 Congress authorized private companies to print postcards to with a one cent stamp be delivered by the U.S. Post Office.
        b. 1921 Congress authorized the Emergency Immigration Act of 1921 which set quotas based on country of origin, quotas which have been rendered meaningless due to the unsecure nation of our borders.
        c. 1954 in a chilling precursor to widespread eavesdropping on telephone conversations of Americans by the NSA, the CIA with the approval of Postmaster General Summerfield began opening mail incoming and outgoing to the Soviet Union. The programs was expanded without knowledge of Congress or agencies outside the CIA to include mail, from and to other destinations, including mail involving Vietnam War protestors to include until the intercept program “ended” in 1973 over 28 million pieces of mail.      
        d. 1962 a birthday salute to President Kennedy, featuring Marilyn Monroe singing to him “Happy Birthday Mr. President” was held at Madison Square Garden—President Kennedy was Bill Clinton’s idol politically and in his personal life which explains some the  issues like Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky faced by him.  Here is a music video of Marilyn Monroe wishing President Kennedy a memorable happy birthday (with apology for brief ad): https://www.google.com/#q=marilyn+monroe+happy+birthday+mr+president
        e. 1963 the New York Post Sunday Edition published Martin King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, calling for citizens of this country to not wait for the courts overthrow segregation and racial discrimination but to in a nonviolent fashion protest their existence and demand their removal.                                                
Reflections on the silent killer: HBV is 100 times more infectious than HIV. Both HBV and HCV can remain in the patient’s blood for years without any symptoms, and by the time the disease is detected, the patient would already have a severe form of liver disease. But both viruses are treatable, and results of the treatment, lasting from about 28 to 48 weeks and including anti-viral tablets with sometimes weekly interferon injections, are very good.”  Karen Gonzales Could not find any information on Ms. Gonzales but her quote is right on point for this day and for that matter any day.
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