1. International UN Peacekeepers Day —commemorating the formation by the UN of peacekeeping forces in areas of strife; brave men and women in blue helmets to try to enforce truces and keep warring parties from killing each other and sadly taking a lot of innocent civilians with them.
2. World Digestive Health Day—created by the World Gastroenterology Organization to create awareness of gastro-intestinal problems that affect us all, regardless of where we reside. This year’s focus is heart burn which can cause severe problems if untreated.
3. 2011 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2011 on a seven week run Rolling in the Deep by Adele, a British born pop singer and songwriter, who, in addition to selling a lot of records, won an Oscar for her original song Skyfall in the Bond movie of the same name. Here is a link to Adele performing Rolling in the Deep (with an apology to the vitamin C ad): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw
4. National Coq au Vin Day—definitely a great way to get rid of your two buck Chuck wine from Trader Joes that your wine connoisseur friends will not deign to drink.
5. Where There Is a Road, There Is Hope—celebrating not another freeway or lane on one but the birthday on this day of comedian, actor and dedicated USO performer who entertained us with such movies as “Road” movies with Bing Crosby and ended his career in 2003.
On this day in:
a. 1942 Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and John Trotter’s Orchestra recorded Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which resulted in more sales of a single record than any song in history and is still selling millions each Christmas.
b. 1953 Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tanzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
c. 2001 in a victory for handicapped persons, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that PGA golfer Casey Martin could compete using a golf cart.
d. 2004 the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
Reflections on UN Peacekeeping from the “it’s a video queen”: “Well, Nigeria has played a constructive role in peacekeeping in various parts of West Africa. But unless and until Nigeria itself is democratic and respects human rights, it too may well be a source of much greater instability as political repression limits the ability of the people of Nigeria to achieve their full potential.” Susan Rice, National Security Advisor whose opinions on the world are usually off the mark or who is usually surprised by events but here is reasonably profound.
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