1. World Hypertension Day—commemorating since 2005 the need for awareness of what is called the “silent killer” which with no warning or symptoms causes death from heart attacks or strokes.
2. World Information Society Day—another General Assembly approved observance celebrated since 2006 to promote awareness of the societal changes brought about by the internet and the need to bridge the digital divide among nations.
3. 1999 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1999 on a five week run Livin’ la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin, a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter of the Latin pop genre who has sold over 85 million records. Here is a link to a music video of him performing Livin’ la Vida Loca: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47fEXGabaY
4. National Cherry Cobbler Day—what a great way to end a dinner, especially when the cherry cobbler is served with some vanilla ice cream.
5. Pass Not the Cubes but the Combos—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1956 of Sugar Ray Leonard, Olympic gold medal boxer and one of the dominant light welterweights of all time, winning 173 of his 200 professional fights and the possessor the quickest and hardest combo punching of all time.
On this day in:
a. 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its unanimous decision in Brown vs. the Board of Education, outlawing segregation in public schools.
b. 1970 Thor Heyerdahl set sail from Morocco in the Ra, a boat made of papyrus to advance the thesis that ancient cultures could have visited the Americas long before Erickson and Columbus.
c. 1973 televised hearings began on the expanding Watergate scandal and cover-up that ultimately led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.
d. 1983 in another example of why it is so difficult to trust or believe in government, the U.S. government responding to FOIA requests, finally declassified documents that revealed mercury contamination of over 4.2 million pounds at Oakridge, Tennessee.
e. 1995 Shawn Nelson stole a U.S. Army tank and led police on a 35 minute chase which ended in the tank running into and stalling on a concrete barrier which enabled a police officer to open the turret hatch and kill him.
Good news to hear as you pour your second cup of coffee if a woman, and if a man a hope that it applies to men also. “We found strong evidence to refute speculation that coffee consumption is associated with an increased risk of hypertension in women.” Wolfgang Winkelmayer, noted professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
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