Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not June 23 History UN Public Service Awards Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—June 23, 2015 Trust your Taco Tuesday is off to a great start and ready to enjoy bargains on a plethora of tacos or better yet the leg and thigh special for a $1.49 at Popeyes Louisiana Fried Chicken.  As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances which are somewhat meager, factoids of interest, a  music video by Paul McCartney and the Wings, a relevant quote by Wilma Rudolph, looking forward to enjoying a few pecan sandies, blessed with a positive attitude 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. UN Public Service Awards Day—another UN observance honoring world wide the contributions of those who have chosen public service as opposed to the private sector.
       2. Typewriter Day— celebrating the issuance of a U.S. Patent to Latham Sholes on this day in 1868 for a typewriter and the keyboard that doomed us to lower keyboard typing speeds.        
        3. 1973 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1973 on a four week run, My Love by Paul McCartney and the Wings. With an apology for another inane ad, here is a link to the soundtrack of Paul McCartney and the Wings performing My Love:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGStwcniqyI
        4. National Pecan Sandy Day—celebrating another great cookie with a very tasty high protein nut as a bonus.
        5. Speed May Be a State of Mind Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1940 of Wilma Rudolph, the first American athlete to win three gold medals at a Summer Olympics who wore braces on her legs until the age of nine and overcome infantile paralysis—fastest woman alive after the 1960 Rome Olympics.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1860 in a moment rued by trees, the U.S. established the U.S. Government Printing Office.
       b. 1894 the International Olympic Committee was founded at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.     
       c. 1960 the FDA approved the sale of Enovid as the first oral contraceptive pill.
       d. 1969 IBM announced that effective January 1, 1970 it would price its hardware and software separately, a move that was credited with creating the modern software industry.
       e. 1972 Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to prohibit gender based discrimination in any school receiving federal funds which is why we can now enjoy watching NCAA women’s sports equally with men’s NCAA sports.
Reflections on how to succeed from a woman who left her braces behind to sprint to Gold Medals in Rome: “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” Wilma Rudolph Great words to live by!
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