Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not June 28 History International Body Piercing Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—June 28, 2015 Trust your weekend is proving to be a great and your batteries are charging and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances which are somewhat meager, factoids of interest, a  music video by Bill Conti, a relevant quote by Virginia Postrel, looking forward to enjoying a generous serving of ceviche, blessed with a positive attitude 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. National Log Cabin Day—created on June 28, 1986 by Virginia Handy, founder of the Log Cabin Society and the Bad Axe Historical Society (I kid you not) to promote the appreciation and preservation of log cabins.
      2. International Body Piercing Day—commemorating since last year the art form of body piercing which if you have visited a Starbucks in California recently you will be treated to a never ending tapestry of incredible designs and jewelry.          
        3. 1977 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1977 on a brief one week run, Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) by Bill Conti. Here is a link to Bill Conti performing Gonna Fly Now:
        4. National Ceviche Day—celebrating another great way to enjoy seafood on hot summer days.
        5. Even Billionaires Can Have a Bad Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1971 of Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, a company that just had its unmanned rocket with supplies for the international Space Station explode 2 and one half minutes after launch today from the Kennedy Space Center. With a net worth of more than 15 billion, a slight hit to his net worth.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1709 Peter the Great of Russia defeated Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava, marking Russia’s emergence as a major continental power.
       b. 1894 Labor Day became an official U.S. holiday.     
       c. 1902 the U.S. Congress passed the Spooner Act, authorizing the U.S. to acquire rights to the Panama Canal from Columbia.
       d. 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie were assassinated in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalists which act within two months plunged the world into the carnage of World War I, misnamed “The War to End All Wars.”
        e. 1994 in a chilling wakeup call on the dangers of terrorists using WMDs fanatics from the Aum Shinriyko sect released the nerve gas Sarin in Matsumoto, Japan, killing seven and injuring over 600 innocent Japanese.
Reflections on the horror of war, especially when the full weight of technology makes its debut on the battlefield.  “European nations began World War I with a glamorous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion.” Virginia Postrel, noted libertarian writer, author and blogger Unfortunately in the 21 years following the end of World War I despite all the vivid reminders of the disaster that befell Europe, the lessons were too soon quickly forgotton.
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