Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not June 8 History World Ocean Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—June 8, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and the batteries are totally recharged to meet the challenges of the coming week. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a  music video by the Everly Brothers, a relevant quote by JFK, looking forward to enjoying a meal of sustainable seafood like shrimp, salmon, tilapia or oysters, 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. World Brain Tumor Day —observing since 2000 the need to create awareness of brain tumors and the need for research to promote cures; as the tragic death of Beau Biden from brain cancer, wealth and political standing does not mean immunity from this dreaded disease.
       2. World Oceans Day—a UN promoted event first observed in 1992  to create awareness over the need to keep our oceans free of pollution and trash, especially plastic bags which are a huge health hazard for marine life.     
        3. 1960 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1960 on a five week run Cathy’s Clown by the Everly Brothers. Here is a link to the Everly Brothers performing Cathy’s Clown on American Bandstand:
        4.  National Sustainable Seafood Day—celebrating the results of aquaculture to supplement the wild fisheries, like oysters, salmon, and shrimp.
        5.  The Wright Stuff—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1867 of America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.    
On this day in:                                           
       a. 632 the Prophet Muhammad died in Medina but Islam did not die with him as Abu Bakr succeeded him.  
       b. 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law the Antiquity Act allowing the President to restrict development on parcels of public land with historical or conservation significance.    
       c. 1949 celebrities Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Paul Muni, Danny Kaye, Edward G. Robinson, John Garfield and Frederic March were named by the FBI as members of the Communist Party.
        d. 1949 George Orwell published 1984.    
        e. 2004 the first Venus Transit occurred since 1882; during a transit Venus appears as a small black disk slowly going across the Sun’s surface.                           
Reflections on the oceans on World Oceans Day: “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.” —John F. Kennedy If he is right and I believe he is, we need to take better care of our home and our roots.     
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