Monday, July 13, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not July 13 History Embrace Your Geekness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—July 13, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and your Monday is proving to be a great one also and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances  which are somewhat meager, factoids of interest, a music video by Nat King Cole, a relevant quote by Nathan Bedford Forrest, looking forward to enjoying some beans and franks,  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. Gruntled Workers Day—commemorating the news out of England of its raise of the minimum wage by 40% and in a quid pro quo, reducing the unemployment benefits.
      2. Embrace Your Geekness Day—celebrating the accomplishments and need for the geeks and nerds who make our ability to assimilate and utilize technology and its advances.       
      3. 1951 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1951 on a five week run in that position Too Young by Nat King Cole. Here is a link to Nat King Cole performing Too Young:
      4. Bean and Franks Day—celebrating a great way to enjoy a picnic lunch, especially if Beanos are consumed prior.
       5. Fame Is Fleeting Even for Deceased Wizards--observing the birthday on this
day in 1821 of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest who was known as the Wizard of the Saddle but his service as the First Grand Dragon of the Klu Klux Klan (later distancing himself from the KKK) and alleged war crimes in the battle of Fort Pillow caused the Memphis City Council to recently vote to exhume his body from a city park and sell the statute of Forrest on a horse that sits there.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1863 in response to conscription, New York City began three days of riots in response resulting in Lincoln sending regiments of troops to restore troops; over 2,000 were injured and 120 killed.
       b. 1923 the Hollywood sign was dedicated in the hills above Hollywood.
       c. 1973 in a beginning of the end of the Nixon Presidency moment Alexander Butterfield admitted the existence of the Nixon Tapes.
       d. 1977 a 24 hour black out in New York City commenced in the early evening hours following a lighting strike on a major substation resulting in wide spread rioting, looting and arson and to the ultimate dismay of rock and roll fans the growth of hip hop music due to widespread looting of DJ equipment from electrical stores.
       e. 2013 George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.   
A reflection on the benefit of the doubt:  We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict.” Nathan Bedford Forrest
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