Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not July 14 History Bastille Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—July 14, 2015 Trust your Tuesday is proving to be a great one and if a Francophile or a member of Stanford en France XIII celebrating in fine fashion Bastille Day and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video by Vera Lynn, a relevant quote by Gustave Flaubert, looking forward to sipping a grand mariner,  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. Bastille Day—commemorating the storming of the Bastille on this day in 1789, the first step in the French Revolution and the beginning of the end of the reign of Louis XVI.
       2. Shark Awareness Day—celebrating not the awareness of the two legged members of a profession but rather an amazing predator which has predated the dinosaurs and Jaws and the recent attacks off the coasts of the eastern U.S. does not hunt humans but given the desire of humans for shark fin soup and grilled shark will become an endangered species.       
      3. 1952 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1952 on an eleven week run in that position Auf Weiderseh’n Sweetheart by Vera Lynn. Here is a link to Vera Lynn performing Auf Weiderseh’n Sweetheart:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WsuLH4sulA
      4. National Grand Marnier Day—after enduring beans and franks yesterday, here is a better way to end a dinner with friends.
      5. This Land Is Your Land--observing the birthday on this day in 1912 of singer Woody Gutherie who composed the iconic country western song in the title and who influenced a generation of singers.
On this day in:                                            
       a. 1798 in a really dark day in our history and the First Amendment the Sedition Act was passed making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States Government.
       b. 1911 Harry Atwood a pilot for the Wright Brothers landed his plane on the South Lawn of the White House and was awarded a gold medal by President Taft; 104 years later in a changing times and sense of security Doug Hughes landed a gyrocopter on the West Lawn to deliver letters of protest to members of Congress and is now facing major criminal charges.
       c. 1933 in a really frightening moment for humanity and the dignity of human life the Nazi’s policy of eugenics is implemented which called also for the forced sterilization of anyone with suspected genetic defects.
       d. 1992 386BSD was released by Lynne and William Jolitz marking the beginning of the Open Source operating system revolution.
       e. 2015 NASA’s New Horizons, launched on January 19, 2006 completed a flyby of Pluto coming within less than 8,000 miles of the furthest object from the Sun in our solar system; months later due to the distance photos will follow.  
A reflection from a French author of great renown on Bastille Day: "The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments." ~Gustave Flaubert
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