Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not July 19 History National Flitch Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—July 19, 2015 Trust your weekend is proving to be a great one and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video by Bill Haley and His Comets, a relevant quote by Julian Roosevelt, looking forward to enjoying a bowl of ice cream,  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 Flitch Day—celebrating since 1104 the custom of giving a married couple a flitch of bacon who for a year and a day have not repented their marriage; fyi a flitch is half of a pig.
       2. National Flight Attendant Safety Professionals’ Day—celebrating since 1990 by Presidential Proclamation the role of flight attendants in insuring the safety of passengers.        
      3. 1955 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1955 on an eight week run in that position Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets. Here is a link to Bill Haley and His Comets performing Rock Around The Clock:
      4. National Ice Cream Day—celebrating another great way to cool down during these hot summer days.
      5. Smell The Coffee Day--observing the birthday on this day in 1953 of Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks and former owner of the Seattle Sonics.
On this day in:                                            
       a. 1553 Lady Jane Grey was replaced by Mary I as the Queen of England after a reign of only nine days.
       b. 1843 the SS Britannia, the first ocean going ship with an iron hull and screw propeller, was launched.
       c. 1963 Joe Walker piloted an X-15 to a height of almost 66 miles, becoming the first human being flying, albeit briefly, into outer space. 
       d. 1980 in Moscow the Summer Olympics opened without the participation of the U.S. which boycotted the Games due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
       e. 1983 the first three dimensional model of the human head created by a CAT scan was published.  
A reflection on the American boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympics: “Any boycott isn’t going to change the Soviets’ mind and isn’t going to get troops out of Afghanistan. I’m as patriotic as the next guy, but the patriotic thing to do is for us to send a team over there and whip their ass.” Julian Roosevelt, an American member of the International Olympic Committee. Carter was wrong; Roosevelt was right; and thanks to Reagan’s arming the Afghans with Stingers, the Soviets left but returned the favor by boycotting the 1984 L.A. Olympics.    
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