Monday, July 20, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not July 20 History Moon Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—July 20, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and as always, I hope you enjoy Monday’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video by Gogi Grant, a relevant quote by Natalie Wood, looking forward to enjoying some fortune cookies,  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. Moon Day—celebrating not that tradition that occurs in Laguna Niguel as Pacific Surfliners go by on the second Saturday in July but rather commemorating the first landing on the Moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on this day in 1969.
       2. International Chess Day—celebrating since 1966 the game of chess which originated in India and has been played for many centuries.        
      3. 1956 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1956 on a six week run in that position The Wayward Wind by Gogi Grant. Here is a link to Gogi Grant performing The Wayward Wind:
      4. National Fortune Cookie Day—celebrating another reason to go to a Chinese restaurant for lunch or dinner.
      5. To Win the Name Game Day--observing the birthday on this day in 1938  of Natalie  Zacharenko noted actress who was child star who became an adult actress starring in such films as Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story. She drowned while boating with her ex-husband after a night of drinking. Natalie Wood was her screen name.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1807 Niecphore Niecpe was awarded a patent by Napoleon for the world’s first internal combustion engine after it propelled a boat up a river in France.  
       b. 1903 the Ford Motor Company shipped its first automobile.
       c. 1938 the Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against the motion picture industry which led to the break up of the studio system that bound actors and actresses to contracts limiting their ability to perform for any other studios. 
       d. 1940 California opened its first freeway the Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway).
       e. 2012 James Holmes entered a theater in Aurora, Colorado during the showing the Dark Knight Rises and opened fired, killing 12 and wounding 70. The wheels of justice sometimes move slowly but they move and Holmes was found guilty three days ago and now awaits a jury decision of whether he should die or receive life without possibility of parole.  
A better way to learn how to act instead of going to acting school from the reflections of Natalie Wood: “My mother used to tell me that the cameraman who pointed his lens out at the audience at the end of the Paramount newsreel was taking my picture. I'd pose and smile like he was going to make me famous or something. I believed everything my mother told me.”  Natalie’s mother took her to the movies as much as she could for Natalie to observe acting on screen.   
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