Monday, July 27, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not July 27 History Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—July 27, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one despite the high temperatures and humidity and with your batteries recharged your Monday will also be a great one and as always, I hope you enjoy Monday’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video by Jan and Dean, a relevant quote by Bill Maher, looking forward to enjoying bagpipes and a sip of scotch,  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 Sleepy Head Day (Finland)--celebrated in Finland forever exposing the last person in a family to rise out of bed to face the day in a world of shame and embarrassment.                                                    
       2. Bagpipe Appreciation Day—celebrating the eerie sounds of the only wind instrument that is continuous, believed to have been created in the Middle East but developed to its unique tones in Scotland and Ireland.                                                         

       3. 1963 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1963 on a two week run in that position Surf City by Jan and Dean.  Here is a link to Jan and Dean of Surf City:
      4. National Scotch Day—celebrating another trademark image of Scotland since at least 1495.
      5. Hot Rod Day—celebrating not those great souped up cars of the 50’s and 60’s but the birthday on this day in 1975 of Alex Rodriquez known as A-Rod one of the best shortstops in major league history and still going strong at 40 years old as a DH for the Yankees with 23 homeruns this season.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1663 the English Parliament passed the Second Navigation Act requiring any goods shipped to the American colonies be shipped in English ships from English ports.  
       b. 1866 the first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable was completed between Valeria Island, Ireland and Heart’s Content, Newfoundland.
       c. 1890 Vincent Van Gogh shot himself and died two days later. 
       d. 1953 China, North Korea and the United States signed the Korean War Armistice, ending hostilities. South Korea refused to sign but agreed it would observe its terms.   
       e. 1995 the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
Reflections on bagpipes: "New Rule: Stop calling bagpipes a musical instrument. They're actually a Scottish Breathalyzer test. You blow into one end, and if the sound that comes out the other end doesn't make you want to kill yourself--you're not drunk enough."   Bill Maher Thanks Bill for giving us some insight of why Bagpipe Appreciation Day and National Scotch Day are held on the same day.
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