Friday, July 3, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not July 3 History Stay Out of the Sun Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—July 3, 2015 Trust your Friday is proving to be a great one and your plans for the 4th are set which include some reflections on 1776 and plans to avoid the use of illegal fireworks and  the sane use of legal fireworks and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances which are somewhat meager, factoids of interest, a  music video by the Human League, a relevant quote by Robert E. Lee, looking forward to enjoying  some chocolate wafers,  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. Stay Out of the Sun Day—celebrating the need to protect one’s skin from the UV rays of the Sun which are usually easier by staying indoors when the 4th of July does not fall on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday; consider instead using large amounts of sun block.
      2. Hitch Hiking Month—celebrating an inexpensive way to get around especially in the 60’s and 70’s  although today a mode of transport much more dangerous for both hitch hiker and driver.          
      3. 1982 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1982 on a three week run at that position, You Don’t Want Me by the Human League. Here is a link to the group performing the hit song You Don’t Want Me with an apology for the inane ads in the video:
         4. National Chocolate Wafer Day—a great American snack, a taste of chocolate in a bed of crispy wafers.
        5.  Data Leaks Far Worse Than Water—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your perspective of the birthday on this day in 1971 of Julian Assange, the founder  of WikiLeaks.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1852 the U.S. Congress established the second U.S. Mint in San Francisco.
       b. 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg ended with Pickett’s Charge, the high water mark for the Confederacy.
       c. 1886 in a forerunner of business cutting labor costs by automation The New York Tribune became the first newspaper to utilize linotype replacing human typesetting. 
       d. 1938 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Monument at the Gettysburg Battlefield.
       e. 2015 in a forerunner to a potential end to the fossil fuels era, the Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii after a five day solar powered flight from Japan, a distance of 5,139 miles which is the longest flight powered solely by solar power.
Reflections from the man who gambled and lost in three days the fate of the Confederacy at Gettysburg: “I can anticipate no great calamity for the country than the dissolution of the Union. It would be an accumulation of all the evils we complain of and I am willing to sacrifice everything but honor for its preservation.” Robert E. Lee in a letter to his son Curtis, January 23, 1861 Sadly, how right he was and one can only speculate how much shorter the Civil War would have been if Lee had not resigned his commission and instead had risen to the command of the Union Army.
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