Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 7 History Beach Party Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—August 7, 2015 Trust your Friday is proving to be a great one and you enjoyed the circus last night in  Ohio at the Republican debate featuring the Donald and the 16 dwarfs and as always, I hope you enjoy Friday’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video by Roberta Flack, a relevant quote from Bob Kerry, looking forward to enjoying a cold beer, 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. Professional Speakers Day—commemorating those who motivate and inform with the magic of the spoken word; wonder what kind of speaking fees President Clinton would have garnered if corporations that he spoke before were not seeking favors from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.                              
       2. Beach Party Day—surf’s up time to grab the picnic basket, cooler and beach blanket and head for the nearest shoreline.                                                         
       3. 1974 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1974 on a brief one week run in that position Feel Like Makin Love by Roberta Flack.  Here is a link to Roberta Flack performing Feel Like Makin Love:
      4. International Beer Day—celebrated on the first Friday in August since being created in Santa Cruz, California; nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer day.  
      5. Not What You Know But Who You Know Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1993 of actress Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood.
On this day in:                                            
       a. 1782 in George Washington created the Military Badge of Merit (later renamed the Purple Heart)  to honor wounded soldiers.  
       b. 1932 the last confirmed lynching of blacks outside the South occurred in Marion, Indiana. Adam Shipp and Abram Smith.
       c. 1944 IBM introduced the Harvard Mark I, the first program-controlled calculator.  
       d. 1955 the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to SONY, sold its first transistor radios in Japan.   
       e. 1987 Lynne Cox became the first person to swim from the U.S. (Little Diomede Island) to the Soviet Union (Big Diomede). 
Reflections on the Purple Heart; “I am certain that the only medal I deserved was the Purple Heart.” Bob Kerry, Congressional Medal of Honor winner and former Senator from Nebraska. 
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