Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 2 History V-J Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—September 2, 2015 Trust your Hump Day is off to a great air conditioned start looking forward to a day of lower volatility in the stock market if you are an investor and as always I hope you enjoy Wednesday’s  holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video  by the Rolling Stones, a relevant quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, looking forward to enjoying some blueberry popsicles, 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. V-J Day—celebrating on this day in 1945 the execution by the Japanese of surrender documents on the USS Missouri (now a floating museum at Pearl Harbor and a definite bucket list item) thereby bringing an end to WWII the costliest war in human history in terms of casualties both military and civilian but could be dwarfed in the event of a nuclear war among the growing list (add Iran in the not too distant future) of nations with large arsenals of nuclear weapons.

        2. Bison-Ten-Yell Day—celebrating not the fact you have just seen ten bison at Yellowstone but a frivolous and goofy holiday to celebrate a bicentennial anniversary of a someone’s (now deceased) birthday; unfortunately I could find no one who was born on this day in 1815.
       3. 1969 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1969 on a run of four weeks in that position Honky Tonk Woman by The Rolling Stones. Here is a link to the Rolling Stones performing Honky Tonk Woman:
       4. National Blueberry Popsicle  Day—celebrating another great way to beat the heat in the waning days of summer.  
       5. An Acorn Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree Daycelebrating on this day of the son  of Old 98 (who played half back for the University of Michigan), Mark Harmon who played quarterback for UCLA and went to have an excellent career in film and TV (NCIS).
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1666 the Great Fire of London started and when it had burned out three days later, it had consumed 10,000 structures.
       b. 1789 the U.S. Department of the Treasury was founded.  
       c. 1885 at Rock Springs, Wyoming in one of this country’s less than stellar moments, 150 white miners trying to organize a union to strike for higher wages, turn on their Chinese co-workers, killing 28, wounding 15 and driving hundreds from the town.
       d. 1963 CBS Evening News expanded its nightly news broadcast from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, a trend that spawned the cable news networks covering news events almost 24/7 creating what many refer to as the paralysis of instant analysis
     e. 2013 the replacement span of the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge was opened to traffic, creating the widest bridge in the world but still not immune to traffic jams.
Reflections on V-J day and the end of WWII from Eleanor Roosevelt exhausted by overseeing the struggle against Italy, Germany, and Japan did not live to see the capitulation on the deck of the USS Missouri: Our prayer today is one of gratitude, Oh, Lord, that peace has come to bless the earth, but above all we pray for wisdom and for the spirit of love in the hearts of men, for without that spirit, wisdom will avail us little.” Eleanor Roosevelt.
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