Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 23 History Autumnal Equinox

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—September 23, 2015 Trust you are enjoying images of the Pope’s visit to Washington D.C. with President Obama and as always I hope you enjoy Wednesday’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest,  a music video  by Bobby McFerrin,  a relevant quote by Ray Charles, looking forward to enjoying  some white chocolate, 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. Autumnal Equinox—today is the official beginning of fall and the day in which night and day at the equator are of equal duration.   
           2. See You At The Pole Day—promoting not excursions to the North and South Poles but since 1990 an informal gathering of students meeting at their school’s flag pole for prayers and scripture readings before school starts. 
           3. 1988 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1988 on a run of two weeks in that position Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.  Here is a link to Bobby McFerrin performing Don’t Worry, Be Happy:
           4.  National White Chocolate Day—if a chocoholic this day is your day to celebrate.
           5.  Godfather Day—celebrating not the movie of the same name and the performance of Marlin Brando but rather the birthday on this day in 1930 of the Godfather of Soul, Ray Charles, winner of 17 Grammy Awards over his illustrious career.                                                                                                                             On this day in:                                           
            a. 1642 Harvard College conducted its first commencement ceremonies.
            b.1806 Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest in a 28 month expedition.     
            c. 1909 Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux was published in serialization by Le Gaulois.
            d. 1952 Richard Nixon made his “Checkers” speech which was credited with keeping him on the Republican ticket as Ike’s running mate.
            e. 2002 Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1) was released to the public. 
Reflections on music from the Godfather of Soul: ”I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me - like food or water.” Ray Charles What an amazing talent who overcame blindness at a very early age to go on to become a legend in the music world.   
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