Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 10 History World Homeless Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—October 10, 2015 Trust your weekend is off to a good start and if in Southern California you have found ways to beat the heat; as always I hope you enjoy Saturday’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by Ray Charles,  a relevant quote from Jan Schakowsky, looking forward to enjoying a desert of angel food cake, 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. World Mental Health Day—creating awareness of the need for mental health treatment as opposed to warehousing people in jails and prisons.
          2. World Homeless Day—creating awareness of the growing problems of the homeless even in affluent neighborhoods of Orange County California. 
          3. 1961 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1961 on a brief run of 2 weeks in that position Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles.  Here is a link to Ray Charles performing Hit the Road Jack:
          4.  National Angel Food Cake Day—celebrating another great cake.
          5.  Hard To Keep A Good Monk In A Monastery—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1917 of the High Priest of Bebop, Theolonius Monk, one of the truly iconic jazz musicians.
On this day in:                                           
            a. 732 Charles Martel and his Franks at the Battle of Tours near Poiters, France stop a large army of Moors in their tracks thereby halting the spread of Islam into Western Europe and beginning the role back of Islam out of Spain and back to Africa.
            b. 1857 the American Chess Association was formed in New York City.
            c. 1865 in a great day for elephants and walruses, John Hyatt receive a patent for billiard balls using celluloid as opposed to ivory.
            d. 1933 Proctor and Gamble introduced the first synthetic detergent “Dreft.”
            e. 1995 the Million Man March (actually more like 400,000) organized by Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan was held in Washington, D.C. to highlight economic and social issues facing the Afro-American community.
Reflections on homelessness: “There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.” Jan Schakowsky, another career politician who has never worked in the private sector and is reputed to be one of the most progressive members of Congress.
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