Monday, October 12, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 12 History Columbus Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—October 12, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one with your batteries fully recharged and if in Southern California you have found ways to beat the heat; as always I hope you enjoy Monday’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by Jimmy Glimer and The Fireballs,  a relevant quote from John Waters, looking forward to enjoying a large bowl of gumbo, 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. Columbus Day—celebrating on this day in 1492 the arrival in North America of Christopher Columbus who although arriving in North America some 500 years after Leif Erickson has won in the holiday race as today has been a federal holiday since 1937 after a campaign by the Knights of Columbus.
          2. Freethought Day—celebrated by secularists and freethinkers to commemorate the effective end of the Salem Witch Trials on this day in 1692. 
          3. 1963 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1963 on a  run of 5 weeks in that position Sugar Shack by Jimmy Glimer and The Fireballs.  Here is a link to Jimmy Glimer and The Fireballs performing Sugar Shack: 
          4.  National Gumbo Day—celebrating that unique Louisiana culinary treat diet.
          5.  High, High Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1875 of self proclaimed mystic and founder of the Thelemite philosophy Aleister Crowley whose writings and speeches were most likely heavily influenced by the narcotics he was ingesting.
On this day in:                                           
            a. 1792 the first Columbus Day was celebrated in New York City.
            b. 1892 the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.
            c. 1928 the first use of an iron lung to enable polio victims to breathe occurred at a Boston hospital.
            d. 1999 in the world is getting more crowded moment the 6 billionth human being was born.
            e. 2000 the USS Cole while moored at Aden, Yemen was heavily damaged by a suicide boater killing 17 sailors and wounding 39.
Reflections on Columbus Day:  “I also hate those holidays that fall on a Monday where you don't get mail, those fake holidays like Columbus Day. What did Christopher Columbus do, discover America? If he hadn't, somebody else would have and we'd still be here. Big deal." — John Waters  American director, writer and stand-up comedian and pioneer in transgressive cult films.
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