Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 18 History Alaska Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—October 18, 2015, 460 days to go in President Obama’s term. Trust your weekend is proving to be a good one and you will win big bucks with your fantasy teams today before the feds and states regulate the games out of existence; as always I hope you enjoy Sunday’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest, music videos by The Beatles and Chuck Berry,  a relevant quote from Maya Angelou, looking forward to enjoying some chocolate cupcakes, 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. Alaska Day—celebrated in Alaska as a state holiday marking the formal transfer by Russia of the territory of Alaska to the United States and bemoaned by Putin.
          2. Black Poetry Day—commemorating the poetic works of black poets around the globe and observed on October 17 (mea culpa as I missed this yesterday but to paraphrase the slogan of the United Negro College Fund—“a day honoring poets is a terrible thing to waste”), the birthday on this day in 1711 of Jupiter Hammon America’s first black poet.
          3. 1968 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1968 on a long
run of 9 weeks in that position Hey Jude by The Beatles. Here is a link to The Beatles performing Hey Jude:
         4.  National Chocolate Cupcake Day—celebrating another good way to deliver chocolate.
         5.  Be Good Day—commemorating not an exhortation to all be show great behavior in their dealings with people but rather the birthday on this day in 1926 of noted rock pioneer Chuck Berry famous for Maybellene and Johnny B. Goode.
On this day in:                                           
            a. 1648 shoemakers in Boston formed America’s first labor organization.
            b. 1775 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery.
            c. 1954 Texas Instruments announced the first transistor radio.
            d. 1968 the U.S. Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving the Black Power Salute during their medal award ceremony during the Mexico City Olympics.
            e. 1969 the FDA banned the use of cyclamates (artificial sweeteners). 
Reflections from one of America’s great black poets: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou   
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