Monday, October 19, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 19 History National Rainforest Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—October 19, 2015, 459 days to go in President Obama’s term. Trust your weekend was a great one to be surpassed by Monday and you won big bucks with your fantasy teams today before the feds and states regulate the games out of existence; as always I hope you enjoy Monday’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by The Temptations,  a relevant quote from Charles, Prince of Wales, looking forward to enjoying a bowl of seafood bisque, 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. National Clean Your Virtual Desk Day—celebrated on the third Monday of October to encourage those whose physical desks are a virtual mess of clutter to break the habit and clean up one’s desktop on the computer.
          2. National Rainforest Day—promoting awareness of the importance of rainforests to the human and animal ecology and promote efforts to preserve them.
          3. 1969 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1969 on a
run of 2 weeks in that position I Can’t Get Next To You by The Temptations. Here is a link to The Temptations performing I Can’t Get Next To You:
         4.  National Seafood Bisque Day—celebrating another great way to enjoy seafood.
         5.  Mad Max Day—celebrating not Mel Gibson’s great performance in Mad Max but rather the birthday on this day in 1937 of an iconic pop artist Peter Max whose family had the foresight to flee Nazi Germany before the commencement of World War II.
On this day in:                                           
            a. 1781 Lord Cornwallis surrendered his British Army at Yorktown which prompted the British Parliament to vote to end offensive actions and seek peace.
            b. 1914 the U.S. Postal Service uses an automobile for the first time to deliver mail.
            c. 1943 the antibiotic streptomycin, the first antibiotic to treat tuberculosis, was isolated at Rutgers University.
            d. 1960 in response to Castro’s nationalization of all assets held by American corporations, the U.S. banned all exports and travel to Cuba.
            e. 1973 OPEC declares an embargo of exports of oil to the United States due to its support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. 
Reflections on the importance of rainforests: “Forests...are in fact the world’s air-conditioning system—the very lungs of the planet—and help to store the largest body of freshwater on the planet…essential to produce food for our plant’s growing population. The rainforests of the world also provide the livelihoods of more than a billion of the poorest people on this Earth. In simple terms, the rainforests, which encircle the world, are our very life-support system--and we are on the verge of switching it off.” Charles, Prince of Wales  Astute remarks from someone who is wondering how long his mother will continue to rule.
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