Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 21 History Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—October 21, 2015, 457 days to go in President Obama’s term. Trust your Hump Day is proving to be a great one; as always I hope you enjoy Tuesday’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by Rod Stewart,  a relevant quote from Ida B. Wells, looking forward to enjoying a slice of pumpkin cheesecake, 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. Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day—creating awareness of the need to iodize salt to prevent a host of maladies caused by a lack of iodine from goiters to dwarfism.
         2. Back to the Future Day—celebrating Marty McFly’s travel to this day in the movie Back to the Future II released in 1989 which predicted among other things the Cubs winning the World Series which will be very difficult to come to fruition.
         3. 1971 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1971 on a
run of 5 weeks in that position Maggie Mae by Rod Stewart.  Here is a link to Rod Stewart performing Maggie Mae:
         4.  National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day—celebrating another great way to utilize pumpkin as we approach Halloween.
         5.  Poison Ivy Works In The Interior Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1946 of Lux Interior who with his wife Poison Ivy whom he met while she was hitchhiking founded the punk rock band The Cramps. He left us in 2009.
On this day in:                                           
            a. 1797 the oldest still commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy, the USS Constitution, a 44 gun frigate also known as Old Ironsides, was launched.
            b. 1824 Joseph Aspdin received a patent for Portland cement.
            c. 1921 President Warren Harding became the first sitting president to deliver a speech against lynching Afro-Americans in the South.
            d. 1967 more than 100,000 anti-Vietnam War protestors peacefully assembled at the Lincoln Memorial and then marched to the Pentagon to protest the Vietnam War.
            e. 2011 in a chilling reminder of the costs of rapid industrialization record smog exceeding even the pollution levels in Beijing reduced visibility to less than 50 feet in the city of Harbin, China and closed down schools, roads and the airport. 
Reflections on the stain of lynching on our history: “No nation, savage or civilized, save only the United States of America, has confessed its inability to protect its women save by hanging, shooting, and burning alleged offenders.” Ida B. Wells, noted African-American journalist and early member of the Civil Rights Movement during the 2oth Century
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