Friday, November 6, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For November 6, 2015

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—November 6, 2015, 441 days to go in President Obama’s term. Trust your Friday is off to a great start and your weekend plans, including time allocated to watch college football this Saturday, are set; as always I hope you enjoy Friday’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video  by Boston,  a relevant quote from Reverend Desmond Tutu, looking forward to enjoying some nachos with your favorite topping, 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. Basketball Day—commemorating the birthday of Joe Naismith, creator of what should be called ballet with a ball, basketball, on this day in 1861.                                                          
         2. National Saxophone Day—celebrating the creation of a great musical instrument the saxophone, patented in 1846 but observed on November 6 as that is the day of the birthday of its creator Adolphe Sax in 1814.
         3. 1986 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1986 on a run of two weeks in that position Amanda by Boston. Could not find a music link to Boston performing Amanda:
         4.  National Nachos Day—celebrating the tasty snack that no Super Bowl Game Party is complete without.
         5. One Of The Ten Things Not To Do Before Checking Out Of The World Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in1955 of Maria Shriver, niece to President John Kennedy and married to two term Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger until finding out he had had a child with their housekeeper while they were still married.
On this day in:                                           
         a. 1934 Memphis became the first city to join the Tennessee Valley Authority.
         b. 1944 plutonium, the ingredient in the second atomic bomb which was dropped on Nagasaki, was produced for the first time at  the Hanford Nuclear Facility in Washington State.                                   
         c. 1962 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning the apartheid policies of South Africa and called upon all members to terminate economic and military relations with South Africa. 32 years later proving that like men, no nation, other than perhaps the rogue nation of North Korea, can be an island in and to itself, apartheid came to an end.
         d. 1965 the United States and Cuba sign an agreement whereby any Cubans who wish to emigrate to the United States will be airlifted there. By 1971 some 250,000 Cubans, including the parents-to-be of Marco Rubio, who may become the Republican Presidential Nominee, had landed and settled in the United States.
         e. 2012 Democratic Senator from Wisconsin Tammy Butler became the first openly gay person to be elected to the United States Senate.
Hindsight predictions on why apartheid would fail: I've never doubted that apartheid - because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil - was going to bite the dust eventually.” Reverend Desmond Tutu, long time South African critic of apartheid and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his role in ending apartheid.    
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