Monday, December 14, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 14, 2015 Green Monday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 14, 2015, 403 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your weekend was a great one; your college football team is off to a decent bowl game; but sadly the SEC once again bamboozled the Heisman voters and once again a Stanford player came in second; as always, I hope you enjoy Monday’s  holidays and observances,  a link to the New Vaudeville Band, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Dick Rutan looking forward to enjoying a bowl of bouillabaisse, 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. World Monkey Day—honoring the contributions of primates such as monkeys to health and medicine.                             
         2. Green Monday—commemorating the growing trend of online shopping in the days before Christmas.
         3. 1966 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1966 on a run of three weeks in that position Winchester Cathedral by the New Vaudeville Band. Here is a link to the New Vaudeville Band performing Winchester Cathedral:
         4. National Bouillabaisse Day—celebrating a great way to utilize fish and shellfish and tomatoes.
         5. Even Heisman Is Not Immortal—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1939 of Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Award whose professional career was cut short by death from leukemia at the far too young age of 23.
On this day in:  
             a. 1782 the Montgolfier brothers’ hot-air balloon made its first flight. 
       b. 1902 the Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first transpacific telegraph between San Francisco and Honolulu.
             c. 1964 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of the Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States that the Congress had the right to ban discrimination in public accommodations pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.                                                          
            d. 1967 DNA was replicated in a test tube for the first time.         
           e. 1986 Voyager piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager took off from Edwards Air Force Base on the first nonstop, nonrefueled flight around the world to land back on December 23, 1986 after 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds later.  
Reflections on what our youth need: “It’s not good enough for us to have generations of kids that... look forward to a better version of a cell phone with a video in it. They need to look forward to exploration.Dick Rutan 
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