Saturday, December 26, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 26, 2015 Boxing Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 26, 2015, 391 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your Christmas Day was a great one and your Saturday is off to a great start and you found the gift of peace under the Christmas Tree; as always, I hope you enjoy Saturday’s  holidays and observances,  a music link to Rod Stewart, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from an anonymous source, looking forward to enjoying a few candy canes, 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. Boxing Day—celebrated in the U.K. and nations of the British Commonwealth by nobility and employers giving gifts (“Christmas Box”) to their tradesmen, servants and employees. In the U.S. the day is marked by massive Day after Christmas sales to further add to the burgeoning credit card debt.                               
     2. The First Day Of Kwanzaa—celebrated since 1995 as a means for African Americans to connect with their African roots; the weeklong celebration culminates with gift giving and a sumptuous meal with family and friends.
         3. 1976 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1976 on a long run of eight weeks in that position Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) by Rod Stewart. Here is a link to the Rod Stewart performing Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright):
         4. National Candy Cane Day—celebrating a good excuse to start enjoying the 
candy canes in the Christmas stockings or start removing any candy canes from the Christmas Tree to enjoy.
         5. The Computer Age Started With An Idea—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1791 of Charles Babbage, often called the Father of Computing for his invention of a mechanical calculating machine and his origination of the concept of a programmable computer.
On this day in:  
        a. 1776 Washington crossed the Delaware River with 2400 men to in a surprise attack at Trenton soundly defeat a force of Hessians, capturing over 1500 and suffering very few casualties; the victory was a significant morale booster for the Americans. 
        b. 1846 trapped in the snows in the Sierra Nevadas near Truckee Lake, CA the Donner Party resorted to cannibalism to survive after their provisions ran out. Of the 87 members of the group only 48 survived.
         c. 1963 the Beatles released in the U.S. I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Her Hand which were great successes and led to Beatlemania.                                       d.  1972 the U.S. Air Force 's   the Strategic Air Command launched Operation Linebacker II against Hanoi with a force of 120 B-52s with each plane dropping 26 tons of bombs—the operation forced the North Vietnamese to come to the table and ultimately sign the Paris Accords to bring an end to our combat operations in South Vietnam.
         e. 1982 Time Magazine’s Man of the Year was the personal computer, light years advanced from the concepts and mechanical calculator of Charles Babbage.                
Reflections on Kwanzaa: “Kwanzaa isn't a replacement for Christmas or even Hanukkah. Kwanzaa has nothing to do with religion and while some may twist it to be political, in its nature it is not. Kwanzaa is not the tool of its creator. Kwanzaa has a life of its own. Kwanzaa is about the spirit of people -- all people regardless of color or race. Kwanzaa is a holiday of the human spirit -- not the divine. The two were meant to co-exist peacefully."  Anon Truer words never spoken.
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