Friday, January 15, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For January 15, 2016 Wikipedia Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 15, 2016, 371 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust you enjoyed the theater of the Republican debate last night with its far too much bickering and petty attacks on each other as opposed to attacking the real looming disaster, a Clinton presidency assuming she escapes indictment for corruption or mishandling of classified material and better yet your Friday is off to a great start with all or a majority of your  New Year’s Resolutions still being observed; as always, I hope you enjoy Friday’s holidays and observances, a music link to Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men; factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Ronald Reagan, looking forward to enjoying a bowl of ice cream, 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. Wikipedia Day—commemorating the founding of Wikipedia on this day in 2001 and in essence placing a library just a few key strokes away for any information you want to access.                
2. National Hat Day—commemorating the great way for a woman to compliment her fashion appearance and for both men and women to shade their face or on a cold winter day prevent heat loss. 
3. 1996 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1996 on a long run of sixteen weeks in that position One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. Here is a link to Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men performing One Sweet Day:
4. National Strawberry Ice Cream Day—celebrating one of America’s favorite ice cream flavors especially when topped with fresh strawberries.
5. I Have A Dream—celebrating as a federal holiday created by President Reagan in 1983 the birthday on this day in 1929 of Martin Luther King, Jr. who sadly was assassinated far too early in 1968.
On this day in:  
a. 1762 Fraunces Tavern, the oldest surviving building in Manhattan and headquarters for George Washington, opened for business.
b.  1861 Elisa Otis patented a steam driven elevator.
c. 1889 the Coca-Cola Company then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.                                                         
d. 1919 in Boston, MA a large molasses storage tank containing two million gallons burst drowning 21 and injuring 150.
e. 2009 U.S. Airways Flight 1549 piloted by Captain Sullenberger made an emergency landing in the Hudson River almost immediately after takeoff. In a testament to his piloting skill not a single person died. Clint Eastwood is making a movie on what has been called “The Miracle on the Hudson.                    
Reflections from Ronald Reagan announcing the creation of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday: “But traces of bigotry still mar America. So, each year on Martin Luther King Day, let us not only recall Dr. King, but rededicate ourselves to the Commandments he believed in and sought to live every day: Thou shall love thy God with all thy heart, and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. And I just have to believe that all of us—if all of us, young and old, Republicans and Democrats, do all we can to live up to those Commandments, then we will see the day when Dr. King's dream comes true, and in his words, "All of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning, '... land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.’” Ronald Reagan
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