Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For January 17, 2016 Hardware Freedom Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 17, 2016, 369 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Tough loss for the Packers last night—have to believe the strategy of the DNC to shelter Hillary as Sanders surges is working as no one will watch her debate tonight instead of watching the Broncos/Steelers game on at the same time and better yet your Sunday 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 Sunday’s holidays and observances, a music link to Sammy Kaye; factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Muhammad Ali, looking forward to enjoying a hot buttered rum, 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. Hardware Freedom Day—promoting open hardware systems as proposed by the Digital Foundation in 2012.                
2.  Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral Day—commemorating a day to dress up your pet and head to church and have your pet blessed. 
3. 1947 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1947 on a long run of seven weeks in that position The Old Lamplighter by Sammy Kaye. Here is a link to Sammy Kaye performing The Old Lamplighter:
4. National Hot Buttered Rum Day—celebrating another warm drink to face the cold winter nights and if taken with large amounts of lemon juice if facing a cold.
5. Butterflies and Bees--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1942 of perhaps the greatest heavyweight boxer of all times, Muhammad Ali best noted for his slogan “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Sadly although it seemed during his fights that he was rarely hit, he is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease most likely due to repeated blows to his head.
On this day in:  
a. 1917 to the joy of future cruise ship passengers, the U.S. bought the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
b. 1920 heralded by what must have been massive and widespread hangovers Prohibition took effect due to the passage of the 18th Amendment.
c. 1945 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who was credited with saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis was arrested by Soviet secret police in Hungary and never was seen again.                                                         
d. 1962 a B-52 and a KC--135 tanker collided near the town of Palomares, Spain killing seven airmen and dropping three 70 kiloton bombs onto the land and one into the ocean; fortunately the bombs did not detonate.
e. 1998 Bill Drudge on the Drudge Report revealed the existence of Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.                     

Reflections on the need to change: “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” Muhammad Ali                            Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not  for just This Day In History.
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