Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For January 30, 2016 Fred Korematsu Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 30, 2016, 356 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Interesting theater on the email front as State is refusing to release over 20 because of the classified nature (wonder when Hillary might be talking to Obama about her dropping out of the race in exchange for a pardon for her, Bill and the Foundation in the spirit of Ford’s pardon of Nixon as means to unite the nation). As always, I hope you enjoy Saturday’s holidays and observances, a music link to Johnny Preston, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Britain’s first recipient of a seeing eye dog, looking forward to enjoying a croissant, bessed 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. Fred Korematsu Day--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1919 of noted Japanese-American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu who was the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Korematsu v. United States in which the Surpreme Court issued one of its most infamous opinions affirming the removal of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast and the placing them in relocation centers aka the Alaskanpoet concentration camps.
2. National Escape Day—celebrating an observance that unfortunately comes only one day a year—a day to skip the normal routine and rat race and escape.
3. 1960 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1960 on a run of three weeks in that position Running Bear by Johnny Preston. Here is a link to Johnny Preston performing Running Bear:
4. National Croissant Day--celebrating that great French pastry.
5. Croissants Are Not The Only French Connections—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1930 of iconic actor Gene Hackman who starred in such films as the French Connection, Crimson Tide, and Superman.
On this day in: 
a. 1790 the first boat specialized as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne.
b. 1815 the U.S. Library of Congress burned by the British during the War of 1812 was reopened with 7,500 books from Thomas Jefferson’s private library.
c. 1835 in the first attempted assassination attempt on a U.S. President, a house painter attempted to shoot President Jackson but both pistols misfired.
d. 1948 Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Hindu extremist, Nathuram Godse.
e. 1992 in a chilling foretaste of the evils of hacking Richard Skrenta wrote the first PC virus code, which was 400 lines long and disguised as an Appleboot program called “Elk Corner.”
Reflections on the Japanese-American internment camps:And it seems to me importantfor a country, for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again. George Takei, noted actor best known for his role as Lt. Sulu on Star Trek.
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