Friday, April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Earth Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 22, 2016 Unfortunately still 273 days to go in President Obama’s   pathetic lame duck term; world still shaken by the death of Prince and awaiting the autopsy results on Prince’s death; Trump supporters promising he will be “more presidential” as the campaign moves to another multi state primary and HRC who has pandered to numerous trade groups, banks, corporations and lobbyists collecting millions for speeches continues to refuse to release the transcripts which is typical of someone who cannot be trusted. When will the FBI recommend indictment on her handling of classified material and bribery charges on her actions as Secretary of State for speaking fees paid to her husband and contributions to the Clinton Foundation? I trust your Friday is proving to be a great one; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Blondie, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Theodore Roosevelt  while looking forward to enjoying a handful of jelly beans, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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. Earth  Day—first celebrated in 1970 to promote environmental protection events and create awareness that this is the only home we have and we must preserve and protect it. 
2. April Showers Day—another whimsical observance which in drought ravaged California we really need to observe but in Houston rocked with monsoon like rain the population is praying that the day will be without rain.                                    
3. 1979 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1979 on a brief run of 1 week in that position Heart of Glass by the Blondie. Here is a link to Blondie performing Heart of Glass:
4. National Jelly Bean Day—celebrating one of the more popular candies that have been part of the American scene since the 1850’s and were an integral part of the Reagan White House.
5. Courtside Is the Place to Be—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1937 of rabid Laker Fan Jack Nicholson who is often seen in his courtside seat watching the Lakers play at Staples.  
On this day in:
a. 1864 Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 which mandated that the phrase “In God We Trust” appear on all U.S. coins.                                                                    
b. 1915 deadly chlorine gas was used for the first time in the battle of Ypres.                                                       
c. 1977 optical fiber was used for the first time to transmit telephone messages.      
d. 1983 the German magazine Stern  claimed that the “Hitler Diaries” had been discovered in wreckage in East Germany. The diaries were subsequently determine to be forgeries.
e. 2005 in a better late than never moment Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized for Japan’s World War II record.  
Reflections on Earth Day “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” —Theodore Roosevelt A great value system to observe each and every day and not just on Earth Day.
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