Saturday, July 16, 2016

July 16, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Holocaust Memorial Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 16, 2016. Unfortunately still 188 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term and 225 days since hiding Hillary has held a formal press conference as Trump and Pence  hold a press conference (why is she so paranoid that she has to hide from a fawning media?); looks like the coup against the increasingly Islamist Erdogan has collapsed with many of its leaders seeking asylum in Greece with disastrous consequences to our struggle with ISIS if Turkey moves further toward an Islamist state; ISIS claimed credit for the Nice attack and there is speculation that this barbarian father of three children who drove into a candy stand to kill as many children as possible was radicalized very quickly; Erdogan has blamed a Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen who preaches a mystical form of Islam, staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue and now lives in the U.S. for causing the coup (do not be surprised if we are going to face another dilemma if as a price of Turkish cooperation Erdogan demands his extradition back to Turkey to face charges).     Going to is a great way to start your day along of course with
     As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Bing Crosby, factoids of interest,  relevant quotes from the Shoah Memorial while looking forward to enjoying a generous serving of fresh spinach, 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. Holocaust Memorial Day (France)—commemorating the mass arrest of 13,152 Jews on this day in 1942 in Paris and their subsequent extermination in Auschwitz. 
2. Toss Away the “Could Haves” or “Should Haves” Day—celebrating the fact that procrastination is not a virtue but when it comes to resolutions and goals, Nike has it right “Just Do It!”                     
3. 1944 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1944 on a run of four weeks in that position “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Bing Crosby. Here is a link to Bing performing “I’ll Be Seeing You.”
4. National Fresh Spinach Day—perfect way to load up on your iron and essential vitamins, especially if sautéed with a little garlic or in an omelet with cheese, mushrooms and bacon.  
5. It’s All In The Name Game—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1907 of Orville Redenbacher who after hundreds of attempts at developing the perfect popping corn succeeded and with Charlie Bowman launched his company which was going to brand the popcorn as RedBow but was persuaded to use the name Orville Redenbacher Popcorn instead and the result was history; company was so successful it was acquired by Hunt-Wesson in 1976.   
On this day in:
a. 1661 the first banknotes in Europe were issued by Stockholm Banco.
b. 1790 the District of Columbia was established as this nation’s capital.
c. 1948 a Cathay Pacific seaplane Miss Macao on a flight from Macau to Hong Kong became the first commercial plane to be hijacked and crashed with the hijacker surviving and all passengers and crew killed.    
d. 1973 in a moment that definitely had a profound impact on Hillary Clinton’s penchant for secrecy former White House aide Alexander Butterfield revealed that President Nixon had secretly taped conversations concerning the Watergate Scandal that would prove to be incriminating and ultimately lead to his resignation.     
e. 2015 radical Islamist Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed four Marines and one sailor at two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee before being killed by police.    
Heed the words engraved on the Shoah Memorial in Paris to commemorate the round up of 13,152 Jews in Paris on this day in 1942:“Remember what Amalek did unto our Generation exterminating 600 myriad bodies and souls, in the absence of war.” Zalman Schnoeur, note Jewish poet Below that is written in French the words of Justin Godard, former government minister, Honorary President of the Committee for the Unknown Jewish Martyr: “Before the unknown Jewish martyr, incline your head in piety and respect for all the martyrs; incline your thoughts to accompany them along their path of sorrow. They will lead you to the highest pinnacle of justice and truth.”      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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