Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 10, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Suicide Prevention Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 10, 2017 After dominating the news and resulting the evacuation of millions, Irma has made landfall and is weakening rapidly as it moves over land reducing its strength to a Cat 2; death toll and property damage will not be known until the storm is finally past and first responders can enter the ravaged areas; the old adage that disasters bring out the best in humans and the worst proved correct as Ft. Lauderdale police confirmed arrests of nine people for looting a sporting goods store (since when is sporting equipment essential for survival in a hurricane?); Hillary still in delusion over her loss indicated that she was gobsmacked after her defeat and many of us who are sick of her blame game hope she remains that way and disappears along with her sexual predator husband from the political scene; Merkel in a tough reelection fight due to her immigration policies urged that the Iran deal be the model for dealing with North Korea (not sure if she is also urging $150 billion be paid to the rogue nation); the Notre Dame president angrily slams Feinstein’s bigoted anti-Catholic rant; through September 9, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2645, and the death toll again on the rise to 454.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Jo Stafford, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote on suicide by Ernest Hemingway, hoping that Hillary remains gobsmacked,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1World Suicide Prevention Day—observed since 2003 to promote awareness of the problem of suicides and seek means to prevent or at least reduce them.
2. National Grandparents’  Daythe day resulted from the efforts of Virginia McQuade who relentlessly hounded West Virginia lawmakers to make it a holiday which they did in 1973; fortunately the trend of parents waiting longer and longer in life to have children is being countered by the fact their parents are living longer and longer so children will have the benefit of spending time with and being spoiled by their grandparents.
3. 1952 Number One Song— the number one song in 1952 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “You Belong To Me” by Jo Stafford. Here is a performance of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “gobsmacked” which means to be so surprised that one is rendered speechless which is the state that most of us would want to see Hillary remain in.      
5.  On the Road—celebrating the birth on this day in 1934 of Charles Kuralt, noted CBS journalist and TV News personality best noted for hosting the Sunday Morning Show and a segment on CBS Evening News called On the Road for 20 years, but like so many who smoked too much, drank too much and ate too much died too early on July 4, 1997.
On this day in:                       
a. 1776 Nathan Hale volunteered to spy on the British in New York City, was caught and hanged on the 22nd of September in the same year.
b. 1937 in a déjà vu Barbary Pirates remake nine nations met at Nyon, Switzerland to discuss the issue of international piracy in the Mediterranean Sea. 
c. 1960 Abele Bilkila became the first sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal in the Olympics by winning the gold medal in the marathon while running in bare feet.
d. 1967 the residents of Gibraltar voted to remain a British dependency rather than being ruled by Spain. 
e. 1997 Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian who migrated to France, had the dubious distinction of being the last person executed in the European Union and the last person executed  by the use of the guillotine for the murder and torture of his former girlfriend
Reflections on suicide: “There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.” Ernest Hemingway who ended his life by shooting himself with a shotgun. 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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