Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 24, 2018 The supporters of a movement to have California secede from the United States have been granted permission to start collecting signatures to have the matter placed on the 2020 ballot (God help us if these idiots succeed); the Always Biased Cack "News" "reporter" Jonathan Karl was ridiculed by the president for asking a stupid question on whether Trump would pardon Michael Cohen; Kate Middleton has just delivered a son, the 5th in line to the British throne (kudos to a complete woman and mother of total class); the first installment of “refugees” from Central America that Mexico did not impede has arrived at Sanctuary Border, California but President Trump unlike Obama is dispatching a flood of agents and judges to send these illegal “refugees” back as opposed to catch and release them into the interior never to be seen inside a courtroom again; Toronto reeling after Alek Minassian in a rented Ryder van killed 10 pedestrians and injured 15 others; the father of the Waffle House shooter may be facing federal charges for returning the four guns to him (fortunately the shooter has been captured); the bane of most conservatives and the most overturned Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit has seven vacancies which Trump can fill with hopefully some conservative judges to rein in its leftist tendencies; finally some sanity in the Senate as on party lines, Pompeo was recommended as Secretary of State by the Committee on Foreign Relations; the petition to have FSU fire Randa Jarrar for her profanity laced attack on Barbara Bush shortly after her death now has 10,000 signatures and growing as the predictable news just released that George H.W. Bush is back in intensive care; Trump’s selection to head the VA is on hold as allegations have surfaced concerning improper conduct; in Chicago through April 23, 2018, 678 people have been shot, of whom 111 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Young Rascals, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that hopefully the new mahout for the House Republicans will support the Trump Agenda and a relevant quote by Henry Morganthau, Sr. on the Armenian Genocide, 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. Armenian Genocide Rembrance Day—commemorating the genocide by the Turks starting in 1915 of over a million Armenians which many believe given the lack of the civilized world’s reaction was the inspiration for Hitler’s Holocaust of the Jews.
2. Fashion Revolution Day—commemorating the anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh that killed 1133 workers and injured 2500 by promoting worker safety by encouraging buyers to purchase clothing from manufacturers with acceptable safety standards.
3. 1966 Number One Song— the number one song in 1966 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Good Lovin’” by The Young Rascals. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g55XaECGBN0
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mahout” which one who drives an elephant and which when it comes to Republicans, hopefully Ryan’s replacement will be more committed to the Trump Agenda.
5. Ran Out of Letters—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of noted author Sue Grafton best known for her 25 novels on private investigator Kinsey Millhone starting with A Is for Alibi and ending with Y Is for Yesterday before dying of cancer on December 28, 2017.
On this day in:
a. 1953 Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
b. 1957 the Suez Canal was reopened to traffic following the introduction of UN Peacekeepers.
c. 1967 Soviet Cosmonaut Vladimir Koramov became the first human being to die in a space mission when his Soyuz 1 failed to deploy its parachutes on reentry.
d. 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope was placed into orbit by the Space Shuttle Discovery.
e. 1996 President Bill Clinton signed into law The Antiterrrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 passed by Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support following the World Trade Center Bombing.
Reflections on the Armenian Genocide: When the Turkish authorities gave the orders for these deportations, they were merely giving the death warrant to a whole race; they understood this well, and, in their conversations with me, they made no particular attempt to conceal the fact… I am confident that the whole history of the human race contains no such horrible episode as this. The great massacres and persecutions of the past seem almost insignificant when compared to the sufferings of the Armenian race in 1915." Henry Morganthau, Senior, American Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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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