Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not New Beer Eve

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 6, 2018  Our once vaunted FBI is looking more and more like the Keystone Kops after having a jury return a not guilty verdict for the Pulse Club mass shooter’s widow mainly because the agents failed to record her interview; Mark Zuckerburg will be testifying next week on the breach of personal data on some 100 million Facebook users in what will be grandstanding to the max by our elected officials; Trump is considering an additional $100 billion in tariffs against China which has actively pursued a policy of stealing our intellectual property and the market; Puerto Rico reeling from out migration caused by last years hurricanes will be closing 283 schools; Trump has indicated that once again he will not be attending the annual Swamp Press dinner (understandable when you hear the steady stream of bias spewing forth from the mouths of the likes of Jim Acosta or Mika, Morning Joe or AM Joy); in another example of how sick the nation has become and how pervasive the opioid crisis has become, Stratford, Connecticut police have arrested a school bus driver who after dropping off his passengers utilized the school bus to deliver heroin; in Chicago through April 5, 553 people, mostly minorities, have been shot of whom 97 have died.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Patti Page, factoids of interest for this day in history, a day of not being a macerator, a relevant quote by Richard Nixon on the Olympics and politics, 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. New Beer Evecelebrating the effective date on April 7 of the Cullen-Harrison Act which provided that 3.2% beer could be sold starting on April 7, 1933.
2. International Day of Sport for Peace and Development—ever since the Greek City-states declared truces during the ancient Olympics, sports have been a driving force for peace, e.g. ping pong diplomacy with China or participation by some North Korean athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul.  
3. 1952 Number One Song— the number one song in 1952 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “(How Much Is That) D
oggy In the Window” by Patti Page. Here is a recording of the song: The Singing Rage Patti Page who started smoking at age 14 but managed to kick the habit for over thirty years danced her last Tennessee Waltz on January 1, 2013 at the age of 86.  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “macerator” which means a person who fasts and becomes emaciated which describes most if not all the North Koreans who don’t fast but don’t have enough food to eat.    
5. Selling Sugar Water No Cigar—celebrating the birth on this day of John Scully, the youngest CEO of Pepsi-Cola who replaced Steve Jobs after numerous clashes with him and during his ten year tenure increased Apple’s sales from $800 million to $8 billion but was forced out when several Apple projects like Newton flopped.
       On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1896 after a 1500 year hiatus due to being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I, the Olympic Summer Games returned to Athens.
b. 1917 the United States declared war on Germany over its unrestricted submarine warfare against American shipping in the Atlantic and the Zimmerman Telegram intercepted by the British which promised aid to Mexico to attack the United States.
c. 1947 the first Tony Awards for live Broadway theater achievement were presented.
d.  1965 the world became a smaller place when the U.S. launched Early Bird, the first communications satellite placed in geosynchronous orbit.
e.  1998 Travelers and Citicorp announced an agreement to enter into a $76 billion merger which closed on October 8, 1998, creating Citibank.      
Reflections on the difference between politics and the Olympics: “Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.” Richard Nixon History will be the judge of that observation as Nixon after two second back to back second place finishes, one for president and the other for governor of California Nixon won two terms a president in 1968 and 1972.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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