Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018 Ridley;s Believe It Or Not International Tiara Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 24, 2018 Trump has called off the summit with North Korea after Kim Jong Un has pulled back on his “agreement” to denuclearize North Korea and indicated sanctions will continue and the U.S. Military will be prepared to take any action against any foolish response by the North; legislation essentially gutting Dodds-Franks was signed into law by President Trump to the great relief of community banks that have been going out of business and have been crippled in their attempts to provided new loans to small businesses due to the onerous regulations generated by the legislation; the Blue voter tsunami that was supposed to sweep Reds out of House Seats in record numbers has disappeared as the tax cuts that Pelosi dismissed as mere crumbs are fueling a job and wage resurgence; the “Gang of 8” is meeting with top officials of the FBI and D0J with respect to the “spy” inserted into the Trump campaign (unfortunately Schiff who is a member of the Gang of 8 is a partisan hack with zero credibility of objectivity); Reds may keep the House and Senate in session to keep vulnerable Blues off the campaign trail; Morgan Freeman an iconic actor has just been accused by 8 females of improper sexual conduct and harassment:; in Chicago through May 23, 2018, 970 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 157 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Wham!, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that Trump has evidenced any mansuetude in dealing with North Korea and  a relevant quote by from Michael Oren on the Six Day War,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations,  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. National Aviation Maintenance Technicians Day—created by the Congress on this day in 2008 to honor the contributions of our aviation industry by the people whose maintenance efforts keep the planes flying the air and celebrated on this day as it marks the birthday of Charles Edward Taylor, the man who built the engine to propel the Wright Brothers Airplane.      
2. International Tiara Day—first created by Barbara Belisimo as a one time event then through the efforts of Lyanne White expanded to an annual event falling on Queen Victoria’s birthday, May 24, 1819.       
3. 1985 Number One Song— the number one song in 1985 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Everything She Wants” by Wham! Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mansuetude” which means meekness or tameness, characteristics that Trump totally lacks.
5.  A Nation of Immigrants—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1990 of Leningrad born Joseph Brodsky who after emigrating to the United States became a poet laureate of this country and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature but died with many verses yet to rhyme at the age of 55.
         On this day in: 
a. 1958 United Press International was formed by a merger of the United Press and the World Press International.   
b. 1967 Egypt instituted a blockade and siege of the Red Sea Coast of Israel which led to the disastrous 6 Day War for Egypt and Jordan with the loss of the West Bank and West Jerusalem.
c. 1976 the Judgment of Paris, a  blind tasting of French and California wines organized by British wine merchant took place in France, the results of which propelled California wines to center stage of wine producing regioins. 
d. 1993 four jihadists were convicted of the truck bombing at the World Trade Center that killed 6 and wounded some 1000 and sentenced to 240 years; the blind sheik who was involved also in the bombing was sentenced to life and died last year from heart ailments and diabetes.
e. 2000 Israeli troops evacuated from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.    
         Reflections on why the Israelis won the Six Day War:” his strongest desire was to return to farming, but Weizman had insisted that Hod replace him as air force chief early in 1966. Since then, he had concentrated on refining Focus, reducing the turnaround time for refueling and rearming jets to less than eight minutes. The Egyptian turnaround rate, by comparison, was eight hours. “He may not be able to quote [the Hebrew poet] Bialik or Shakespeare,” Weizman said of Hod, “but he will screw the Arabs in plain Hebrew.” Michael B. Oren Six Day of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East 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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