Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 3, 2020 Today is Super Tuesday so be sure if you are in a state holding primaries get out and vote; Biden has finally done something worthy of praise instead of not another gaffe scorn as he rejected disgraced former FBI Director James Comey’s endorsement; Nashville was hit with a massive tornado causing death and destruction (Trump is heading to the scene to survey damage and assess resources and aid needed); on the coronavirus front a Denver Councilwoman has sunk to new lows of Trump Derangement Syndrome tweeting if she were infected with the coronavirus she would go to as many MAGA rallies to infect as many Trump supporters as possible (news to this idiot wishing death on anyone for political beliefs is not capable of being a subject that can be viewed as a jest); even though Blues face the possibility of a brokered convention and a fractured party, HRC still trying to be relevant as she faces a deposition over her private email server was not spreading oil over troubled waters as she lashed out at Bernie’s campaign as being just baloney (given her campaign performance in 2016 she may be right as it takes one to know one; SCOTUS has just ruled that illegal aliens using someone’s else’s information in filing out employment tax forms can be prosecuted; Joy Behar finally had a clue when she lambasted Chris Matthews for his disparaging remarks on women; the Fed implemented an emergency 50 basis point cut in rates but the market tanked over 500 points; in Chicago, as of March 2. 2020, 356 people have been shot of whom 71 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths has fallen 19 behind Chicago with 52 murders by shootings (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to the McGuire Sisters, the fact that you like to read an octastitch a relevant quote by Canada Lee on being discovered by Orson Welles, 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. World Hearing Day—created by the World Health Organization and celebrated since 2007 to promote the prevention of hearing loss and improved hearing care.
2. Liberation and Freedom Day (Charlottesville, Virginia) —created by unanimous vote of the Charlottesville City Council in 2019 to commemorate the arrival on this day in 1865 of Union Army forces under the command of General Sheridan and the liberation of some 14,000 slaves.
3. 1955 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1955 on this day on a run of 6 weeks in the position was “Sincerely” by the McGuire Sisters. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FFUeGB_Bbo. This popular trio of sisters were active from 1952-1968 and the youngest born in 1931 is still with us.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “octastitch” which means a poem of 8 lines, a concept this poet is looking forward to creating.
5. A Pioneer Who Died Too Soon—celebrating the birth on this day in 1907 of noted failed jockey and prize fighter, African American Canada Lee who was discovered by Orson Welles to become a noted stage and screen actor until his early death on May 9, 1952 from kidney disease.
On this day in:
a. 1939 Gandhi began a hunger strike in Bombay, India against British rule in India.
b. 1951 Jackie Brenston recorded with Ike Turner’s band at Sam Phillips’ recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee “Rocket 88” believed to be the first rock and roll record.
c. 1980 the world’s first nuclear powered submarine the USS Nautilus launched on Januaury 21, 1954 was decommissioned.
d. 1991 an amateur video captured the beating of Rodney King by officers of the LAPD following a traffic stop which lead to the Los Angeles Riots after the officers tried for the beating were found not guilty.
e. 2005 Steve Fossett became the first person to fly an airplane around the world without refueling.
Reflections on the good fortune to have been discovered by Orson Welles: "I never would have amounted to anything in the theatre if it hadn't been for Orson Welles. The way I looked at acting, it was interesting and it was certainly better than going hungry. But I didn't have a serious approach to it until … I bumped into Orson Welles. He was putting on a Federal Theatre production of Macbeth with Negro players and, somehow, I won the part of Banquo. He rehearsed us for six solid months, but when the play finally went on before an audience, it was right—and it was a wonderful sensation, knowing it was right. Suddenly, the theatre became important to me. I had a respect for it, for what it could say. I had the ambition—I caught it from Orson Welles—to work like mad and be a convincing actor." Canada Lee
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