Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 24, 2020
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 23, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,483 of whom 594 have died as the minor miracle of 2 days with no deaths ended with 3 deaths (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 325 behind Chicago at 269 murders (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 way more deadly and way more numerous than shootings by police or by random mass shootings which occur far much less. As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “The First Night” by Monica, the fact that you can be recognized as a polyhistor and a quote by Carrie Miller on Bloody Friday, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send 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. Please contact me for details.
1. Food Day—created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 1975 but faded away in 1977 to return in 2011 to be celebrated on this day to promote interest in a wide range of food related issues like farm workers’ conditions, farm animal welfare, hunger and food rescue.
2. World Development Day—created by the General Assembly in 1972 to promote awareness of the difficulties faced in development and to encourage the exchange of ideas on how to solve those problems.
3. 1998 Number One Song— the number 1 songs in 1998 7 on a run of 5 weeks not continuous was “The First Night” by Monica to join 9 other songs made the number 1 list for the first time and 15 other songs that made the number 1 list. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ukpv2oN51o This successful artist since 1993 turned 40 today and had to overcome the misfortune of having an ex-boyfriend pull out a gun and shoot himself dead while they were visiting the grave-site of his brother.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polyhistor” which means a person of exceptionally broad knowledge who it seems today are few and far between.
5. Blow the Candles Out Too Early on The Birthday Party--celebrating the birth on this day in 1959 of Australian rock guitarist and singer Rowland Howard best known for the band he formed The Birthday Party but struggled with drugs, alcohol and Hepatitis C and had the candles blown out on December 30, 2009 from liver cancer at the age of 50.
On this day in:
a. 1929 on what would become known as “Black Thursday” the NYSE opened down 11 percent almost on the opening bell but slowly during the day managed to recover with the Dow closing down only 6.38 but the die was cast for market disaster as investors were hit with margin calls and on the following Monday known as “Black Monday” the collapse continued with the market down 12.82%, with the recession Bear knocking on our door announcing the beginning of the Great Depression.
b. 1975 In Iceland, 90% of the female work force participated in a national strike including not doing any housework or child rearing to protest gender inequality prompting the government to pass an equal pay for equal work law the following year.
c. 1992 the Toronto Blue Jays became the first team located outside the United States to win a World Series.
d. 2003 the world became larger for commercial air travelers as Concorde made its last commercial flight.
e. 2008 in what would be known as “Bloody Friday” stock market indexes around the world including the U.S. fell around on average 10% erasing billions of wealth..
Reflections on Bloody Friday: “In his testimony to the U.S. Committee of Government Oversight and Reform, Alan Greenspan called the crisis ‘a once-in-a-century credit tsunami.’ Politicians and experts around the world reverberated Greenspan’s comments, triggering global investor panic. In the panic of the day the Dow dropped 3.6 percent ultimately leading to 15 U.S. banks failing. It’s been ten years since the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and nearly a century since the crash of ’29, but if history teaches us anything, it’s that it can happen again.” Cassie Miller, financial reporter for Advisor News.
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