Monday, March 20, 2023

March 20, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


Sadly Stanford Women did something that only 4 number 1 seeded teams in the regionals have done in the history of the tournament—get defeated by a lower seeded team to not advance to the Sweet 16 and last night marked the second time they have been so upset. The basketball gods where lightly weeping today in California over the loss. For those working parent with school age children and living in Los Angeles School District the news was definitely not well received of a 3 day strike starting on May 21st by the teachers. The other news item of note is the pending arrest of former President Donald Trump arising out of the settlement agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels concerning her alleged affair with him which Trump has vehemently denied. I hope  you missed Ridley's Believe It Or Not these last few weeks and that you find Ridley's Believe It Or Not worth your time reading and if not please respond with an “Unsubscribe” in the message.                        

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 20, 2023
          Noted Holidays: Vernal Equinox:
celebrated at 2:24 P.M. PST the first day of spring.
           Word of the Day:  The word of the day is “alethiology” which means the study of truth which if involved alethiology of truth to be found in the political arena would require a lantern with many more lumens capability than the one caried by Diogenes. 
           Number 1 Song: The number 1 song on this day in 1947 was “ Heartaches” by Ted Weems and His Orchestra with Elmo Tanner on a run of 8 weeks  to share with 10 other songs that achieved number one status. Here is Ted Weems and His Orchestra with Elmo Tanner whistling performing “Heartaches”:
           March 20 Famous Birthdays: Chester Berrington born on this day in 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona was a noted vocalist for such bands as Death by Sunrise and Linkin Park but struggled with alcohol and drugs but managed to break free of his addictive habits but not his depression to hang himself on July 20, 2017 at his home in Palos Verde at age 41.  
           March 20 Notable Events
           1.     1985—Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod The Last Great Race on Earth and to prove that women wining a really grueling race was not a fluke Susan Butcher won the next 4 out of five races but had her mushing career cut short with leukemia and died from the disease on August 5, 2006 at age 51.
           2.     1987--- To the joy of thousands who had been given a death sentence after being infected with AIDS, the Federal Food and Drug Administration approved AZT to be used to treat AIDS. 
           3.     1995—The Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo, led by Shoko Asaha  carried out a coordinate sarin nerve gas attack on three lines of the Tokyo Metro, killing 14 and injuring some  5,500 with 1500 critically injured. Numerous members of the cult were arrested including Shoko Asaha and by November of 2004, 189 had gone to trial with Asaha and 12 others sentence to death, 5 sentenced to life, 80 received prison sentences of varying length, 89 received suspended sentences, 2 were only fined and 1 found not guilty. After exhausting all appeals, Asaha and the other 12 were executed by hanging on July 6, 2018.
           4.     2000—H. Rap Brown now known as Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin was captured after he murdered a Georgia sheriff’s deputy Ricky Kinchen and severely wounding deputy Aldranon English.
           5.     2003—The Armed Forces of the United States, Poland, United Kingdom and Australia began the invasion of Iraq to find the WMD that never existed and before we had left in 2011 cost in excess of $1.1 trillion.
           Famous Quote on Notable Events Or Persons:
           Libby Riddles Reflecting on Being the First Female to Win the Iditarod:The moment when I won the Iditarod is going to be a pretty hard moment to beat, ever, in my whole life, really. “One of my less famous quotes was, ‘If I die now, it’ll be okay.’ Because that was just spontaneously what it felt like. It’s like, ‘Wow, how are we ever going to beat this one?’”   

© 3/20/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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