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Ira Riklis History Blog
Ira Riklis History Blog

Welcome to the Ira Riklis History blog. From a young age, Mr. Riklis has developed a keen interest in history. Ranging from European history to US civil war, Ira has immersed himself in literature on the topics. On this blog, Ira will contribute historical pieces of information.

This is part of a project by Mr. Riklis on sharing his thoughts and knowledge on topics that are dear to him. You can follow Ira on the following social profiles:




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About Ira Riklis

Ira D. Riklis is the son of Meshulam Riklis, who was the founder of Rapid-American Corp. The Riklis family have been life-long entrepreneurs owning majority and minority shareholdings in several ventures. Ira inherited this business acumen from his father and currently is the CEO at Lydia Security Monitoring, Inc. dba C.O.P.S. Monitoring. His previous business ventures include Seguin Partners, LLC and Charters Sports. Mr. Riklis is also the current President at Sutherland Capital Management, Inc., which is a title company in Manhattan.

Ira lives in the borough of Manhattan, New York City and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School. Mr. Riklis is known in New York and much of the northeast because of his charitable nature. In fact, the Wall Street Journal covered a story on Mr. Riklis and giving back to the community: click to read.

Ira hopes you enjoy the many topics covered on this blog and looks forward to your comments!

Latest Post Information From Ira Riklis

June 20, 2017- How The First Gay Pride Parades Came To Be

Ira Riklis this week gives more information about how the first Gay Pride Parades came to be. In this blog he shares:

  • The 1969 Stonewall Riots And Aftermath
  • Plans For Protest And Commemoration
  • First Gay Rights Parade In New York
  • Expansion of Gay Pride Parades

June 28, 2017- Why We Celebrate Black Music Month

This week Ira Riklis looks at the origins of Black Music Month, where it came from and the pioneers who pushed for the month long recognition. He mentions:

  • Where The Idea For African- American Music Started From
  • Black American Music Month Designation
  • Black Music Recognition In Recent Years

July 11, 2017- How Did Amelia Earhart Get To Pursue Her Passion For Flying?

Ira Riklis looks more at the life of Amelia Earhart following the latest findings about her whereabouts after her plane went down. Ira Riklis looks at:

  • Her first impressions of flying
  • Her service and education
  • Journey to becoming a pilot

July 20, 2017- The Grand Opening Of Disneyland

Disneyland opened in July 1955. Ira Riklis gives more information about the events that led to the opening of the theme park, including:

  • World War II related setbacks
  • Financial backers setbacks
  • Location

July 25, 2017- Details Of The Rosetta Stone Discovery

Ever wondered about how the Rosetta Stone came to be? Ira Riklis shares the details of this discovery, including:

  • Victories that led to the Rosetta Stone
  • Deciphering the stone
  • Where the stone resides today

August 8, 2017- Lucille Ball: America’s Favorite Redhead

Lucille Ball is legendary for being America’s favorite redhead. Ira Riklis gives more details about the life and success of Lucille Ball, such as:

  • The beginning of her story
  • Romance and marriage leading to a show
  • Sitcom success over the years
  • The end of an era

August 11, 2017- Nixon: The First President To Resign In American History

At 12 noon on August 9, 1974 President Richard Nixon became the first president in American history to resign. Ira Riklis shares the details leading up to his resignation including:

  • His accomplishments before he resigned
  • Keeping campaign promises
  • Breaking of the Watergate Scandal
  • Eventually stepping down

August 15, 2017- The Birth Of Hip Hop On Sedgwick Avenue

On August 11, 1973 a party took place in the recreation room of an apartment located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York. In the latest blog Ira Riklis gives details about how this party became the birthplace of hip hop and shares the following:

  • The Bronx becoming the birthplace of hip hop
  • The DJ, his music and his imagination
  • What happened before the Bronx party
  • Preserving the Sedgwick Avenue house

August 22,2017- The Beginning Of Insider Trading On Wall Street

This week Ira Riklis looks at insider trading, it’s history dating back to  Alexander Hamilton times and one of the major cases on August 24, 1982 on Wall Street. He looks at the following:

  • Basic Insider Trading Information
  • Insider Rules And Laws Established In The U.S.
  • What Started Trading On Wall Street?

September 8, 2017- Where Did The Uncle Sam Nickname Come From?

Find out the origin of the Uncle Sam nickname as Ira Riklis goes into detail looking at:

  • Uncle Sam, the real man behind the nickname
  • Samuel Wilson becoming an uncle to soldiers
  • How the Iconic nickname caught on

September 18, 2017- Agatha Christie: The Queen Of Crime

Named the “Queen of Crime” Agatha Christie had quite a career as a renowned writer and playwright. This week Ira Riklis looks at:

  • The birth of Agatha Christie
  • Her emergence as a popular writer
  • Taking time out from writing and coming back again
  • Fame and awards

September 22, 2017- King Triumphs In The Battle Of The Sexes

This week Ira Riklis shares more about the epic battle of the sexes that has now turned into a movie. He includes:

  • Inequality Of The Sexes In The 70s
  • Battle Of The Sexes Challenge
  • The Real Win For Women

September 29, 2017- Remembering The Legacy Of Miles Davis

September is the anniversary of Miles Davis’ death and Ira Riklis shares more about how he changed the world of jazz as we know it today. He looks at:

  • Miles Davis’ early days and persistence
  • Making his mark in music
  • His ‘Kind of Blue’ masterpiece
  • Continued musical evolution

October 17, 2017 – Vice President Agnew’s Resignation: How Gerald Ford Became America’s 38th President

Vice President Agnew resigned after allegations of illegal activities such as accepting bribes. This week Ira Riklis looks at:

  • Agnew’s early career
  • The investigations and suspicions that Agnew was under
  • Agnew’s resignation
  • Gerald Ford coming into office