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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

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

October 25, 2017 – Happy Birthday Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso reigns as one of the greatest artists of all time. Ira Riklis shares some interesting facts this week regarding:

  • Picasso’s early life
  • The Founding of Cubism
  • Little Known Facts About Picasso

October 30, 2017 – H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer

Ira Riklis delves into the horrifying history of H.H. Holmes. Learn all about:

  • Holmes’ medical career
  • The “Murder Castle” he built and the disappearances within it
  • Holmes’s death

October 31, 2017 – Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street?

As we approach another anniversary of the famous children’s show, Sesame Street, Ira Riklis digs deeper into its history.

  • The Creation of Sesame Street
  • Other Influences To The Show
  • Teaching Lessons In Diversity

November 7, 2017 – Death Masks: Preserving The Memory Of The Dead

Ira Riklis explores the diverse history of death masks as they are used in various cultures for a variety of reasons. Historically several groups of people have used death masks such as:

  • Egyptians
  • Aztecs
  • Romans

November 8, 2017 – The True Story Of The Sound Of Music

The month of November is the anniversary of the opening of the Broadway show The Sound of Music. Discover some lesser known details about the show.

  • What the show is based on
  • The Broadway Opening
  • Inaccuracies between the show and the real story.

November 16, 2017 – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade delights millions of families and children of all ages every Thanksgiving Day. Read the post to learn:

  • The first parades
  • The first balloons in the parades
  • The evolution of parade balloons