Tuesday, 26 May 2009

26 May - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Nomanda’s Happy Special Day blog is a celebration of events and anniversaries that have touched our lives. If today is your special day join us in looking at a few other events that have occurred on your day. Enjoy!

William Pitt the Younger is generally credited as being the first person to raise revenues through income tax which he introduced to the British public on this day in 1798. It was a graduated tax that went up to a maximum of 10% on all annual incomes over £200. The tax was expected to raise £10 million but in the event just £6 million ended up in the treasury coffers. Could this be the first example of tax evasion, I wonder? I suspect not! Anyway William’s idea was not as revolutionary as he thought as one Chinese Emperor, Wang Mang, had done the job a few years earlier in 10 AD! Strangely enough he fancied the 10% rate as well and levied it on all professional and skilled labour. I guess 10% is a nice round number and makes it easy to calculate for the taxman!

Another person who managed to live off the taxes from his countrymen, Nicholas II of Russia was crowned on this day in 1896. He was to be the last Czar of Russia and despite the fact that he was neither suited nor indeed keen on the job he went about his rule employing total autocracy. He was the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time and would be succeeded by Mr Lenin in 1917.

A motor sporting event that would become a favourite with motor enthusiasts, the Le Mans Grand Prix, was first held on this day in 1923. The 24 hour endurance test would not only be great fun to watch and participate in but would be the catalyst of many car innovations including fuel economy that would filter down into production models in the future.

Bridges seem to have been popular recently and today is no exception as it was on this day in 1937 that San Francisco’s “Golden Gate Bridge” was opened. The huge suspension bridge has become an icon associated with the city and the statistics are: Length 2,727 metres, Width 27 metres and Height 272 metres. All very impressive!

Another record of no great significance was to be made today in 1984. The event was keeping a Frisbee aloft for 16.72 seconds! The record was to be broken to cheers from the control room a few years later when a couple of astronauts with nothing better to do managed to do the same thing in space for 20 seconds. As one wag was to point out later, in an atmosphere with zero gravity they could have done the same thing with a manhole cover. Now that would have been impressive!

Birthday honours today start with “Big John Wayne” (1907 – 1979). The larger than life cowboy legend starred in a few non cowboy action roles, “The Green Berets” being one of the best known.

Another actor renowned for his “dark” roles on screen, Peter Cushing was born on this day (1913- 1994). Although he always denied he was the true “baddie” in the Dracula films his character was usually the guy who turned the beast on! Perhaps he chose to play Dr Who in an attempt to balance things out a bit.

Yet another Oldie but Goldie, Jay Silverheels (1919 – 1980) was born on this day. In case you don’t know who he is he played the character “Tonto” in the “Lone Ranger” series. They don’t come much better than that! High Ho Silver!

The cover face of Max Factor, Revlon, Estée Lauder and L’Oreal, Dayle Haddon, was born on this day in 1949. If you are trying to get rid of your wrinkles and are using an Estee Lauder product, then Dayle’s face is the one you’re trying to get!

Another birthday girl riding high, Sally Ride, was born on this day in 1949. She was to be the first American female astronaut in 1983 on the space shuttle “Challenger”.

Final birthday wishes got to Zola Budd (1966), the star of the women’s track events at the 1988 Olympics and all done barefoot. Eat your heart out, Nike!

Happy Special Day to one and all!

If you know someone who is celebrating their birthday, anniversary or a special day today or sometime soon why not send them a nice e-card so they get it as soon as they log on! Even better, why not send why not send this page to your friend! Don’t know what to get for a present? Think about what your special person enjoys doing and the things they like.

For Girls, I know that flowers and chocolates are a bit cliché but nevertheless they always seem to work! Of course, if your budget stretches that far, jewellery, watches, perfume and fashion items are always appreciated!

For Boys, all boys like toys! It’s just as they get older the toys get more expensive. So gadgets and gimmicky things work. Again, if you have the budget then car accessories, sporting equipment and clothes, and man type jewellery like watches and gold chains will go down very well!

And, if all else fails, you could always send them a gift voucher and they can choose whatever they want!

If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event today I hope you got lots of cards and presents and that there is someone special in your life who will make this day a very happy and special day for you.

Happy celebrations to you from the Happy Special Day Blog!!

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