Friday, 29 May 2009

29 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!

When a great statesman like Abraham Lincoln says something usually most people stand up and listen. It was on this day in 1849 that he said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Great words and sentiments. So how is it that no politician has heeded them?

In an act of extreme intolerance it was on this day in 1912 that the company Curtis Publishing fired 15 young female employees for dancing the “Turkey Trot” during their lunch break! I guess the employers were all good Catholics as the dance had been denounced by the Vatican. Other conservative members of society had tried to get it banned at public functions. Of course these actions only served to increase its popularity! Good!

The timing may be off, but the song and the tune weren’t, because it was on this day in 1942 that Bing Crosby recorded Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” for the film “Holiday Inn”. It is the best selling record in the world! Love it!

Climbing high and trying to get his timing spot on was Edmund Hillary who with Tensing on this day in 1953 became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The timing was to coincide with Queen Elizabeth’s coronation which took place at Westminster Abbey on June 2nd. Pretty good timing, if you ask me!

Singing their way to the top on this day in 1960 were The Everly Brothers with “Cathy’s Clown”. Their harmonics were to influence other popular groups of the 60’s including The Beach Boys and The Beatles.

Birthday celebrations today start with the relatively unknown Ebenezer Butterick (1826 – 1903) the inventor of tissue paper dress patterns. Nomanda is reliably informed he made all his own dresses!

Making people laugh most of his life was the comedian, Bob Hope (1903 – 2003). His career is too extensive to do it justice in a few lines but one quote I remember that summed up his attitude to life and his joy of it was this. At the age of 99 in reply to a question by a reporter who asked him why anyone would want to live to a hundred years old, Bob replied, “Ask someone who’s 99!” He lived to be 100! Great man!

Another great man, John F Kennedy (1917 – 1963) was born on this day. Everyone who was around at the time remembers what they were doing the day JFK was assassinated. Sadly to this day nobody has come up with a satisfactory reason of why he was killed.

Another member of the Jackson family, this time La Toya, was born on this day in 1956. Despite the fact that she has tried her hand at singing, writing and acting, she will probably be best remembered for her appearance in the “Playboy” magazine in 1989. She protests that she was forced into the job by her then husband, but I think she just did it for the money. After all it was the best selling “Playboy” edition ever selling 8 million copies! And she appeared again in 1991! Get real!

If you really really want to know our final birthday celebrity then it is Melanie Janine Brown (1975), better known to her fans as “Scary Spice”. Her massive mop of hair and leopard patterned outfits are her trademark. They’re all nice Spice Girls really!

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 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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