Wednesday, 1 July 2009

1 July - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Flower of the Month: Larkspur

First of all Nomanda would like to thank all our new readers! We have been getting more and more of you every day and we really appreciate you! If you are enjoying Nomanda’s blog please pass it on to your friends. And if you would like to make a comment or get your own special mention on your own special day just send us the details through the comments section and we’ll make sure we don’t forget you! 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!

Summer has arrived at last! Roll out the sun lounges, raise the parasol, get a couple of cool beers from the fridge, don the sunglasses and chill out! Great times but spare a thought for the person who invented those sunglasses. They were first seen on this day in China in 1200. Surprisingly they were not first of all used to prevent the glare from the sun, but, inscrutably, they were worn by Chinese judges so the members of the court couldn’t see their eyes. A custom continued by Mr Gadaffi and others! Nomanda wears them because I think they make me look cool! Isn’t that why everyone wears them?

If you’re off on your summer holidays and staying in a hotel the chances are that there will be a little red bible left in your room for you by the Gideon Society, that is if the previous occupant hasn’t nicked it! It was in this day in 1899 that the three founder members of the society decided that leaving bibles in hotel rooms was the best way to get the message across to fellow commercial travellers. Nomanda has known a few travelling salesmen in his time and to this day has never seen one with a bible in his hand! Lots of other stuff, but never a bible!

Another thing Nomanda has noticed about travelling salesmen is that generally they don’t eat too healthily when on the road. A few beers at the bar and if they remember a stale sandwich at the end of the session is about as healthy as it gets! The cartoon character with the healthy lifestyle, Popeye, was created on this day in 1929 by Elzie Segar. He has done so much for spinach growers that they have even erected a statue to him in Crystal City, Texas. In its own words Crystal describes itself as “The Spinach Capital of the World”! POOP! POOP!

Popeye always had a few friends and villains around him so he never got lonely, unlike poor old Sergeant Pepper who’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles went to #1 on this day in 1967 and stayed at the top for another 15 weeks.

The public vote with their feet and showing the theatre world what they really really wanted the musical “Hair” closed on this day in 1972 after 1750 performances, whereas the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” closed on this day in 1973 after just 711 performances. So nudity is more popular than religion, whatever next! Nevertheless they were both great musicals and I think we can indulge ourselves in a little “Aquarius” from Hair and the title song from JCS!

It was on this day in 1982 day when 2100 couples and members of the Unification Church (aka “Moonies”) said “I do” and all got married together under the watchful eye of their spiritual leader the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Nomanda hopes they all had a lovely honey moonie!

Worthy of a very brief mention it was in this day in 1993 that a second was added to the clock!

First up for birthday honours today is Estee Lauder (1908 – 2004) the co-founder with her husband of the famous cosmetic company.

Our next celebrity is the renowned actress of the ‘40’s and ‘50’s, Olivia de Havilland (1916). Still going strong and living in Paris. Santé!

The “People’s Favourite Princess”, Diana (1961 – 1996) was born on this day. Despite the rumours surrounding her death and personal life Nomanda still believes she was a lovely lady with a big heart.

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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