Sunday, 28 June 2009

28 June - Historical Events and Special Celebrations



Flower of the Month


Rose


Gemstone of the Month: Pearl


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!




The humble tomato gets mention today as it was on this day in 1820 that Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson, having eaten a basket of them in front of a crowd of 2,000 people outside the Salem, New Jersey courthouse a couple of days earlier survived to tell the tale! Up to that time many US citizens believed that the humble fruit was poisonous! Nomanda cannot imagine a world without tomatoes! No ketchup, no
spaghetti bolognese, no pizza topping, what’s left to eat?




One lady who knew her tomatoes and her onions, Queen Victoria, was crowned on this day at Westminster Abbey in 1838. She was to rule over her subjects for 63 years and lead the UK through the Industrial Revolution and preside over the expansion of the British Empire. The “Victorian” era was also a time of prudishness and repression which thankfully has long gone!



Dog lovers of the world wag your tails and clap your paws and celebrate the first dog show that was held on this day at Newcastle on Tyne in 1859. Nomanda has many happy memories of this lovely northern city and many gaps of memory too, as it was where he spent his student days! “Broon ales arl roond”!



One of the most talented and best loved golfers of the ‘70’s, Lee Trevino, was struck by lightning on this day in 1975. Unfased by his experience, despite the fact that in fact he was twice hit by lightning, he is famous for his habit of brandishing a 1 iron in the air whenever the weather was stormy and shouting to the crowd, “See, even God can’t hit a 1 iron!” He’s such a funny man! Here are a couple of his other quotes, “The older I get, the better I used to be!” And, “You can talk to a fade but a hook doesn’t listen!” And finally, “My wife doesn’t’ care what I do when I’m away, as long as I don’t have a good time!” Thanks, Lee!



First up for birthday honours today is the Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640). One of the most influential and prolific painters of his time he was one of the few who managed to enjoy a life of comfort and luxury from his chosen profession. He also liked his girls XXL!



Next up for birthday honours is John Wesley (1703 – 1791). Although he remained a staunch member of the Anglican Church all his life, his thoughts and teachings led to the foundation of the Methodist Church.


Singing a different tune our next celebrity, Lester Raymond Flatt (1914 – 1978), better known as Earl Scruggs and famous for his Hill Billy song the “Ballad of Jed Clampett”.





Next up and still going strong is the very funny man, Mel Brooks (1926). If you haven’t seen “Blazing Saddles” you haven’t lived!





Tinting their saddles “A Whiter Shade of Pale” two members of the group Procol Harum were born on this day, Bobby Harrison (1943) and Dave Knights (1945).




Our final birthday wishes go to the lovely Belgian model Ingrid Seynhaeve (1973). She was elected Elite “Look of the Year” in 1991 and hasn’t looked back!




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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1 comment:

noel said...

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