Tuesday, 9 June 2009

9 - June - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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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!

Today is a memorable day in the history of Australian aviation. Two Australian aviators, Charles Kingford-Smith and Charles Ulm, became the first to fly across the Pacific arriving in Brisbane on this day in 1928. They set off from California, stopped at Hawaii and Fiji (and why not!) and finally arrived in Brisbane. I just hope they didn’t have to go through the severe customs inspection Nomanda experienced when he first arrived in Brisbane!

Taking off into stardom on this day in 1934 was none other than the cartoon character “Donald Duck”. “Donald’s” debut was in the film the “Wise Little Hen” and the poor old duck has had his share of bad luck over the years. His voice is lovely and squeaky and apparently he only wears pants when he’s swimming! Funny thing that for a duck! Ok so he takes them off when he’s not in the water and puts them on when he is! Got it!

Michael Cairney’s team from the UK thought they’d made it on this day in 1979 when they entered the record books with a very respectable toppling of 169,713 dominoes! They’d really upped their act from the pp performance in 1977 when all they could manage was a mere 33,266 dominoes. However time was to prove that domino toppling is the speciality subject of the Dutch who have dominated (like it!) the world stage for the last ten years. “Team Weijers Productions” are the current world champions with a whopping 4,078,381 dominoes toppled in 2006. Nomanda knows a little about the Dutch and my only explanation as to why they should have taken this activity so seriously is that they just don’t get out enough!

On her mission to further topple the culture, standards and economy of the UK it was on this day in 1983 that the UK’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was returned for a second term of office. By this time she had raised VAT by 50%, doubled the numbers of unemployed from 1 million to 2 million and the manufacturing output of the UK had dropped by 30% compared with 1978. Well done, Ma’am! Of course we’ve only got ourselves to blame.

Going full steam ahead was our first birthday celebrity, George Stephenson (1781 – 1848). The pioneer of steam driven locomotives his first train ran from Darlington to Stockton-on-Tees. His legacy is that the original gauge chosen by Stephenson of 4’5.5” (1435mm) is still the world standard gauge.

“Maggie” probably sent the next birthday boy cards and presents because born on this day in 1942 was Charles Saatchi, the advertising magnate. He ran the Conservative Party’s election campaigns with the slogan “Labour Isn’t Working”. Apparently he is a notorious recluse so marrying his third wife; Nigella Lawson in 2003 may be his way of saying sorry!

Final birthday wishes go to the actor Michael J Fox (1961) who is best remembered for his performances in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, and “Family Ties”.

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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