Friday, 1 August 2008

1 August - Notable Events and 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!

It was on this day in 1793 following the French Revolution that France became the first country to use the metric system. In fact the groundwork had been commissioned by the then late Louis XIV who charged a group of experts to develop “a unified, natural and universal system of measurement” to replace the current disparate systems. The basic idea had appealed to mathematicians centuries earlier and those who had studied it concluded that it would only be a matter of time before it was adopted. Today the metric system is used world wide with just three countries not participating, Liberia, Myanmar (Burma) and of course the great US of A! Odd that!

Nomanda is quite partial to a drop of whiskey so when I discovered that it was on this day in 1794 that the Whiskey Rebellion began I thought it deserved further research! Following the American Civil War the new Federal government needed to raise taxes to repay the debts arising from the war. A tax was levied on whiskey producers but the tax was levied in such as way as to penalise small producers in favour of larger producers of the golden nectar. Small producers paid the tax by the gallon (back to imperial measurements!) whereas larger producers could opt for a flat fee. Strangely enough the President, George Washington, just happened to be one of the larger producers at the time. Maybe he wasn’t such a saint after all! Suffice it to say that despite the government’s efforts and a few skirmishes the tax, which had proved extremely difficult to collect, was repealed in 1803. Thank Goodness! The tax also had the effect of encouraging producers outside of Pennsylvania; Kentucky and Tennessee to come up with the other great drink, Bourbon! So it’s not all bad news!

Moving on a few years the guy who liked his drinks with a twist, Chubby Checker released the song "The Twist" on this day in 1960. It’s one of the few dances that Nomanda was any good at so let’s do it! Happily I don’t get too many opportunities to do it these days! It’s so sad!

For the otherwise inclined the 1st August 1998 heralded the opening of the #5 Gay and Lesbian Games in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a great city that caters for all tastes so a quick sweep of the streets and you’d be able to bag heaps of qualifiers for this great event. In his speech at the Opening Ceremony playwright Harvey Fierstein said the following words, you are not going to believe this!

We have arrived here on the backs of generations before us. When you step into the spotlight stand proud for the generations to come who will be riding on your backs.

It’s not often I’m lost for words but there is nothing Nomanda can add!

Today is what they call a “slow day” in terms of birthday celebrities so the first up to make the cut is the rapper “Coolio” (1963). I think his name is so cool and if you like rapping then you’ll like this rendition of “Gangster Paradise”. If you don’t then you won’t and you’ll be in good company!

Our final birthday boy is the left handed batsman Graham Thorpe (1969) who made a century on his test debut in 1993. He played in 100 test matches and had a batting average of 44.66 which is very creditable. Cheers, Graham!

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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