Monday, 11 August 2008

11 August - Historical 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’s the middle of summer, at least where Nomanda lives, so gardeners of the world unite and celebrate this day in 1874 when Harry S Parmeloe patented the common garden sprinkler head. Just think if Harry hadn’t had this great idea we’d all still be running around the garden with buckets of water watering our precious plants and lawns. Now we just connect up the hose pipe, turn on the water and sit back and relax whilst Harry’s sprinkler does the rest! Marvellous!

Nowadays we can even put the whole job onto a sophisticated timing system and go off for the day happy in the knowledge that the job will be done when we get back. Unless of course there’s a watering or hosepipe ban in place! Never mind, let’s all go down to the beach and join the Beach Boys who released “Surfin’ USA” on this day in 1962.

Now we all know that politicians can be funny sometimes and not always when they intend to be! Nomanda’s favourites in this category are Yeltsin and Bush. However when a politician intends to be funny there is a time and place to tell your jokes. Despite his very successful career as a “B” movie actor I’m not entirely sure that the then president Reagan got his timing right on this day in 1984 when during a radio interview he joked on the air,”I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes!” I just hope that the Russian Ambassador had better things to do and wasn’t listening in!

The former hostage Edward Tracy will be celebrating today as it was on this day in 1991 that he was released by the Shi'ite Moslems who had been holding him for 5 years. It’s difficult to imagine what these guys must have gone through during their time in captivity and Nomanda is very happy to celebrate the anniversary of their release.

Our first birthday wishes go to the Welsh businessman and engineer Bernard Ashley (1926) the co-founder of the “Laura Ashley” empire. Nomanda has bought lots of stuff from Laura Ashley over the years and I’m sure has still got a few Laura Ashley frocks in the cupboard!

Our next birthday celebrity is the Scottish actor Ian Charleson (1949 – 1990) whose performances in the films “Chariots of Fire”, “Ghandi” and “Anthony and Cleopatra” will be best remembered. Have a look at this clip from “Chariots of Fire” with music by Vangelis. Simply stunning!

Our final birthday boy is Joe Jackson (1954) the English singer, composer and pianist. He’s made lots of great records but “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” is one of Nomanda’s favourites!

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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