Wednesday, 20 August 2008

20 August - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Gemstone of the Month: Agate

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 Danish sea captain Vitus Bering employed by the Russian Navy discovered Alaska and the Straits that bear his name on this day in 1741. I wonder if he realised that he was on the far Eastern coast of his employers when he found them.

Peter Tchaikovsky’s ouverture 1812 was first performed at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on this day in 1882. The work was written to commemorate the defence of Napoleon’s French invading army at Borodino in 1812. Stirring stuff!

For those who read yesterday’s blog it will come as no surprise that the day after the one and only Olympic cricket match started Great Britain beat France on this day in 1900! So no surprise there then!

A Frenchman Adolphe Pegourd became the first man to parachute out of an aircraft on this day in 1913. He signed up for military service at the start of WWI and was shot down by one of his pre-war students in 1915. Bad luck, that!

The performance of the Royal Air Force was uppermost in Winston Churchill’s mind on this day in 1940 when he made his famous speech, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.

Looking at the performance of some of our current day civil servants Churchill’s words could be paraphrased to, “Never in the field of public service has so much been paid to so many for so little!

One of Nomanda’s unfavourite Frenchmen, General de Gaulle, left the comfort of his English residence and returned to France on this day in 1944 just in time for the liberation of his country! Even Churchill didn’t like him, and he was an easy guy to get along with!

Mick Jagger was shaking his hips with “Satisfaction” when this song became their first #1 in the US on this day in 1965.

And 20 years later, determined to get his name in the record books, it was on this day in 1985 that Hanspeter Beck from South Australia completed his 3,875 unicycle ride from Western Australia to Melbourne.

Staying in the southern hemisphere the great billiard and snooker player Edward J “Murt” O’Donoghue (1900 – 1994) was born on this day. He is reputed to have been the first player to have a 147 snooker break witnessed at Griffith, Australia in 1934, and also made a 1,000 points billiard break. Smart potting!

The voice of Fred Flintstone, Alan Reed (1907 – 1997), is our next birthday celebrity today. So let’s have a bit of yabba dabba doo!

The British comedian Lenny Henry (1958) will be having a great birthday bash today. He’s very funny and I’m sure you will like this one even though you don’t see him!

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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