Sunday, 24 August 2008

24 August - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Flower of the Month


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!

If you’re feeling peckish there’s nothing better than gobbling down a packet of crisps! To say that these were “invented” by the chef George Crum (good name that for a chef!) on this day in 1853 is not quite correct as he made them in an attempt to shut up a difficult customer at his restaurant. The story goes that the customer complained that the “French fries” he was served were too thick and sent the order back to the kitchen. The chef then made a thinner version of the fries to satisfy the customer. These were once again rejected as being too thick. To annoy the customer George made the next lot so thin that they were brown and crisp, and in his mind, impossible to eat. The customer was delighted with them and the rest as they say is history! Thanks, George, and also thanks to the fussy restaurant patron!

Although Cornelius Swarthout patented the waffle iron on this day in 1869 let me tell you that the Belgians and Dutch had been using them since the 1300’s and some of the first Dutch pilgrims brought their waffle irons to the States in the 1620’s. Nevertheless Nomanda loves a nice waffle, preferably liberally coated with sugar and covered with “whoosh”. That’s a technical term for whipped cream out of a pressurised dispenser!

This day in history seems to have been a good day for governments signing agreements that are subsequently ignored! In 1925 Turkey and Persia signed a “Friendship Treaty”. In 1931 France and the USSR signed a neutrality treaty, and in 1939 Germany and the USSR signed a 10 year non-aggression treaty. Not worth the paper they were written on!

One of the things Nomanda does is to take abandoned dogs out for walks to give them a bit of fun and freedom for a while. One of our more recent walkie friends is called “Pluto” and he will not be pleased to learn that on this day in 2006 his namesake planet was demoted to a dwarf planet. Readers please keep this information to yourself as he will be most upset if he finds out!

On a day that is not blessed with too many interesting celebrity birthdays the English cavalier poet Robert Herrick (1591 – 1674) gets a mention for the following lines from his poem “To the Virgins to Make Much of Time”.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.

Not exactly the happiest of thoughts! What’s going on? It gets better!

The inventor of the electric train, Joseph L Cohen (1880 – 1965) must get every young boys birthday wishes as he was the guy who invented the electric train. No attic should be without one! He actually gave away his best invention which was the battery powered torch!

A couple of funny guys are our next birthday guests. First up is the English comedian Stephen Fry (1957). Never better than with Hugh Laurie, have a look at this.

And if American humour is more your thing, then you’ll like this clip from Dave Chappelle (1973).

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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