Monday, 25 August 2008

25 August - Historical Events and Special 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!

This day in 1485 was to mark the beginning of the Tudor dynasty when Henry Tudor beat Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Fields. It heralded the end of the War of the Roses with the Lancastrian red rose coming out on top. The battle has been immortalised in Shakespeare’s play “Richard III” and of the many quotable quotes from the play my favourite is,

A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!

It’s all about priorities and seeing the best way forward!

Not being blessed with the best of eyesight Nomanda is an enthusiastic supporter of anything that makes it easier to see. So, not surprisingly discovering that one of our favourite inventors, Galileo, demonstrated his first telescope on this day in 1609 was of immediate interest. Then on further research I found out that he demonstrated it to a bunch of lawyers, no doubt so they could write the small print even smaller! Not impressed! Then I learned that he actually nicked the idea from the Flemish man Hans Lipperhay who had invented it the previous year. Even less impressed! Cue for Queen!

Just because I like the name the formation of the “Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters” that was formed on this day in 1925 gets a mention!

And just because it’s so bizarre the first parachute wedding that took place on this day in 1940 gets a mention too. Apparently, as well as the bride, groom and vicar, the best man and 4 bridesmaids were all “suspended” from parachutes! Of course there’s always someone who will go one better. What about this marriage proposal by a couple who were obviously head over heels in love with each other!

Our unfavourite Frenchman General Charles de Gaulle walked down the Champs Elysees on this day in 1944 after the Allies had cleared the streets for him!

Finally, in an exercise of complete futility, it was on this day in 1989 after a 12 year journey of 4 billion miles that Voyager 2 flew over the cloud tops of Neptune and its moon and sent back photographs of ……….. wait for it ……… swamps! They could have sent a chopper over the Everglades and saved a load of money!

It’s good to have an enquiring mind and to not necessarily believe all you read and hear because according to Nomanda’s research born on this day in 1076 was the Canadian Philippe Comtois who went on to compete on the 3 metre springboard in the 1996 Olympics. Not bad for a guy of 920! In fact absolutely brilliant!

Moving on, the first and best “James Bond”, Sean Connery (1930) will be having his birthday bash today. Now enjoying his retirement in the Bahamas I understand he plays a decent round of golf but doesn’t like being beaten! Nomanda would love a game with you sometime, Sir!

One of Nomanda’s favourite fiction writers, Frederick Forsyth (1938) knows how to tell a good tale and Nomanda wouldn’t be surprised if he knew how to throw a good party too! Cheers!

Two lovely ladies share their birthday today, Claudia Schiffer (1970) and the American actress Rachel Bilson (1981).

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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