Tuesday, 26 August 2008

26 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!

Our favourite escape artist, Harry Houdini, was doing what he did best on this day in 1907 at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. He was tied in chains, submerged in a tank of water and 57 seconds later surfaced unharmed. It’s all a matter of how long you can hold your breath and of course the ability to get out of a bundle of chains!

George Orwell’s anti Stalinist “Animal Farm” was published on this day in 1946. The farm animals get rid of the human owners and draw up their own set of rules / commandments of social behaviour. It all starts off very nicely until inevitably some of the animals start to take over the running of the place. In the end the original 7 Commandments are abridged for the last time, simply reading, "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." It’s a classic and if you haven’t read it you should. It’s quite revealing and entertaining!

The pop culture of the ‘60’s underwent an interesting turn of events on this day in 1967 when the Beatles, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful met the transcendental meditation guru of the time, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The fact that they met him at Bangor, Wales just takes the edge off it for me! Many other celebrities including the Beatles went on to further study in India but that fell apart allegedly due to inappropriate sexual advances by the “guru”! Whatever next!

Making inappropriate sexual advances to your students has always been considered taboo in most centres of learning, although our good friend “Ross” seems to have got away with it on occasions! The academics of the University of Texas were placing themselves in a difficult position on this day in 1973 when they started their first degree courses in “Belly Dancing”! I know that over time the world has got more complicated. When Nomanda went to University there was only a choice of about a dozen subjects to study! Crack that lot and you know everything! But “Belly Dancing” I ask you! I guess it’s a more practical than academic type of course.

Andrew Symonds will be celebrating this day as it is the anniversary of his record 20 sixes in a match when playing for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan on this day in 1995. He got 16 in the first innings and topped it up with another 4 in the second innings. He’s doing quite nicely for himself having just signed up in February 2008 for the Deccan Chargers for $1.35 million!

Nancy Martinez
(1960) will be putting on one of her pretty frocks for her birthday party today.

Another musician, Shirley Manson (1966) will be celebrating her birthday in style today. Don’t “Call Me”, Shirley, I’ll call you!

The child actor, Macaulay Culkin (1980) has become of age to enjoy a couple of beers at his birthday bash today. “Home Alone” and “Richie Rich” are probably his best known films.

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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