Sunday, 3 August 2008

3 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!

In today’s society where everyone is encouraged to eat healthily and exercise frequently it’s comforting to learn that the current obsession with body weight and fat is not a new thing! It was on this day in 1108 that Louis VI of France, known as “The Fat One” and if you have a look at him you’ll see why, was crowned King of France. Of course things were a lot different in those days and he couldn’t make it to Reims where he was supposed to be crowned as his half brother stopped him getting there, but had to settle for the ceremony at Orleans where he could get to! No Big Macs at the reception so I guess they just devoured a few sheep, cows, pigs, chickens and things!

Just up the road at Paris it was on this day in 1829 that the opera “William Tell” written by Rossini premiered. In the distant past Nomanda could play this on the piano and just loved it, so let’s have a rousing listen! It’s great!

The 3rd August 1914 was a busy day of “diplomacy” in WWI. It began by the Germans asking the Belgians if their army could march across Belgium. I can imagine the conversation,

Ve vould like our army to march across your country, OK?”
Fine, ve declare var on you!
Bloody hell, no need to take it like that!

The French got wind of what was going on and their fleet set sail for North Africa!

Germany invaded Belgium and declared war on France, Great Britain declared war on Germany, and the Turks signed up with the Germans!

Quite a busy day, really!

In what would seem to be an exercise in overkill it was on this day in 1921 in Troy Ohio that the first aerial crop-dusting took place. Caterpillars were the reason for the drastic action and I’m sure the sound of the plane flying low over them was just as frightening as the “dust”! They all got up and moved into the next field. “I’m not living in a flight path, let’s get out of here!

The USS Nautilus began its crossing under the arctic ice cap on this day in 1958. It was to be some time before it emerged on the other side and the event has been immortalised by one of Nomanda’s favourite comedians, Bob Newhart.

To celebrate the start of the summer holiday another funny man, Allan Sherman released his record "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda" on this day in 1963; If you haven’t heard it, here it is!

I feel sorry for John Sain who on this day in 1983 built his 3.91 metre high house of cards because there were to be others, notably Brian Berg, who went on to build even bigger and better jobs. The one that caught Nomanda’s attention was the 129 story high job! In fact Brian is so good at it that it is now his full time job!

Our favourite US president, George W Bush, was to get the Republican Party’s nomination to run for the presidency on this day in 2000. He really is quite a funny guy!

Another of Nomanda’s favourite funny guys, Terry Wogan (1938) will be sinking a pint or two of the black stuff today. Maybe he’ll mix it with a bit of bubbly and have himself a “Black Velvet”! Yummy! He’s done lots of stuff but has become the undisputed champion of the “Eurovision Song Contest”!

Our final birthday wishes go to the guy who left his heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett (1926). Let’s hear from 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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