Wednesday, 6 August 2008

6 August - Historical Events and 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!

Nomanda doesn’t want to put anyone off their meals but I have to report that the first case of motion sickness in space was reported on this day in 1961. I will leave it to the reader to imagine the consequences of throwing up in space in an atmosphere of zero gravity! Not very pleasant!

The only motion sickness to trouble Carl Lewis was the speed at which he accomplished his athletic achievements. On this day in 1984 at the Los Angeles Olympics he picked up his second of four gold medals at those games winning the long jump. The other three were for the 100 metres, the 200 metres and the 4 x 100 metres relay race. At the end of his career he had a cupboard full of 9 Olympic gold medals and 8 World Championship gold medals. Truly an amazing athlete!

The long running theatrical production “Oh Calcutta” closed on this day at the Edison Theatre, New York after a 5959 performances. The contributors to the sketches in the show read like a who’s who of the ‘60’s and include Samuel Beckett, John Lennon, Sam Shepherd, Edna O’Brian, Jules Feiffer and the creator of the show, Kenneth Tynan. The fact that for most of the time the performers were completely naked may also have contributed to the show’s success!

Our first birthday honours go to Robert Mitchum (1917 – 1997) the star of Hollywood’s “Golden Age”, his film career spanned over 40 years. In an interview with Barry Norman he dismissed his contribution to the film industry by describing his acting style as, “Look, I have two kinds of acting, one on a horse and one off a horse. That’s it!” He also made a couple of records and this is one of them!

The pioneer of low cost no frills air fares, Sir Freddie Laker (1922 – 1997) is our next birthday celebrity. Other notable entrepreneurs like Richard Branson with his Virgin Airlines have followed in his footsteps and cheap air travel is now available to all largely due to Sir Freddie’s influence.

The influential figure in the pop art world, Andy Warhol (1927 – 1987) is our next celebrity. If you want a great painting of a can of Campbell’s soup or a dotted painting of Marilyn Monroe, he’s the guy for you!

The English actress, Barbara Windsor (1937) who spent most of her film career “Carrying On” with the rest of the team will be having her own birthday bash today, and who knows, she may go down to the “Old Vic” to celebrate.

Geri Halliwell (1972) aka “Ginger Spice” will be celebrating in style today no doubt with a few of her spicy mates! Let’s have a “Look at Her”.

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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