Wednesday, 1 October 2008

1 October - 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!

If you like nature and enjoy looking at stunning photographs then you will join Nomanda in celebrating the publication of the “National Geographic” magazine that was first published on this day in 1886. It is the official journal of the National Geographic Society and is now published in 32 different languages and has a monthly world wide circulation of 50 million copies. Not being one of the fortunate 50 million Nomanda usually browses copies of the magazine in other people’s waiting rooms!

Nomanda is always impressed with records of speed and endurance and on this day in 1928 the Belgian Leon Vanderstuyft managed to achieve both by cycling an amazing 76 miles and 504 yards in just one hour. Of course nobody would be able to do that today as there’s just too much traffic on the roads!

In a pretty empty gesture it was on this day in 1958 that Britain transferred Christmas Island to Australia. The Brits had been using the island as a test base for atomic explosions so it was little wonder that nobody could find it when the transfer was completed! Today it has a population of just 1,493 and it’s amazing how they have managed to survive with all those bombs going off around them!

This day in 1962 was a good day for signing music contracts as Barbra Streisand signed her contract with Columbia records and the crafty Brian Epstein signed up the Beatles!

The first of October is an important date in the calendar of the Walt Disney Company as Walt Disney World opened in 1971 on this day and on the same day in 1982 the EPCOT Centre opened. With “The Magic Kingdom” attracting around 17 million “guests” per year and the EPCOT Centre attracting a further 11 million it looks as though somebody got their sums right! As I’ve said before, great stuff from a Mickey Mouse company!

The very funny award winning actor Walter Matthau (1920 – 2000) is our first birthday celebrity today. One of the very best and funniest films he made with his friend Jack Lemmon is the “Odd Couple” and if you haven’t seen it you should!

Many other great performers share their birthday with Walter including George Peppard (1928 – 1994), Richard Harris (1930 – 2002), and last but not least Julie Andrews (1935).

One of the most influential singers of the ‘60’s, Scott McKenzie (1944) is probably still wearing flowers in his hair and if you don’t believe me then let’s all go to “San Francisco” and find out!

Jay Underwood (1968) achieved every little boy’s dream when he played the part of “the Boy Who Could Fly”. So “Mary Poppins” doesn’t have exclusive rights on that one then!

The Irish singer, Keith Duffy (1974) will be downing a few pints of the black stuff at his birthday bash today and I hope he invites his other Boyzone mates along to celebrate with 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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