Friday, 12 September 2008

12 September - 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!

In an age when most things are taken for granted it’s amazing to learn that the very first submarine was tested on the Thames in London on this day in 1624! The inventor was a Dutchman, Cornelius Drebbel, and the craft was a wooden rowing boat covered with a greased leather top. It was propelled by oars and the submariners received their air via snorkels. The British Navy were not impressed with the device and it would be many years before they could envisage its potential!

One of the iconic sights of London, Cleopatra’s Needle was erected on the Victoria Embankment in the City of London on this day in 1878. The excavation and transportation of the 21 metre granite obelisk weighing 120 tons was not uneventful. It was nearly lost at sea and subjected to a salvage payment of £2,000 to the skipper of the Spanish trawler who found the floating barge carrying the monument. Nice work if you can get it in those days!

The prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux near Montignac in the Dordogne, France were discovered by 4 French teenagers and their dog on this day in 1940. The story goes that they were out walking with their dog and followed it into the cave where they saw the paintings. The paintings have been estimated to be around 16,000 years old. Nomanda has visited these caves and the paintings are really impressive! Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the Dordogne.

Another icon of the combined aeronautical efforts of France and Britain, the Concorde, made its first landing at Heathrow airport on this day in 1970. Such a beautiful aeroplane, it’s a great pity that it’s been taken out of operation. There still is not a design to beat it!

Another plane, a Cessna, dropped in on the White House and made a crash landing on the front lawn on this day in 1994. Thank goodness it wasn’t the Concorde; it would have needed a much bigger lawn!

Happy Chinese punters will be celebrating this day in 2005 when the Hong Kong Disneyland opened. Mickey Mouse and Chinese don’t seem to go together but I’m sure someone did their research thoroughly!

The star of the Berlin 1936 Olympics, Jesse Owens (1913 – 1980) is our first birthday celebrity today. Despite his 4 gold medals at the Games he was never properly recognised by the American presidency.

Our next birthday celebrity is Maria Aitken (1945) whose performance as John Cleese’ wife in “A Fish Called Wanda” was superb. If you haven’t seen it you should!

Our next birthday boy is Mark Knopfler (1949) the vocalist and guitarist of Dire Straits. Let’s hear one of their best!

Our final birthday wishes go to the gigantic Chinese basket ball player, Yao Ming (1980). Great height is in his blood with his father standing at 6’10” and his mother a mere 6’2”, but he must have been brought up on something special as he comes in at an astounding 7’6” (229cms) and obviously has to stoop to put the ball in the basket!

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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