Sunday, 14 September 2008

14 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!

“Old” Tom Morris, the pioneer of professional golf was to achieve the first recorded hole-in-one on this day in 1868 at the 8th hole at Prestwick Golf Course, Scotland. As well as his professional golf commitments he was also a green keeper and course designer. He held the record of the largest winning margin in a major championship of 13 strokes in the 1862 Open. It took 132 years and Tiger Woods to beat this margin in 2000. He is also responsible for the 18 hole course we know today. St Andrews Golf Course had 23 holes before Tom cut it down to size. Thank Goodness! He also was active in the managing and placing of hazards in his course design. So now we all know who to thank when we are next in a bunker or water hazard. Thanks Tom!

The longest motor sport trophy, the International Tourist Trophy awarded by the RAC, was first won by John Napier on the Isle of Man circuit on this day in 1905. I bet John would turn over in his grave if he saw the cars and speeds competing for the trophy today!

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was formed on this day in 1960 and they have held the world to ransom ever since. A few oil producing countries have thought that the “joining fee” of $2 million dollars was a bit steep, but their production is sufficiently low to not affect the world wide controlled price.

Walt Disney was to receive the Medal of Freedom at the White House on this day in 1964. The business he created, The Walt Disney Company, currently has world wide revenues of $35 billion. Not bad for a Mickey Mouse company!

With a “High Ho, Silver”, Tonto’s white friend Clayton Moore (1908 - 1999) aka “The Lone Ranger” was born on this day. Nobody ever saw the face of this masked hero. I know it’s in black and white but if you haven’t seen the opening trailer of this epic series now’s your chance! Great music and gripping stuff!

Our next celebrity is Mary Crosby (1959) best known for her character “Kristen Shepard” in Dallas. She shot JR you know!

Our birthday wishes also go to the lovely Estonian model, Carmen Kass (1978) who apparently keeps falling out of her shoes which is why she walks that way!

Our final birthday wishes go to the inimitable Amy Winehouse (1983) who we hope will be celebrating her birthday with moderation today! Her singing style and beehive hair do have won her friends all over the world, including Amanda, and this is one of our favourites!

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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