Friday, 19 September 2008

19 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!

Although New Zealand currently advertises itself as the youngest country in the world it was in fact well ahead of the times when on this day in 1893 it passed a bill allowing women the right to vote. Later in 1893, Elizabeth Yates also became Mayor of Onehunga, the first time such a post had been held by a female anywhere in the British Empire. From all the tourist pictures I’ve seen it seems a great country and one that Nomanda would like to visit at some time in the future. Of course watching the “All Blacks” doing what they do best on the trip would be a wonderful bonus!

The leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, was one very unhappy bunny when on this day in 1959 he was told that he couldn’t visit Disneyland. There are different accounts of the story but the one I like best is that during his visit to Los Angeles one of his lunch guests, Bob Hope, suggested to Mrs K that she should take her children to Disneyland. Mrs K passed a note to the old man requesting the visit and Mr K asked if he could go. The official response from the American security services was that it would be too dangerous and that they couldn’t guarantee his safety. Not one to upset the Mrs, Khrushchev delivered a tirade of abuse and disgust accusing the US not only of not treating their guests properly, but also suggesting that they may be hiding missiles in Disneyland!

On a happier note Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel got together for a reunion concert in Central Park on this day in 1981. Here’s one of Nomanda’s favourites.

Fighting all sorts of mechanical aliens with the assistance of a blue elephant, Captain EO (aka Michael Jackson) was “Here to Change the World” in the film named after the skipper that premiered on this day in 1986.

The chocolate maker whose chocolate bears his name, George Cadbury (1839 – 1922) was born on this day. Together with his brother Richard they bought some land south of Birmingham, England, and built not just their new factory but also a town of cheap housing for their employees. They named the development “Bourneville” and it is still there today, although now it’s been swept into the Birmingham suberbs. The factory is still going strong.

The British multi millionaire, Timothy Colman (1929) also has given his name to the simple condiment, mustard. Most of the family fortune has been made not by the mustard that people eat, but by the amount they leave on their plate and throw away! Nice work if you can get it!

The “Man from UNCLE”, David McCallum (1933) will be up to more daring feats of derry doo at his birthday bash today. I wonder if he’ll invite his Auntie to the party!

The evergreen model Leslie Hornby, better known as “Twiggy” (1949) will be strutting her M & S stuff at her birthday bash today! Still in the modeling business approaching 60, not at all bad!

Our final birthday wishes go to the actor Matthew L Perry (1969) who will no doubt invite the rest of his “Friends” to his birthday bash today!

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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