Tuesday, 23 September 2008

23 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!

Now Nomanda is interested in history and the events of the past that have influenced and shaped our lives. So not unnaturally I was interested in The Time Capsule that was buried at the World Trade Fair in New York on this day in 1938. When I discovered what the capsule contained I became less than impressed! For starters there are instructions on the capsule that it shouldn’t be opened before the year 6939! OK I can see that 5000 years is a nice round number to keep things under one’s hat, so to speak, but there are even instructions to anyone who finds it earlier to resist the temptation of opening it and to leave it be until the appointed time. Included in the contents are a woman’s hat, and a man’s pipe. Well just over 1% of the time before opening has elapsed and women no longer wear hats very much, and smoking had been banned almost everywhere! There are also 1,100 feet of microfilm, together with a reader, that contain most of everything we knew at the time! So there’s no rock and roll, TV’s computers, men on the moon, big bombs, sat nav, mobile ‘phones or any of the stuff we take for granted today! Nomanda says we should open it and update the stuff every few years or the guys who see it in 6939 are going to think that their ancestors were really stupid! Maybe they will be right!

That’ll be the Day” by Buddy Holly has missed out of the contents of the capsule because it was on this day in 1957 that his record hit the #1 spot.

The guys who open the capsule will also miss out on the BBC Ceefax service that was introduced on this day in 1974. If you had a TV with Ceefax in those days you had really arrived!

Anyway who’s to know that there will be anyone around to open the dammed capsule in 6939? We may have blown ourselves to smithereens well before then! Let’s dig the confounded thing up and put it a museum where it truly belongs!

The Belgium surrealist painter, Paul Delvaux (1897 – 1997) is our first birthday celebrity today. Nomanda was privileged to visit his museum and home whilst he was still alive and he is one of our favourite painters. Check out some of his work;

The short lived Austrian actress, Romy Schneider (1938 – 1982) appeared in nearly 40 films in her career and will be best remembered by most of her fans for her performance in “What’s New Pussycat?

Check out the birthmark on our final birthday boy, Bruce Springsteen (1949), and I think you’ll find he was “Born in the USA!

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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